WavePad 4.52 Review

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PROS / WavePad has an unparalleled set of effects.

CONS / This program needs more features.

VERDICT / NCH Software does it again with this software.

NCH Software is well-known for its broad range of super multimedia software. WavePad, their entry into the MP3 editing software category, has all the same looks of a quality NCH program. With WavePad, you can do everything you would possibly want to do with an audio file with their assortment of editing tools and effects. This application might not be loaded with all the features you would expect from software that’s focused on editing audio files, but that’s a good thing in the case of WavePad. Instead of falling back and serving as limited MP3 editing software, WavePad is a sleek tool that’s sure to impress and get quite a bit accomplished, which is why it's a surefire winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.


WavePad MP3 editing software gives users the option to enhance their music files with several different handy effects. The application also has helpful tools, such as Frequency Analysis, Temporal Frequency Analysis, Auto Click/Pop Restoration, Manual Click/Pop Repair, Tone Generator, Text To Speech, Batch Converter and the option to download several different sample audio files from the NCH Sound Library. Each of these features is sort of like several smaller features rolled into one, so the seemingly small amount of them is deceptive.

WavePad users can also load and burn audio tracks from and onto CDs. If you want to remember a certain spot in your audio file, you can do so with the bookmark feature. Users have the ability to mix one audio file with another audio file or split an audio file into two different audio files.


WavePad comes with over 20 effects, including Amplify, Normalize, Automatic Gain Control, Dynamic Range Compressor, High-Pass Filter, Equalizer, Echo, Reverb, Noise Gate, Reverse, Fade In, Fade Out, Fade Out and Trim, CrossFade, Envelope, Stereo Pan, Noise Reduction, Speed and Pitch Change and many more. We were pleased with the variety of effects present in this MP3 editing software. Each of these effects weren’t too hard to figure out either. All you do is click on one of them and the dialog box that pops up does all of the work for you.

File Formats

WavePad MP3 editing software allows its users to save their files in several common and not-so-well-known audio file formats, such as WAV, MP3, WMA, OGG, AIF, AU, FLAC, AAC, M4A, GSM, VOX, RAW, RSS, AMR, MPC, APE and SPX. That’s 17 audio file formats that encompass the broad range of most, if not all, of the audio file formats that are in use today. With this broad range of formats supported, you don’t have to worry about having to find a version of the file you want to use that’s compatible with the editing software. It’s sometimes difficult to find the right file format that works with the audio editing application you want to use.

Help & Support

WavePad users have the option of accessing the help manual from within the MP3 editing software, looking over the frequently asked questions present on the manufacturer’s website or taking a look in the WavePad Sound Editor forum. The help and support options available to everyone are limited. You have to purchase one of their premium technical support plans to get the true scope of their help and support offerings.

The only disadvantage here is the fact that you have to purchase one of their premium technical support plans, which are rather limited considering the amount you have to pay for each of them. There are three different plans (Silver, Gold and Platinum), and their prices range from about $30 to over $60. The plans come with a complicated list of eight hard-to-understand rules and limitations. With these plans, you get anywhere from three to nine email consultations. If you choose the Platinum plan, you get two telephone consultations in addition to the email consultations. The strange thing about the email consultations is that they have a time limit of 10 minutes. Measuring the time it takes for an email exchange to take place seems like an odd proposition.


WavePad is another fantastic offering from NCH software and superb MP3 editing software. We would like to see this application stay how it is because it’s powerful in its streamlined, simplified state. The last thing we would like to do is see the manufacturer add a lot of features the user is never going to use.