I've been a Peak user for a good many years. I'd invested in it so basically I stuck with it through Peak 7, which was kind of a mistake if you ask me. I was totally unimpressed with 7, but that's completely irrelevant now. I, like a few others I assume, am on the hunt for a new mastering suite.
I was a WaveLab user back in the 3.x days. Not necessarily thrilled with the thought of going back to it even with the Mac version. Also, the thought of an eLicenser dongle makes me want to puke since I just did a big push to remove everything iLok related from my studio. At least eLicenser is nowhere near the extortion level that the iLok is. I don't really care for WaveLab's new layout either, but if it's the best option I may just bite the bullet. I haven't decided yet.
I use a combination of software and analog hardware in my mastering chain so the ability to easily integrate with external hardware is a must for me.
I already have a good suite of DSP powered plugins as well as a good analysis suite so that isn't quite so important that it be part of the suite. But some of my requirements are:
- DDP Export
Easy plugin auditioning with global bypass
Excellent dithering and sample rate conversion
Audio restoration w/ noise reduction
Intuitive playlist / montage creation
Ability to save entire plugin chains
- global plugin bypass
No USB dongle (almost a deal breaker for me)
Support for Core Audio Format (CAF) files
Hopefully doesn't look like crap
Are there any other options that people are looking at that I should look in to also? I'm pretty open at this point. Thanks.