New Features

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

New Features in Version 12.0.20


Startup Assistant: Design Improvements
  • The design of the Startup Assistant has been optimized, with a special focus on ease of use. See Startup Assistant Window.

Audio Montage: New Option for Resolving Sample Rate Mismatches
  • If the sample rate of your audio montage differs from the sample rates of the audio files that you want to insert into it, as an alternative to creating and using copies of the audio files and setting them to the sample rate of the audio montage, you can now also choose to set the audio montage to the sample rate of the audio files. See Resolving Sample Rate Mismatches between Audio Montages and Audio Files.

Audio Montage: Split to Match
  • This new option on the Process tab in the Audio Montage window allows you to divide the active clip into several smaller clips that are automatically matched to the position and length of selected clips on another track or lane. See Splitting Clips to Match Them to Reference Clips.

More New Features

Loudness and Spectral Profiles: Auto-Update
  • The new Auto-Update option, which is available for the Spectral Profile and the Loudness Profile, prompts WaveLab Pro to automatically perform the corresponding analysis again, as soon as any audio files have been modified. See Loudness Profile Tab.

Improved Search Function for Effect Plug-ins in the Inspector Window and in the Master Section
Audio Montage: Excluding Individual Reference Tracks From Loudness Adjustment
  • When using the Loudness Matching function, you can now prevent individual reference tracks from being affected by the ensuing loudness adjustments. See Loudness Matching for A/B Comparisons.

Rainbow Color Design Helpers

Last but Not Least

New Title Number Variable for Naming Schemes
  • Among the naming scheme auto variables for the Title element, you can now choose whether to set the index to a zero-padded 2-digit number ("01") or to a number whose zero-padding is based on the title count ("1"). See Naming Scheme Dialog.

Loudness Analysis: Adjustable Font Size
Zero Crossing Point Detection: Upward Crossing Point/Any Crossing Point
  • You can now choose whether you want WaveLab Pro to detect any zero crossing point in the audio, or to limit the search to zero crossing points that mark an upward slope. See Editing Tab (Audio Files Preferences).

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 or projects, 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
Enhanced Project Structure and Handling
  • Projects in WaveLab have been conceptually revised with regard to their ease of use. You can now back up entire projects in a consolidated folder or as a ZIP file, allowing you to transfer them to other computers or share them with other users. See Projects.

Loudness Analysis
  • The new Loudness Analysis tool allows you to analyze your audio and to compare it with reference material, to check it against an audio standard, and to create reports of the results. See Loudness Analysis.

Visual Analysis: Loudness Profile
Visual Analysis: Spectral Profile
Audio Montage Backup
  • This new option on the Process tab allows you to copy the audio montage, along with all the files it references, either to a new independent folder or to a ZIP archive file, so that you can use it on another computer or share it with other users. See Process Tab (Audio Montage).

Audio Montage: Sidelining Tracks
  • The Sideline Track option allows you to hide and deactivate tracks, temporarily disconnecting them from the audio montage, and to activate them again at any time. See Sidelining Tracks.

Audio Montage: Null Test Tracks
  • A new track type for use in audio montages is available, allowing you to easily perform null tests in your audio montage. See Null Test Tracks.

Audio Montage: Monitoring Specific Frequency Ranges for A/B Comparisons
Audio Montage: Loudness Matching with Reference Tracks
  • There is now an option to automatically adjust the output of your audio montage to the loudness of a reference track, to provide an objective basis for A/B comparisons. See Loudness Matching for A/B Comparisons.

Master Section: Option to Assign Playback Plug-ins to Speaker Configurations
  • You can now associate up to eight individual speaker configurations with playback plug-in chain presets. See Speaker Configuration Pane.

Rainbow Display
  • In the new Rainbow display, which is available both in the Audio Editor and in the Audio Montage window, audio waveforms are visualized in multiple colors, reflecting the spectral features of the audio material. See Rainbow Display.

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.

ARA Plug-in
  • The WaveLab Pro Audio Editor can now be integrated into various external audio applications that support the ARA interface and VST 3. See WaveLab as an ARA Extension.

