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Giveaway of the day — WaveMax Sound Editor 5.0.1

WaveMax Sound Editor is an ideal solution for audio editing and mastering.
$49.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 432 (53%) 387 (47%) 64 comments

WaveMax Sound Editor 5.0.1 was available as a giveaway on February 9, 2012!

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WaveMax Sound Editor is an ideal solution for audio editing and mastering. The program contains everything you need to create great sound recordings and audio CDs, including professional tools for recording, analysis and editing.

The WaveMax user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease of use in mind.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7 (x32/ x64); 1.0 GHz processor; 512 MB of RAM; 60 MB of hard-disk space for program installation

Publisher:

NITBits Inc.

Homepage:

http://www.wave-max.com/features_soundeditor.html

File Size:

8.45 MB

Price:

$49.95

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#64

For Old Scotty or anyone else:

I am only able to get the single voice to work with either this program or sayz me. Can anyone tell me how to get the programs to recognize the other voices?
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Installed smoothly, works really nice, this is much richer than Audacity or the free version of Free Audio Editor (for instance, it can edit mp3 files and save directly in the same format, with no intermediate conversion to wav).
One of the best gifts I've ever had from GotD, thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Prozio  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#62

what happened to audacity?

Reply   |   Comment by guest  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#61

Those who have GAOTD in Mar 2011, which is version 4.5, just install this version over it and key in the new registration key.
Key is the same, but the Name is Giveaway of the day, not Giveawayoftheday

Reply   |   Comment by Randy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#60

@ 7 per your comment = Wavemax 5.0.1 has been free at CNET Downloads for a very long time.
Suggest you read the page =
Price: Free to try (30-day trial); $39.95 to buy !

Thanks for sound editor!

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#59

@#3 - Making others aware of "FREE" alternatives is commendable. However, and please don't take offense, this is GOTD, not 'My long list of favourite free alternates to GOTD.' Suggesting a couple seems fine but I'm sure few people would have the time or inclination to check out that many. Rather than making your long list here in the comments section, why not review those programs yourself and point us all to your 'Free alternates to GOTD' blog, which could rate them also. Most people visit GOTD to pick up software for free that they would otherwise have to pay for. Obviously they are hoping to get good quality programs, and sometimes a real gem appears. For me, WaveMax is a gem of a program. It's real easy to use and has many functions that lots of free programs leave out or hide in a cluttered interface. After many years of trying out software I have come to the conclusion that, while there are many good free programs on offer, it's often the case that 80% of free software in a category will not meet the average users expectations. Therefore, they are wasting a lot of time reading reviews or comments, downloading, installing, testing and finally uninstalling software. If you've got nothing better to do that's fine, but I'm sure most people, like me, will finally conclude that a visit to GOTD, which only take a minute, is often well worth the time.

Reply   |   Comment by Sany Tong  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#58

Owen #52.
None of the Microsoft voices I have tried have even been worth consideration, it is the link below Microsoft one that has the text next to it stating:-

TTS engine with 10 L&H American English voices

The EXE file is named “lhamer.exe” and certainly a few years ago the third American male voice was quite exceptional.
Apologies for taking so long to reply but have just spent a couple of hours trying to get Windows to run!

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#57

Got to agree with comment 42. Wiped out the registration on my Cool Record Edit Pro. Thanks a lot, Nitbits. (or is it nitwits??)

Reply   |   Comment by gen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#56

No. 42

You are correct. It removes Cool Edit Pro registration. Just use original license on Cool Edit. It will accept it and re-register the program.

Reply   |   Comment by Auldlange  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

In my comment #15 I recommended a number of voices, much to my surprise today's download did not seem to be able to use them.
My experience with them has been with TextAloud and “ShadiSoft Speak” both of which are not free.
However, an open source free program which I've been assured uses them is Sayz Me or SayzMe available at the following link:-
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sayzme/
The reason I recommended those particular L&H voices is that they are infinitely better than any other I have heard, some are so good they are indistinguishable from a human voice.
I have used text-to-speech programs for many years and find them invaluable and it is well worth the perseverance to obtain one which uses these voices.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#54

Old Scotty #15
You mean "Sam" is the best robotic voice you have heard?


From the webpage:
"The Microsoft Text To Speech engine includes 3 voices (Mary, Mike and Sam)"...

Scotty do you mean I could use the "SAM" voice in the music editor that is being given away today?

