I upgraded my system (PC) a month ago and literally through that whole time I've been trying to find a simple, high quality wave editor for performing a final master on files. It will be used for 'official' masters so it needs to have a high quality resample algorithm.
Izotope RX, Wavelab and the like are expensive and filled with features - very crowded, for when just a minimalistic wave editor / mastering utility is needed. I most certainly -do not- want multitrack recording etc. as I do all that with a DAW as per usual. The main view needs to be simple, just a clean empty screen where I can drag and drop my audio files for mastering.
I remember the old Sound Forge Pro 10 used to be 100% this - and while I was disappointed to see that the new Sound Forge Pro has a busy interface, multitrack etc, there still exists something called Sound Forge Audio Studio 16 - and what's more, it is advertised as being suited for mastering duties.
It even comes with Izotope Ozone Essentials included, which is handy since that limiter is very nice.
Long story short.
It's starting to look like you can't master with this program after all - there is a separate window for a plug-in chain with a "preview" button, but that always starts playing from the beginning.
The advert mentioned this can be used for mastering but I can't find the functionality from the ancient versions of SF where you could listen to the plug-in chain in real time and of course - seek to any position within the track.
Of course, that functionality is necessary when listening to the material from different points of the track while setting the limiter levels etc.
But it literally says this program has mastering tools, so I'm confused. Can someone assist me where the ability to 'seek' with the plug-in chain is? If that is non existent, then this is certainly not a program which could be used for mastering.