An audio editor helps polish our media projects, like music making, podcast recording, personalized ringtone creating…When talking about audio editing software, WavePad has to be mentioned.

But should WavePad Sound Editor be your choice to edit audio files? Let’s have a WavePad review before any decision. You will be able to learn everything you need to know about it.

Technical Support If you have difficulties using WavePad Sound Editor please read the applicable topic before requesting support. If your problem is not covered in this user guide please view the up-to-date.

  • With a professional and intuitive design, WavePad is the perfect for any audio project. It allows you to quickly create brilliant audio and music files in a matter of minutes. Record audio directly on WavePad or easily import previously recorded audio from over 15 different formats. WavePad comes loaded with editing tools and effects to perfect your audio track. Export and share your project.
  • WavePad uses 32 bits internally for optimal audio quality. However 16 bits is usually more than adequate for saving. Audio File Compression and Codecs One of the problems with high quality audio is that you can end up with very large-sized audio files. In order to avoid this, you can use what is known as 'compression' to reduce the size of your.
Wavepad audio editing reviews

Part 1. WavePad Audio Editor FAQs

1. What is WavePad Audio Editor

WavePad Audio Editor, also known as WavePad Sound Editor (the official program name) is the audio editing software developed by NCH Software, which is an Australian software company established in early 1990s.

WavePad Audio Editor helps to edit audios (cut, split, join, trim, etc.), add effects to audios (amplify, normalize, equalize, etc.), remove audio noise, extract audio from CD, export audio as different formats and analyze audios.

2. Is WavePad Audio Editor Safe?

Yes, it is safe, basing on the fact that it has a profound history and been liked by so many users.
Personally, I downloaded and installed several NCH programs, all of them are risk-free, ad-free, and there is no need to worry about its safety.

However, you should download the programs from NCH Software website.

3. Is WavePad Audio Editor Free?

Wavepad App

It offers a free 14-day trial, but if you don’t buy a license code to activate the program after the free trial period, some of its features will be locked, what you get is just a limited-feature WavePad.

4. Is WavePad Audio Editor Available for macOS Platform?

WavePad Audio Editor offers macOS, Windows, iOS and Android versions, even you can download and install this program to your Kindle.

It supports:

  • Windows 10, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
  • macOS 10.5 or above
  • iOS 6.0 or above
  • Android 2.3.3 or above

Part 2. The WavePad Sound Editor Review

Good for

  • Edit audios easily
  • Batch process audios files: join, convert
  • Support all needed audio input and output
  • Fast generating
  • Extract audio from CD
  • Record audios

Need Improvement for

  • Interface (duplicate toolbars, ads)

Pricing

$60 (now $24.99) for WavePad Sound Editor Standard Edition (without VST plugins nor SFX Library)
$99 for (now $34.99) for WavePad Sound Editor Master’s Edition (with SFX Library)

WavePad

Setup

There is nothing extra to do about the setting up, just download and install the progam, consent the agreement, everything comes to you.

And you can personalize this tool by customizing accommodated toolbars on the main interface, this helps you quickly access to the tools you frequently use and put your favorites tools at your hand.

Interface

The interface is easy o use and has a flexible workspace to process each imported audio file, but personally, the duplicate toolbars under different menus is not necessary for me.

Audio import

WavePad meets your all needs to edit and convert an audio file, but the audio input formats for Windows version is a little different from that for macOS version.

For Windows Version:

WavePad

AAC, 3GP, ACT, AIF/AIFF, AMR, APE, AU, ASF, AVI, CAF, CDA, DCT, DS2, DSS, DVF, FLAC, FLV, GSM, M3U, M4A, M4R, MID, MOD, MOH, MOV, MP2, MP3, MPC, MPEG, MSV, OGG, PLS, RA, RAW, SHN, SPX, SRI, VOX, VOC, WAV, WMA, WMV, WV

For macOS version:

AAC, 3GP, ACT, AIF/AIFF, AMR, APE, AU, ASF, AVI, DCT, DS2, FLAC, FLV, GSM, M4A, MOD, MOH, MOV, MP3, MPC, MPEG, OGG, RAW, SHN, VOC, VOX, WAV, WMA, WMV, WV

Full Editor

WavePad allows splitting, joining, trimming, silencing and cleaning up audio files, but also helps amplify, normalize, compress, auto gain, equalize, fade, envelop your audios.

