|Stable release||5.68 / January 24, 2013|
|Preview release||5.63b / June 14, 2011|
|Type||Digital audio editor|
GoldWave is a popular commercial digital audio editing software product developed by GoldWave Inc, first released to the public in April 1993. It is used in dozens of schools and universities around the world and is mentioned in numerous research papers covering a wide variety of topics, including neuropsychology, bioacoustic signals, seismic analysis, and engine and animal identification.
GoldWave has an array of features bundled which define the program. They include:
- Real-time graphic visuals, such as bar, waveform, spectrogram, spectrum, VU meter, etc.
- Basic and advanced effects and filters such as noise reduction, compressor/expander, volume shaping, volume matcher, pitch, reverb, resampling, parametric EQ, etc.
- Effect previewing
- Saving and restoring effect presets
- DirectX Audio plug-in support
- A variety of supported audio file formats, including but not limited to WAV, MP3, Windows Media Audio, Ogg, FLAC, AIFF, AU, Monkey's Audio, VOX, mat, snd, voc, etc.
- Batch processing and conversion support lets you convert a set of files to a different format and apply effects.
- Multiple undo levels
- Edit multiple files at once
- Support for large file editing
- Storage option available to use RAM
Previous versions and current compatibility
A version prior to the version 5 series still exists for download of its shareware version at the official website.
All versions up to 4.26 can run on any Windows operating machine. Since 2004, GoldWave has stopped supporting Windows versions such as 95, 98, and 98SE (although GoldWave will still run on Windows 98SE, albeit unsupported) and renders the software unusable on those systems. Also, the system requirements have increased slightly, since now a Pentium III of 700 MHz and DirectX 8 are now part of the minimum system requirements compared to the Pentium 2 of 300 MHz and DirectX 5 required by previous versions.
- GoldWave has been used for historic recording analysis in the Moon landing, as reported on BBC and the Houston Chronicle. It was mentioned by name in the pilot episode of the television series Supernatural.
- The US Coast Guard has used GoldWave to clean up radio calls and in evaluating personnel (ON SCENE The Journal of U. S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue, Spring 2003). The US Navy has used it for podcasts.
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