If so how would I make the "Sam" voice replace the one in the editor"...I would love to have a good voice that doesn't sound robotic, for text to audio...

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by owen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#53

Won't try this, though I WOULD have, if not for all the fake review dishonesty and lack of interest from the company.

NO responses from the software company even after #29 and another person complained it un-registered their other audio programs.

I read the CNET review, top ratings had almost identical misspellings. SHILLS. Even here, plenty of fake reviews that tell nothing. A high thumbs up ratio with no evidence of why. Usually I comment and don't thumbs up or down.

A software application that's does a few needed tasks and is SIMPLE to use (for people who don't do the task often) is a TREASURE. Every audio app doesn't have to create a sound studio on your PC! Everyone doesn't want that.

It's about correct product placement. Tell who the ideal user would be and go with that. Vendors will not be everything to everyone with a limited function vastly overpriced product. Fake positive reviews won't help either.

Thanks AGAIN to all the great tester contributors (like Giovanni and many others) who review the giveaway and also tell of other products that do a better job. I like free best of course.

Why don't the vendors learn? They're going to be skewered by this group when they try to pass off buggy, limited function, overpriced software. It adds insult to injury when they have people put up fake reviews and they don't respond to any of the valid feedback. Last few days, look at the considerable efforts made by the vendors to respond. But they were GOOD products and GOOD companies! We appreciate the good companies and offerings. NIX to the fakers.

Reply   |   Comment by Beryl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#52

For post #15:
Can you please tell me how to add voices for text to speech? I downloaded the American voices from your link and ran the exe., but the program still only gives one choice (Microsoft Sam). I have restarted the program, but still only one choice. The help file doesn't seem to mention anything of relevance for adding voices.
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Easily installed over previous GOTD version (4.5.1?) and was able to use own name as User Name. Thanks for the update GOTD and NITBits!

Reply   |   Comment by John C.  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

@ Joseph Yarbrough (currently #39):
Good job with the review. Very thorough and professionally-done. Hey, did you know you could've saved yourself all that time and effort by following the link (which I staunchly believe you didn't even see) provided by Inas (currently #4) or aPAULing (currently #7) and simply copying & pasting the first review displayed (by hujan86 April 15, 2011)? But, of course, how the hell could you ever do that? Besides your own (totally original) review is far better worded and laid-out and even considers the asking price. Now that is thorough. So, well done. Amazes me how much great minds really think alike.
As regards today's giveaway, please refer to Giovanni's comment (currently #23). Best of luck.

Reply   |   Comment by Arkangel  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#49

@Andy #3: Of the ones you list, only Audacity is a truly mature product and even the most current release is a Beta. Some of it is worth every penny of "free" and some not even that much. Don't get me wrong, I use several of them myself but not one of them is a commercial package. The closest is Wavepad which is a free (read as: stripped) version of a commercial package while this is a full commercial package released for free. Like everything else, it has advantages and disadvantages and if the text to speech capability is as good as AdG (#9) suggests, that's sufficient for me for it to be of tremendous interest.

I'm a freebieholic but I also know that loading up on freeware simply because it's free is a waste of drive space. Some, like Magix Music Maker for MySpace, is reaching pretty hard simply because it's free. Even if it were for Facebook, which is infinitely more popular, it would still be a reach. If you break your entire list down, the only one you really need is Audacity and it doesn't do text to speech. Add in WaveMax and you have that as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Kludge  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#48

#38, magiccrpet: here's how I deal with this in NIS 2012:

1) Create a subfolder called, for instance, “GotD” within a ‘Downloads’ folder (my designated folder for downloads).

2) Open NIS > Settings > Computer > Antivirus & SONAR Exclusions: “Items to Exclude from Scans:” click on ‘configure’

3) “Add” the entire path of this new subfolder; click Add, Apply, OK

4) Next, on the same page, for “Items to Exclude from Auto-Protect, Sonar …:” click on ‘configure’

5) Again, add the entire path of this subfolder; click Add, Apply, OK

Whenever you download a GotD program (or have another file zapped by SONAR), download it into this subfolder. NIS will exclude anything in that folder from being scanned.

Hope this helps!