Audio effects

You can add basic, popular even pro effects to the audio, including Echo, Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Doppler… The real time effects can be previewed before saving.

WavePad Sound and Music Library

You can directly create audio files from music in WavePad Sound Library or add sound effects to your audio file by using sounds from its library.

Batch Converter (Audio Output)

The batch converter is used to convert multiple audios files to another audio format in the same
time, you can save as:

For Windows version:

AAC, AIF/AIFF, AMR, AU, FLAC, GSM, M3U, M4A, MOV, MP3, MPC, OGG, PLS, RAW, VOX, WAV

For macOS version:

AAC, AIF/AIFF, AMR, APE, AU, CAF, FLAC, GSM, M3U, M4A, M4R, MP3, MPC, OGG, PLS, RAW, SPX, VOX, WAV, WMA

A Hands-On Guide to Use WavePad

  1. Grab a copy of WavePad from NCH Software website, install and open the App.
  2. Add audio files to the program.
  3. Go to Edit or Effects menu, edit or add effects to your audio files, preview the created audio file.
  4. Choose an output and save the edited or converted audio files.

Part 3. WavePad VS Audacity

Audacity, the open-source audio editor to edit audios files for free, is always recommended by experts and our users, but WavePad VS Audacity, which one will you choose.

To find out the differences, we here prepare a comparison table for you.

User InterfaceEditEffectsRecordCD InputPerformanceBatch ExportAnalyze AudioInput SupportOutput Support
WavePadEasy and user-friendlySplit, join, trim, silence, duplicate, mix, etc.Basic, popular, proYesYesFast and high qualityYesYes40+20+
AudacityNeed improvementSplit, join, trim, silence, duplicate, mix, etc.Basic, popularYesNoMedium speed, crash sometimes when processing multiple audios;YesYes1412

According to above, both WavePad and Audacity offers full features to edit audios files, but WavePad is more powerful, by supporting more input and output formats, by offering richer media library, by allowing extracting audio from CD.

Wavepad Free is a very well-designed and extremely flexible sound editor for the Windows operating system. It functions both as an audio recording AND an advanced mixer which functions perfectly if you're wishing to convert those old record LPs and tapes to a digital format like MP3 or OGG.

Like the professional version, this program can capture audio from various devices. Pretty much anything that Windows can hear, Wavepad Free can hear. With the tracks that you've recorded, you can easily add certain audio effects, fade tracks, merge tracks, split tracks and many other functions that are included with the free version by NCH Software.

Though the features included in the professional version certainly do turn eyes, the freeware version is a little bit reduced in terms of functionality. Although one can certainly say that the freeware version is light years ahead of anything that has been included on default Windows installations over the years.

If you're looking for something simple and don't require all of the features, say, a DJ might require to get a party happening, Wavepad Free is the perfect lightweight addition and runs perfect on all modern versions of Windows.

Wavepad Free can edit audio, convert audio and record audio.

Features and highlights

WavePad

Wavepad

  • Sound editing functions include cut, copy, paste, delete, insert, silence, auto-trim and more
  • Audio effects include amplify, normalize, equalizer, envelope, reverb, echo, reverse and many more
  • Integrated VST plugin support gives professionals access to thousands of additional tools and effects
  • Supports almost all audio and music file formats including mp3, wav, vox, gsm, wma, au, aif, flac, real audio, ogg, aac, m4a, mid, amr, and many more
  • Batch processing allows you to apply effects and/or convert thousands of files as a single function
  • Scrub, search and bookmark audio for precise editing
  • Create bookmarks and regions to easily find, recall and assemble segments of long audio files

Wavepad Video Editor

Wavepad Free 12.44 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

Wavepad Free

This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from sound/audio recorders without restrictions. Wavepad Free 12.44 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows.

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