New Features

The following list informs you about the most important improvements in WaveLab Elements and provides links to the corresponding descriptions.

New Features in Version 12.0.0


New Language: Simplified Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese has been added to the languages available in the application.

Startup Assistant
  • The new Startup Assistant allows you to choose the working environment that suits your workflow, to create and open files, and to establish your audio connections – all in a single place. In addition to this, it offers you WaveLab-related information and news and provides useful links. See Startup Assistant Window.

Steinberg Built-in ASIO Driver
Cross-Application Copying Operations
  • To optimize cross-application workflows, WaveLab offers new drag and drop/copy and paste options that allow you to transfer any audio range from WaveLab to any other application, either with or without effects. See Cross-Application Copying Operations.

More New Features

Improved Help System: Comprehensive Tooltips for Controls in All Dialogs
  • Tooltips are now provided for the controls in all dialog boxes. See Help System.

Displaying Keyboard and Mouse Input
  • You can now display your mouse and keyboard input activity in real time, which is useful for screenshots and screencasting purposes, such as demos, presentations, and tutorials. See Visualization of Keyboard and Mouse Input.

Navigation Sync
  • The new Navigation Sync feature helps you to compare audio material by synchronizing different views of audio files and audio montages, so that any scrolling or zooming actions you perform in one of them are automatically applied to the others in real time. See Navigation Sync.

Loudness Overlay
  • You can now overlay the Waveform or the Rainbow view in the Audio Editor and the Audio Montage window with an RMS Loudness view and adjust the transparency of the RMS Loudness overlay. See Loudness Overlay.

Audio Editor: New Automatic Crossfade Option
  • You can now activate automatic crossfading for operations such as cutting, pasting, inserting, muting, cropping, or deleting segments of your audio. See Edit Tab (Audio Editor).

Opus File Format
Audio Editor: Crossfade Options in the Gain Dialog
  • You can now apply crossfades while adjusting the gain of a specific audio range, to create a seamless transition and to prevent abrupt clicks between the selected range and the surrounding audio on playback. See Gain Dialog.

Audio Montage: Options to Quickly Reduce the Level of an Audio Selection
  • Two new options in the Level section of the Envelope tab allow you to reduce the level of an audio selection by -6 dB or -9 dB via a single mouse click. See Envelope Tab (Audio Montage).

Audio Montage: Separate Sliders for Pre-Gain and Post-Gain Adjustments
  • The Gain pane now has separate sliders for each stage of the audio chain. See Inspector Window.

Color-coded Plug-in Caption Bars
  • You can now use context-based color-coded caption bars for plug-in windows, which make it easier to distinguish the effect plug-in types. See Color Codes for Effect Plug-ins.

Chapter Generator for YouTube and Spotify
Plug-ins: Option to Ignore VST 2 Plug-ins
  • You can now prevent WaveLab Elements from searching for and displaying plug-ins using the old VST 2 standard. See Plug-ins Tab (Preferences).

Last but Not Least

Quantizing Audio Selections based on Time Ruler Marks
Option to Synchronize Cursors
  • You can now synchronize the edit cursor position with the playback cursor position via the status bar. You can also use this option to activate a clip that is currently located at the cursor. See Status Bar.

New Refresh Button in the File Browser Window
  • In the File Browser window, there is now a button to manually reload the content, to reflect any updates and changes. See File Browser Window.

Zooming while Selecting an Audio Range
Second Timecode Window
  • You can now open a second Timecode window, to display the time from two different reference points. See Timecode Window.

Option to Indicate the Timeline position of Rendered Regions and a Date and Time via BWF Metadata
  • In the Metadata dialog, WaveLab Elements now allows you to generate BWF time references for rendered audio files, and to automatically add the creation time and date of your audio files via the BWF tab. See Metadata Dialog.

Global Terminology Changes
  • "CD", in the sense of a compilation of songs or titles, respectively, has been renamed to the more general term "album". The term "CD" is now reserved for referring to compact disks as a medium. In addition to this, "CD track" has been replaced by the more general term "title". See Audio Montage Window.

Improved Clip Cue Point Options
Independent Folders for Each Source File on Rendering
  • In the Audio Editor or in the Audio Montage window, the new Keep Independent Folder for Each Source File option allows you to maintain independent render paths for individual audio montages or audio files and ensures that, when switching audio montages or audio files, the render path changes accordingly. See Render Tab (Audio Montage).

Option to Reveal Selected Files in the Explorer
  • This option automatically opens the File Explorer/macOS Finder to indicate the location of selected audio files after rendering them. See Render Tab (Audio Montage).

Audio Montage: Copying Audio Files to the Audio Montage Folder on Importing
  • When importing audio files into audio montages, you can now choose to create a copy of the original audio file in the audio montage folder or one of its subfolders, and whether or not to save this choice for future imports. See Import Files Dialog.

Audio Montage: Assigning Random Colors to Clips
  • To make it easier to identify individual clips, you can now prompt WaveLab to automatically assign a random color to each of your selected clips. See Coloring Clips.

Audio Montage: New Option to Move the Edit Cursor to an Envelope Point
New Insert Mode Option for Effect Plug-ins
  • With Insert Mode activated, all plug-ins below the selected slot are automatically moved one step down when you add a new plug-in. See Effects Pane.

Customizable Playback Cursor
  • You can now customize the playback cursor according to your requirements, and to better distinguish it from the edit cursor. See Display Tab (Global Preferences).

Customizable Tooltip Display Delay
Audio Montage: Envelope Points Snapping to Anchors