WL11 - Noob - Master an EP Tutorial Fail!

From waxmaster2000:

I’m enthusiastic about Wavelab as it addresses virtually every limitation I was experiencing trying to master my music in Logic. I found Justin’s tutorials and watched the metadata and am 2/3 through Master an EP with Audio Montage.

I have successfully created a montage just like the one Justin shows for The Wavelabs, however I let Wavelab automagically sample rate convert the files into the montage because it’s just a tutorial.

I’ve got the two lanes, one track view with the songs on the record all set up but when I press the play button on the timeline, nothing happens. I have several audio interfaces on my iMac but for this I use MOTU 2x2 w/ high end headphones. The configuration is latest WL11 as of a couple of days ago on an iMac Apple Silicon with latest macOS.

Does it work with another device than your MOTU?


hope it helps…

regards S-EH

From waxmaster2000:

Thanks for the tip. I selected the iMac’s built-in headphones and playback works correctly. If I switch to the MOTU driver (USB class device, no 3rd party driver) the timeline will not play. I did a brief screen recording to show what I am doing:


Obviously Wavelab is useable for many tasks with the built-in headphones jack, but using a quality I/O with high-impedance headphones is a necessity for properly evaluating what I’m doing.

From waxmaster2000:

I’m now gathering my wits and just plugged in a Zoom Audio F6. If you’re not familiar with this device it has a unique input stage with dual DACs which combine a quiet version of a channel input with a loud version into a HDR 32-float sample.

In any event, WL11 is working correctly with this device. Unfortunately, it is a field recorder and also likely not designed to drive high-impedance headphones because it has a 1/8" jack. I guess it’s on to Expert Sleepers ES-9.

From waxmaster2000:

Quick test of Expert Sleepers ES-9 is also a success. The downside is I’m not sure how the specs compare with the MOTU which I purchased specifically for checking mixes with high end Sennheiser headphones.

I guess it’s time to go to the MOTU site and check into firmware updates for the M2.

Thanks for the help.

From waxmaster2000:

Latest: downloaded MOTU firmware updater and flashed unit to latest 2.02 firmware. Discovered M-Series custom audio driver. Installed and rebooted Mac. Relaunched Wavelab. New problem: Wavelab crash with this stack:

Crashed Thread:        0  Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread

Exception Type:        EXC_CRASH (SIGABRT)
Exception Codes:       0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000
Exception Note:        EXC_CORPSE_NOTIFY

Application Specific Information:
abort() called

Kernel Triage:
VM - pmap_enter failed with resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter failed with resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter failed with resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter failed with resource shortage
VM - pmap_enter failed with resource shortage

Thread 0 Crashed::  Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0   libsystem_kernel.dylib        	       0x18328ed98 __pthread_kill + 8
1   libsystem_pthread.dylib       	       0x1832c3ee0 pthread_kill + 288
2   libsystem_c.dylib             	       0x1831fe340 abort + 168
3   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830e08c0 malloc_vreport + 552
4   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830f5c84 malloc_zone_error + 100
5   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830ea4ac free_list_checksum_botch + 40
6   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d9020 small_free_list_remove_ptr_no_clear + 1220
7   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d3db4 small_malloc_from_free_list + 392
8   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d3588 small_malloc_should_clear + 220
9   libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d33c4 szone_malloc_should_clear + 128
10  libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d55e0 nanov2_realloc + 88
11  libsystem_malloc.dylib        	       0x1830d54cc malloc_zone_realloc + 140
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13  QtCore                        	       0x1069dffb0 QArrayData::reallocateUnaligned(QArrayData*, unsigned long, unsigned long, QFlags<QArrayData::AllocationOption>) + 184
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I had a MOTU unit for a few days a few years ago for my secondary home setup and I think I remember that I had to make it part of an aggregate device in MacOS for it to play nice with WaveLab.

I got rid of it because I didn’t like it overall and it wasn’t working out. Then I tried the MOTO 8D again a few weeks ago for just an AES metering input and it kept making my Mac crash when it was idle for awhile (not WaveLab related).

That’s my way of saying I don’t really trust MOTU stability (at least on Mac). Bob Katz made a recent post about some concerns with the MOTO 8D as well.

Long story short, if the MOTU unit isn’t working in WaveLab, make an aggregate device in Audio MIDI Setup and then choose that in WaveLab.

I had to do this for awhile with the Grace m900 but Grace eventually updated the m900 firmware so it works with WaveLab directly.