Wave Editor is a free and user-friendly audio editing program for Windows

Dec 20, 2019
Software, Windows software

Editing audio files quickly can be a challenge for many users. If you're looking for a user-friendly option for some basic functions, like trimming an audio track or increasing the volume, Wave Editor may be what you need especially if you find Audacity too complex.

Wave Editor is a free and user-friendly audio editing program for Windows

The interface of the program looks a bit dated but is easy to adapt to. Use the file menu to load a track, and you'll see two waveforms on the screen visualizing the flow of the audio. This is the timeline with the time displayed at the top, and the decibels on the side (in an X-axis and Y-axis pattern). The Zoom tools on the toolbar can be handy to zoom out or in to view the graph better for precision editing.

The Status bar on the bottom displays the audio bit rate, channel, cursor position (time), amplitude (in decibels) and the selected audio's duration. The colors of the background, scales and wave data can be customized from the settings.

Selecting an audio range

Selecting a portion of the audio in Wave Editor is as simple as clicking on the timeline and dragging the cursor to the point you want to. The cursor position serves as the time-stamp, and it is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Or, you can place the cursor at the "begin and end points" of your choice, and use the selection panel in the bottom left corner to pick the points (in seconds, milliseconds).

Hit the play button and the selected portion will be played. The levels bar on the bottom displays the volume level as the track is played. You can adjust the volume of the playback using the slider available at the far end of the cursor/levels.


After selecting the section of the audio that is to be edited, right-click in the Wave Editor interface to cut, copy, paste or delete the selection. You can optionally add some effects to the audio from the Operations menu or the toolbar. Available options include Fade In, Fade Out, Insert Silence, Normalization, Reverse and Invert. These options are available on the toolbar for quick access.

Wave Editor options

You can amplify the volume of the track, or decrease the volume level if required. Hit the Save or Save as button to save the output file. The program only supports saving the audio in two formats, MP3 and WAV. So, this pretty much limits it to basic editing, which it handles just fine. Input formats that are supported in Wave Editor include MP3, WAV, WMA.

Wave Editor has a text ad which is a link for their shareware product, Wave Cut. You can ignore that. The Tools menu is slightly more annoying, as every tool listed here are optional standalone premium products from the company, except for ID3 Tag Editor which is freeware (but you'll still need to download it separately).

If you're looking for a user-friendly video editor, might I recommend SimpleVideoCutter.

I used Wave Editor for editing short music tracks to make cool ringtones and notification sounds. But it can be good if you want to edit out gaps, create some looping tracks, and more.

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  1. Anonymous said on January 26, 2021 at 7:18 am

    where is options > Record in wavepad? I cannot see that

  2. Jerry Smit said on August 25, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Thanks for the post! I have another recommendation: Joyoshare Media Cutter. It has a user-friendly interface and is easy to use.

  3. scylla said on December 29, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I’m unskilled in everything tech but muddle thru Audacity for trimming, amplifying and noise-reducing the audio on my videos. I’d love to find an editor that will reduce noise without distorting the “star” of the audio.

  4. AJ North said on December 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Another audio editing and processing application with a plethora of features that some may find worth a look is the cross-platform “ocenaudio” (Windows XP through 10, Mac and Linux): http://www.ocenaudio.com/ . It is available as both installed and portable versions.

    (Softpedia review: https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Editors-Recorders/ocenaudio.shtml).

  5. corton said on December 21, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Waveosaur only and forever.

    1. bortran said on December 22, 2019 at 3:51 am

      I’m sorry to hear you’re chained forever with that POS. That sounds like hell. Personally, I like to leave my options open.

  6. Darren said on December 20, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Worth a look because yea mostly it’s just simple edits and cuts that are needed. Thanks

  7. DJ said on December 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I use WavePad Masters Edition. Its the only audio editor that can adjust the speed and pitch accurately by percentage.

    1. glibbart said on December 22, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      I forgot to mention, WavePad (free) is the best free option I know of for my needs. But again, I pay for GoldWave. WavePad Masters Edition may be the better choice, but IDK.

    2. glibbart said on December 22, 2019 at 3:46 am

      I use GoldWave. It’s the only Windows software I pay for, as there’s not much free audio software for all of what I need to do.

  8. John in Mtl said on December 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I’d rather have this neat, simple, and clear UI (user interface) that “looks dated” than all those toy-like blink-buzz-cute-shazaam! overly large “modern” icons and buttons (ex: some of those in Audacity), thank you very much. An audio editor is a tool, not a toy or a children’s game!

    This UI looks much like the editing screen of Cool Edit Pro, which I still use to this day.

    1. smaragdus said on December 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      @John in Mtl

      Unfortunately good, clean and logical GUI like this one has become a rarity nowadays, so it is really and unfortunately ‘dated’. Now ugliness is the standard.

  9. David Thompson said on December 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Is it for installation only, or can it be used as a “portable / usb” app?

  10. Tommi Raulahti said on December 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I’m still using frequently mp3DirectCut which is quite neat tool too.

  11. Tom Hawack said on December 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Nice! The only audio editor I have is Audacity and, as mentioned in the article, it is indeed complex which is attractive for advanced users but less for artists and philosophers as myself, lol :=)

    I see on Wave Editor’s homepage that it’s just been updtdaed to ver. Downloaded and ready for Tom’s experiments!

    1. Anonymous said on December 22, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Many artists I know are using Audacity without problem. Dunno about philosophers though

      1. Tom Hawack said on December 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

        @Anonymous, many artists even elaborate their very own recording studio! You are definitely right. I guess I had in mind old fashioned artists reluctant to technology :=) Nowadays thinhs have changed!

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