Softpedia Editor's Review for WavePad Sound Editor
Audio editor software to edit voice and other audio recordings on a Windows PC
Written by Elena Opris on July 13th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for WavePad Sound Editor
WavePad tackles the audio editing software category and is addressed to everyday users, as well as small production studios. It’s bundled with a wide array of processing tools and effects in order to carry out complex audio mastering tasks. WavePad can also be used for voice recording and CD burning.
The installation process is easy to follow and ends in a few seconds. The user interface is elegant and professional, yet intuitive and accessible. On the left side of the interface, there are a few links to video tutorials (for which you need an internet connection because clicking them will redirect you to YouTube), as well as shortcuts to the most important functions of the software. More features can be explored via the program’s menus.
WavePad supports all commonly used audio formats, so working with a particular one shouldn't be difficult. Effects include working with an amplifier, normalizer, compressor, equalizer, multiple chain effect, and commands like reverse, fade, speed, cleanup, and voice.
Also worth taking a look at are the speed and pitch change, telephone effect, AM radio effect, text to speech, and several others.
Audio processing takes a little time to apply changes, during which you can't work with other features of the software. Once you're done playing with the tracks, save your progress or burning the files on audio CDs and share them with your friends.
In addition, WavePad also provides the possibility to analyze sound frequencies (FFT and TFFT) and an efficient batch audio converter that allows you to convert multiple audio files to various formats.
To sum up, the time we’ve spent with WavePad was worthwhile. It’s very intuitive and easy to work with and the processing speed is maintained at a decent level.
WavePad Sound Editor description
Here are some key features of "WavePad Sound Editor":
- Supports a number of file formats including wav (multiple codecs), mp3, vox, gsm, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg and many more.
- Sound editing functions include cut, copy, caste, delete, insert, silence, autotrim and more.
- Audio effects include, amplify, normalize, equaliser, envelope, reverb, echo, reverse, sample rate conversion and more.
- Tools include spectral analysis (FFT) and speech synthesis.
- Audio restoration features including noise reduction and click pop removal.
- Supports sample rates from 6000 to 96000Hz, stereo or mono, 8, 16, 24 or 32 bits.
- Ability to work with multiple files at the same time in seperate screens.
- Includes its own CD ripper with 'ultrafast 'rip mode and cddb music database lookup.
- Links directly to the Express Burn CD Recorder to burn your sound files to CD.
- Recorder supports autotrim and voice activated recording.
- Easy to use interface will get you started running.
- Pentium 300 or above with at least 16MB RAM (32MB for 2000/XP/2003/Vista).
- A sound card
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
- Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
- Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
- Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function