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Best Mastering DAW 2019 ?
Old 23rd March 2019
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Best Mastering DAW 2019 ?

What is best DAW for mastering in 2019 ?

1. Prism Sound Sadie
2. Steinberg Wavelab
3. Izotope Ozone
4. IK Multimedia T-racks
5. Normal DAW like Pro tools / Steinberg nuendo / logic or ... ?
6 ..... ?

My Parameters are :
1. Best quality
2. More headroom dbfs to dbu
3. 64 bit transparent .
4. Plugin quality
5 . Stability
6. specially for mastering
Old 23rd March 2019
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Been asked and answered multiple times. Do a search!
Old 23rd March 2019
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What is best DAW for mastering in 2019 ?

1. Prism Sound Sadie
2. Steinberg Wavelab
3. Izotope Ozone
4. IK Multimedia T-racks
5. Normal DAW like Pro tools / Steinberg nuendo / logic or ... ?
6 ..... ?

My Parameters are :
1. Best quality
2. More headroom dbfs to dbu
3. 64 bit transparent .
4. Plugin quality
5 . Stability
6. specially for mastering
really weird questions.
T-Racks? Ozone? those are not DAWs. 64 bit transparent huh?

there is no best. it's about ergonomics - diff people prefer diff. tools.

tailored for mastering? Wavelab, Samp/Sequoia, Sadie, Pyramix ...some would say Reaper too.
Old 23rd March 2019
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Yeah. This topic has been done to death. Also, because mastering DAWs were primarily PC only up until recently, there are more options for PC than Mac.

So, you should also state or consider if you have a Mac or PC preference.

Ozone is not a mastering DAW. T-Racks kind of is but you have to use only their plugins as far as I know so I rule that one out too.

WaveLab is my favorite. I combine it with a "normal DAW" being REAPER because REAPER is better at the analog I/O, and WaveLab is amazing at the final steps of the mastering process or all "in the box" mastering. REAPER lacks any mastering specific feature IMO to use just REAPER.

If you're on PC, you can look at Samplitude, Sequoia, or Pyramix.

If you're on Mac you can look at DSP Quattro or Triumph.

More here:
The Importance and Benefits of a Dedicated Mastering DAW
Old 23rd March 2019
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REAPER
Old 23rd March 2019
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2. More headroom dbfs to dbu
What in the heck does this mean?
Old 23rd March 2019
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Ozone has a standalone mode, but it's really just a self-contained plug-in bundle. You can't manipulate files with it the way you would with something like Reaper. Ozone is best used as a module inside of another program.
Old 23rd March 2019
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Old 23rd March 2019
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Wavelab or Sequoia. Wavelab is more affordable. All daws have the ability to master, but certain software are designed specifically for mastering. Then again it’s a preference thing too. Find one that suits your workflow and run with it.
Old 23rd March 2019
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If money isn’t an object and you’re a pc user, hard to beat sequoia. Wavelab is much less but full service. There are Other options with great features. Studio One project mode. I recently started using Reaper for pitch and catch. Reaper coupled with Hofa DDP Maker is a fantastic combo!!
Old 23rd March 2019
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Magix sequoia is the King and Samplitude the Prince
Old 23rd March 2019
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The fellow who owns and operates the commercial recording studio down the road from me uses Sequoia.
Old 24th March 2019
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Samplitude does a lot of what Sequoia does. If I were editing classical music, I'd use Sequoia but for mastering pop music, Samplitude is just fine.
Old 24th March 2019
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Samplitude does a lot of what Sequoia does. If I were editing classical music, I'd use Sequoia but for mastering pop music, Samplitude is just fine.
And what Sequoia offers for editing classical music? And what Samplitude can't do with classical music? Just never paid attention about Sequoia vs Samplitude differences. Features etc.
Old 24th March 2019
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really weird questions.
T-Racks? Ozone? those are not DAWs. 64 bit transparent huh?

there is no best. it's about ergonomics - diff people prefer diff. tools.

tailored for mastering? Wavelab, Samp/Sequoia, Sadie, Pyramix ...some would say Reaper too.
I have excuse for saying best DAW ... What is your suggestion mastering daw in 2019 .... ?!
Also about dbu to dbfs , it's my wrong .
But about Ozon and T-racks , Now all of this programs have standalone program and can be say DAW to them .
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Ok I use both of PC and MAC computer and my question can be suggestion for each .
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But why reaper why sequina why .... please say about this .
Old 24th March 2019
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Well lemme see... I’ve never even tried half the stuff on your list.

It’s 2019 and I’m still using Sonic soundBlade HD 2, and Pro Tools HD, and Sonoris DDP Creator, alternately DSP Quattro.

All on vintage Mac Pro towers.

No Complaints really.

I think our 2 moderators also use similar Mac DAW tools.

Best, JT
Old 24th March 2019
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And what Sequoia offers for editing classical music? ...
Crossfade editing.
Old 25th March 2019
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Crossfade editing.
And what´s really helpful is the 4-point editing. Invented by Sonic Solutions by the way.
Old 26th March 2019
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And what Sequoia offers for editing classical music? And what Samplitude can't do with classical music? Just never paid attention about Sequoia vs Samplitude differences. Features etc.
Crossfade Editor and MuSync, automated multitrack synchronization for editing tracks before mixing.
Old 26th March 2019
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Well lemme see... I’ve never even tried half the stuff on your list.

It’s 2019 and I’m still using Sonic soundBlade HD 2, and Pro Tools HD, and Sonoris DDP Creator, alternately DSP Quattro.

All on vintage Mac Pro towers.

No Complaints really.

I think our 2 moderators also use similar Mac DAW tools.

Best, JT
You may have discussed elsewhere so I apologize if it’s redundant, but why Sonic AND Pro Tools? Are you using them together different tasks, or do you use one or the other for different projects? Just wondering.
Old 26th March 2019
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You may have discussed elsewhere so I apologize if it’s redundant, but why Sonic AND Pro Tools? Are you using them together different tasks, or do you use one or the other for different projects? Just wondering.
Yes, discussed elsewhere but...

I pitch w PT HD through my analog EQ chain,

and capture, edit, & format masters w Sonic soundBlade HD.

on two vintage Mac Pro Towers.

works amazingly well,

with maximum flexibility for multitasking.

then I’ll use Sonoris DDP for various tasks as well.

guess i’ve doing it this way for over a decade.

before that it was Pro Tools HD & Wave Burner for many years.

and Masterlist CD before that.

So I don’t get too excited with every release of some new DAW App.

slow changes & consistency work for me.

cheers, JT
Old 26th March 2019
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Thanks Jerry!!
Old 27th March 2019
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Obviously, Sequoia

Classical freak here
Old 8th April 2019
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The daw & workstation is Pyramix! Pity too expensive and complicated
Old 7th July 2019
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I last used Sequoia 10 years ago and I remember having to eat the manual and dealing with way too many bugs in the program. Have these things improved since then?
Old 7th July 2019
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For single tracks Protools is very solid here, but for album sequencing or DDP making, I use Wavelab.
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