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WavePad is an audio editor software for Windows. This audio editing software lets you make and edit voice and other audio recordings. You can cut, copy and paste parts of recording and, if required, add effects like echo, amplification and noise reduction. Pro version costs $70.

Trialware $40
OS: Win Mac
File size: 2.2MB
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Latest version

12.52 (April 29, 2021)


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Download WavePad 12.52 Windows  2.2MB  Win

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Software License

Shareware (Free download but time limited software. Full version from $40)

Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS

Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Version 12.52
Windows Release
Maintenance release
Uploaded 2021-04-29

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NCH WavePad, WavePad Audio Editor

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WARNING: WavePad by NCH Software is a terrible, terrible program. In fact all their programs are. The API and GUI are amateurish and poorly designed and their processing effects compute badly inaccurate results. Their support is non existent and I had to repeatedly ask for help, but they lost my support tickets a lot of the times and had no clue. Totally useless. NCH are full of gimmicks in their software and load their other programs at random without your knowledge trying to get you to bye them. You cannot turn that off.

I purchased it on the faith of reviews by Audio Editing Software and their reviews are completely inaccurate and fake.. I am now convinced the company receives kick-backs and money under the table. In disgust, I have un-installed WavePad and all NCH software that was inadvertently installed without my permission. $90 down the drain.

Review by wsc4 on Oct 23, 2017 Version: 6.55 OS: WinXP 64-bit Ease of use: 3/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

I am rating older version 5.40 since this is the last Freeware version I had. After upgrading to 5.90, it expired after 30 days. Glad I kept the old version and reinstalled it.

Review by V1de0Luvr on Jul 22, 2014 Version: 5.40 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

I use this program and absolutely love it! The standard version of WavePad IS free of charge which is great. NCH Swift Sound also makes a licensed version (i.e. you have to pay) of this program that has additional features not found in the free version, called WavePad Master's Edition.

The best thing is, when you first download and install the free version, the features of the Master's versions are also enabled for a 14-day trial period. This was handy for me to decide whether I actually need the extra features.

If you choose not to purchase, the Plus/Master's features will be disabled but all of the standard features of the free version will remain permanently enabled.

Review by mbrewer on Jun 20, 2005 Version: 2.00 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 10/10

Best audio tool I have used so far. Easy to use. I just need it to remove some buzz and hiss. It did that with a single click and it was very easy. Fast too. It cleaned the audio in a fraction of the time other tools took.
My only complaint is that the resulting mp3 files appear to play fine, but my player thinks it is over 5 hours long when it is acutally just under 2 hours. Wave files do not suffer this problem. It could easily be my mistake on saving.
Great tool.

Review by syeager on Jun 18, 2005 Version: 1.2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

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