Using the Inspector

The Inspector is shown, by default, in the lower-left corner of WaveBurner’s interface. It contains a number of tabbed panes that provide information about your project or individual regions.

Note: The appearance and position of the Inspector can be reconfigured to meet your needs. See Customizing the Interface.

To choose the type of information shown in the Inspector
  • Click a region in the Regions list window or Wave View area to display region parameters. Click the General, Audio File, Fades, or Comments tab.

  • Click a track in the CD Tracks list or click a track start marker in the Marker bar to display (CD) track parameters. Click the General or Comments tab.

  • Click to the left of the first region or on an empty space on a Region lane in the Wave View area to display disc parameters. Click the General or Comments tab.

  • Click an index marker (orange) in either Marker bar or the Regions or CD Tracks list to display index point parameters.

  • Adjust a region fade handle in the Wave View area to display fade parameters.

Some of the information shown in the Inspector is automatically generated and cannot be altered. Other information, such as CD-Text or Mastering Notes, require your input.

To edit any editable text or numeric field in the Inspector
  1. Click in the field.

  2. Type in the text or value and either press Enter or click in another value field, to complete your edit.

    You can use the Edit menu Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All, and Special Character commands in any text entry field in the Inspector.

Viewing Region Info in the Inspector

You can view and edit information for the selected region and the corresponding source audio file in the Inspector tabs outlined below.

Figure. Inspector, showing General tab when a region is selected.

The Previous and Next buttons allow you to step between the preceding and following region in the Regions list. This can accelerate the editing of a particular parameter in several regions.

General Tab

The General tab contains the following region parameters:

  • Title field: Click, and type in a new name to edit.
  • Length field: Overall length of the region is shown here and cannot be edited.
  • Gap To Previous Region field: The length of the gap between the start of the selected region and the end of the previous region. Negative values refer to overlapping regions—in other words, a given region starts before the previous region has ended.
  • Trim Start and Trim End fields: These two values show the start and end points of the selected region—relative to the start and end points of the audio file. If the region spans the complete audio file, Trim Start and Trim End will display values of 0.
  • Gain Left and Gain Right fields: These fields show the gain settings for the left and right audio channels. Adjust by holding down the arrows on either side of the numerical value, or click directly on the value and type in a new one.
  • Region Peak Position and Level fields: Indicate the position—relative to the start of the region, not the audio file—and level of the highest audio peak in the region. Any volume changes made in WaveBurner (using the region’s volume envelope, for example) are not taken into account.
Audio File Tab

The Audio File tab contains the following audio file parameters:

  • Location field: Displays the full folder path and name of the selected file.
  • Replace File button: Click to open a dialog. Browse to, and choose a file and click Open (or Cancel, to exit the dialog).
  • Show in Finder button: Click to open the Finder, showing the file.
  • Information panel: Displays the following information: audio file type and format, file size and length, bit depth and ordering, sample rate, peak position and level, and file creation and modification dates.
Fades Tab

The Fades tab allows you to view and edit the Fade In and Fade Out parameters for the selected region.

  • Fade-In and Fade Out pop-up menus: Click to choose one of the following fade curve types: No Fade, Free, S-Curve, and Concave/Convex.
  • Set Linear button: Click to reset fade curves to linear (straight line).
  • Length fields: Click to input the fade length.
  • Shape fields: If a fade curve type other than Free is selected, Shape allows you to edit the points of the fade curve. Low shape values result in a shallower curve. A value of zero equals a straight line.
  • Curve point x/y coordinates fields: Indicate the positions of fade curve envelope points shown in the Wave View area. If the curve type is set to Free, you can edit the curve point coordinates by clicking the value field arrows.
Comments Tab

The Comments tab enables you to add notes and information for a region. These comments will not appear on the CD.

Viewing CD Track Info in the Inspector

You can view and edit information for the selected track in the Inspector tabs outlined below. These parameters can also be changed in the CD Tracks list. See Working in the CD Tracks List.

Figure. Inspector, showing track Info General tab.

