I’m currently recording a weekly talk show - 3 participants/tracks) using Cubase 7.0.5 (OXS X 10.8.) and editing the mixdown with WL8 (iMac OS X 10.8. Much of this is fairly new to me.
I’d like to be able to reduce the loudness range with no, or limited use of compression. WL’s Loudness Normalization as I understand it shifts the average loudness of a whole file or selection to a predetermined level and introduces compression and/or limiting to avoid generating digital peaks too close to or over 0dB. But it does not level loudness within the file/selection.
A very useful kind of process, which I haven’t seen in WL8, would be to be able to reduce/expand the dynamic range by a user defined amount guided by a user-defined loudness curve computed from the file or selection. In the new world of EBU R-128 there is likely to be plenty of headroom and much less if any need for peak limiting. A process like this would sure beat my current ‘fine hand craftsmanship’!
Is something like this in the works? Am also interested in what’s happening currently in WL development in the loudness area?
By the way I’d like to use WL instead of the Cubase Sample Editor to edit Cubase tracks but haven’t found out how this works from the manuals, or by looking around (sorry, a Cubase question I know!).
And finally, I’ve been following some of the WL8 blogs a bit and want to say I’m impressed and appreciate the interaction and willingness on all sides to continuous improvement of an already great product. Especially appreciate PG’s interest and willingness to jump in quickly and get to the core of user concerns. Nice work. Great community!
Help welcome on any or all the above. Thanks.