I have always used the full version of Wavelab, but I must say that the comparison page could do with much improvement. These ‘limited’ functions in lesser versions should be explained in detail, so people can choose on exactly the element they need. And apparently the ‘identical’ green checkmarks also need explaining…
-What format is the program? I can’t seem to find it as VST, so I’m wondering if I can set it up in Cubase/Wavelab?
This is not a plugin. This is internal to WaveLab. This is not in cubase. Process time is often too high to be used in real time.
-Is the algorithm in Elements as good at time stretching polyphonic music as that included with the pro license?
The following options are available in the pro version:
Auto / Preview
This automatically selects the best time/frequency trade-off for real-time/preview performance. This is the fastest setting but might not provide optimal results in all cases.
Time localization ++ (instruments, voices)
Selects full time localization. This is a good setting for single instruments and solo voices.
Time/frequency localization with the emphasis on time localization. If the previous mode produces echo artifacts, try this option.
Average Time/Frequency localization
This sets the time/frequency localization halfway between the time and frequency domains. It is the best setting for all general purpose signals.
Frequency localization +
Time/frequency localization with the emphasis on frequency localization. Good setting for classical music.
Frequency localization ++ (complex mixes)
Highest possible frequency localization. This setting might not work well on material with many sharp attack transients, but it can produce good results with less transient/percussive material.
Transcribe mode (for large changes)
Uses a content aware algorithm to time stretch and pitch shift music by up to 4x the original length without losing information critical to transcription, such as attack transients.
B) Quality vs Speed
Best (very slow)
For WaveLab Elements,
The options are:
A-1 and (B-1 or B-2)
Right, but I was wondering what format it would be in if I were to buy a license for the pro version. I’m hoping it’s not standalone, but rather some format that I can use with Cubase/Wavelab. I saw AU, but I know I can’t run that.
If the Elements algorithm was working well I wouldn’t need to upgrade. However, when I time stretch (slow down) my audio, I hear a "whoosh"ing sound behind the song.