Wave Editor is a document-based audio file editor.
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There's a simple way to write more than 400 charactes in I Use This: write two (or more) posts, one after the other. Other members have done it before.
I can't possibly write a coherent summary of Wave Editor with this idiotic 400-character limit imposed by iUseThis.com. I don't know how the other people got to write such long comments, but I'm limited to 400 characters. Barbaric.
The best thing you can do is to go download the free, fully functional 15-day trial of Wave Editor and see for yourself what a great application it is.
Wave Editor has filled an important niche abandoned by others: a competent, fast, full-featured mono and stereo editor for the Mac.
I used Peak for years before it became expensive bloatware, and DSP Quattro is just inscrutable. I'd given up on the Mac for simple stereo editing, was using Steinberg's Wavelab on a PC (or w/ Parallels). Wavelab is the currently the only competition to W.E., and last I looked it's $600 with a lot of CD mastering features that I just don't use. Amadeus Pro on the Mac is underpowered and user-hostile; Soundtrack Pro doesn't begin to cut it for paying work; Audacity is a ridiculous toy, and please don't get me started.
Wave Editor is rock-solid, and its file-based implementation makes it very fast during editing. The complex fades are far more flexible than Pro Tools', and I've established a nice workflow and template structure that gets most jobs done quickly. And the new pricing makes it a no-brainer.
I record and cut dialog in Pro Tools for a living, and master for CDs as a side gig. As far as I'm concerned if I'm cutting multitrack, I use Pro Tools. If I'm cutting mono or stereo I use Wave Editor, period.
My only complaints are minor -- I agree with the comment that it should remember my file format for saving between jobs. Also, the flatten/save times are a bit too long. Keeping in mind that I cut half-hour radio shows twice a week with it, including fades and a RenComp compressor layer, it would be nice if the flatten/save cycle was quicker. But I can live with those... just try to take W.E. away from me. Srsly, Digi could take a lesson or two from the Audiofile crew.
$79 for this app is a rob. That is a really generous price for such a beautifully competent application.
It means, look nowhere else.
We've completely revamped our pricing. Wave Editor is now $79. This is not a stripped-down version. It is the full application. Enjoy!
This is some amazing stuff; one hour into getting a license, I'm already finishing a job for a client. I can't wait for the user forum, I hope that gets online at some point. The documentation alone is worth $250. The help desk, the converter, the DDP --wow.
I haven't felt this good about an audio software purchase since Digital Performer. Wave Editor is THE audio mastering and editing program for the Mac platform. It's beautiful to look at, highly customizable, well designed and intuitive. It's also visionary in that it allows you to layer edits and effects in a visual manner, removing or copying with a keystroke or mouse click. I have also been impressed with their customer and software support.
Wave Editor makes working with audio a joy and I haven't missed drudging through Peak one bit.
We're actually thinking about adding presets as a solution to this issue.
Also, I think it needs to be carved out in stone, that none of the "pro-sumer" competition (Peak, DSP Quattro, etc) will even come near the same degree of innovation as Wave Editor.
One example of this, would be the layering system in Wave Editor. Almost like Photoshopping with sound... it's just mindblowing.
Another one (as I said before) is the MIDI playability of the sounds you're working with.
The power of this app, compared to any of the lesser alternatives, is nothing but scary. :)
Buy it, if you plan to work seriously with sound.
There is just one thing that needs to be fixed, in my opinion. Which is, that it should remember the sound format settings between saves, and even better yet, between program restarts as well.
We have very purposely not developed a stripped down version. There are three very good options for rudimentary and inexpensive two-track editing: SoundStudio, Amadeus Pro and TwistedWave.
Wave Editor is very deliberately intended to be a pro audio or "pro-sumer" audio application. In that vein, it's significantly cheaper than other pro waveform editors such as Peak or DSP Quattro. For example Wave Editor 1.3.0 exports DDP, but the module required for that functionality in Peak is $399 alone (that in and of itself is $150 more than Wave Editor).
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