Wanted to take the opportunity to write about one thing that would make Wavelab a whole lot more useful for me.
I work primarily with plugins, I use outboards sometimes but not very frequently. What I normally do is to import the audio files I recieve into Cubase, do the bulk of the mastering processing there, then render files that I then put in a Montage in Wavelab. Add fades, adjust track spacing, add in markers, done.
Now, what I would prefer to do is to skip the Cubase step and work with the plugins directly in the audio montage in Wavelab. This is of course nothing weird BUT I do not like the fact that the fades I add in the montage go BEFORE any plugins, because it messes with the dynamic processing and sounds less natural to me than adding a fade to an already rendered file. Transient instruments start jumping out of the mix and the balance is altered.
I’ve tried putting the plugins in all possible slots - on clip level, on track level, master level, but the result is the same. If it was working the way I wanted, I could do my whole project in the montage window, and if there’s a recall for any changes, it would be very fastly fixed and I could simply render straight from the montage.
Am I alone in this or does this bother anyone else? Do I have a weird workflow or what is it?
EDIT: Well well, strangely enough I did just find that I CAN make it work the way I want if the plugin is in the Clip level (Envelope option “Level/fade envelope after effects”). This does make it a bit more useful for me, but I would still love to be able to have the same option for Track plugins (even if it may seem to not make much sense logically).