More New Features

Black Valve
  • Black Valve is a plug-in dedicated to modern vocal processing, containing various modules for different aspects, such as cleaning, adding more character, and typical vocal effects. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See Black Valve.

  • EQ-P1A is a vintage tube EQ plug-in with a unique sound and a famously low frequency boost and attenuation, based on a classic analog equalizer. It offers low and high shelving filters and an additional high peak filter. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See EQ-P1A.

  • EQ-M5 is a characterful vintage tube EQ plug-in , especially suited for mid processing. It offers low, mid, and high peak filters. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See EQ-M5.

  • Raiser is a versatile limiter plug-in that can increase the loudness of the audio material to a high extent. Its range goes from smooth limiting of solo tracks and full mixes to a rather aggressive limiting, best suited for percussive material. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See Raiser.

  • The SampleAlign plug-in allows you to delay one audio channel in a stereo file, relative to the other channel; that is, to modify the samples of either one of the channels or both the left and the right audio channel. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See SampleAlign.

  • The TestGenerator plug-in comes with an improved signal generator, additional types of waveforms, and noise. It now allows you to use a pulse signal and to activate/deactivate the output signal for each channel separately. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See TestGenerator.

  • VoxComp is a compressor plug-in designed for processing vocals. It uses a highly adaptive algorithm, which makes it easy to achieve the desired results. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See VoxComp.

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.

Rendering to Contextual Folders
  • WaveLab Pro now offers contextual folders as the target location of your rendered audio. See Contextual Folders.

Audio Montage: Optional dB Level Ruler
New Naming Scheme Filter
Automatic Maximum Vertical Zooming
  • This new automatic zoom feature adjusts the waveform view to fill the vertical space, as you horizontally scroll or zoom into quieter sections. See Automatic Maximum Vertical Zooming.

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.

Waveform Overlay
  • You can now overlay the Spectrogram or the Wavelet view of the Audio Editor with the Waveform view and adjust the transparency of the Waveform overlay. See Waveform Overlay.

Audio Cue Point Detection
  • Both in the Audio Editor and in the Audio Montage window, when you select audio by dragging, WaveLab Pro now automatically identifies suitable start and end points for audio segments, which are referred to as Audio Cue Points. See Audio Cue Point Detection.

New Tab-to-Transient Functionality
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: New Clip Alignment Options
  • The Align Clips dialog now offers two additional methods for aligning clips: Alignment to Anchor and Audio Correlation. See Align Clips Dialog.

Audio Montage: Source File Replacement in Bulk
  • The new Bulk Audio File Replacement feature allows you to replace the source audio files of all clips of an audio montage at the same time. See Source File Replacement in Bulk.

Audio Montage: Revised Super Clip Feature
  • The super clip feature has been revised and simplified to make it easier to create, edit, and handle super clips and sub-montages. See Super Clips.

Audio Montage: Activation or Deactivation of All Plug-ins in the Inspector Window
  • The Inspector window now allows you to activate or deactivate all effect plug-ins at the same time. See Inspector Window.

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.

Audio Montage: Safe Mode to Identify Plug-In Issues
Audio Montage: Replicating Plug-in Settings
Audio Montage: New Loudness Meta Normalizer Options for Clips
  • You can now set the active clip in your audio montage to a specific loudness and shift the loudness of all other clips by the same value. In addition to this, WaveLab Pro can now automatically identify and adjust the clip with the highest peak level, so that it meets the specified peak limit, and offset all other clips accordingly. See Loudness Meta Normalizer Dialog.

Audio Montage Consolidation
  • The new Consolidate function gathers all audio files used in an audio montage and saves them in a single folder, thus ensuring that no assets are missing when you transfer your work to another machine or share it with other users. See Audio Montage Consolidation.

Chapter Generator for YouTube and Spotify
Spectral Editing: New Auto-Play Option
  • With the new Auto-Play option activated, the selected audio range is played back automatically, each time you edit the audio material, taking the current pre-roll and post-roll settings into account. See Spectrum Tab.

