WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition

WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 335 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.96
File Size:
871.55KB
Date Added:
August 28, 2014
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $79.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,098,810
Downloads Last Week:
3,871
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Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and a sound card

Editors' review

WAV files are the basic sound recording unit in Windows. Much larger than MP3s and similar portable digital audio formats, WAVs are also easier to edit, thanks to tools like WavePad Sound Editor from NCH, which specializes in audio and multimedia software. It's a compact but powerful and flexible tool for analyzing and editing WAVs or just about any kind of digital audio file. It's especially useful for cleaning up and editing transcribed LP records and other digitized analog audio recordings, but you can also add effects, analyze the sound, and more.

WavePad's interface is essentially a media player with a spectral display, time indicators, and specialized controls for manipulating the audio signal. We browsed to a folder of CD tracks we'd ripped as WAVs and selected one. WavePad displayed the file's audio spectrum in two zoom-capable views, a smaller overview of the entire track above a larger, more detailed graphical display. Playback controls, a timer with hundredths of seconds, and sliders for altering the view, zooming, and other functions ring the main view, while a toolbar gives access to noise reduction tools; speed and pitch settings; echo, reverb, and other effects; plug-ins; and other tools. Clicking the Play button played our audio track, with a moving red line tracking the output on the spectral graph. This made it ultra-simple not only to divide tracks manually but also to identify and remove artifacts like clicks and pops, copy specific passages, and remove lead-in and lead-out tracks. The zoom feature let us expand any section of the spectra for pinpoint editing, such as removing the all-too-audible "pop" and "thunk" as the stylus hits the record groove and the turntable's dust cover comes down at the beginning of a session converting analog LPs to digital music files. WavePad has some interesting and useful extras, too, such as a tone generator, batch converter, and text-to-speech tool.

We've converted many LPs to WAVs, and we've always found that a good WAV editor is just as important as a good recording tool. WavePad proved both easy to use and perfectly competent, even when handling megabyte-size WAV files many times larger than itself.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of WavePad Sound Editor 4.52. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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    3.6

    out of 335 votes

    • 5 star: 129
    • 4 star: 90
    • 3 star: 36
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 56
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    4.0

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  • 5 stars

    "DISCOUNT COUPON found today"

    September 12, 2014   |   By robdowson

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition 5.96

    Pros

    Simple to use and serves my needs - which is at present to edit music to play as ringtones for my phone. Plus I've found a great discount here:
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    Cons

    Nothing bad to say.

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  • 1 stars

    "Helpful software but the developers are suspect"

    September 11, 2014   |   By Petrostman

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition 5.96

    Pros

    Works fairly well

    Cons

    It's a ripoff

    Summary

    I purchased v5.33 (Masters Edition) a couple years ago and used it quite a lot. My problem is the very moment that I looked into whether there was an update my version started to behave strangely. For example, the 'batch edit' feature was suddenly disabled when I had been using it all along without problems. In my opinion, it was disabled by NCH to motivate me into buying the update which was conveniently discounted from $130 to $60. While I have no proof, I strongly suspect a fraud has been perpetrated here. A feature that I already paid for years ago suddenly was removed the very moment I clicked on 'check for updates'. Their tech support, basically a popup, recommended that I update my product. I recommend to NOT buy this software.

    Updated on Sep 11, 2014

    I wish to retract this review but the most I can do is update it according to CNET's review policy. It appears I was wrong about disappearing features. I discovered that the error was actually mine, and I am writing this to apologize to NCH and to correct my false accusations regarding WavePad v5.33. Furthermore, that I am posting this retraction freely and I have not been contacted by anyone as of this time. I found the error completely on my own and I only wish I would have found it before writing the above review. I regeret that I cannot change my scoring, as of now I would give this software four out of five stars. Again, I apologize for stupidly writing a review before thoroughly investigating a simple technical issue. I do, however, continue to have an issue with the tech support at NCH. A little help from them would have prevented my exaggerated knee-jerk reaction to a minor but frustrating issue with the software.

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  • 5 stars

    "It does everything I want it to"

    September 04, 2014   |   By TaoDragon

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition 5.96

    Pros

    Easy to use, clear interface, intuitive for the most part and very user friendly.

    Cons

    NCH are a bit heavy on the marketing, and sometimes intrusive. This program could occasionally do with better labelling.

    Summary

    I'd recommend it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Gold Metal Winner"

    August 29, 2014   |   By HeavySoftwareUser

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor Masters Edition 5.96

    Pros

    For the 3rd year in a row this is toptenreview's Gold Metal winning audio editor! It's the only one with all the features they judge and I have to agree that I love this product after using it for years. Highly recommend!

    Cons

    No problems on my end.

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