First, let me just say that I think Wavelab 9 is the best version of Wavelab EVER. I love it so much - ALREADY! I do have a feature request though:
When I’m mastering, I use two computers. I use Cubase for playback on one computer, and route the signal out through my analog mastering chain, then I “capture”/record back into Wavelab running on the other computer. This allows me to mix (within Cubase), and master (withing Wavelab) simultaneously. This also allows me to work at any sample rate without having to resample - the signal just leaves Cubase and D/A, goes through my analog chain, then enters the A/D capture - and it is then processed in Wavelab - all of this happens in realtime. This method requires me to use the Wavelab input plugin if I want to finish mastering within Wavelab, and the input plugin works well, HOWEVER:
I like to do A/B comparisons with other audio already recorded into my montage, or with other professional masters that I like to use as reference tracks. There is no way to instantly switch back and forth between the incoming audio, and the playback of another track in Wavelab. This makes it difficult to make sure things are sounding the way I like - as I often like to use a bunch of my favorite reference tracks to compare with when mastering.
I am constantly loading and unloading the audio input plugin. Please consider adding some functionality to Wavelab to make this process simpler! Many thanks!
P.S. Possible solution: Just being able to instantly “bypass” the audio input plugin would work. This way I could set up a loop in Wavelab, and i hear my audio playing back just like normal, then hit a key command, and instantly the audio input plugin becomes active, and I hear the incoming audio routed through the master section. Then hit the button again, and you hear the loop again, and the audio input is muted… Maybe Wavelab keeps playing the loop in the background and the audio stream into the master section is just muted and replaced with the “input stream” while the plugin is active…