Wavosaur interface on Vista

Wavosaur is a free audio editor for Windows that just hit version 1.0. It’s really good stuff: not only is it free, but the whole app is tiny (488kb), it’s designed to fit on a portable USB key, it hosts VSTs, and it’s an elegant waveform editor reminiscent of early versions of SoundForge. Even if you’ve got a wave editor of choice, might be worth sticking this on your USB key when you’re on the go — especially since it supports Windows 98, XP, and Vista. And it doesn’t have an installer or touch the Registry.

I just gave it a spin on my Vista install, and really enjoy it — clean interface, lots of features.

Basic features:

  • Multiple file editing
  • All the editing and processing you need (convert channels, normalize, cut and paste, trim, fade in / out, the usual)
  • Pitch shift, vocal removal (karaoke, whoo!), loop points and markers
  • ASIO, VST support
  • Support for MP3, Akai, Amiga, and many other file formats
  • Analysis features (2D, 3D)

Hmmm, look out — some more popular wave editors might get a run for their money. Thanks to Art from Russia for the tip!

Wavosaur Site

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  • About damn time.

    I'll be giving this a whirl.

    DX pluggin support would be nice…

  • But….will it blend?

  • matous

    it has strange system for effects (need to load dll) – not very straight forward and that is big stopper for me.

    But I'd try it for sure, if it didn't crash every time I press play ;(

  • Richard Lawler


  • waveosaur has been around for quite a while and continues to get better and better. I'm glad for it to be getting some recognition finally.

  • @matous …

    you need to specify your VST path in options>editor configuration, then it works as you'd expect it to.

    happy to see a batch editing function on wavosaur.. i'll be happier when it's fully script-able a la sound forge/audition.

    good stuff.

  • Kyran

    I like how you can store effect racks. Now I can easily store my mastering rack.

    Support for ogg and flac would be handy though (and the ability to record your windows mixer stereo out, now I need to keep audacity around for ripping dialog out of movies)

  • MattyBoJangles

    In anyone's opinion, How does it compare to Audacity?

  • Well, Audacity has the advantage of being open source and running on Linux and Mac. But I find Audacity hopelessly clunky to use. The interface and editing functions here would make me choose Wavosaur hands-down as a free tool on Windows.