I’m a late bloomer, so just got around to upgrading to WL9. I’m sure many bugs have been squished, and that slick black theme is a recent addition, all adding to my general impressions. Those I share with Tom: WOW! I love it!
I have to say this is the first mastering DAW I’ve loved since “old SonicStudio” (which is now merely “old” to me). Since then I just get through work. Since I work in other arts, I felt a big gap between my audio tools, and those I use for visual design, video and vi’ing, hell even multi-track audio DAWs feel faster and slicker. No more! WL9 just worked out of the box. I’ve barely scratched the surface, but find things where I’d expect whenever I need them. Other things I used to do in RX are WL tasks now, like spectral editing. The imager is a boffo addition – will try it on vinyl-destined projects asap (less kludgey, better UI than my hardware tools). Same for the project views, awesomely holistic approach.
I have one request: More videos and tutorial material! The docs are better than WL8, as good as 8.5, deep and accurate. But the program can be kind of overwhelming. The videos you launched with were fine… more like that is all we need. Some of the demo’s people shot at Messe are pretty helpful too. There’s just so much here to learn. Some specific topics that could help are:
- more on setting up views and layout windows (the existing video shows you quite a bit about how to dock/undock etc, all they’re missing is managing screens, and maybe some ideas for small screens etc)
- signal routing, and tricks with your new plugins (sell me on using them! remember, they do things most users use something else for currently).
- demos of scripting, preset management, etc… a Mastered for iTunes workflow might be a good example.
Really great work PG! Kudos Steinberg team. Fantastic update.