GoldWave

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 235 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.10
  • Total Downloads:
    5,500,518
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 20, 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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.10
  • Improved help when a screen reader is active.
  • Several other improvements and fixes.
General
Publisher GoldWave
Publisher web site http://www.goldwave.com/
Release Date January 19, 2015
Date Added January 20, 2015
Version 6.10
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 11.66MB
File Name InstallGoldWave610.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,500,518
Downloads Last Week 5,837
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19

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