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What is new in WaveLab 9.5

WaveLab Pro 9.5 introduces many improvements for mastering and editing workflows as well as carefully selected features for audio refinement and polishing. Ranging from a top-notch Spectrum Editor to the new restoration plug-in suite to the unique Audio Inpainting technology alongside a redesigned and enhanced plug-in set — WaveLab 9.5 is a quantum leap in audio quality.



New features at a glance

  • Pristine 64-bit floating-point audio engine with double-precision processing capabilities and 32-bit integer recording support
  • Modern Spectrogram offering a customizable view, color schemes with presets, display settings, psychoacoustic scales and more
  • Brand-new Wavelet display for a more accurate visual representation of the musical content of an audio file
  • State-of-the-art Spectrum Editor with a whole new set of tools and functionality to surgically edit in the Spectrogram
  • Patent-pending Audio Inpainting technology to recreate and/or replace corrupt audio material by logically using the spectral information of the surrounding area
  • Redesigned Error Correction tab for straightforward and easy detection and correction of clicks and errors
  • New RestoreRig plug-in suite including a DeClicker, DeCrackler, DePopper, DeNoiser and DeBuzzer
  • Live Spectrogram for real-time visualization of the spectral information of a signal during recording or playback
  • Revamped plug-in set including new batch processing modules, enhancements in MasterRig, a GUI redesign in most dynamic-effects as well as new processing algorithms
  • Apple Touch Bar support for easy and direct access to your favorite tasks and functions at your fingertips
  • Further improvements including high DPI support, bleep censor generator, gapless MP3 rendering, iXML track name support and much more

Comprehensive spectral editing functionality

Overhauled Spectrogram

WaveLab 9.5 offers a new, modern and better looking Spectrogram with many additional display settings to allow you to meticulously find and edit that particular frequency you are looking for. The Spectrogram offers a customizable view, display settings, color schemes with presets, psychoacoustic scales and all this with unprecedented speed and performance.


Brand-new Wavelet display

Alongside the new Spectrogram, WaveLab Pro 9.5 introduces a Wavelet display that allows you to visualize the musical content of your audio file more accurately, since the analysis is based on musical pitch scaling. The Wavelet display performs a dynamic energy distribution in the whole frequency range, showing a higher time resolution in high frequencies and a higher frequency resolution in lower frequencies. As well as the new Spectrogram, the Wavelet display is also highly customizable and presets can be stored.


State-of-the-art Spectrum Editor

In accordance with the new ribbon and tabs concept introduced in WaveLab 9, version 9.5 now offers a dedicated Spectrum tab, with a wide range of brand-new tools and functions that enable very accurate yet flexible spectral editing, always available right there when and where you need them.

Alongside the standard rectangle selection tool, many new selection options have been added to the toolset including Lasso for drawing a free shape of selection, Brush that allows you to paint a selection and a Magic Wand that automatically analyses and selects the surrounding spectral content with similar dB magnitude with a single mouse click. It is also possible to automatically select one or more harmonics of a selected fundamental frequency.

And not only the amount of selection tools is larger, but also a range of new processing functionality has been added, e.g. the possibility to add a watermark to the Spectrogram, be it text or a picture as well as several fine-tuning settings for the most demanding audio engineers.


Audio Inpainting

You may have heard of the Inpainting terminology from graphics editing software, and now WaveLab Pro 9.5 has implemented it for audio. Audio Inpainting is Steinberg’s patent-pending technology to remove unwanted noise from your audio material and replace it meaningfully by analyzing the spectral information of the surrounding area and recreating the missing content in a logical way. This can also be used in other cases, such as to regenerate missing audio caused by an audio dropout or to get rid of audio artifacts.

You can set up the resolution and precision of the algorithm, the persistence of the original audio material, as well as the range of the area to be used as reference by using the Show Surrounding Region option to achieve different results.


New Error Correction tab

The error correction toolset in WaveLab has also been redesigned and transferred to the new Error Correction tab, allowing for an intuitive worflow and quick access to all functions speeding up the process of finding and correcting clicks and errors in your audio material. Additionally to the usability enhancements, the Error Correction tab now also includes the Audio Inpainting algorithm, so that you can repair your audio files without necessarily being an expert in spectral editing.



RestoreRig is WaveLab’s new plug-in suite comprising three modules: DeNoiser, DeBuzzer and DeClicker (the latter consisting also of a DePopper and a DeCrackler) unified in one single user interface. With a Gain control, a Level and a spectrum meter, the new RestoreRig offers a very flexible and accurate restoration toolset to detect and remove unwanted noise and audio artifacts in real time. Also, each module has an independent Noise Listening mode to monitor only the noise that is being removed from the audio. With its high-quality, freshly coded algorithms and modern user interface, RestoreRig replaces the seven-year-old restoration plug-in suite from Sonnox.


New and enhanced plug-ins

MasterRig improvements

Introduced in WaveLab Pro 9, MasterRig is the most powerful mastering plug-in suite available today, and in version 9.5 it has now gotten even better!

  • The Maximizer in the Limiter module now includes a new Modern mode algorithm as well as a Mix controller, opening up more possibilities to achieve the perfect sound.
  • The Equalizer module also includes new functionality, adding two new cut slopes of 6 dB and 96 dB to the first and last EQ bands, as well as an independent Linear Phase mode for each band.

