CD Authoring software

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by pablotx, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. pablotx

    pablotx Guest

    We have been outsourcing our mastering for a while. One house has been using Waveburner to author the CD. I am looking for recommendations for other software with same functionality. I don't plan on doing any mastering with it, just want to clean up some fades and stuff for simple CDs.

  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    CD Architect or Wavelab would be my first two choices for the PC and I guess Bias for the Mac.

    Most of these have demos you can download and see which one is the one for you.

    I have been using Wavelab since version 1.6 and I love it.
  3. Wooly

    Wooly Guest

    I liked Wavelab also. Good sounding program. It really rocks if you get the Ozone 3 plug for it.

    I wish they had this set up for mac.
  4. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    see the soundblade thread.
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Wavelab has more bells & whistles - CD Architect is a bit more simple & solid (and much cheaper also).

    I'll save my comments on Ozone... :shock:
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Personally, since I do a lot of video and audio, I have enjoyed using the Sony, Sonic Foundry Vegas program for all of my CD mastering. I used to use, years ago, the original version of CD architect. Generally, I have already made my recording the way I want it to sound but the beautiful thing about both CD architect and Vegas are the ability to lap dissolve between cuts and allow you to place the start code or "PQ" codes anyplace you want them to be, which should always be approximately one second prior to the beginning of the sound. Otherwise if placed at the very beginning of the sound you will cause, what we refer to as an "up-cut" which means it will cut into the first few milliseconds of your song and you don't want that. The other reason is that I do a lot of live shows and do not want individual cuts but rather to continue the ambience of the crowd, all the while still editing down extraneous waiting time or, noises for what sounds like, a continuous performance without any fade outs, between cuts. These newer versions of these CD mastering programs will also allow you to add other plug-ins for limiting or equalization on the fly.
  7. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004

    pc or mac??
  8. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I use Sonic solutions mainly...but CD arch and Nero (for burning) along with Sound forge (Sony) for editing..are alternatives. it depends on which computer I happen to be at.
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