A Resource for Learning & Mastering Wavelab


Below you’ll find links to some of the 3rd party software used in the livestreams that help me navigate and work more efficiently in WaveLab Pro and beyond.

  • WaveLab Updates & Downloads

    Here’s a link to the latest WaveLab downloads on the Steinberg website.

  • Path Finder

    I’ve been using this app as an alternative to the Mac Finder. I like that this app automatically resizes the column width so you can see the full file name, use the legacy file and folder coloring scheme so you can actually see it again, and much more.

  • Default Folder X

    This is a great utility app to help you navigate to recent files and folders when saving or opening files in WaveLab (and other apps). You’ll wonder how you worked so long without it.

  • Copy'em Paste

    A great clipboard management app. You can save lists of commonly used text, and assign shortcuts for commonly used text. Great for initial naming of projects, and creating folder and file paths in WaveLab.

  • Alfred

    A great productivity app that allows you to quickly launch apps, paste custom text via shortcuts, view your clipboard history for easy pasting of recently copied text, and so much more.

  • MailButler

    A great add-on to your Apple Mail app to schedule emails, and easily use email templates when sending out master files to your clients.

  • NeoFinder

    A great MacOS app to catalog all of your hard drives. I use this to create a database of all my archive hard disks so I can quickly and easily find old files/projects, as well as to catalog/index my current working audio drive which comes in handy for misc tasks as well.

    The database files can be stored in Dropbox so you can access and search ALL your drives at any time, even if you’re on another computer or your iPhone.

  • Carbon Copy Cloner

    I use Carbon Copy Cloner for a few things.

    To start with, I have a 2nd SSD in my Mac Pro and every 15 minutes, Carbon Copy Cloner mounts this backup drive, copies any new or changed files from my working audio SSD to the backup SSD, and then it unmounts the backup drive so that I can’t be accidentally working from the backup drive. This way, the most work I could ever lose in theory is 15 minutes and the backups are fully automated and I don’t have to think about it. It’s also come in handy a few times when I’ve overwritten a file or done something stupid and catch it right away. I can easily mount the backup disk and retrieve a previous iteration of a file. My backup drive is twice as large as my working audio drive so that I also have a nice cache of recently deleted or modified files in case of emergency.

    I also use CCC to easily run backups of my growing family of archive hard disks which are stored in an OWC Thunderbay 8 . With the right settings in CCC, I just insert the bare backup drive of any given archive disk to my drive dock, and CCC updates any new or changed files to the backup disk of my archives. I keep the bare archive disk in a fireproof safe, and the actual archive disks are stored in an OWC Thunderbay 8 so that in a few seconds, I can turn the Thunerbay on and have access to ALL my archived mastering projects. NeoFinder (mentioned above) makes it easy to search for files. The Thunderbay 8 and the 8 spinning HDD disks are somewhat loud so I only turn it on when looking for files.

    Lastly, I have a little pocket-sized 1TB OWC Envoy Pro mini that I just stick in my Mac Pro a few times per day and it quickly and easily backs up my working audio drive in a matter of seconds or minute or so and then I put it back in my pocket. This way, in a worst case scenario (fire, explosion, flood, natural disaster), I have essentially all my working projects in my pocket at all times. I have CCC set to start the backup whenever this pocket-sized backup is inserted into the computer so I don’t even have to do anything, the backup automatically starts and only new or changed files are updated on the backup drive.

  • Ian Shepherd's Perception Plugin

    This is a great plugin for doing level matched A/B comparisons while mastering. The global master section in WaveLab has something similar called Smart Bypass but this plugin works inside the audio montage, unlike Smart Bypass in the global master section.