It’s a pleasure to announce the availability of WaveLab 12, the long-awaited major update to our beloved Mastering DAW. With about 80 new features and improvements, this update is, to this date, the most elaborate version in the history of WaveLab.
You’ll find new functions and improvements in all areas of the application, ranging from Audio Montage, Audio Editor, Batch Processor, to Loudness, Spectral display and plug-ins - and much more. And many of those new features are also available (in a smaller edition) in WaveLab Elements 12.
All new features are listed here:
Here’s an overview video on the main new features in WaveLab 12:
And there’re even more tutorial videos on the Steinberg YouTube WaveLab channel:
On that channel, WaveLab Brand Ambassador Justin Perkins run a monthly WaveLab workflow seminar. Don’t forget to subscribe!
In case you’re on WaveLab 11 (Pro or Elements) and you want to update to WaveLab 12, please make sure to install WaveLab 11.2 (free maintenance update) before running the update to WL12. (This is for technical reasons. Not relevant for WaveLab 10 and older versions). Many thanks!
You know, this amazing app is now just so jam packed with useful tools for audio editing and analysis, that it’s sort of like a giant laboratory to manipulate audio waveforms! Maybe they should think about changing the name? Like call it Waveform Laboratory or something like that!
FWIW… I am still studying the new features (mainly because I’m the kinda guy who was pretty happy with WL4.
But that said, I have to hand it to you, PG. This version delivers. I’ve honestly been thinking that WL was starting to run out of things to add that someone like -me- would ever want. But there are any number of new features where my immediate reaction is, “Wow. I didn’t even know I needed that.”
Actually, this new graphical analysis tool is designed to address the situation you’ve raised (you were not the only one…).
Today, everyone has access to nice real-time meters, but these aren’t very useful when you need to check an entire song or album: you simply can’t watch all your meters continuously throughout the music piece, assimilate everything, and draw accurate conclusions. I don’t want to criticize real-time meters, especially since WaveLab was one of the first DAWs to include a comprehensive set of them. However, while real-time meters provide fancy animations that create a “professional impression,” in reality, it’s challenging to extract practically useful information when you need to cover a whole song and not just a part of it.
Hence the WaveLab 12 solution offers offline curves and hotspots to examine all aspects of the sound at your own pace
I noticed that the new version of Wavelab is supported as ARA 2 in Nuendo 13, why can’t I find it in Nuendo 12? This is still ARA 2, which also works in version 12. Does anyone have a similar problem? Does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you
Congratz on this amazing release!
It performs smooth, quick and stable here.
There is a little thing, that might be an user error ( me doing something wrong as always ) .
When Loudness Matching with the reference track, a latency sometimes happens. But only sometimes. I did 8 masterings yesterday and 5 out of 8 had the latency problem. I used the same plugin chain ( including the External FX plugin ) every time. The Loudness measurement and all that works, but the measurement ends up being a bit off.
Again, thank you for a great update. Love all the new features