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

@JackT #22 - this program may 'not' be amazing to you, but I'm keeping it. If you heard 'I bury Paul' while listening to the end of the Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever', that's exactly what the Beatles intended for you to hear. It reminded me about the “Paul Is Dead” hoax and hearing “subliminal messages” on Beatles’ records like “I buried Paul”, or "Cranberry Sauce" at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever” when Lennon is actually saying, “I’m very bored”. ahhhhh the sixties! Thanks NITBits Sound and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by rrickster  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#46

"this site is for giving away paid software in a legal way. "

Wrong. This site-from the developers perspective-is a way to get feedback and to introduce their products to a wider audience than they would otherwise be able to do. It provides them with feedback about what is good-and bad-about their products. It can also keep them from 're-inventing the wheel',spending resources on products that are'nt going to sell well enough to turn a profit. If there are numerous pieces of freeware that largely duplicate their software, they can improve their product to make them competitive against them. If I'm working on a sound editor, I need to know that I'm trying to sell a piece of software in direct competition with Audacity,WavePad,ect, and will need to give a prospective customer a reason to BUY my product over the freeware. Price is certainly a factor here. We've seen programs that were possibly better than their freeware equivalents,but which were priced so far out of the market as to make their purchase unlikely. If everyone else is selling a XYZ program for $20, you've got some selling ahead of you to persuade a buyer to shell out $50 for yours. Again,usefull info for the developer. This site is market research and advertising,not charity.
And,from a purely selfish standpoint, freeware listings give me a starting point when I have to do a reformat or get a new pc.

Reply   |   Comment by ds5929  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#45

SYSTEM: Vista Home Premium, 2 GB ram, dual-core processor at 2 GHZ.

First Look: "This is just another remake of Wavepad" I thought. None the less, I decided to try it out, and was quite pleased by it.
DIFFERENCES: Wavepad will only save as .WAV unless you register it. As a result, I would edit in Wavepad, then process with Format Factory, which would have to export things to a RAM drive to keep this slow-pokey computer from occasionally munching part of the audio. With this program, no interim file is needed - I can export directly to MP3 or 3 other formats without any file damage, and this is with a system wide antivirus scan running in the background at the same time!

Summary: Since I do a lot of audio file processing (sermons, etc) this one is definitely a keeper for me, and definitely not just Wavepad with a new coat of paint. Sure, I'll probably lose it some day when my computer croaks, at which time I'll just go back to Wavepad - but for now, I like it. Thanks, GAOTD, and the developer.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Magill  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#44

It substitutes a hardware preamplifier. A super program!
Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Janoss  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#43

Installed fine on Vista 64 bit. The activation popup showed the registration code, but in the program *About* tab is shows as unregistered. Is this going to be an issue in the future?

Thanks GAOTD for all the free stuff. You people who do nothing but tear apart a FREE program and whine and moan about the price of a FREE program need to find a new place to troll.

Reply   |   Comment by JeanInMontana  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#42

IMPORTANT DEVELOPER NOTE !!!!

Re: WaveMax Sound Editor version 5.0.1
Developer: NITBits

Installed on

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
HP Pavilion(2.1 GHz/64 bit/3 Gig ram).
AMD processor AMD Sempron LE-1200 2.1GHz
NVIDIA graphics chip.

Program installs fine works well.... EXCEPT !!!!!!!!

This program is in conflict with

Program: Cool Record Edit Pro
developer: Cool Media
http://www.coolrecordedit.com/

Installing "MaveMax Sound Editor", erases the registration for "Cool Record Edit Pro"

re-licensing "Cool Record Edit Pro" (re-fill in the blanks) erases the licence information for "MaveMax Sound Editor" (re-verified)
re-starting "MaveMax Sound Editor" starts with the error ("failed to set data for") and the license is blown away

This was true with the last version as well as this version of "MaveMax Sound Editor" (version 4 given away previously at GAOTD)

Both programs have their pluses and minuses, But this needs to be fixed. "MaveMax Sound Editor" also creates a permanent error in the text to speech function of "Cool Record Edit Pro"

Looks like something is going on in the registry !!

Please FIX !!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Crazy Al  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+41)
#41

#33 you can join two songs together with either Kristal or Audacity. With Kristal they have to be in wav format to import into a track. I think Audacity as well requires a wav format. I always import wav files to Audacity to work with as they are of higher quality than say mp3's an give better results editing. Kristal is my primary audio software. Nice thing about Kristal is there is a very active users forum with some great people to help you get started and go as far as you want to go. Don't let the age of Kristal and the fact it is free fool you. I used it to produce "my bucket list" album last year that is distributed on amazon, itunes and emusic. And the price is my favorite, Free!

