WavePad

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 336 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.05
  • Total Downloads:
    4,145,243
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 03, 2007
  • Price:
    Free to try (14-day trial); $38.00 to buy

Editors' Review

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In spite of its tiny size, WavePad packs a big audio punch.

The app furnishes plenty of tools for recording and editing sound. WavePad's interface is fairly well-organized, and the Command Bar feature provides quick access to the most frequently used functions. WavePad supports a variety of popular audio formats, including MP3, OGG, WAV, and WMA, and it includes a ripping function.

Once you open a file or begin recording via your sound card, you'll see a large rendering of the waveform, and you can choose to apply edits to the entire track or only certain parts. The application lets you open several files at once and move sound fragments among them, and the inclusion of a batch-conversion utility is a nice touch. WavePad offers a decent number of basic effects, such as noise reduction, normalizing, fading, amplification, echo, changing speed and pitch, and reverb, and you can preview any edits before saving. There are also text-to-speech and speech recognition functions, impressive for a free app.

All told, this utility's many capabilities and lack of restrictions make it a fine pick for all but the most advanced, hard-core audio junkies.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 15
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 336 votes

    • 5 star 130
    • 4 star 90
    • 3 star 36
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 56
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5 stars

"Wavepad rules!"

July 07, 2008  |  By LiquidRushOnline

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

Free, and amongst the very best of software I've ever used

Cons

Fadeout and trim function could be smoother. I just use the envelope function anyway.

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3 stars

"Meh. Same as that last review."

June 04, 2008  |  By trippingmetal

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

It was great while I could see use it.

Cons

Used it all the time before I had my hard drive swiped, and now when I tried to install it again it stopped my use because a trial ran out. What happened?

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2 stars

"It was free and good!"

May 23, 2008  |  By angelntini

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

i tried the basic-free edition few months ago and it was nice.

Cons

It was a really nice program, offered in two editions: Basic and Master. Basic was free while master was not. To my great disappointment they don?t offer any more the basic-free edition.

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1 stars

"Installed heaps of junk, some of it uninstallable"

May 02, 2008  |  By funluva

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Cons

A useless program that installs a whole heap of useless, hard to uninstall junk you didn't ask for

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4 stars

"Its really good stuff..."

April 24, 2008  |  By venuz83

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

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3 stars

"Can't back up and re-register after crash"

April 09, 2008  |  By Schilling34

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

Really good software for WAV and MP3.

Cons

If your computer crashes, you can't reinstall. You have to register it online after installation and the license is only good for ONE registration, ergo, you have to buy it again. I found out the hard way. Can't open Real Audio files.

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5 stars

"Perfect for Podcast Creators"

February 04, 2008  |  By adamsilverton

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

I recommend this for anyone in need of quality podcast audio. If your business relies partly on a podcast to maintain consumer interest, if your church wants to make a pastor's voice clear and present, if your podcast sits next to other quality podcasts then you need high quality audio.

My advice: Record your audio in Wavepad, High Pass Filter at 250Hz, run the Automatic Gain Control, use the noise removal tool if you have to, save it as an MP3 at 64k mono and done. You have a quality podcast MP3.

There's a lot to be said for mic selection, pop filters and a solid performance but that's another story.

The effects pluggins alone in this version are worth more than the price of the Master's Edition; specifically the Automatic Gain Control. I'd pay 80 bucks any day for that pluggin if they made a DirectX version I could use in ProTools. It is a true (and very smart) auto gain control which brings energy and presence out of a voice, not just a limiter to squish the life out of it.

We use ProTools LE (MBox $500) and the Waves Gold bundle ($1000) for mastering but I'm going to start using Wavepad for quick projects. I don't expect Wavepad to be as easy as ProTools for editing content. I'm just amazed at the quality it pulled out of a couple really rough recordings I had to deal with - in just a few clicks.

I've been spared Vista headaches because I'm on XP.

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5 stars

"Great product"

January 22, 2008  |  By vlramirez

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

After trying to convert a very large WAV file to MP3 with 4 other products with no success I had given up. WavePad was recommended by Boca IT and presto, it worked like a dream.

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4 stars

"Recommended for small use"

January 19, 2008  |  By JoyceNgo

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

I've always used Wavepad to cut and edit songs but not for extended use. It is very small, and useful when trying to simply edit things instead of using a huge program to do the job. It views quite an amount of file types, and also not resource hogging.

Cons

Although it's very good, for some reason, every few weeks it would say my trial expired, however after closing the notification for expiration window, it simply works again. The first time I laid eyes on this program, it said "free", and now it's not free anymore? I'm a bit confused.

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4 stars

"Contact"

January 19, 2008  |  By qeaaqina

 |  Version: WavePad 3.05

Pros

good and lite

Cons

smol

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.05
Version 3.05 includes more advanced audio editing features.
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date September 03, 2007
Date Added September 03, 2007
Version 3.05
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 98
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 887.55KB
File Name wpsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,145,243
Downloads Last Week 4,186
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 14-day trial
Price $38

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