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WavePad Sound Editor

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 345 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.06
  • Total Downloads:
    4,232,888
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 30, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $76.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"questioner liking fraught"

June 03, 2012  |  By mystogan555

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

thunderstruck

Cons

backstabbing

Summary

lightheartedness

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1 stars

"NCH deleted my paid-for prog"

May 23, 2012  |  By whythebarriers

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

At least the prog is superior to the sales policy

Cons

Repeated crash on trying to save. Sent report: it said we have a bug fix, download now. I did. What it did was completely remove my prog (one I paid for) and substitute the latest v.3.03 on a trial basis.
So in two weeks time, it's either pay 69 dollars, or no NCH mixer. Exactly the same thing has happened before. Is that honest trading?

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1 stars

"Avoid NCH. Bugs won't be fixed "BUY it AGAIN" say NCH"

May 15, 2012  |  By mikey-mouse

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Says it saves an mp3 as an mp3

Cons

Saves an mp3 as an MP2.
I've put up with Wavepad 4.59 for a long time. I bought it. It saves as mp2 NOT mp3. I bought the MASTER edition BUT if I want it fixed I MUST BUY AN UPDATE. NCH really treat their customers in the worst manner I have ever come across. Unreachable, bug ridden products & complex ONE TIME registration (don't change your hard drive). Massive misinformation on all their 'info' pages. You don't matter, just send money. No more NCH products, avoid wasting money and lots of time.

Summary

No more NCH products, avoid wasting money and lots of time.
What company has 30 errors over 3 software versions AND then charges you FULL PRICE AGAIN (or close to full) to fix the errors in a newer version? And this is AFTER they SOLD you the PRODUCT with these features ADVERTISED AS WORKING in the first place?

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4 stars

"Works for me!"

February 21, 2012  |  By RacingCowboy

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Simple interface, easy to understand, effective for my needs.

Cons

None yet, but I've barely gotten into it.

Summary

All I wanted was a simple program to do some basic edits to old sound files in my computer. Download was easy, and I was able to do what I wanted without studying the instructions (which I still haven't read, BTW). There's likely a lot more to the program, but it works for what little I want so far.

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5 stars

"I Love this"

January 28, 2012  |  By A0705776

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Edits audio files
Supports most formats

Cons

none
except u have to buy it

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5 stars

"Simple to use."

January 24, 2012  |  By september3000

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Simple to use and serves my needs - which is at present to edit music to play as ringtones for my phone. Nothing additional to download to help with the editing. As for the criticism of 1 of the reviews about the toolbar - you can choose not to install that option during the installation.

Cons

There is a whole load of other stuff that it comes with - but not much space was taken up on the computer and I figured I can live with it a while till I get around to looking at them.

Summary

Would recommend to ppl like me - want something to edit music, but possess very little patience or time to learn all these complex programs out there or download all sort of things to make 1 software work. The simplicity in language and usage of this program appeals to me.

Updated on Jun 8, 2012

I tried this. It is really what I was looking for. I wanted to edit songs to use as ringtones on my phone - I got what I was looking for. The only con is that it takes a while to learn how to use it. Trial & error sort of thing. But overall, highly recommended for someone with who is reasonably PC literate.

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5 stars

"I use WavePad almost daily for EVP analysis. Love it!"

January 10, 2012  |  By joemmons

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Easy to learn, easy to use.

Cons

None so far for my basic usage.

Summary

Easy to use, handles shorter clips and much longer ones equally as well. A YouTube tutorial was all I needed to be off and running. I've only ever needed the free version but plan to update someday. I've been using WavePad for 15 months now, logging well over 400 hours with never an issue or a complaint.

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1 stars

"Sloppy, bug-ridden rip-off."

January 01, 2012  |  By spartain

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Can't think of any - I really can't.

Cons

Zoom is unstable;
DC Offset facility doesn't work;
DC Offset facility is not configurable.

After discovering these two flaws I gave up.

Summary

I downloaded the free version from another website to try out instead of my usual Magix Audio Editor v2, but within 15 minutes I found two bugs.

Firstly, if you select and highlight a part of the wave, when you zoom in the highlight shifts along. That is sheer incompetence.

Secondly, I found that the DC Offset correction facility doesn't work, and that ot's also not configurable.

Such amateurism. And they expect people to pay for this junk? I think the developers should spend a bit more effort on such basic detail instead of stuffing their fat faces with Mars Bars.

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4 stars

"they sent me a beta version"

December 11, 2011  |  By Vladimir_Jabotinsky

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

More powerful & more fun to work with than the other audio editing programs I've given free trials

Cons

there must be easier companies than NCH to buy from or deal with

Summary

What I paid for and what PayPal & NCH confirmation letters said I'd bought was the dumbbutt basic version. What was downloaded proved (the next morning, after their server woke up & stopped demanding that I buy what they'd just installed) was v5.05 Master Edition - it took a while to notice up in one corner: >Beta<.
NCH does have a rep, nickel & diming users to death for decimal uprades. I have a >lot< of use for this program's basic capabilities - surely those must be stable by now - but if you buy it for more serious work, at least make sure you're not getting more than you paid for.

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1 stars

"SPAM and crapare, avoid!"

December 03, 2011  |  By adelorenzo

 |  Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.06

Pros

Edits audio files
Supports most formats

Cons

Installs crapware and spam
Difficult to remove malicious NCH software

Summary

Install this at your own risk, and be vigilant about all the spam and crapware that NCH tries to infect your system with.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.06
Version 5.06 adds list of recent files to File menu, incorporated tremolo and vibrato effects and more.
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date September 30, 2011
Date Added September 30, 2011
Version 5.06
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.01MB
File Name wpsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,232,888
Downloads Last Week 1,651
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $76

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