Increased Maximum Time Range for Spectrum Processing
  • The maximum length of an audio region that WaveLab Pro can handle for spectrum processing has been increased from 60 seconds to 20 minutes. See Spectrum Processing.

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

Audio Montage: Plug-in Warm-Up
  • You can now specify a warm-up phase for plug-ins, which can enhance the interaction between plug-ins and audio montage clips. See All Audio Montages Tab.

Last but Not Least

Enhanced Audio Analyzer Plug-in
  • The Audio Analyzer monopass batch processor plug-in has been enhanced. The plug-in is described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See Audio Analyzer.

Enhanced Meta Leveler and Loudness Meta Normalizer Plug-ins
  • The Meta Leveler and the Loudness Meta Normalizer batch processor plug-ins have been enhanced. The plug-ins are described in the separate document Plug-in Reference. See Meta Leveler and Loudness Meta Normalizer.

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 Time Grid Option
  • You can now display a grid in the Audio Editor or for clips in the Audio Montage window, aligned with time ruler marks; that is, the major ticks on the time ruler. See Time Ruler Menu.

Sample Blocks as a Time Ruler Unit
  • You can now divide the time ruler into Sample Blocks, and you can make adjustments to specify their scope. See Time Format Dialog.

New Option for Opening Files via Drag and Drop or the File Explorer/macOs Finder
  • Using drag and drop or the File Explorer/macOS Finder to open files, you can now choose whether or not to open the most recently used files in conjunction with the new file/files. See Starting WaveLab by Opening Files.

Color-coded Tab Names
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.

Text/Excel as a Supported File Format
  • Following users requests, we re-introduced the option to save audio files as Text/Excel files (file extension .atxt). See Supported File Formats.

Option to Indicate the Timeline position of Rendered Regions and a Date and Time via BWF Metadata
  • In the Metadata dialog, WaveLab Pro 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.

Audio Montage: Stopping Recording When Record Position Reaches Selected Marker
Audio Montage: Option to Bypass All Effects in the Track Control Area
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: Copying Raw Clips to the Active Track
  • You can now copy selected clips in their “raw” state; that is, without any effects or automation applied, to the active track. See Clips Menu.

Improved Text Report Options
  • When exporting clip lists, marker lists, or file lists as text, there are now additional options to choose from in the corresponding dialogs. See Export Clip List as Text Dialog.

Audio Montage: Context Options Info Bar
  • When you move or resize clips in the Audio Montage window, the key commands for the Ripple and the Auto Grouping options are now displayed on a new Context Options info bar above the tab bar. This makes it easy to access them without interrupting your workflow or the need to remember the corresponding key commands. See Options for Moving and Crossfading Clips.

Audio Montage: Including Reference Tracks when Using Ripple and Auto Grouping
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
Audio Montage: Faster Navigation across Envelope Points
Audio Montage: Playing All Title Starts and/or Title Ends
  • You now have the option to play all title starts and/or title ends of an album. See Album Window.

Audio Montage: Increment Value for ISCR Codes
Audio Montage: New Album Wizard Option to Adjust Markers without Changing the Clip Positions
  • You can now insert markers while maintaining the positions of the clips in the titles of your album. See Album Wizard Dialog.

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.

Importing Markers from CSV Files
Redesigned Spectrogram Options Dialog
Adding Master Section Plug-ins to a Batch Processor Using Drag and Drop
Combining Plug-in Chains in the Batch Processor
Auto-Hide Option for Slide-Out Windows
  • You can now choose whether you want slide-out windows to automatically close when you click outside of the window or shift the focus to another part of the application or to keep them open. See Display Tab (Global Preferences).

Adjustable Edit Cursor Blink Rate
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: Option to Show or Hide Clip Side Cues
  • You can now choose whether to show or hide clip side cues; that is, small red arrows at the right or left border of a clip that indicate that the clip has been trimmed and only part of it is currently visible. See All Audio Montages Tab.

Audio Montage: Envelope Points Snapping to Anchors