Please help me answer these two questions:
1 What are the hardware requirements on a PC if I’m just going to edit and mix audio with WaveLab Elements 8, not record?
2 Are there any advantages to export a single mono audio file from the Audio Montage window in WaveLab Elements 8 instead of from the Audio Files window?
I make voice recordings with high demands on sound quality in a professional studio. The recordings are done with a Neumann TLM 103 via an Apogee One to an iPad Mini and saved as wav mono 44.1/24bit, sometimes 48.1.
The audio files are up to 30 minutes long. I’ll transfer them to a PC where I want to edit them with WaveLab Elements 8, which I am considering buying.
I usually need to use at least a compressor, EQ, de-esser and normalizer/limiter on a file. Then I export to wav 16 bit and MP3 192 Kbps.
Sometimes I mix two or three files in stereo.
I hope this workflow allows me to replace my rather clumsy PC for a smaller laptop without a dedicated sound card. Or will that make the output to my headphones sound so bad that I can’t hear the impact of the EQ and other effects good enough? And what RAM and processing power would WaveLab Elements 8 want?
(You’re probably wondering why I don’t edit the sound on my iPad Mini? Well, the screen is very small. Additionally, I need the PC for other applications that Apple can’t handle.)