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WavePad Sound Editor

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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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works for my needs!"

    August 14, 2012  |   By jmrjudee

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.15

    Pros

    Easy to use and believe me I am quite a novice with sound editing.

    Cons

    I use the trial version and haven't found any problems for what I use it for.

    Summary

    Great app and if I should get more serious about sound editing I would definitely upgrade to the full version.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "NCH Customer Support or the lack of it."

    August 14, 2012  |   By peterblood50

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.15

    Pros

    I've not used this product but have used othersprovided by NCH.

    Cons

    I have never used this particular NCH product but I do own their VideoPad video editor. Although it's a ery good product and I've mad numerous videos with it, I still have a problem with their Customer Service. It is non-existent. You'll never get an e-mail response to any inquery about the product. No phone number or help site...nothing.

    Summary

    Just FYI if you buy this product, and it may be a very good product, you are on your own. So roll up your sleeves and dive in.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "worst customer support I've ever experienced"

    August 1, 2012  |   By ambrose22

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.15

    Pros

    few if any

    Cons

    non existent customer support, even if you purchase one of their support plans.
    No online documentation / manuals that I could find.

    Summary

    Purchased Wavepad and Mixpad July 21st 2012. Also purchased "Gold Technical Support Service."
    Have emailed them twice, included purchase reference #, serial numbers and registration codes in the emails and have yet to heard a word back from them.

    As far as I can tell, without any help from paid-for customer support, all files I've imported are mono, even if the source is stereo. Selected streo in preference folder, but to no avail.

    As far as I can tell, without any help from paid-for customer support, I cannot use any of my Waves or Izotope plug ins. Contacted prior to purchase if my AU and VST plug in were supported and wal informed they did not respond to email unless product was purchased. That should have been my first red flag warning me not to buy this product.

    Would I recommend this software to a friend? No.
    Would I recommend this software to someone I didn't like? Yes, just so they could experience my frustration.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "number of functions are missing from the trial period"

    July 8, 2012  |   By Pbabhoota

    Version: WavePad Sound Editor 5.15

    Pros

    Not much in the trial period version

    Cons

    They have taken a number of functions out from the trial period, eg; selection by time

    Summary

    Gone to Audacity

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