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Developer(s) Steinberg
Stable release
9.0 / March 15, 2016; 18 months ago (2016-03-15)
Operating system Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or higher
Type Digital audio workstation
License Proprietary
Website Steinberg Product Page

WaveLab is a digital audio editor by Steinberg aimed at the professional as well as the semi-professional market. It supports multi-channel files, DirectX plugin, VST plugin and DVD-Audio creation. WaveLab was for a long time the main competitor to Sound Forge. WaveLab was started in 1995 and it is mainly the work of one programmer, Philippe Goultier. Cut-down versions of WaveLab include WaveLab Studio, WaveLab Essentials and WaveLab LE.


  • Red Book-compatible CD mastering as well as DVD-A authoring
  • Support for bit-rates 8-, 16-, 20-, 24-bit at up to 384 kHz
  • Support for formats including WAV, AIFF, AU, MP3, MP2 (M.U.S.I.C.A.M.), RAW, Windows Media 9, AES31 Import and Export, ...
  • Spectrum Editor with sonogram view
  • Phase Scope
  • DIRAC Time-stretching and Pitch-shifting (WaveLab 7.1 updates DIRAC from version 2.3 to 3.2)
  • Full integration of external effect hardware
  • DDP (Disc Description Protocol)
  • WaveLab 7.1 adds FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) support
  • MasterRig high-end mastering plug-in suite
  • Full M/S support
  • Direct exchange with Cubase and Nuendo
  • Newly designed Master Section
  • High-quality SoX-based Resampler
  • New window docking system
  • WaveLab Project Manager
  • File Group system
  • Clip-based send effect automation (envelope-based), plug-in search, naming scheme and more rendering options

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External links[edit]

  • Steinberg - The software company that developed WaveLab