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Wavosaur

CNET Editors' review

For a lightweight, portable audio editor, Wavosaur has a lot going for it, starting with ASIO and VST compatibility and including recording, editing, batch conversion, audio analysis, looping, and real-time effects processing and resampling. Wavosaur is also MIDI-compatible, and its commands can be triggered and controlled by external MIDI devices. Though a compact 768KB in size, Wavosaur packs some advanced features, too, such as volume envelope analysis and editing, slicing, auto-slice, and waveform generator. It handles most media file types, accepts plug-ins, incorporates high-quality spectral displays, and has plenty of support, including a user forum, tutorials, and skins. Recent updates include new VST and rack visualizations. Wavosaur is portable freeware (donationware) for Windows 2000 to 7.

Since Wavosaur is a portable tool, you'll need to extract its compressed executable and README files. We suggest creating a new folder on your desktop or some memorable place since you'll also need to keep the configuration files with the program. Wavosaur's busy toolbar, gray tones, and slider levers add up to a distinct resemblance to a word processor, which is a familiar sight to many users and makes Wavosaur quick and easy to start up with, though Web-based Help resources and tutorials are available, too. We started by loading a variety of audio file types. Wavosaur opened nearly all the files, though not everything (like WMA files, for instance). But of course Wavosaur specializes in large files like WAVs. Both pro and amateur users will be pleased to know that Wavosaur uses the nearly standard format of twin spectral displays, easy selection of start and end points, and a wide range of effects and processing tools. With ASIO direct monitoring via an external soundcard, Wavosaur's sound quality was excellent.

Wavosaur's businesslike face might not win many beauty contests, though we find its plain gray wrapper a nice break from the ubiquitous white fonts on black backgrounds (plus you can re-skin it if you don't agree). Pro studio integration via ASIO, VST, and MIDI compatibility simply set Wavosaur above the crowd, though it's as flexible and easy to use as much less capable tools, too, including some premium programs.

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All User Reviews

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Designed by geeks for geeks with life to waste"

    January 1, 2012  |   By spartain

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    Free
    It works

    Cons

    No keystrokes
    No de-clipping facility
    Terrible VST (plug-in) interface

    Summary

    I discovered this program in a review and it was number one as best audio editor. The reviewer obviously never tried to use it properly.

    At first glance this program looks pretty comprehensive, but on my first use of it (editing and cleaning the vocal track from a DAW) I found it to be really clumsy. The fact that there are no keystrokes included really adds to the monotony and slowness of tasks. I then thought I might save time by applying a plug-in, but the interface is truly awful - designed by geeks for geeks who like to do things the hard way. It all depends on hours of trial and error just to get one plug-in (in my case an audio limiter) to be set as required. In the end I gave up and proceeded with manual editing of levels to achieve the same effect, but the omission of keystrokes made this drearily slow!

    I'm used to using the Magix Audio Editor but thought I'd give this a go, and frankly wish I hadn't wasted five hours of my life on an editing project I'm about to scrap, together with this awful program. Life is just too short to waste on this.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great value for the price!!!!"

    October 18, 2010  |   By schifty1983

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    easy to add dlls and listen to the changes in real time

    Cons

    no multitrack editing

    Summary

    I like the product and use it to add to each track but i use audacity to put the tracks together

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Recording Quality"

    October 6, 2010  |   By Mercoro

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    The recording quality is almost exactly as the song quality.
    Free save as mp3

    Cons

    The vocal remover doesn't work so you can't make instrumentals.

    Summary

    I like this product because of the great recording quality plus save as mp3.

    The vocal remover function don't work.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Vocal remover does not work"

    April 5, 2010  |   By antoniorous

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    none tested other than vocal remover

    Cons

    I tested the vocal remover, then guess what? It removed the whole sound... You cant here anything :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wavosaur rocks!"

    January 5, 2010  |   By taxiguy250

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    The VU meter, the built-in effects, the VST Rack capability. What can I say, I love it!

    Cons

    The 3D Spectral Analysis window could use a little work (like freq & amplitude lines), but that's just icing.

    Summary

    For all your wavefile needs, get it. It rocks!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked great for what I needed!"

    October 9, 2009  |   By Kenwahman

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.5

    Pros

    I found it very easy to use for making my own ringtones.

    Cons

    Lot's more capability than I can understand.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "NO MIDI SUPPORT"

    January 8, 2009  |   By narayan_v

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.4

    Pros

    LOTS OF FEATURES.

    Cons

    NO MIDI SUPPORT

    Summary

    WISH THERE WAS MIDI SUPPORT

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great audio editor."

    October 18, 2008  |   By qb9999

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.3

    Pros

    No install (just unzip and run it). Took me less than 10 minutes to cut apart and splice together pieces of MP3 and WAV files to make my own custom ringtones. Now I'll start monkeying around with effects to see what else I can do. Its free!!!

    Cons

    Don't know of anything yet.

    Summary

    Great free audio editor. Havent tried using effects yet. Audacity is also free but I wanted a smaller software app. All other ringtone software was not free, so this was a great find.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I downloaded this looking for a vocal remover."

    August 28, 2008  |   By Morticon

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.2

    Pros

    ABSOLUTELY Nothing.

    Cons

    Absolutely everything.

    Summary

    It didn't remove the vocals. It didn't even try. I looked everywhere in this program for a way to actually remove the vocals. It didn't change the track in the slightest. Useless!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "plain and simple, but useful"

    April 13, 2008  |   By nixon1972

    Version: Wavosaur 1.0.2

    Pros

    I love the oscilloscope! Also the filters (especially vocals reducer) (EQ too,)work very well and the visual graphs available can lend a few clues if you are trying to tweak a certain wav file. So if you are into kareoke( I'm not) or a DJ (not that either) this might be all you need. Useful for mixing, fades, general simple editing. Allows you to normalize. Good for simple tracks and simple needs.

    Cons

    If you are serious about editing some recordings and mixdowns of original material this program is just too basic. Couldn't get it to split Left and Right tracks. Also you have to do a lot of clicking/trial & error to get the filters, normilaztion etc just right. If you have VST somewhere else on your system you will have effects but if not you will wish you had some reverb,compression etc. But for free, I am going to keep it.

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