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last update: 3rd March 2007

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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 to Windows 8. 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.

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.

Windows 10
I have had reports from a few users of issues under Windows 10. I do not have a copy of Windows 10, and have no intention of buying it. This is because I have pretty much lost faith with Microsoft. The rot started with Vista, improved with Win 7, then they really dropped the ball with Win 8. Wave Repair is a pretty straightforward application, and the only part of it that is likely to be affected by weird changes in Windows is the way it interfaces with soundcards. Unless Microsoft has done something strange in this area (and from what I've read, that is not the case), then I would have expected it to work just fine, provided you have installed the latest Win 10 drivers for your soundcard.

I have also heard from several users that it works just fine on Windows 10. It may well be that those users who have experienced problems are not typical and have just been unlucky.

So at this stage my advice is that it can't hurt to try running Wave Repair on Windows 10. If it turns out not to work for you, it's easy to uninstall it. If you do decide to try it on Windows 10, I advise you not to install it in the default place (Program Files), as Windows 10 protects that area. Instead, install it somewhere innocuous, such as C:\WAVREP. Also, be sure to have a read of the next paragraph about Windows Vista/7/8.

Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Running Wave Repair under Windows Vista and later makes use of the legacy application support features of Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8. It does work, but there are a few issues you should be aware of. See this page for more details.
Evaluation Period
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.
System Requirements
  • PC running any version of Windows from Windows 98 to Windows 8.
    (In principle it ought to work on Windows 10, though I've had reports of problems - but by all means try it out!)
  • 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.