Awave Studio

Awave Studio

Open and edit audio files in a professional way
4.3  (15 votes)
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Reads the information stored in the audio files with support for different platforms, synthesizers, trackers, and mobile phones. Works as an audio converter, audio editor, and synth instrument editor.

Musicians and audio professionals, or anyone interested in digital audio and music in digital format, will surely enjoy exploring and using the wealth of features, functions, and utilities that Awave Studio offers them. This is a one-stop shop for anything related to digital audio – from conversion to editing and from sound effects to synth instrument support, this no-nonsense app comes with anything you can think of related to digital music and audio files.

Awave Studio is not a nice tool with an attractive GUI full of icons and nice colors – this hyper-comprehensive app is a tool to work with, rather than just a tool to look at. It is practical and straightforward, clearly oriented to provide you with all the options and features your need to get the job done. It converts audio between formats, but it has nothing to do with the average audio converter. It plays back nearly any audio file, but it’s not just another audio player. It records any audio coming in into your sound card, but it’s far from being a standard audio recorder.

Though this app not only performs all the basic audio-related tasks of other standard editors and players perform, this is a tool for audio professionals. It can normalize the volume and amplitude of you files, insert silence, invert and reverse audio, change the pitch scale, or resample your audio tracks. It supports a total of 300 formats, 140 of them on the output side, and can convert any number of files into any number of different formats in one single operation. No other audio tool comes closer to these numbers. Even so, this is far from being yet another audio conversion tool.

It can read and write instrument formats for well-known synthesizer manufacturers, such as Yamaha, Roland, Kurzweil, Korg, or Akai, and perform professional edits on the audio coming from any of those instruments. It reads disc proprietary formats that Windows cannot even recognize, it converts song data and MIDI songs, and emulates the FM-instruments of Japanese smart phones. It can record new audio files, play back MIDI files, find and edit loops, and much, much more.

Tasks are performed in the most professional way, allowing you to tweak nearly any parameter involved in it. The GUI is minimalist and even boring at times, hard to fathom for non-professional users, but its functionality is so extensive that it is overwhelming at times. It does so many things that the developers of Awave Studio have no problem in signaling the few things that it won’t do, such as WAV-to-MIDI conversion, surround sound audio files, or recordings larger that what your PC’s memory can handle. For anything else, you can trust Awave Studio to get the job done. Last, this is not a tool that anyone can afford, but yet again this is not a tool that everyone will use.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Support for 300 audio formats
  • Reads proprietary discs from synth manufacturers
  • MIDI support
  • Reads and writes instrument formats
  • Audio recording
  • Multi-output audio batch conversion

Cons

  • Unattractive interface
  • High learning curve
  • Pricey
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