GoldWave

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

Version:
5.70
File Size:
7.78MB
Date Added:
March 12, 2014
Price:
Free to try; annual subscription; $19.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
5,341,287
Downloads Last Week:
6,015
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.6

    out of 234 votes

    • 5 star: 185
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current Version:

    5.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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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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  • 4 stars

    "Good Effects"

    April 07, 2012   |   By LukasSynth

    Version: GoldWave 5.67

    Pros

    I'm impressed by the number of effects and the presets.

    Cons

    No realtime test of the effects.

    Summary

    A very good wave recorder and editor.

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  • 4 stars

    "Can be what you want it to be"

    November 22, 2011   |   By mlnovice

    Version: GoldWave 5.58

    Pros

    I just wanted it to record children's comments into word docs and power point presentations to capture moments. I need it to do nothing else. Worked out how to do this within moments. Thank you heaps.

    One day when I get more time I might look into the extra features but not today :)

    Cons

    Did all I wanted it to do

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  • 5 stars

    "Wonderful Audio Editor with Good Support"

    November 19, 2011   |   By fogdrip

    Version: GoldWave 5.58

    Pros

    Great Capabilities. An almost magical program to adjust, change and correct audio files. Support for the program is strong - first by the author who is always working to update the program and then by a forum of users who will offer help.

    Cons

    Not much of the program is intuitive. When you want to do something it often requires some investigation on how to accomplish it. But then again, audio editors are a different breed to begin with. Although, audio editors have been described as "word processors for sound", the analogy falls short since most of us know how words work - but not so much about sound and the physics behind it. It is accomplishing a highly technical feat with a minimum of mouse clicks.

    Summary

    I started using this program many years ago in trying to "clean-up" some old audio files. I found the trail version to be so handy that I paid the price and became a "licensed user". The trail version is the full version with some nagging thrown-in. It's well worth the license fee.

    The ability to reduce background sounds, hiss and other extraneous sound is great. I once was able to "censor" some songs the kids wanted for a school function by selecting the objectionable words, reversing them and muting the emphasis. The resulting song was still had impact but the lyrics were not going to offend anyone. I know, Censorship?? - but hey, the kids wanted the songs and it was for grade school!! :)

    I certainly don't use it enough to be an expert, but my routine use of the program has made me a fan. I haven't found anything yet that I can't do to an audio file with Goldwave.

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