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#40

After a brief play with this program, it looks capable, but still not as capable as my 10 year old Cool Edit Pro. And why do these programs not support flac? In these days of lossless music, the popular lossless formats ought to be supported.

Reply   |   Comment by banditrider  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#39

WaveMax Sound Editor 5.0.1 Review

I installed WaveMax Sound Editor, version 5.0.1 on a second personal computer for testing purposes (my standard GOTD software test setup). Installed alongside of WaveMax is the free, open source (cross-platform) program Audacity. Audacity is my personal choice for the editing of audio files. WaveMax installation was smooth/straightforward and I had no issues. After starting the software, I noticed accessibility is much better than Audacity. All editing functions are listed at the top of the interface as buttons. Editing functions are also available via the right-click context menu.

Common commands (i.e. "copy," "cut," "delete," "paste," "split" and "trim") and common effects (i.e. "amplify," "fade," "noise reduction," and "normalize") are listed in the right pane of the software interface. Having the ability to "select" and "delete" a region ranks rather high on my list of desirable features. In comparison, some functions like "delete" are hidden in the "edit" menu of Audacity.

Unlike Audacity, one can zoom "in" and "out" using the mouse wheel, even though the software has a dedicated "zoom" function. Having redundant "zoom" capability serves no particular purpose.

WaveMax has only a minimal set of "effects," so this program may not appeal to everyone. It is in this category alone that Adacity shines. Further, WaveMax does not support AAC or FLAC. This software also lacks the ability to save a file as a "project" for later editing.

Despite minor flaws, I believe WaveMax is a good choice for quick audio editing. At $49.95, I believe WaveMax is overpriced, considering there are comparably lower-priced (or free) software alternatives.

Summary

Pros:

* Clean interface
* Easy to access "Edit" functions
* Mouse wheel "Zoom" capability

Cons:

* Mimimalistic "effects"
* No AAC or FLAC support
* Cannot save file as a "project" for later editing
* Expensive

Until next time...

Reply   |   Comment by Joseph Yarbrough  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+57)
#38

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Reply   |   Comment by magiccrpet  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)
#37

I used the previous version until a reformat. It was ideal for recording music and editing it when required. WaveMax has a user friendly interface. Even a novice will find they can edit sound files quickly without a long learning curve. I found I would use WaveMax more often than WavePad or Audacity. I'm very pleased to see it available on GOTD again. Thanks NITBits Sound and GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Smith  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#36

I have to say it's not a good idea always comparing paid software with free software. Remember, this site is for giving away paid software in a legal way. The software company has it's own plan to make profit, why did someone still listing "alternate free software" here? It has no point. If one day you are selling a software package, are you willing to see a "alternate free software" list without any "feature comparing list" ?

sry for bad english.

Reply   |   Comment by adamchen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#35

@19 - Teddy:
Advanced Sound Editors (such as Audacity) should allow you to do this, however given the considerable amount of techniques that can be used to record subliminal messages, you'll need to do this manually: be prepared for a lot of hard work besides it involves a great deal of knowledge as to how Subliminal audio messages are produced. You can even isolate and extract the subliminal message to see what's it like but beware that, because of the way our brain works, you will need substantial trial and error to extract and decode the subliminal message
My best advice would be to get the original recording and simply discard the old one. Otherwise search the Internet for a step by step guide on how to do this.

Reply   |   Comment by Keoni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#34

Hi, I'm looking for something that will splice 2 songs together, will this program do that? If not, what kind of program do I need? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Darla  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#33

Installed and activated with no problems. I do not like the interface - the overly verbose command list on the left side is practically useless and takes up a third of the screen and still can't completely display on a 1600 pixel screen - it's annoying. I tried the text to speech - there is only one voice choice, female, and it only opened a dialog box into which I had to type in real time the words to speak; it added them to the beginning of the audio clip without asking me. It has a lot of controls and effects and is the equal to any free editor - but why pay for what is free, and what is presented in a better user interface in those free programs? I think the developer should rethink price and display; they do not seem appropriate. Otherwise, a very nice audio editing program, if a little dated.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#32

@25
Good question and will look deeper.
What I can tell you is that they're in the US and have an undisclosed WHOIS, which is illegal for a business by FTC law. Even if they do have full contact information on the site.

