First of all, I’m very much happy with 8.0.3. I am experiencing very few bugs, and I’m not missing any major features in my daily workflow. Now that these major bugs and features are taken care of, here are some things that I think would make WL 8.5 great:
-I love the new montage master but I think it really needs a way to bypass all plugins like you can do with the original master section. I also think there should be a way to copy an entire master section chain rather than just one plugin as you can currently do with the montage master
-Ability to change project sample rate without having CD track markers move. I prefer to use iZotope SRC to convert down to 44.1k for CD masters because I think it sounds better than Crystal Resampler and I like that resampling is not running live on the rendering or DDP creation process. This feature would be ideal when I need to make a native sample rate version (for vinyl or Mastered For iTunes) for projects that I have run through my analog chain at sample rates higher than 44.1k. Right now, after running through my analog chain (using other software), I convert down to 44.1k using iZotope SRC and then load into WL at 44.1k for sequencing, small tweaks and final limiting of a standard digital version at 44.1k. The ability to quickly easily and quickly do a save as… to my 44.1k up to 48k, 88.2k or 96k would be ideal. Right now, when I save as… and change the sample rate, the markers all move too and it makes a headache/mess.
-vinyl export: clients are doing more and more vinyl each year. Currently for the vinyl master, I do a save as… from the approved digital master and make some adjustments on the master effects to optimize sounds and levels for vinyl pre-mastering. Then I have to make a save as… for each side (side A and side B) because I (and most lacquer cutters) feel that it is best to send one continuous file for each side of the record to be sure no space between songs changes and they don’t have to think about reassembling the album before cutting the lacquer. Since vinyl pre-masters can be 24-bit and sample rates higher than 44.1k it doesn’t make sense to do DDP to send the pressing plant or lacquer cutter. It would be great to see a feature in Wavelab that allows for “vinyl side split” marker so I can keep just one vinyl montage to create a continuous WAV for both sides with a PDF file for each side that shows the true time code for each song start/stop and for both sides of the record. Right now, if I try to make a file for side A and side B from the same montage, the times on the PQ/PDF for side B would be incorrect compared to the actual file because side B doesn’t start from 0:00 in the montage unless I make a special montage for only side B which is extra work. Basically, I have to go from the montage of the approved digital master, to the vinyl master to make master section adjustments, to a montage for both Side A and another for Side B. I would like to have a way to just go from the digital master, to the vinyl master montage so it’s less steps.
-Bigger font for CD marker names in Montage
-CD-Text box always opens at start. I feel like in WL 7 the CD-Text box would always open at the start where you enter the album name and performer name. In Wavelab 8 it seems to open at whatever region you might have selected but I don’t think that’s an improvement, the old way was better in my opinion.
-ability to lock/bypass the speaker gain/management setting. For those that don’t use the speaker management feature, could there be a way to just disable this? I spent an hour or two one day trying to figure out why my levels to my monitor controller didn’t match the levels in Wavelab. I finally discovered that the speaker gain setting was accidentally lowered. I would like to see a way to lock or disable this setting.
-ISRC in WAV file support. I know there isn’t exactly a standard for embedding ISRC codes in WAV files. Another forum member showed me a complex way to embed ISRC codes into a WAV using the new metadata features but I think it would be nice to have a simpler method or maybe try to create a standard for others to follow