I purchased Wave Editor to engage into the mastering world with a reasonable entry level tool that fits my pocket. I am not a pro and don't have great gears or plug-ins but jobs are popping out and despite trying to push clients to find a pro ME I cannot say no forever and there aren't real pros here in my city. Eventually I end accepting some projects to work on.
After doing some research I thought Wave Editor would be of good use to mastering. I didn't enjoy working with it though. It's not intuitive and it doesn't seem to be flexible enough so I could manage to experiment different workflows. I also didn't like the fact it converts the audio to its own format if you have to save a half job done to go back to it later - it's one more step in the processing chain which I see it's unnecessary. Anyway I could find my way through the software and was able to prepare a project.
The good thing with all this is that I realised my workflow for mastering is a big "?". After working with WE I found that the creative part of mastering is much better done in my regular software, which is reaper or cubase, so I can use easily a bigger number of channels in a flexible way so I can compare stuff, use reference tracks and so forth. After that I would then do the "mechanical" part of the mastering process in Wave Editor so I can define tracks order, spaces, perhaps dc offset control, etc, and also export a file as DDP or burn a red book CD.
To summarise: What would be a good work flow? Should I start the mastering process in Wave editor from scratch or do all my EQuing, compressing, limiting, comparing tracks, ect, in say Reaper and then render the final processed audio to open it in Wave Editor just defining tracks, pauses, text, ISRC, PQ codes, dithering, etc. and then burn a disc or prepare a DDP file?
I am still studying and learning what mastering is. I read Bob Katz book a while ago. Must read it again. And recently I bought the Mastering Engineer Handbook. Despite all that I still think some practical info and help is needed. So if you could give me some help here in that regard it would be much appreciated.
Sorry for the bad english.