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Steinberg WaveLab Essential 6

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Personal Audio Editing with Full Podcast Facilities...

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WaveLab Essential 6 offers a high-value suite of audio editing tools tailored to the needs of musicians, smaller recording environments and podcast authors. Introducing a new level of functionality at a very low price point, the completely redesigned WaveLab Essential 6 provides a full complement of streamlined editing and CD/DVD burning capabilities. The integrated podcast tools combine professional editing, restoration and mastering capabilities with full internet audio publishing features, creating a unique one-stop application for recording, editing, CD burning right through to online publication via podcast. WaveLab Essential 6 is also an ideal extension to both Sequel and Cubase.

  • Podcast creation and publishing
  • Redbook compatible CD burning with CD-Text
  • Stereo non-destructive editing with versatile clip grouping over multiple lanes
  • Powerful real-time engine with integration of clip-based and global effect plug-ins
  • Superior audio processors
  • Video track for sample accurate alignment of audio and video
  • Sample accurate audio editor with crystal clear audio processing at up to 96 kHz and 32 bit floating point resolution

Audio Editing

As part of the WaveLab family, WaveLab Essential 6 is based on award-wining technology from Steinberg’s WaveLab editing and mastering application, and combines the features of many other programs into one intuitive and flexible application.

WaveLab Essential 6 features sample-accurate stereo combined with impressive effects for sound design. Depending on the editing task, users may chose between a destructive stereo editor and the powerful non-destructive, clip-based Audio CD Montage.

The Audio CD Montage allows real-time fades and cross fades, clip-based effects and global effects through the Master Section. Every change and edit can be undone with the unlimited undo/redo capability. No other single software tool can match the WaveLab Essential 6 feature set in its price range.

Audio CD Montage

The Audio CD Montage is the heart of the non-destructive, real-time editing processes in WaveLab Essential 6. All editing tasks and actions are either processed in real-time or rendered into the audio material. The powerful Audio CD Montage environment supports not only two audio tracks but also a video track for audio-to-video editing.

Audio files in the Audio CD Montage are shown as so-called clips. Each clip is actually merely a window on either a part or the entire length of an audio file. The selection can be enlarged, reduced or just moved over the audio material (known as sliding). The advanced Crossfade handling in the Audio CD Montage includes freely movable crossfade handles and symmetric resizing to come up with the perfect crossfade. Grouping of clips in a montage provides an easy way to edit fades for multiple clips across tracks. Up to four plug-ins can be used globally on any montage.

CD Mastering

CD Mastering is more than just squeezing maximum loudness out of music tracks and putting these into the right order for creating a CD.
A mastering studio has to match and adjust levels, equalization, spatial integration and many other audio aspects between different audio tracks in order to create a coherent acoustic experience across the entire CD.

WaveLab Essential 6 makes the creation of complex transitions and cross fades between titles very easy. WaveLab Essential 6 provides intuitive track assembly, audio editing, cross fades and effects processing. You can even create full colour CD covers and labels right out of the project. No other audio editing software offers such a complete set of CD mastering features in this price range.

Audio for Video

With its “smart” video thumbnail track, WaveLab Essential 6 is the perfect tool for audio-for-video editing. WaveLab Essential allows for far more accurate and detailed audio editing than the typical video editing software. From trimming and editing audio clips to complex sound design – WaveLab Essential 6 offers the full spectrum of audio editing and processing tools needed to turn a flat-sounding movie soundtrack into a powerful and impressive sonic experience. WaveLab Essential 6 can be used to create sound effects, looped background music beds, impressively clear and “in the face” dialog or even complex multi-track edits using the CD Montage window. Use WaveLab Essential 6 to edit the audio track of a video clip extracted from the video file. Or run WaveLab Essential 6 as the audio editing front-end of your preferred video editor. With XSend and XReceive, WaveLab Essential 6 can be integrated seamlessly into any AV workstation, e.g. Pinnacles Liquid Edition.


This growing internet standard is now fully supported by WaveLab. Simple and intuitive user interface allows to create basic or complex Podcasts from A to Z, without ever quitting WaveLab. The perfect integration in the WaveLab audio recording and editing environment makes it a unique solution on the market.

WaveLab Essential 6 supports the complete podcast standard RSS 2.0 specification. Not only audio files but also video and PDF files can be integrated. Pictures are automatically scaled to the right size. The integrated FTP client transfers the podcast quickly and efficiently over to the server without stopping work on audio files in WaveLab Essential 6. Podcast descriptions can be imported as an HTML file, locally saved picture files are automatically saved with the audio onto the server when a podcast is published. To help create new episodes of the podcast even faster, WaveLab Essential 6 includes user-definable templates. WaveLab Essential 6 can also create podcasts directly for iTunes.

File formats

WaveLab Essential 6 supports major audio file formats like WAV, AIFF, SD II, AU, MP3, MP2 (M.U.S.I.C.A.M.), OGG, PAF, ALAW, ULAW, VOX, OSQ, WMA etc. In combination with the powerful batch converting function, WaveLab Essential 6 becomes the tool of choice for any file-conversion task.

Master Section

The Master Section offers important monitoring functions like the level meter, global bypass switch, Mono button and Dropout indicator. Four slots for VST and DirectX plug-ins are also available in the Master Section, as are top-grade dithering and noise shaping algorithms. Plug-in presets allow easy recalling of your favourite combinations of plug-ins and settings, while the Render function puts finished master only one click away.


WaveLab Essential 6 includes a complete suite of sophisticated audio plug-ins such as EQ, Compressor, Dynamics and Reverb. The DeNoiser and DeClicker plug-ins are excellent realtime tools for audio restauration while Crystal Resampler is professional sample rate converter providing exceptional transparency and preservation of the frequency content up to 192 kHz.

Audio Analysis

Detailed information about the audio material and its properties is absolutely essential to almost any audio editing and mastering task. WaveLab Essential 6 offers three analysis tools displaying in crystal clarity important aspects of the audio material: level meter, spectum meter and oscilloscope. These tools help zoom in on glitches and other aberrations, ready to be fixed using the WaveLab Essential 6 editing tools.

Minimum System Requirements

The minimum system requirements state the minimal specification your computer must have to be able to use the software. A more powerful system may be required for certain tasks or larger projects. You can find more information about computer system specification and setup here.

  • Intel / AMD Prozessor 800 MHz minimum
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 80 MB of free disk space
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista (32-bit only)
  • Windows MME compatible audio hardware is required (ASIO compatible audio hardware recommended)
  • Internet connection required for license activation
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Wavelab Essential 6

This is a well spec'd product for the price, it's got some great tools for mastering wave files and writing red book CDs, however I have encountered a problem with this product, the CD driver does not support my CD drive, whuich prevents me from writing CDs, apparently a common problem when you read the Steinberg forums.
There doesn't seem to be an easy fix for this problem, so I contacted Dolphin customer support to ask if I could send it back, they said probably not because it is software and I'd opened the box, that is fair enough but I had bought this as B-Stock and the box had been opened by the previous owner, Dolphin were getting back to me but never did. I've ended up buying Sony CD Architect, wish I'd have done that in the first place.

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