They are on one blacklist for spamming. "SORBS-SPAM"

Reply   |   Comment by Heidi-Ann  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#31

@#3 Will any of these allow me to play music on Win 7 Media Player and mix with mike in vocal? Does it depend on my sound card? This giveaway would be great if it did.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#30

#27 Melanie - I also don't understand some of the folks who press the "no" for comment usefulness, just to be pressing it. There ARE silly posts that don't say anything, like "just what I needed. Thanks GAOTD and XYZ software!" Why is it "just what you needed?" Those are NOT helpful. BUT - Many valid posts might have (-15), for example when some ridiculous posts have (+6). Maybe, just to be mean? I dunno. I think that since the internet has so much anonymity, that folks can go in and click yes or no, or write something mean and then just run away, with no fear. Maybe each post on the comment page, should be tied to a Facebook account? That might stop the follishness.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#29

#4, I would not go by those reviews. Except for the very first one, most of them don't list any cons (not saying there has to be any) but for two different names to give it "five starts" instead of five stars is a bit coincidental (though not impossible).

Their FAQ page addresses the difficulty in vocal stripping without affecting the track.

I could not find anything to determine whether this version is the same or an improvement over the last time it was offered. Going from prior experience it's a pretty good product. In fact, the only problem I can recall having with it is that it became unregistered after I installed another Giveaway offering Sound Editor Deluxe (or maybe it was the other way around). I assumed that since they seemed to be identical products with different GUIs that caused the "unregistering."

NitBits has an updated website so maybe Wavemax was indeed updated. Even if it wasn't, you cannot go wrong with it since it allows for quick trimming and other adjustments without having to use a "heavier" music editor which can be saved for more complex tasks.

Reply   |   Comment by Justine  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#28

#5
You can do this using "Audacity" -
This is possible only for certain stereo tracks. When the vocals are exactly the same on both stereo channels, you can remove them by “subtracting” one channel from the other. This works for many studio recordings, where the vocal track is mixed exactly in the center.
1. Import your stereo file into Audacity.
2. Open the track menu (click the arrow next to the track title), and choose “Split Stereo Track.”
3. Select the lower track (the right channel) by clicking it in the area around the mute/solo buttons.
4. Choose “Invert” from the Effects menu.
5. Using the track menus, change each track to “Mono.”
Press the Play button to hear the results. If you are lucky, the voice will be gone but most of the other instruments will be unaffected, just like a karaoke track. You can use the Export commands in the File menu to save the results.
If the vocals are not exactly the same on both stereo channels, there are some other techniques or optional plug-ins you can try.

Reply   |   Comment by intamike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#27

I find it interesting that someone or some people have hit the negative button (many times) on most people's comments on this, especially given that most comments were simple statements or questions. Plus, how come there is more negative hits on the comments then there is comments themselves. Is someone just playing funny buggers or is someome with competitive software or maybe just die hard fans of a competitive software out to kill this? If you feel so strongly against it for good reason, state why so both the developers and readers here will know why. Thankyou. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Melanie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#26

Thanks a lot Andy! you rock!

Reply   |   Comment by Ferdinand  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#25

Installed fast and flawless on XP SP3. Activation was automatic. It must happend that this morning I am recording guitar and vocal tracks with Kristal Audio Engine (free) which I have been using for several years along with Audacity and a host of effects VST add ons. I also use a Maudio Fasttrack Interface for guitar and mic inputs.

So I am took time to do a good test of WaveMax. WaveMax recognized my sound card and fast track but I was unable to record the guitar and mic at the same time on different tracks. I tried to add a second vocal track to the guitar track but I was unable to monitor the prerecorded guitar track so I could add the vocal in sync with the guitar. I can record mic and guitar simultaneously on one track with the FastTrack. Also I could not find how to identify my FastTrack as the primary input device and when I went to record a new track my onboard mme soundcard was the default and I had to select the FastTrack each time.

First I recorded a mono guitar track which recorded just fine with good quality. Then I recorded a stero track with guitar line in and mic. This gave me vocals in left side and guitar in right side of audio output. Again quality was good on both. I messed around a wee bit with effects and found them not of the best quality and the interface clumsy to use them.

I also tested the text to voice and wasn't impressed at all. The voice was male and sounded like the old SAM of Commodore 64 days, very computerish.

