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.

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?

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)

Setup

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

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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.

customize wavepad

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.wavepad interface

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:

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.

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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.

popular effects

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.

wavepad 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

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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.main interface
  3. Go to Edit or Effects menu, edit or add effects to your audio files, preview the created audio file.wavepad edit
  4. Choose an output and save the edited or converted audio files.export output wavepad

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 Interface Edit Effects Record CD Input Performance Batch Export Analyze Audio Input Support Output Support
WavePad Easy and user-friendly Split, join, trim, silence, duplicate, mix, etc. Basic, popular, pro Yes Yes Fast and high quality Yes Yes 40+ 20+
Audacity Need improvement Split, join, trim, silence, duplicate, mix, etc. Basic, popular Yes No Medium speed, crash sometimes when processing multiple audios; Yes Yes 14 12

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.