Monday, February 9, 2009

Wave Repair


Wave Repair is a shareware editor specifically designed for the restoration of WAV files that were recorded from vinyl records. It can also be used to process recordings made from tapes, but its restoration features are intended mainly for records. The name is perhaps a little unfortunate. You might think that Wave Repair is a program for fixing broken WAV files (eg. with invalid headers), which it isn't. In hindsight, I should have chosen a different name, but I'm stuck with it now.

It is a 32 bit program that runs on all versions of Windows from Windows 98 onwards. Note that from release 4.9.1, it no longer runs on Windows 95. This is because it was necessary to change the program help to a CHM file in order to maintain compatibility with Windows Vista, and CHM files are not supported by Windows 95.

In order that you can try it out to see if it will be useful to you, it is fully functional for a 30 day evaluation period. After this time, it needs to be registered to remain fully functional; the price is 30 US dollars. However, some features do continue to work without registration - see the Freeware Mode page.

Wave Repair is not a general purpose digital audio editor (in particular, it does not includes arbitrary copy/cut/paste editing of WAV files). Rather, Wave Repair eases many of the tasks that are required during restoration of music recorded from vinyl records, and which are often difficult using general purpose tools. I wrote it because I was unable to find an affordable WAV file editor which performed these tasks easily.

If you need a general purpose audio editor, I can recommend GoldWave as a good example. (I had previously also recommended CoolEdit 2000, but since Syntrillium Software was acquired by Adobe Systems, that program has sadly been discontinued). Another editor that has many satisfied users is Audacity, and it has the added bonus of being freeware.

System Requirements

* PC running any version of Windows from Windows 98 onwards
* Display set to 800x600 or greater.
* Soundcard capable of CD standard (44.1kHz/16bit/stereo) playback/recording.
* Reasonably fast hard disk. Any hard disk less than about 10 years old is almost certain to be fast enough.
* 200MHz Pentium or faster CPU recommended. Wave Repair will run on slower systems (even a 486), but some of the real-time preview functions may not work on slower machines.


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