ProElements (partly)

Tube Compressor

While the sound quality of a plug-in is of most importance, a nice and modern look can also be inspiring when adding effects to your music, which is why our warm-sounding Tube Compressor got a very stylish new user interface. And not only that: there’s also a new Character parameter that adds harmonics to the higher frequencies while not saturating the lower frequencies, making your sound crisp and bright.


Vintage Compressor

WaveLab’s Vintage Compressor also got a new, better-looking user interface that will make you think you are working with analog gear when using it. Just like with the Tube Compressor, the Vintage Compressor also adds a new parameter, namely a Mix control that allows you to balance the compressed and uncompressed signals. This addition makes it possible to perform parallel compression with only one parameter.


Other redesigned plug-ins

  • The Maximizer not only got a face-lift, but also boasts the same in-depth algorithm overhaul as MasterRig’s Limiter. Choose between the Classic mode and the new Modern mode to get a much richer sound, while keeping it transparent, bright and clear.
  • The new AutoPan offers a much bigger variety and flexibility to creatively play with your sound in space. Make use of various shapes, random modes, panorama settings and more — all quickly accessible via the new user interface.
  • Similar to the current Cubase and Nuendo versions, WaveLab’s plug-in set is being constantly updated. Dynamic plug-ins such as Brickwall Limiter, Compressor, Expander, Gate and Envelope Shaper received a whole GUI redesign to help you get the most out of your state-of-the-art effects processors.

ProElements (partly)

Batch Processor plug-ins

WaveLab Pro 9.5 is also an excellent tool for sound designers and sound library creators, since many new features are tailored to those working with a large number of audio files that need to be polished to the highest standards. To facilitate and speed up your work, two new Batch Processor plug-ins have been added:

  • Audio Mixer that mixes an audio file, e.g. a beep or a watermark, into other audio files at defined intervals. This can be very useful when creating demo versions of your audio files before publishing them.
  • Delay next Process Activation that delays the processing starting point of the next plug-in in the effects-chain for a defined time, e.g. to avoid processing and consequently damaging the transients or the attack of drum samples when using batch processing.


Other Improvements

Live Spectrogram

WaveLab Pro 9.5 is the most sophisticated solution for spectral editing and as such, it must include a Live Spectrogram meter.

The Live Spectrogram offers a real-time visual representation of the frequency spectrum of your audio file during playback. Should you have any real-time plug-in effects loaded, the live spectrogram will show you how those plug-ins are affecting the spectral information of your audio as it is being processed. Changes in any effects parameters during playback will be dynamically displayed as well. This is a very nice addition to the Metering section of WaveLab Pro, helping you keep an eye on the whole frequency range of your files when using real-time processors.

The live Spectrogram is also useful to monitor the frequency content of an audio signal as it is being recorded.


High DPI support

WaveLab 9.5 is the first Steinberg application to offer full support for modern high-resolution displays throughout the whole application, excluding the plug-in set (for now). For more information regarding high DPI support in WaveLab, please visit the knowledge base article.


Apple Touch Bar support

WaveLab 9.5 is also compatible with the Apple Touch Bar of new MacBook computers. The context-related default set of user actions can be individually customized to have always access to your most used tools and functions at your fingertips. The context of the Touch Bar elements is linked to the currently selected WaveLab editor, so that you can define different tools and actions for any editor independently of each section.


Double-Precision Audio Engine

Taking a closer look at audio quality, WaveLab 9.5.20 introduces a pristine 64-bit floating-point audio engine that puts the quality into audio or, better yet, preserves its quality by delivering detailed and articulate post-processing results. Naturally, the engine also supports 32-bit integer recording while the included plug-in set boasts double-precision processing capabilities as well.

Workflow improvements

Since we listen to our users’ feature requests, WaveLab 9.5 includes many new features to speed up your workflow and make your WaveLab experience even better.


  • The meters’ input point can now be set to any position of the effects-chain in the Master section.
  • Render settings can now be stored as presets.
  • Clip gain can now be applied to the pre or the post-effect chain. This new option will enhance the use of dynamics and saturation effects on the clip level.
  • The Meta Normalizer can now analyze the clip gain before or after the clip effect chain. This will allow you to use loudness normalizing before any gain changes introduced by a clip effect.
  • Bypass Master section now doesn’t bypass the Playback processing section. This is especially useful when using Room Correction plug-ins.
  • Import cue sheet is no longer limited to 44.1 kHz but now works with any sample rate.
  • The offset-time between mouse and cursor positions is now displayed on the status bar.

ProElements (partly)


  • New Auto Save Master Section preset in Render options
  • New Folder Name variables for the Save As menu and the naming scheme.
  • MP3 Gapless option, to render MP3 files matching the length of the original PCM file. This is useful when producing e.g. audio loops in MP3 format.
  • MP3 VBR Header support to include an index header
  • Bleep Censor generator, e.g. to replace an offensive wording in an interview
  • Metadata import and remapping - iXML track name support
  • New Batch Processor option to read raw files without a valid header and reinterpret sample rate stamps - New scripting functions - Audio File Comparer enhancements
  • Mac option to omit special characters in rendered file names
  • New key commands

ProElements (partly)

DDP Player

Complementary for our WaveLab Pro 9.5 users, a new DDP Player developed by Steinberg is available as a separate installer next to your regular WaveLab Pro 9.5 installer. This DDP Player is a license-free application that can be used to import and playback DDP images created with WaveLab. As a mastering engineer it is a very helpful tool to give away to your clients, so that they can check the DDP images of your mastered CD before sending it to pressing and duplication.


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