I will stick to Kristal for free. Much more powerful and versitle, you can import tons of free VST Effects Plug Ins online and you can really produce high quality multitrack audio. You will never do this with WaveMax. If you just want a toy for the kids to mess around with it seems great for but a serious DAW it's not even close. Grab free Audacity along with Kristal, some free VST's and you are all set for some serious home studio recording.

The price of WavMax seems way off. I would think maybe $25 fair. Sorry to be so long winded. I did give it a good test drive but will uninstall. Thanks GAOTD and WaveMax. I did not give a thumbs up or down as it could go both ways. For a fun toy, thumbs up for a good DAW thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by aswegohomestead  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+76)
#24

re: removing vocals. Order of operations is slightly off - invert one of the stereo channels, then merge them to a single mono channel, so anything that was "center" (i.e. equally present in both channels) is now cancelled out by merging the inverted signal. Most tracks have the lead vocal centered, so it is removed. However, reverb, delays, other special effects get panned to the sides, so those are not removed, and other instruments (snare, guitar solo) may also be centered, and they will be removed.

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)
#23

Very good audio editor software with lots of advanced features suitable for advanced users (it's definitely not for noobs, in my view).

So Thumbs UP from me!!

Hey Andy...I'm not sure if all the freebies, you mentioned in your astonishing comment above, provide the same advanced features as this one.

To be honest with you, I have a fancy that this GAOTD is more suitable for more Advanced Users who work with audio files almost on a daily basis.... who knows...LOL!!

At least, have you tried it??

Anyway, besides your freebies, I would add another nice one called "OCEANAUDIO", a cross-platform and very easy to use audio editor, with lots of advanced features offered to users.

Unlike this GAOTD, is compatible with MAC and Linux as well, and of course it can always be updated.

http://www.ocenaudio.com.br/features

Screenshot:
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreenshots/ocenaudio-Screenshot-197666.html


Enjoy!!

Caio
Giovanni

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (Vice Prince of Freebies)  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+67)
#22

@#19 - Just click 'find', then 'all subliminal'. I ran this against Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles, and heard 'I bury Paul'. Amazing. Not.

Reply   |   Comment by JackT  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#21

NCH Wavepad copy/derivative?

Most of the menus are the same, as are a good number of the icons, even the help categories and the functions and arrangements of the menus.

But there are spelling mistakes in this, like Speciall and Forword.

This even refers to 'Master's edition' like the NCH program.

Hmm, I'm confused. How are they related?

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#20

Tested on WIN XP SP3

* Very Basic Editing functionality.
* No VST plug-ins/plugins
* Toolbar is embedded into the resource/resource file of the MDI interface - no customization, no float, no resizing icons or toggle text.
* Options appears on several sub menus.
* Recording pop-up locks MDI interface on desktop.
* Poor use of screen real-estate.

Frankly this program makes me feel like I just downloaded something off of planet source code and compiled it by commenting out the broken jumps in the code.

I hate to say it but I have coded something up with similar abilities.

While certainly it is a pain to code an audio app which recognizes and uses the mixers of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 I do understand the problems there as that's part of my playground, however it doesn't make solving these problems worth $49, at $49 I would want the SOURCE CODE so I could hack it for plugins.

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#19

Does anybody know a mp3 editor who extract (separate) subliminal messages - if exists?

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Teddy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-45)
#18

Will this program work with midi files?

Reply   |   Comment by Dereck  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
#17

#15 john is right. even programs specifically tailored for karaoke aren't perfect. it involves going mono and then inverting which just hides vocals deep in the background. google it. I never found ANY program to be 100% capable of complete removal of vocals.

Reply   |   Comment by kelleze  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#16

For those that ask whether it can remove vocals I doubt it .Even adobe audition which can, given certain recordings achieve this .It is very difficult only works with stereo and the vocal needs to be dead central even then it is hit or miss with most recordings whether it works or not so again doubt this cheapie would get close.
Though the programme itself may well be very good

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#15

AdG #9
Some of the best voices are free and they were produced by Lernout & Hauspie who went bankrupt.
They produced for quite a number of languages, some can be found here:-
http://www.readplease.com/english/downloads/
10 American voices can be found at the bottom of page under more free voices, the third American voice is the least robotic voice I have ever found for English link:-
http://www.nextup.com/TextAloud/SpeechEngine/voices.html
Look for, Lernout & Hauspie voices, in your search engine there are more languages available in my first link.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+81)
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