NCH's WavePad Sound Editor Master's Edition v 5.96 analyzes and edits audio, burns discs, converts text to speech, and adds all kinds of effects to WAVs and additional audio formats.
Intuitive layout: WavePad Sound Editor Master's Edition's Office-style Ribbon toolbar, integrated media player, and large spectral display create an intuitive user interface. Like other NCH tools, WavePad avoids dark themes in favor of a less flashy but more efficient layout.
Pro tools: WavePad boasts Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) and Temporal Fourier Transform (TFFT) frequency analysis, peak sample, beat detection, surround sound, stereo pan, reverb, multiple chained effects, click and pop repair, text to speech, a tone generator, a noise reduction menu, and many more pro-quality audio tools.
Bookmarks: You can bookmark clips for quick access to start and stop points, beats, and so on.
Automatic beats detection: WavePad finds and combines beats and displays beats-per-minute for fast sampling.
Pop-ups et al: Pop-up nags, ads in browser pages, and even the NCH Suite might strike some users as a bit heavy-handed for shareware, even during a trial.
WavePad isn't as flashy as some audio editors, but megabyte-sized WAVs loaded quickly, and it's full of features and extras.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of WavePad Sound Editor Master's Edition 5.96.
WavePad Pro is a professional audio and music editing software for Windows. With the easy-to-use interface, simply drag and drop one of the many audio file formats that WavePad supports, like wav, mp3, vox, gsm, wma, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg, and many more. Extract audio from movies or create your own sound files by recording from within WavePad. If you are looking for a new sound, use the royalty free NCH Sound Library. Clean up your tracks by cutting them and using other editing tools, like trim, silence, join, mix, duplicate and many others. Control levels by applying compress, normalize, envelope and other levelling tools. Customize your audio clips with fun effects, including: wah-wah, echo, doppler and vibrato.
To perfect your music, clean up your audio tracks with noise reduction and click/pop removal or change the pitch and speed. With WavePad Pro, you can create a ringtone or convert text to audio with the Text-to-Speech feature. When you're done, upload your masterfully created music directly to DropBox, SoundCloud or Google Drive or save in one of the many file formats available. WavePad is the perfect profession recording studio and music mixing software to create audio and music tracks you can be proud to share with your audience.
April 28, 2017
Version: WavePad Audio and Music Editor Pro 7.05
1. Editing is very easy
2. Edit are extremely precise. You can get so precise you can't ell the music was edited
3. Free evaluation version, purchase pricing is very affordable and worth every penny.
4. Addition of Lossless MP3 editing feature
1. How to find where to make edits where you select a "Specified Time" edit
I Love this program. I have been using it for about 10 or so years now. It allows you to make edits so precise that you can't tell the music was edited. It's relatively easy to use. I would have given it a 5 stars but they changed how you do the editing for "Specified Time" edits, which I think was slightly easier in prior versions. Regardless this is an outstanding program.
Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear that you are enjoying the ease of use, and I will pass off your interest in more add ons to our development team for ideas for future versions.
No updates after 3 months without buying the software again.
I had version 6.18 and thought I lost the installation download. Tried to download it again and found that I would have to pay for it a second time. I also found that you only get updates for 3 months after you pay for it. I paid $60 for the software and will have to buy it again to get any updates. I don't recommend this software for that reason. I can see charging for a totally new version, but not updates.
- even open movie files and extract audio segments
- saves in any popular format
- opens just about any kind of sound file
- very traditional XP look, tasks on the left, toolbar, easily and familiar right away
- menus are simple to understand
- can only install on 2 PCs and then they ask you to buy it again - not the end of the world
Can't imagine life without it. Any time I've got an audio problem I run straight to this program and it seems to deal with it
Easy to use software with straight forward menu functions and numerous file destination types. A child could figure out how to use this software...It's that easy
NCH does not allow version updates to wavepad. Basically, if you want the update you have to repurchase the software. This is poor customer relations if you ask me and a bit tacky on them. Make sure you save the download file of the version you purchase to an external device for future reinstalls ..if needed. Also save both the activation and most importantly the registration code you receive at time of activation as they wont give it to you again.
Great software...would be a five star product if they understood customer loyalty.
In spite of having many audio editing programs like Adobe Audition, Cubase and PreSonus Studio One or Avid's Pro Tools First I was willing to dish out some cash to have the full version of WavePad! It's so intuitive, so easy to use, does all I want it to do - just brilliant. No need for a manual. I use it for speech/voice-overs editing and it is just so perfect for it!
Hardly any. Conversion of stereo to mono could be better automated.
I don't do much music editing, but for speech there is no better tool, really.