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Wavelab 5.0

Powerful And User-Friendly Stereo and Surround Sound Editor


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WaveLab 5.0 is a fast audio editing and mastering software available for Windows XP or Windows 2000. This is just another program I would like to see on the Mac platform too.

It combines a very user-friendly stereo editor with a whole range of processing capabilities, effects, Red-Book compatible CD burning software, audio analysis, an audio file database, batch processing and sampler support.

Since version 3.0 it has a nondestructive editing concept.

It is a software that supports CD and DVD audio in one user interface. and DVD audio authoring

Surround audio up to 8 channels in WMA 5.1 or DVD audio.

In order to use the surround capabilities of this software you would need a soundcard with 5.1 or 7.1 sound and speakers that fit. If you only need stereo editing you can stay with version 4 which is a lot cheaper.


  • 24-Bit Wave Editor
  • Multitrack Audio Arranging
  • CD Burning
  • Batch Processor
  • Real-time Editing in 32-bit floating point precision
  • High quality sound effects
  • Supports many formats
  • Sampler Support
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo


  • Not for Mac
  • quite expensive

Manufacturers Homepage: Steinberg

Platform: PC (Windows 95/98, ME, 2000, NT)

Typical User: Multimedia Producers, Mastering Facilities, Recording Studios, Sound designer