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Attribute Ratings

  • Cubase is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • WavePad is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Cubase

87%
4 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

Cubase

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
1 Rating

Usability

Cubase

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

WavePad

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

10.0

Cubase

100%
2 Ratings
8.0

WavePad

80%
2 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Cubase

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WavePad

100%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cubase

I have been a longtime fan of Cubase and would recommend it to anyone, whether they are just starting in recording or a seasoned professional. I find that it is really strong in the pre-production and production phases of a song. Tools like the arranger track, track versions, and the chord track make writing and experimenting very easy. I have used these tools on almost every song that I have started from the writing phase. I am able to experiment with different variations of a song, different channel settings, and even completely different arrangements all with just a few clicks. My writing process and speed have improved so much over the last few versions of Cubase.We have also enjoyed working with the mixing process. The mixers in Cubase are laid out much like a regular console. So for an old timer like me, the learning curve is very low. Cubase did a very good job with layout and labeling. Things are labeled what you would expect them to be and laid out in an order that makes sense. The other part of the mixer that makes it great is the ability to color code and organize tracks. My mix time has drastically decreased since using Cubase.
Dan Butler | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

Highly recommended for voice over recording and editing. Great for splicing together several different recorded files to create a final track. Our voice over talent typically sends us their unedited recordings with multiple recordings of the script. Then we can listen to the different versions to select the best fit for our client. We just select the sections we like and copy them into a new file, then continue to add the sections until we have the final voice over. It is easy to tighten up or stretch out the recording to better fit our timeline.
We have not used WavePad for recording live music so not sure how well it is suited for that. If you need multi-track editing you will need another product. MixPad makes a nice companion.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cubase

  • The user interface is very accessible and easy to operate
  • Cubase will run fine on most PCs with regular hardware
  • VSTs are easy to manage and install
  • Audio routing within the mixer is very simple
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

  • Voice recording is our most used function. It is simple and straight forward. We have trained non-technical voice over talent to use it.
  • The cleanup tools have saved us from having to go out and rerecord some bad original recordings.
  • Being able to cut out sections of recordings and insert a different audio piece is a great time saver.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cubase

  • Some documentation is confusing and may be different than the version you have
  • Finding how to set up more complex audio environments can be cumbersome
  • Audio library can be a little confusing
Walter Aho | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

  • WavePad only works with a single audio track. NCH does offer MixPad for multi-track editing. We also use MixPad occasionally to mix background music with voice.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cubase

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$579.9

Cubase Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$579.90
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

WavePad

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$39.95 per user

WavePad Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard Edition$39.951
Master's Edition$69.951
  1. per user
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Cubase

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WavePad

WavePad 10.0
Based on 1 answer
An important product for our production of customer ads.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cubase

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WavePad

WavePad 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Easily handles basic audio recording and editing. Advanced editing features are there but if you don't already understand audio editing you will need to watch some of the provided videos to learn how to use the tools.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cubase

Cubase 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Any time I've had to reach out to customer support, they've been fast to respond and answered my questions to the best of their ability. Authorization of the software is easy, and the company is great about emailing you promptly. Overall, they do a great job.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

WavePad 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Phone support is not available.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Cubase

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WavePad

WavePad 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is a simple product to start using.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cubase

We chose Cubase in the beginning due to price differences between Pro Tools and Cubase. As we learned to use Cubase, we realized the flexibility between MIDI and audio was far more advanced than any other product on the market. We still feel like the MIDI implementation in Cubase is beyond any other product on the market. We have also found that the audio engine alone is on par with all of the industry standard software. During the 18 years we have used Cubase, we have noticed more and more high-end mixing, mastering and production studios using Cubase in their workflows.
Dan Butler | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

We ran across WavePad years ago and used it for some simple music file edits. Cutting out some parts to make it fit better into the time slot. Audacity was recommended by a friend and we installed it and give it a brief try. We didn't find anything bad about it but came back to WavePad.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cubase

  • Using Cubase over something like Protools means that new users are more likely to be successful during training and due to this, decrease training time.
  • More trained staff means that we are able to complete more projects faster instead of waiting for a more skilled staff member to become available.
  • Implementation on-site for on-site recording has been very reliable and has decreased the amount of failed recordings during events.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WavePad

  • We are able to work with local voice-over talent and amateurs and that allows us to keep our cost low to our clients.
  • WavePad is so inexpensive that is pays for itself on the first project. The Master's edition is less than $100 and the standard edition is less than $50.
Eric Lennep | TrustRadius Reviewer

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