You’re right. I probably shouldn’t say anything until Wavelab can load multichannel files without splitting, and process them directly with surround plugins. Until then it can’t really be called a modern surround mastering program.
I’ve gotten used to working with the multi stereo-mono tracks in Wavelab for surround, and have no more problem processing or editing with them than with regular stereo files, doing so across multiple tracks.
I’ve never used a surround plugin (except to try one), and possibly wouldn’t use one even if they were made more usable in Wavelab. Of course surround plugins can be used in the master section, but I can see how limiting that is.
So yes, I guess it’s wrong to recommend Wavelab for surround to someone who wants to master using the most current methods. I just happen not to use those methods. But I don’t do surround nearly as often as you do.
One thing I would ask, do you ever feel limited in plugin choice by what plugins are available with surround versions? Are there more than I think there are? And what is it that Wavelab already does that your other program doesn’t do, that you’d like to do this in Wavelab?
In Wavelab, I like to have separate channel volume envelopes just “right there” in front of me, and the ability to quickly split, clone, and substitute just in one channel or one channel pair. Do other programs using multichannel files have such ability without having to delve into too many extra steps to get there?
Multichannel files are a necessity these days. So I’m not current working as I do, but I’m not really unhappy about it,
I’m not saying you’re wrong. You’re right. Wavelab should support what you’re talking about with multichannel files, and hopefully it will soon, but personally I might not use those options.