I’ll simply copy this over from the German section, since this one seems to be a bit abandoned:
Before I upgrade to WL9, I do have a couple of Q’s that I didn’t find answered in the manual or promo videos. I’ll also ask one question for another user, that’s interesting me just as much. I am on Win7 x64, Quicktime is not installed (I don’t find it mandatory to be honest) - if this helps as an indicator what is working and what is not.
- SoX Resampler
It’s nice to see this as part of WL9 now. However I already asked a couple of fellows, of this module is also part of the Batch Processor. I was told, that there is indeed a Resampler in the Batch Processor, however those people asked only found one resampler.
I now read on the English forums, that you removed the Crystal Resampler in favor for the SoX one? Is that correct? And if that is the case, and I can use it in the batch processor - I can finally ignore the (to me inflexible) command line tool.
2) Audio Analyzer (Batch Processor) calculates RAW Loudness?
Sadly, this got already confirmed to me (via the manual) that the “RAW Loudness Measurement” in RMS is still not possible via the Batch Processor. Only measurements according to EBU R-128. Would it be possible with a Maintenance update to implement “RAW Loudness” as well (RMS, 300ms)? Including free selection of the time window?
If not, I’d like to know why it’s being insisted on the EBU R-128 specs. The P/LOUD group already discussed in recent AES conventions that the -23LUFS is too low for music, and actually “Mastered for iTunes” and “Youtube’s Loudness Normalization on Playback” clocks in at about -16LUFS to -12LUFS. However, the batch processor always goes via the EBU R-128 “fixed” values (read: -23LUFS as reference) rather than the ITU-R BS.1770-x specs (where EBU R-128 for broadcast streams is based upon). Setting a reference level would be nice for the analysis modules.
3) Plugins in the Monitor Setup?
I still remember the patched in WL8.5 “Monitor Setup” - actually a great idea that I’m used to from the Monitor Room in Cubase. But can I load a plugin (or two) into this section? Like: Room Correction, etc?
And speaking of Cubase
- Plugin Search Function implemented?
I already got this hinted at on KVR Audio… apparenly Wavelab now got a plugin search function? I really, really hope so. Because this would speed up things drastically workflow wise.
Then this question or rather criticism popped up on the German board, and I’m really worried myself. I’ve never jumped on WL8.5, I’ll be going from WL8 -> WL9 - however:
- Can WL9 load AAC/M4A/MP4 files?
Apparently by the user that wrote about this in the German section, it is not possible? Kind of hard to believe. This would be a really big issue for me as this file format is pretty much the future of lossy audio (except HD-AAC). And if I can’t load it natively in Wavelab - it’s a big workflow issue.
I don’t care much about OGG or OPUS, but the M4A format (lossy or lossless) and FLAC… I definitely do.
Speaking of rendering:
- Can Wavelab now load WAV files that have 6 channels included?
Discrete channels via the Montage is one thing. But what about interleaved ones?
- Can Wavelab now record multi track?
So far, only mono and stereo recordings were possible. But sometimes I just want to record 4-8 tracks without firing up Cubase. Has this been changed?
BONUS ROUND (I don’t expect this to happen anytime soon, but it would be cool):
- Did WL9 drop the DVD-A functionality and can now create simplified “Blu-Ray Audio” discs?
If so, that would be great. Also considering that WL is not capable of rendering Surround streams, and you put an emphasis on “HD Audio” with your product description (“capable of running up to 384kHz” - which WL could do with recent versions already).
That… or maybe we’ll see DSD/1-bit technology in a future update? (not .5, mind you) I mean - I can dream. But I’m looking positively into the future. Implementing the Fraunhofer ProCodec was already a great step (and I really hope it stays for many years to come).
Thanks for answering.