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GoldWave Review

A veteran in the voice recording software industry, GoldWave has evolved over the years to its present version.

Our Verdict

GoldWave has an easy-to-use and customizable interface, and its ability to process and edit with any audio source makes it a stellar choice.

For

  • It offers non-destructive sound editing with batch processing.

Against

  • The program lacks a media burning tool, something that’s commonplace for this kind of software.
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GoldWave’s main window has integrated controls and tabs for different audio tracks.

GoldWave’s main window has integrated controls and tabs for different audio tracks.
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This is another view of GoldWave’s main window, with cascaded tiles and horizontal controls.

This is another view of GoldWave’s main window, with cascaded tiles and horizontal controls.
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The Control Window of GoldWave is where you can playback your audio and tweak it with faders.

The Control Window of GoldWave is where you can playback your audio and tweak it with faders.
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The Control Properties page in GoldWave makes it easy for you to adjust devices and visuals, set timers, enable input monitoring and other general settings.

The Control Properties page in GoldWave makes it easy for you to adjust devices and visuals, set timers, enable input monitoring and other general settings.
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GoldWave’s batch processing capability allows you to convert files to a multitude of formats and apply effects and additional edits.

GoldWave’s batch processing capability allows you to convert files to a multitude of formats and apply effects and additional edits.
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GoldWave has a variety of real-time visuals that you can choose from, which can enhance your music listening experience.

GoldWave has a variety of real-time visuals that you can choose from, which can enhance your music listening experience.
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The equalizer in GoldWave gives you control over your audio levels, and even has preset styles that you can choose from.

The equalizer in GoldWave gives you control over your audio levels, and even has preset styles that you can choose from.
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GoldWave’s CD reader lets you copy audio from a CD directly.

GoldWave’s CD reader lets you copy audio from a CD directly.
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Advanced GoldWave users can generate custom sounds and effects from nearly any equation using the Expression Evaluator.

Advanced GoldWave users can generate custom sounds and effects from nearly any equation using the Expression Evaluator.
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GoldWave has a noise reduction filter, which helps you clean up your audio by removing buzzes, hums, hisses and other unintended noises.

GoldWave has a noise reduction filter, which helps you clean up your audio by removing buzzes, hums, hisses and other unintended noises.
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The Toolbar Options page within GoldWave lets you customize what you can see in the general toolbar.

The Toolbar Options page within GoldWave lets you customize what you can see in the general toolbar.
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You can easily set up an effects chain, and add or delete effects easily in GoldWave.

You can easily set up an effects chain, and add or delete effects easily in GoldWave.
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GoldWave also has a speech-to-text converter, and you can customize options for a conversion file.

GoldWave also has a speech-to-text converter, and you can customize options for a conversion file.
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With GoldWave, you can opt for either lossy or lossless file compression.

With GoldWave, you can opt for either lossy or lossless file compression.
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GoldWave lets you apply a variety of filters and special effects, like fades and reverb, and can even convert a mono file into stereo.

GoldWave lets you apply a variety of filters and special effects, like fades and reverb, and can even convert a mono file into stereo.
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GoldWave is compatible with WMA, MP3, WAV, FLAC, MIDI, M4A, and AAC file formats.

GoldWave is compatible with WMA, MP3, WAV, FLAC, MIDI, M4A, and AAC file formats.
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You can view noise levels, speed, balance and other factors in multiple tiles within GoldWave.

You can view noise levels, speed, balance and other factors in multiple tiles within GoldWave.
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When editing silences in GoldWave, you can set a sound threshold and trigger it to reduce a long silence to a shortened length.

When editing silences in GoldWave, you can set a sound threshold and trigger it to reduce a long silence to a shortened length.
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GoldWave’s pop and click removal function allows you to set a tolerance percentage, flagging noises that go above that threshold.

GoldWave’s pop and click removal function allows you to set a tolerance percentage, flagging noises that go above that threshold.
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GoldWave is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10.

GoldWave is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10.

A veteran in the voice recording software industry, GoldWave has evolved over the years to its present version. GoldWave offers endless possibilities to both inexperienced users and veteran audiophiles, like filters, special effects, editing, multiple file format support, the ability to record from multiple sources, and adequate help and guidance. Its only real drawback is the notable absence of an optical media burning tool, but many computers come bundled with one anyway.

Many voice recording programs are simply too technical for inexperienced users to grasp. But GoldWave overcomes this problem with its user-friendly interface and “How Do I” section in the help file. Most of the topics are appended with detailed explanations in plain language, ready for you to use at any step during your process, ensuring that you’ll never get stuck.

The majority of the tool and effect icons are conveniently placed on the main toolbar or the effects toolbar. You can customize various attributes of the interface to make it easier for you to use. A keyboard shortcut menu lists the available options and controls. Commonly used edit commands like cut, copy, paste, trim, replace and overwrite are easily recognizable from the interface as well.

One of the best features found in this kind of software is its voice- and level-activated recording functionality. You can tell the program to only record when it hears voices or when any sound goes over a certain decibel level that you specify.

The software includes digital and analog rip capabilities but inexplicably lacks a burn option – a function that’s common within this kind of software. It does allow you, however, to compress files. If having a burn option is critical to your workflow, however, consider RipEditBurn.

The program offers non-destructive editing for your audio files, and you can process multiple files at once, even splitting or merging them. GoldWave boasts numerous audio filters and special effects which help you filter, edit, enhance and apply special effects to a voice recording. These effects can make a substantial impact on the finished voice recording, especially when the original voice feeds are sourced from a weak line with plenty of background noise, breaks, distortions and disturbances.

Some of the software’s most useful filters and effects include: noise reduction, pop and click removal, trim silence, amplify, time warp, equalizer, reverberation and fade ins/outs. There is an option to convert your audio files from mono to stereo as well.

GoldWave supports a variety of file formats for opening and saving audio files. You can open files in WAV, MP3, XAC, AIFF, AIFC and other formats. Files can be saved to WAV, MP3, XAC, AIFF, AIFC, IFF and others. Conversion between popular file formats is supported, both for files you’ve recorded with the software as well as any you upload from other compatible sources.

The audio recording software is compatible with all recent versions of Windows, from Windows XP forward. However, it lacks compatibility with Mac OS X.

A highly detailed and well-compiled help file is bundled in with the software. A user manual, tutorials, a FAQs section and a community forum are available online. Free upgrades are included for the program upon purchase, so you’ll always be working with the newest technology. GoldWave is available in two license versions, yearly and lifetime. Both options are reasonably priced, making it not just one of the best voice recording programs but also one of the most affordable.

GoldWave has been serving audiophiles with its numerous practical features and tools for over a decade. Over the years, its scope has expanded to include many new and advanced features, maturing to its current version. An optical media burning capability is the only tool lacking from this otherwise complete audio recording program. And while the user interface may need a facelift, GoldWave is great all-around voice recording software.

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