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GoldWave

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 237 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.15
  • Total Downloads:
    5,543,148
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 02, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try; annual subscription; $19.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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Amidst the slew of digital audio editing programs available for download, GoldWave manages to stand out thanks to its robust feature set, stable performance, and user-friendly interface. Despite the fact that the main window looks like a throwback to early software days, it packs in just about every function you could want. Two tool bars line the top of the window: one for the main features of the program (such as copy, zoom, and trim), and another for the various effects that you can add to the audio, such as reverb, pitch, and echo. Hovering the mouse over any button reveals its function.

Rather than a standard control bar, GoldWave includes a separate Control window that houses the main recording and playback controls. This window also features three faders for adjusting playback volume, balance, and speed, as well as an area for displaying visual effects. There are about a dozen included with the program, and others can be added as plug-ins. Other notable features include a seven-band, fully customizable EQ; a noise reduction tool for cleaning up hiss and hum in audio files; a pop/click filter; a CD ripper; a multiformat audio converter; and an expressions evaluator, which turns equations into sound. (Most of these features are viewable in our gallery.) Supported formats include iTunes Plus, M4A, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AIFF, AU, VOX, FLAC, and raw binary data.

Using GoldWave may take a bit of practice for the uninitiated, but anyone who has used standard audio editors before will find that this program stays in the same vein. You can select chunks of audio files easily with your mouse and use keyboard shortcuts for many standard functions. The effects chain editor and other tools allow real-time previewing, and there are plenty of preset slots in every area for saving your favorite settings. On the whole, the app is highly configurable; you can even program your own keystrokes for the majority of the functions. The software performed very quickly during testing and had no stability issues. Finally, it's nice that you have the option to pay for a lifetime license that guarantees you free access to all future updates. All in all, this is a robust piece of audio software that should satisfy power-users.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Brilliant program. Particularly at the price!"

August 06, 2015  |  By GREGGO the Not-So-Gr

 |  Version: GoldWave 6.13

Pros

Have been using Goldwave for at least 15 years and computers since the early eighties, and this is still one of those pivotal programs which set the standard for others to try to emulate (like Lotus 123?)
Does far more than most users would require for their personal collections/music libraries. Never had any trouble using the excellent help menus.
Congratulations to the creators: best money I've ever spent!

Cons

You're kidding- at that price??

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5 stars

"Almost every tool you need for sounds"

May 12, 2015  |  By terflip

 |  Version: GoldWave 6.10

Pros

Way to many tools for me to write or remember.
Gives you control over your music and a great company to work with if you need them.
Control bass, speed, fade in and out, stretch and soooo much more.

Cons

This program does have a steep learning curve.

Summary

I purchased the program back in the early days of the internet with a life time license.
They have honored that license over a lot of years, I highly recommend their products.

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5 stars

""Great For Audio Cleaning""

March 30, 2015  |  By Yonbrie Arkmarty

 |  Version: GoldWave 6.10

Pros

I really have no complaints about Goldwave. I record my vinyl onto Audacity and do a lot of the cleaning in that program using Sound Soap and some other software. I then save the stereo or mono records and open the files in Goldwave. I like to use the hum remover in Goldwave as it does an excellent job of cleaning up the final noise in old vinyl. I then save mono records in stereo and then use other software to separate the channels. After Goldwave's final cleaning all the pops, clicks, rumble and hum are gone. I also like the idea that I can use other cleaning and effects software in Goldwave. It is a great program for the money. Also before cleaning it will show you the noise from the record you recorded so you know how much cleaning to use if any.

Cons

I have no complaints about this software. It is great for what I use it for.

Summary

If you recorded a lot of vinyl and want to clean up the sound this is an excellent program. Plus it does so many other things to clean or shape the sound.

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5 stars

"Simple to use, great layout, more function with less BS"

August 28, 2014  |  By Greg Avakian

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.70

Pros

Easier and more useful than Audacity.
Variety of tools with an easy graphical lay-out.
Demo version lets you save work!
1 license lasts forever ...I got mine for $39 years ago and have been through several computers with it.

Cons

It doesn't come with free beer.

Summary

I'll never use another editor.
Please don't rip these guys off; they've actually done good work and have been very generous in the free demo. This is one of the best software products I've ever used. The updates have been fine, but actually unnecessary: I've never had a problem.

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5 stars

"Prefer it to Audacity"

July 06, 2014  |  By tomysshadow

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.70

Pros

Better effects and trimming, excellent for looping sounds. Reverb has a little too much feedback though, and noise detection is not the best out there. I love the interface though. It makes it easy to concentrate. Opens and saves a lot of formats too, even extracting audio from videos.

Cons

Unfortunately quite pricey, though trial can be cleared quite easily if you're good with the registry

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5 stars

"Good a product."

June 08, 2014  |  By remnantwmig

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.70

Pros

Simple and efficient

Cons

Still searching for any!

Summary

Tiny, powerful, easy to use.

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5 stars

"Easiest one to use!!"

February 05, 2013  |  By zhudidan

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.68

Pros

Easy to use. Enough free uses to make it well worthwhile.

Cons

Sure wish it would record two tracks (stereo) at once!! Maybe it does and I just didn't get it figured out.

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5 stars

"Been using for 4-5 years"

January 01, 2013  |  By btcarnovale

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.67

Pros

I was a software professional for 30 years before I retired. I an thoroughly impressed with the quality of the software and the documentation that goes with it.

Cons

Be nice if it would provide a time tagged list of where it makes corrections when eliminating pops/clicks.

Summary

Best $50 I ever spent!

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5 stars

"My favorite audio editing software ever"

November 03, 2012  |  By wfwardiii

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.67

Pros

Multiple formats can be used
Open, edit, and save in all formats
The interface is intuitive and I had no problem working it the first time.

Cons

The only thing I can think of is that it might be nice to do more than one track at a time but I haven't really suffered from the lack of that feature. I would have only used it 2-3 times in the last 5 years so I guess it's not all that important to me.

Summary

Multiple formats that you can open, edit, and save is helpful and it all comes in one program. My son and Daughter are able to use it without my help and without my instruction so it must be a pretty simple program. I spent the 50.00 and have a licensed full running version and it works better for me than the free stuff.

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5 stars

"VERY IMPRESSIVE!!"

May 04, 2012  |  By pikker1308

 |  Version: GoldWave 5.67

Pros

Excellent choice of sound effects,
Easy to read user manual if you need to,
Save recordings in various formats
Excellent shareware product

Cons

None really although navigating your way through the menus can be a bit confusing at first

Summary

Highly rec. this. Its easy to use and lots of fun but it is also a very serious App. if you need it to be. 9.5/10

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.15
Fixed missing Record Stop button when controls are docked.
General
Publisher GoldWave
Publisher web site http://www.goldwave.com/
Release Date September 01, 2015
Date Added September 02, 2015
Version 6.15
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/64-bit, Windows 8/64-bit
Additional Requirements Windows 7 64
Download Information
File Size 11.44MB
File Name InstallGoldWave615.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,543,148
Downloads Last Week 771
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19

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