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And budget friendly?

Compatible with LE 8 Pro Tools? Or stand alone for newer macs?

Rock music. Coming from tape.

Recommendations welcome.

Thanks so much.

H.

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Not sure what budget friendly means to you but I would recommend WaveLab, the most recent version seems to be really good.

I personally use Reaper for mastering. That's certainly budget-friendly, but requires you to use some scripting and SWS extensions in order to automate specific mastering duties like metadata insertion when rendering multiple tracks, DDP authoring etc.
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Have a look at Izotope software. They are always discounting the Elements series and on occasion offer their pro versions as discounted packages.
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Both Izotope and Wavelab are very good. I use the standard version of Izotope and I also have the Elements version of Wavelab.

If you’re not planning to produce CDs, you don’t generally need to put metadata into the digital files and you can avoid the complexity of DDP authoring. For streaming services, metadata is held outside the files and you put it in using your music distributor’s system.

If you are just going for streaming, you don’t necessarily need a specialist package, but you can just use your DAW. The main tools you will need are a good compressor, EQ, limiter, and sample rate / format converter, and some good metering.
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RichardT wrote:Both Izotope and Wavelab are very good. I use the standard version of Izotope and I also have the Elements version of Wavelab.

If you’re not planning to produce CDs, you don’t generally need to put metadata into the digital files and you can avoid the complexity of DDP authoring. For streaming services, metadata is held outside the files and you put it in using your music distributor’s system.

If you are just going for streaming, you don’t necessarily need a specialist package, but you can just use your DAW. The main tools you will need are a good compressor, EQ, limiter, and sample rate / format converter, and some good metering.

Thanks very much. I’m trying to find a version that will
Be compatible with 10.5.8 OS X because I have a stand alone system with an older pro tools that I just use LE 8 on purely to track.

I’m wondering if they still release older versions of software compatible with OS X leopard as I’m finding most of the software manufactures dont. If you’ve got any insight into this, I’d be really appreciative.

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hannahjazzz wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:57 pm
RichardT wrote:Both Izotope and Wavelab are very good. I use the standard version of Izotope and I also have the Elements version of Wavelab.

If you’re not planning to produce CDs, you don’t generally need to put metadata into the digital files and you can avoid the complexity of DDP authoring. For streaming services, metadata is held outside the files and you put it in using your music distributor’s system.

If you are just going for streaming, you don’t necessarily need a specialist package, but you can just use your DAW. The main tools you will need are a good compressor, EQ, limiter, and sample rate / format converter, and some good metering.

Thanks very much. I’m trying to find a version that will
Be compatible with 10.5.8 OS X because I have a stand alone system with an older pro tools that I just use LE 8 on purely to track.

I’m wondering if they still release older versions of software compatible with OS X leopard as I’m finding most of the software manufactures dont. If you’ve got any insight into this, I’d be really appreciative.

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Hi Hannah, I would not expect them to. Most software vendors only support the most recent couple of OS versions.
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