Okay, here’s a request for help from a newbie - please be gentle with me…
I bought WL7 over 2 years ago, and after beating my head against its incomprehensible interface off and on for a few months, I finally gave up entirely on trying to figure out how to use it. I went back to my previous method: using Cubase to sequence, polish, limit, set track levels, etc, then CD-Architect to burn the master disc.
Eventually I upgraded to WL8, hoping it would be easier, and it IS… but I still find the interface baffling, and am having a terrible time coming up with a productive workflow. Every few months I take another stab at figuring it out, and now here I am a year later still not able to use it effectively. I’ve watched hours of YouTube tutorials, but they all seem focus on displaying WL’s features, or give tips on how to “master” a single song (something I rarely expect to do). I can’t seem to find anything addressing the basic “how to” of mastering a CD ALBUM.
I know how to set up a montage and burn it to a DDR or red-book compliant CD, but don’t understand how Wavelab empowers me to do anything useful with the clips that I can’t do easier with Cubase. (Hence my current workflow, doing everything in Cubase except burning the CDR or DDR - Wavelab seems grossly underutilized this way)
Most of what I HAVE read on the subject suggests that you flip over to the “Audio File” space to apply compression, eq, limiting etc. But that forces you to plug effects into the Master Section, which then affects everything in the montage, unless you “render” the clip, which overwrites the mix you’ve worked so hard on with no way of going back, as far as I can tell. You can, of course, apply effects to clips directly in the montage, but that’s a clumsy process (why couldn’t they make it look more like the Master Plugins rack?), and it doesn’t look like you can “render” clips from the montage window (which I might want to do at some point, if my system starts to bog down from excessive use of plugins).
Since so many people are using Wavelab successfully, obviously the problem is me. I’m not stupid, but I’m just not getting it. Can someone point me to a “How To Master An Album Using Wavelab for Dummies” tutorial video or book?