WavePad

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 335 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.05
File Size:
871.55KB
Date Added:
September 03, 2007
Price:
Free to try (14-day trial); $38.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
4,096,642
Downloads Last Week:
3,413
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 335 votes

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

    3.6

    out of 30 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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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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