Budget Mastering Software

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by quietman, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. quietman

    quietman Active Member


    I havn't been on the forum for a while but I now have a set of tracks I want to master to CD. I was thinking about getting either Wavelabs Essential 7 or Sony CD Architect 5.2 to 'Red Book' master.

    Any thoughts on either or other suggestions?

    Also what's the best format to master from my DAW i.e. wav, FLAC, AIFF etc... I normally just bounce down to mp3 to go onto soundcloud but this is obviously for a very different reason.
  2. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    I think you mean burning industry compliant CD masters as opposed to mastering audio, right?

    In terms of your DAW, broadcast wave is a standard format. Some lesser used formats are AIFF and SD-II.
  3. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Wavelab is a wonderful full functioning program. If your intent is to master and burn for basically your own enjoyment, as well as, friends & family it's a good way to go. However, if your intent is to send the finished product out to be duplicated you may want to really consider having the tracks mastered by a professional engineer.

    NOTE: On second reading I see that you were talking about the Wavelab Essentials software which I believe should actually be called Wavelab Lite. My comment was referring to the complete software package.
  4. quietman

    quietman Active Member

    Thanks, I bought Wavelab Elements... so up and running now!!

  5. BobbyRose23

    BobbyRose23 Active Member

    How is wavelab essentials? I am thinking about buying it, I have cubase as my DAW
  6. BobbyRose23

    BobbyRose23 Active Member

    How do you like wavelab elements?


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