WavePad Audio Editor review

WavePad is an outstanding, intuitive voice recording program, and comes highly recommended by our review.

WavePad Audio Editor review

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

WavePad has impressively strong editing capabilities and file format compatibility which, coupled with its low price, makes it the obvious choice for most users.


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    Largest assortment of audio effects and filters

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    Strong editing capabilities

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    Wide file compatibility


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    Some customer support issues

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WavePad Audio Editor tops our list of the best voice recording software for good reason. With a huge selection of filters and special effects, it's able to perform almost every voice-related task you can throw at it, with ease. It offers broad file format compatibility, and its easy-to-use interface is approachable for users of all experience levels. This is the perfect application for performing a variety of tasks involving voice recording, and comes recommended for both new users and experienced audio editors.

WavePad Audio Editor review: Features

While the feature-set may be stripped down, the interface encourages a smooth workflow. The program includes enough features to empower you, but doesn’t bury you under unnecessary tools. Files can be recorded then exported in one of many file formats. It’s compatible with multiple audio feeds and input sources, like microphones, line-in devices and internet streaming as well as audio, video and PC playback.

This software allows you to search, scrub or bookmark audio for improved editing. It supports sample rates from 6kHz up to 192kHz, which is an excellent range, and can process in stereo, mono, and everything up to 32-bit. Its batch processing functionality lets you convert multiple files in a single action, as well as add special effects.

You can download it for Windows, Mac, and a variety of smart devices. There are versions on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad users, and one for Android users too. These mobile versions are easy to use too, and carry across the functionality of the home computer versions.

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WavePad Audio Editor review: Recording quality

The WavePad application gives you over 20 filters and effects to use while recording your voice. When it comes to editing audio files, the more options you have, the better the file is going to turn out. With this range of filters, you can do nearly anything you could want to an audio file. If you want to use samples and loops in your tracks, however, you may want to consider Mixcraft 9.

There’s an option for mixing and splitting audio files. WavePad has several other tools as well, including frequency and temporal frequency analysis, click/pop repair, tone generator, text to speech, batch converter and the ability to download several helpful sample audio files from the NCH sound library.

The audio software supports the widest file format compatibility of the products in our comparison, including: WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, AIF, FLAC, AAC, M4A, GMS, VOX, RAW, RSS, AMR, MPC, APE and SPX. This range eliminates any possibility of users not finding the format that’s compatible with the file they want to use. Being able to convert files into any of these formats is a definite plus. Additionally, WavePad is compatible with all recent versions of Windows and Mac OS X.

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WavePad Audio Editor review: Technical Help

NCH Software offers WavePad users a decent amount of help and support. There are product manuals, user forums, tutorials and a FAQs section on its website. Should you want to speak directly with one of the company’s customer support reps, you can send an email for free. However, be aware that free support can take a while since those who pay extra for a support contract receive help first. Additionally, no free telephone or live chat options are available. If you do opt for a paid support contract, your email ticket still gets placed into a queue with other paid tickets.

Should you buy WavePad Audio Editor?

WavePad is rich in features and simple to use. We like all the features this voice recording software has to offer. We are disappointed in the lack of free or unlimited support, however, since some companies offer more help with no extra charge. Otherwise, the product is powerful, impressive and able to create professional-quality audio recordings.

Suzanne Humphries

Suzanne loves reviewing, playing with and owning all-things tech, especially if it pertains to hardware or video games. When she's not hard at work, you can find her hard at play, travelling, taking photos, gaming, reading, and listening to punk & ska. She currently works as an Associate Editor at Review Geek.