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What is WavePad?

WavePad is an audio editing application from NCH Software headquartered Greenwood Village, Colorado.

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What is WavePad?

WavePad is music editing program for Windows, Mac and mobile. WavePad enables the creation and editing of voice, music and other sound recordings. Users can duplicate sections of recordings and add echo, amplification, noise reduction and other effects.

  • Recorder supports auto-trim and voice activated recording
  • Music editing functions include cut, copy, paste, delete, insert, silence, and autotrim
  • Music restoration features including noise reduction and click pop removal
  • Special effects include reduce vocals, distortion, and chorus
  • Batch processing allows users to apply effects and/or convert songs as a single function
  • Set bookmarks along multiple files as you work
  • Supports sample rates from 6000 to 96000Hz, stereo or mono, 8, 16, 24 or 32 bits
  • Pre-defined sound quality suggestions when saving files such as CD Quality and Radio Quality
  • Ability to work with multiple files at the same time in separate screens
  • Load music files directly from CD

WavePad Features

  • Supported: Advanced Editing Tools
  • Supported: Batch Processing
  • Supported: Audio Restoration
  • Supported: Audio & Music Effects
  • Supported: Supported Audio Formats

WavePad Screenshots

Screenshot of WavePad includes a sound recorder that supports auto-trim and voice activated recording.Screenshot of The full Sound Effects Library comes with WavePad Master's edition and gives you access to 800 SFX files and 200 music files that you can add to ringtones, podcasts, movie soundtracks, and more.Screenshot of Audio Effects include Amplify, Normalize, Equalizer, Envelope, Reverb, Echo, Reverse, Noise Reduction, Sample Rate Conversion and more.

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WavePad Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
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WavePad is a versatile audio editing software that has proven to be reliable and enjoyable for users across various industries. Customers have found it particularly useful for recording, mixing, and mastering audio from anywhere, allowing for quick distribution in various formats. The software's simplicity and non-cluttered interface have made it a preferred option among other premium DAWs and audio editors. Its accessibility on multiple platforms at a low price has also made it a popular choice.

One of the key use cases of WavePad is for mixing and merging soundtracks for presentations and commercial purposes, ensuring seamless transitions. Users have praised its quick installation process and professional in-built tools, which provide high-quality recordings. Additionally, WavePad has been utilized for creating custom ringtones, trimming audio productions, and recording voices, streamlining workflow and saving time.

The availability of WavePad on laptops and as an iPhone app has allowed users to edit music quickly for their businesses, even while on the go. Its ability to edit audio files at any interval makes it equally useful for personal projects. WavePad has also been recommended for its ability to clean up vocals and enhance audio quality, even on mobile devices.

Beyond traditional use cases, WavePad has been used by some users to listen to audio evidence from paranormal investigations, enabling them to catch previously unheard sounds. Furthermore, customers have found WavePad useful for mixing sounds for school functions and saving time by editing existing audio files instead of creating new ones.

WavePad's value extends to simple audio file editing, sound processing, opening a wide range of formats, editing WAV and MP3 files before manufacturing or adding them to iTunes libraries, redacting sensitive materials in interviews, efficient cutting and mixing of music, audio restoration from cassette-tape sources, preparing files for CD archiving, editing audio files for background music in ads, creating and editing voice-overs for audio and video ads, and enhancing audio quality with tools like noise removal, compression, and equalization.

The software also offers features such as converting stereo to mono, converting file formats, and creating ringtones that have been utilized by customers in their work. Overall, WavePad's range of user-friendly features has made it a versatile solution for various audio editing needs.

Ease of Use: Many users have praised WavePad for its user-friendly interface and intuitive tools. They have found it easy to navigate, with well-organized menus and quick start wizards for various tasks. The simplicity and straightforwardness of the software make it suitable for both novice users in 2013 and small-time producers and DJs.

