Steinberg WaveLab Elements v9.5.40


Steinberg WaveLab Elements
Steinberg WaveLab Elements

The ideal choice for project studios, podcasters and musicians

WaveLab Elements is an audio editing and mastering software, perfectly tailored to hobby musicians, radio freelancers and home studio owners. Based on the approved WaveLab Pro mastering solution, the WaveLab Elements highlights proven editing and analysis tools, a valuable selection of restoration and mastering plug-ins, a CD burning engine and much more — all accessible through an intuitive user interface.


Key features

  • Leading solution for audio mastering, editing & batch processing
  • EBU-R128 loudness metering & processing, loudness graph
  • Workspace concept, intuitive speaker and plug-in management
  • Sonnox Restoration Suite, error correction & spectrum-editing
  • Watch Folders for automated drag-and-drop batch processing
  • 40+ plug-ins incl. iZotope MBIT+ Dither & Voxengo CurveEQ
  • Analysis tools with 3D & global analysis, 8 metering scales
  • Encoder Checker for quality comparison of audio codecs
  • 15+ file formats, DDP image creation & CD burning engine
  • Steinberg’s comprehensive audio editing and mastering suiteProfessional editing tools for precise cutting & high-res zooming
  • DDP image creation and extensive metadata support

Why WaveLab

WaveLab belongs to the very first mastering applications available, its history stretching all the way back to 1995. Over the years WaveLab has seen several milestones in software mastering but, at the same time, has always retained its focus on its sole purpose: to provide the best workflow and tools for mastering, editing and restoration.

Audio editing and mastering

WaveLab features sample-accurate stereo and multi-track audio editing combined with an impressive set of tools that expedite your workflow. In sum, WaveLab is the most powerful and versatile mastering application on the market today and combines the facilities of many other products within one, intuitive, flexible application.

  • Powerful clip-based Audio Montage for stereo or multi-track projects
  • Supports audio files with up to 384kHz in 24-bit quality
  • Track-based effects, master effect section and master section
  • Unlimited undo/red, powerful batch processing and archiving features
  • Speaker management for monitoring several loudspeaker setups
  • High-quality set of plug-ins and processors including iZotope's MBIT+™ Dithering, Voxengo's CurveEQ and mastering-grade VST 3 plug-ins
  • Intuitive marker system and master transport panel for fast project navigation
  • Comprehensive audio analysis suite and metering functions
  • Advanced editing toolset with high-resolution zooming

Audio restoration

WaveLab highlights advanced spectrum editing and error correction tools. And with the Sonnox DeNoiser, DeClicker and DeBuzzer tools, it also includes the latest restoration plug-in technology available on the market — best suited to accurately restore impaired audio recordings.

  • Spectrum editing for correction of errors deeply hidden in the frequency spectrum
  • Error correction tools with analysis and automatic correction tools
  • DeNoiser effectively removes constant background noise
  • DeClicker is the right choice to eliminate pops, clicks and crackles
  • DeBuzzer removes humming noises like the mains hum

CD & DDP 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. With WaveLab you can 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.

  • Support for the industry-standard DDP format
  • Create a DDP image for exchange with the CD manufacturer
  • Create complex transitions and crossfades between titles
  • Intuitive track assembly and audio editing
  • Extensive marker management and PQ editing

Broadcast production

Besides outstanding sound quality and data integrity, WaveLab offers an efficient workflow experience and flexible system integration which are the key requirements in professional broadcast facilities.

  • 24-bit / 384 kHz resolution and 32-bit floating-point precision
  • Fully equipped EBU-compliant loudness metering and processing
  • Supports MPEG 1 Layer 2 (MUSICAM) file format and Broadcast WAV
  • Powerful scripting capabilities including API scripting interface
  • Supports multiple file formats and metadata inclusion

Interviews & field recording

WaveLab is an ideal tool for radio journalists — and that's why it is being used as field recording application as well as for recording, editing and exporting interviews.

  • Intuitive recording setup and versatile monitoring capabilities
  • Record, analyse, master, batch-process and render the recorded audio files right to the desired formats

Institutional applications

WaveLab’s powerful recording and processing features have made it the first choice for scientific audio archiving and restoration as well as audio laboratory applications including forensic analysis.

  • Reliable, flexible and easy-to-use application
  • Highly customizable workflow and powerful user-preset and batch processing features
  • Perfect integration into practically any audio laboratory environment


  • OS X 10.11 or later
  • Intel Core Duo 2 Processor or higher, 8GB RAM or more recommended


  • Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Intel Core Duo 2 / AMD Multi-core Processor or higher, 8GB RAM or more recommended

Wavelab v9.5.40


  • Rendering - Rendering All Selected Clips now follows the order they are positioned in the timeline. The names of the rendered clips will be shown in the progress dialog.
  • Plug-ins - Several plug-in GUIs have been revised and now support high-DPI/Retina displays.
  • See Full updates and bug fixes

Wavelab v9.5.30 - June 2018

The Phasescope includes new styles such as Particules and Filament, a Remanence setting and anti-aliasing graphics. The Bit Meter now also displays the bit density. See full updates and bug fixes.

Wavelab v9.5.20 - March 2018

The update introduces a state-of-the-art 64-bit floating-point audio engine with double-precision processing power. Furthermore, a new Speech algorithm for the RestoreRig has been added to the DeNoiser module.

In addition, the update provides fixes and improvements throughout several areas of the application.