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Editors' Review

Amidst the slew of digital audio editing programs available for download, GoldWave manages to stand out thanks to its robust feature set, stable performance, and user-friendly interface. Despite the fact that the main window looks like a throwback to early software days, it packs in just about every function you could want. Two tool bars line the top of the window: one for the main features of the program (such as copy, zoom, and trim), and another for the various effects that you can add to the audio, such as reverb, pitch, and echo. Hovering the mouse over any button reveals its function.

Rather than a standard control bar, GoldWave includes a separate Control window that houses the main recording and playback controls. This window also features three faders for adjusting playback volume, balance, and speed, as well as an area for displaying visual effects. There are about a dozen included with the program, and others can be added as plug-ins. Other notable features include a seven-band, fully customizable EQ; a noise reduction tool for cleaning up hiss and hum in audio files; a pop/click filter; a CD ripper; a multiformat audio converter; and an expressions evaluator, which turns equations into sound. (Most of these features are viewable in our gallery.) Supported formats include iTunes Plus, M4A, WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, AIFF, AU, VOX, FLAC, and raw binary data.

Using GoldWave may take a bit of practice for the uninitiated, but anyone who has used standard audio editors before will find that this program stays in the same vein. You can select chunks of audio files easily with your mouse and use keyboard shortcuts for many standard functions. The effects chain editor and other tools allow real-time previewing, and there are plenty of preset slots in every area for saving your favorite settings. On the whole, the app is highly configurable; you can even program your own keystrokes for the majority of the functions. The software performed very quickly during testing and had no stability issues. Finally, it's nice that you have the option to pay for a lifetime license that guarantees you free access to all future updates. All in all, this is a robust piece of audio software that should satisfy power-users.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.36

  • Added Reduction setting in Noise Gate
  • Added Fade curve setting to Blend
  • Added 6 channel (5.1) support for M4A files (Windows 10 only)
  • Added Apple Lossless M4A support (Windows 10 only)
  • Added Finish/Length option in Set Selection
  • Added relative time to Set Playback Position
  • Added log file setting to Batch Processing Destination tab
  • Prevented GoldWave* native audio plug-in from being disabled
  • Added Windows 10 "OneCore" voices to Speech Converter tool
  • Added Windows 10 "OneCore" recognizers to Find (Text)
  • Added "Undo after save" to Storage Options
  • Changed colour of Bar visual
  • Added LED Time visual
  • Integrated peak number into Analog Meter.
  • Several improvements and fixes

General

Publisher GoldWave
Publisher web site http://www.goldwave.com/
Release Date November 19, 2018
Date Added March 26, 2019
Version 6.36

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/64-bit, Windows 8/64-bit
Additional Requirements Windows 7 64

Download Information

File Size 11.8MB
File Name InstallGoldWave636.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 5,799,187
Downloads Last Week 142

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $19
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