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WavePad

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  • 7.0
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  • 556
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  • 7
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License:
Free
Language:
English
OS:
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
Latest version:
5.60 13/09/13
Last month's downloads:
23,271
Size:
980 KB
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WavePad is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

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Minimum requirements
Minimum Recommended
Processor: 300 MHz
Memory: 16 MB 32 MB
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Available languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
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Versions of WavePad

All versions of WavePad
Version License Language O.S. Download
WavePad 5.60 13/09/13 Free English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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WavePad 5.4 29/05/13 Free English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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WavePad 5.15 18/04/13 Free English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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WavePad 5.13 17/08/12 Free English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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WavePad 3.12 19/06/13 Free English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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Excellent free sound editor

Jonathan Riggall

Recent changes

  • Added new toolbar icons
  • Changed name of "Set Flat" button in Envelope effect to "Restore Preset"
  • Fixed crashes if WavePad run from MixPad's 'Edit Clip' menu item to edit sound clip
  • Fixed 'Genre', 'URL' and 'Picture' not being saved to mp3 when editing ID Tags
  • Fixed paste shortcut (Command+V) not working if pasting from one clip window to another
  • Fixed Edit Sample mode changing next sample, not the current sample
  • Fixed Go-to-Start and Go-to-End buttons moving red line to beginning or end when zoomed in, but not moving the waveform view
  • Improved ID3 tag support
  • Removed Save Playlist items from menu options (not supported on MacOS)

WavePad supports the following formats

WAV, MP3, VOX, GSM, RM, AU, AIF, FLAC, OGG

Pros
  • Lots of features
  • Accessible
  • Supports most formats
Cons
  • Burn and Tone Generator require further (free) downloads

"Great program with some shortcomings"

  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • usability7
  • Stability4
  • Installation10
  • Functionality8
  • Appearance10

Wavepad has one of the nicest looking interfaces i've seen in an audio editing program. It has a well-implemented 'Ribbon' style interface, easy-to-understand controls, and a Tabbed interface that also uses floating windows. However despite the excellent interface design it possesses a few shortcomings that quickly can make it aggravating for certain tasks.

The first shortcoming is that it is essentially a single-tasking audio program. If you attempt to do anything while it is recording audio, the recording will immediately stop; this includes trying to do things like delete parts of the live recording, clicking on the window of another audio file, or accessing any menu at all. For my purpose (recording live audio speeches and seperating these into files) this is a terrible drawback; maybe even a deal-breaker. Now the next shortcoming is that WavePad freezes occassionally, becoming unresponsive. One would think that if Wavepad possess automatic backup then this is no big deal, however forcing wavepad to quit and restoring the backup will not always restore any unsaved audio; this means (for my purposes) that valuable historical audio can be lost since live speeches can not simply be re-recorded. If you are not into recording live speeches I would recommend Wavepad with much gusto, however its quirks make it a sometimes unreliable program where mission-critical reliability is needed.

Pros
  • Beautiful UI
  • Easy to use
  • Contains a good amount of functionality
  • Good quality audio and compression
Cons
  • Occasionally freezes
  • Not a good idea to multi-task while recording

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