The Previous and Next buttons allow you to step between the preceding and ensuing tracks in the CD Tracks list. This can accelerate the editing of a particular parameter in several tracks.

General Tab

The General tab contains the following CD Track parameters:

  • Title field: Click, and type in a new name to edit.
  • Track field: Displays the track number. This cannot be changed directly.
  • Pause Length field: The pause before the track starts. Click, and type in a new value.
  • Start Time field: Start time of the track as it would appear on the CD.
  • Track Length field: Displays the track length. This cannot be changed directly.
  • ISRC field: Type in the ISRC code, an international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording that can be encoded into a product. See Adding ISRC Codes for further information.
  • SCMS pop-up menu: Enables you to engage the Serial Copy Management System, which prevents digital copies of the original or a copy. Choose Free to deactivate SCMS. See Setting the Copy Prohibit Bit for further information.
  • Pre-Emphasis checkbox: Enables or disables pre-emphasis. See Setting Track Pre-Emphasis for further information.
Comments Tab

The Comments tab enables you to add notes and information about a track for mastering purposes. These comments will not appear on the CD.

Viewing Index Point Info in the Inspector

You can view and edit information for the selected index point in the Inspector tabs outlined below.

Figure. Inspector, showing index point info.

The Previous and Next buttons allow you to step between the preceding and ensuing index points.

General Tab

The General tab contains the following index point parameters:

  • Title field: Click, and type in a new name.
  • Track field: Displays the track number.
  • Index field: Displays the index number.
  • Position Relative to Disc field: Shows the position of the index point, relative to the disc time.
  • Position Relative to Track field: Shows the position of the index point, relative to the track start time.
Comments Tab

The Comments tab allows you to enter notes for the selected index point. These comments will not appear on the CD.

Viewing CD-Text Info in the Inspector

The CD-Text tab allows you to view or edit information for either the entire album or a selected track.

You can choose a track with the pop-up menu in the top-left corner or by clicking the Previous and Next buttons to step to the preceding or following track.

Click, and enter information into any of the following fields.

  • Title

  • Performer

  • Songwriter

  • Composer

  • Arranger

  • Message

Note: CD-Text can only be written to your disk if your CD burner supports CD-Text and the Write CD-Text Data option is checked in WaveBurner > Preferences > Burn. Only CD-Text–compatible CD players display CD-Text.

Maximum Size for CD-Text

A CD-Text “block” can contain a maximum of 256 “packs.” Four packs are used for internal purposes. The other 252 packs can be used for CD-Text information. Each pack contains 12 characters. This means that a total of 3024 characters of CD-Text can be saved per disc. One character is used to separate each track: with the maximum number of 99 tracks (and the CD title track), this means that 2924 characters are actually available for use. You should note that artist and title information is saved separately, so two separation characters are required per track if you choose to include this information. In real-world terms, a 20-track CD would have just under 150 characters available for each track. Given that the total number of characters is the major determining factor, you are free to use 150 characters for one track, 300 for another, and 50 for another—up to the total number of available characters.

Viewing Mastering Notes in the Inspector

You can add mastering information notes to your project, in case you need to refer to them later. You can save details for the session, the client, and add general comments. Three separate tabs are available in the Inspector.

  • Session: Contains the Session ID, date and time, company, studio, engineer, source media, bit rate, and sample rate fields.

    Note: The Date and Time fields in the Session tab contain two convenient buttons that will automatically enter the current date (Today button) or time (Now button).

  • Client: Contains the the disc title, client, artist, producer, and copyright fields.
  • Comments: Allows you to add notes and information about a session.

Note: Although track information is not displayed in the Inspector’s Mastering Notes, it is included when you export or print mastering notes. See Working with Tracks.

To add or edit mastering information
  1. Click the Mastering Notes tab in the Inspector.

  2. Click the Session, Client, or Comments tab, as applicable.

  3. Click the appropriate checkbox, and enter information in the field. Press Return or click another field to complete your edit.

    Note: You can deactivate any checkbox if you do not wish to include the corresponding information in your exported or printed notes.