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$500 Mastering Software & Interface

I'm new to this section of the forum, as I usually post in the Electronic Music section, but I feel my question may be better answered here. I'm sure this must have been covered here before but I figured it would be easier just to pose the question again.

I'm looking for suggestions on the purchase of a Stereo Audio Interface and Windows Software for recording and mastering of stereo audio. My budget is around $500 or less.

I am creating music with an all analog hardware synth and sequencer setup but need to somehow record the mix to a high quality digital stereo format of some sort. My Laptop does have a USB C port if this is the best choice.

Back in the 90's I used to use a piece of Mastering Software called WaveLab. This worked very well for me as it allowed me to normalize, EQ, and perform basic audio editing like fade ins and fade outs. I would be looking for Windows Software that is similar.

The interface only needs to be in high quality Stereo and should match up well with the Software. Again I have USB C capabilities on my Laptop.

Any suggestions of what's out there now in my price range would be appreciated. Also any suggestions and information regarding what sort of recording format I should be using would also be helpful.

I look forward to your replies. Thanks in advance!!

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Basically any of the common DAW software will do.
It's the interface that is the battle of price/performance.

The better of the entry into an interface/converters are the SSL 2 channel or the Audient 2 channel units. Stay away from the Focusrite stuff.

Presonus is not a bad choice either. Tight integration with Studio one
Yamaha has tight integration with Cubase
Sonar is free now

So the choice is between Sonar, Cubase, and Studio one are the traditional DAW's unless you are are heavy into loops and samples. Then other software becomes more popular.

All of the DAWs come with some basic EQ, compression, and editing.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface

The software that comes with those may be good enough for you.
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Originally Posted by elegentdrum โžก๏ธ
Basically any of the common DAW software will do.
It's the interface that is the battle of price/performance.

The better of the entry into an interface/converters are the SSL 2 channel or the Audient 2 channel units. Stay away from the Focusrite stuff.

Presonus is not a bad choice either. Tight integration with Studio one
Yamaha has tight integration with Cubase
Sonar is free now

So the choice is between Sonar, Cubase, and Studio one are the traditional DAW's unless you are are heavy into loops and samples. Then other software becomes more popular.

All of the DAWs come with some basic EQ, compression, and editing.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface

The software that comes with those may be good enough for you.
Thanks for the suggestions. I do not use a computer at all for my music production. No Loops or Samples. I am totally DAWless and really don't even want or need a DAW. Just a good solid program like WaveLab was for me 30 years ago.

Is there any good standalone piece of Software designed simply for stereo mastering out there?

I will be looking into the interface/converters you suggested.

Thanks!!!
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Wavelab Elements
Audacity
Audition
Sound Forge

Take your pick.
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Originally Posted by SmoothTone โžก๏ธ
Wavelab Elements
Audacity
Audition
Sound Forge

Take your pick.
Thank you!! Yes I already discovered that WaveLab is still out there! Wavelab Elements should be exactly what I'm looking for. I'm watching some tutorials right now and it's all very familiar. Very much like the Wavelab from 30 years ago!! And it's affordable.

Now to figure out what would be a good Interface/Converter. The SSL2 looks pretty good. Will need to do some more research though.

Thanks!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by elegentdrum โžก๏ธ
The better of the entry into an interface/converters are the SSL 2 channel or the Audient 2 channel units. Presonus is not a bad choice either.
How about the MOTU M2? I really like the level meters on this unit. And the reviews seem all to be very good.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...udio-interface
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