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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 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.

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 (and 8, 7, Vista)
Wave Repair should now be considered an old legacy program, but nevertheless runs well on all versions of Windows. That said, there are a few issues you should be aware of. See this page for more details.

I have had reports from a few users of issues under Windows 10. These issues seem to have no pattern and are difficult to diagnose. Although I personally continue to use Windows 7 for my day-to-day work, I have recently obtained Windows 10 Pro (64 bit) for testing purposes, and on my machine (a Lenovo T420 laptop), Wave Repair works fine under Windows 10.

It may well be that those users who have experienced problems are not typical and have just been unlucky.

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 to download the latest release (4.9.5), as this installs itself by default into C:\WAVREP rather than the Program Files folder, as Windows 10 protects that area. You can install earlier versions, but make sure to change the default installation location to somewhere innocuous, such as C:\WAVREP.

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 or later.
  • 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 20 years old is almost certain to be fast enough.
  • 200MHz Pentium or faster CPU recommended. These days it is almost inconceivable that anyone is running a PC with a CPU slow enough to have problems.