GoldWave

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 234 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.70
  • Total Downloads:
    5,413,638
  • Date Added:
    March 12, 2014
  • File Size:
    7.78MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,873
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.70
  • Optional audio notification after processing
  • Support for older VST plug-ins
  • Faster waveform drawing
  • Increased recent file history on File menu
  • Several other improvements and fixes
General
Publisher GoldWave
Publisher web site http://www.goldwave.com/
Release Date October 24, 2013
Date Added March 12, 2014
Version 5.70
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.78MB
File Name gwave570.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,413,638
Downloads Last Week 6,873
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19

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