Versatile Editing Capabilities: Users appreciate the wide range of editing capabilities offered by WavePad. They find it helpful for tasks such as cutting, pasting, merging, splitting, and converting audio files. The software's ability to reduce background noise, isolate specific audio sounds, and apply effects to the entire clip or specific points of interest has been highly valued by reviewers.

Integration with VideoPad: Many users have found the integration between WavePad and its video editing counterpart, VideoPad, to be seamless and powerful. This combination allows them to produce professional projects efficiently by easily editing podcasts, removing unwanted sounds from recordings, exporting audio files to video formats with varying backgrounds in one place, all without needing separate software for video exporting.


  1. Limited functionality and lack of advanced features: Some users have mentioned that WavePad has limited functions and lacks advanced features, especially when working with high-quality audio. They feel that the software does not provide the abilities they want and find it unhelpful in terms of customer service.
  2. Unintuitive interface and learning curve: Users have found the presentation of the software's dashboard to be unintuitive and lacking a nice interface. They also mentioned a rather large learning curve with the software, finding it difficult to learn initially. Some users suggested adding in-app tutorials for novice users to improve user experience.
  3. Processing time and productivity impact: Several users expressed frustration with the processing time required to save or export lengthy audio files, mentioning that it can consume significant time and decrease productivity. This issue affects their workflow negatively as they have to wait for long processing times before being able to proceed further with their work.

Users have provided several recommendations for WavePad based on their experiences with the software. Firstly, many users recommend WavePad as a cost-effective tool for editing audio files. They believe that the software provides good value for money by offering a wide range of features at a lower price compared to other alternatives.

Secondly, users suggest that WavePad is a great option for managing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems without the need for frequent re-recording. The software allows users to edit and manipulate audio recordings easily, which makes it convenient for making changes to IVR prompts.

Lastly, users recommend WavePad as a good starting point for audio editing, especially for those on a budget. They find it to be user-friendly and suitable for beginners who are new to audio editing. Additionally, they appreciate the affordability of the software compared to more advanced and expensive options.

It's important to note that some users advise against using WavePad for video editing due to its limitations in handling video files and resulting in larger file sizes even after redacting or omitting parts.

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Wavepad is used to edit audio files typically for background in ads. It is also used to create and edit voice-overs for audio and video ads created for clients. We have helped our outside voice over talent setup and utilize WavePad for creating their work to submit to us. WavePad is easy to set up and use to create a quick voice-over or to edit audio files. It also includes good tools for enhancing audio. We use the noise removal, compression, high and low pass filters, amplify, normalize and equalize to clean up audio that may not have been recorded under the best circumstances.

We started with the free, non-commercial, version to evaluate WavePad but quickly licensed the Master's edition for our commercial work.

Some of the other features we have taken advantage of:
Convert stereo to mono.
Convert file formats. Supported formats include; WAV, mp3, WMA, Ogg, m4r, FLAC, AAC, vox, spx and several more.
Create ringtones for our cell phones.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.
  • 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.
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.
WavePad is used to record voice-overs, edit recorded voice-overs, edit audio files used for background and convert audio file formats.
Simple enough to use that we don't really have a support person.
  • Voice-over recording.
  • Voice-over editing.
  • Audio/music file editing.
An important product for our production of customer ads.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Existing Relationship with the Vendor
Initially used the free, non-commercial, versions for some personal projects. When our company moved into creating video ads for customers WavePad served our needs for audio editing. We have helped business partners set up and use WavePad. The product is very inexpensive.
Would not change the evaluation or selection process. Very satisfied with the product, price, and support.
  • Implemented in-house
Implementation by phase only to the extent that we are learning to use some of the more advanced editing tools that we did not use in the beginning.
Change management was minimal
It is a simple product to start using.
Premium support is not offered. Support is by email or a user forum. I have rarely needed support.
Phone support is not available.
  • Record a voice-over.
  • Edit an audio file; cut, copy, delete sections with ease.
  • Open a file in one format and save it to another format.
  • Audio clean-up takes some time to learn the different tools available and which to use when. Video tutorials help.
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.
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