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Developer(s)GoldWave Inc.
Initial release1993
Stable release
6.51 / March 13, 2020; 19 days ago (2020-03-13)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDigital audio editor

GoldWave is a commercial digital audio editing software product developed by GoldWave Inc, first released to the public in April 1993.


GoldWave has an array of features bundled which define the program. They include:

  • Real-time graphic visuals, such as bar, waveform, spectrogram, spectrum, and VU meter.
  • Basic and advanced effects and filters such as noise reduction, compressor/expander, volume shaping, volume matcher, pitch, reverb, resampling, and parametric EQ.
  • Effect previewing
  • Saving and restoring effect presets
  • DirectX Audio plug-in support
  • A variety of supported audio file formats, including WAV, MP3, Windows Media Audio, Ogg, FLAC, AIFF, AU, Monkey's Audio, VOX, mat, snd, and voc.
  • 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[edit]

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 32-bit Windows operating system (versions up to 3.03 are 16-bit applications and cannot run in 64-bit versions of Windows). Since 2004, with the release of version 5, 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. Version 6 released in 2014 only supports Windows 7 64-bit and above.


  • GoldWave was used to analyze historic recordings from the Moon landing,[1] including establishing the "missing word" from astronaut Neil Armstrong's famous line.[1][2]
  • Adam Young (aka Owl City) used GoldWave to record all his vocals on his major label debut album Ocean Eyes.[3]
  • The videogame Megaman X 4 features English audio recorded using GoldWave.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Carreau, Mark (September 30, 2006). "Hear what Neil Armstrong really said on the moon". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Armstrong 'got Moon quote right'". BBC News. October 2, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Kates, Kristi (December 1, 2009). "Adam Young Pro/File: Going Underground". EM Profiles. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Megaman X 4". August 1, 1997. Retrieved July 31, 2017.

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