Well. I could be very short about this software
from Waves. If you are still looking for a tool to convert your audio
to another sampling rate of format, stop looking. WaveConvert Pro is
it! Just as simple as that. For around $300 US you get a convertor that
even works in batch. You sleep, while your Mac (or PC, for there is
a Windows version too) does the work. Next morning, your freshly converted
audio files are ready to deliver.
Wanna know how it works? Download the demo version. The Mac version
is 1.1MB and can be found at:
The WIN-version is 1.9 MB and can be found at:
OK. That would be a little too little text for an online review. I'll
tell you some more about WaveConvert Pro before you start downloading.
A few highlights I liked most about this software.
First of all, let's have a look at the interface. Very clear and easy
In this example, I took a 44,1 kHz stereo AIFF file, called Ups2. I
tried several settings and made a preview of each of them. I choose
a short preview, but you can set the previews length as short or long
as you like. The second preview suited me best: the Brightness filter
for RealAudio 28.8K stereo files, which converts the 44,1 kHz to a crisp
sounding 11025 kHz file, ready to be encoded to the .ra-format. I also
"told" WaveConvert Pro to produce a stereo file 16 bit and to apply
the Maximizer. This normalizes the file to it's maximum within the digital
domain, without producing distortions. Then I hit the Convert button
and a few minutes later the job was done. I really took me about 15
minutes to get hold of this interface. Well done!
WaveConvert Pro is a good tool if you want to present your productions
on the Net. It can post-produce your audio files and make it perfect-fit
ready for RealAudio conversion. RealAudio is nice, but if you don't
prepare the audio files the right way, you .ra file will sound bad.
And that is not what you intended to when you planned to present your
latest production on the Net. WaveConvert Pro filters your audio production
in such a way that the Real Encoder produces good audio (for the RA
standard anyway). In the WIN-version you even can save .ra-files directly.
(We could not test that as we're Mac based.). Macromedia's Shockwave
audio format is supported too.
WaveConvert Pro gives you the opportunity to make previews. This gives
you good idea about the final result even before actually converting
your audio files. Every preview is saved and gets a button, so you can
quickly compare between several previews and the original. Good feature.
The software gives you a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing
a sampling rate. This makes WaveConvert Pro a strong tool for studios
that deal with multimedia productions on multiple platforms.
And how strong the simple idea: let WaveConvert Pro work together with
the Waves series of plug ins. While converting your files, WaveConvert
Pro now can apply the effects from the Native Power Pack (NPP) on the
fly while converting your files. Another important and handy timesaver!
Convert and enhance your audio files in one stroke. Another reason to
get your Mac at work during sleeping hours. Not very hard to imagine
what this means for the overall productions costs of your studio. When
used right, this combination pays you back your $300 in notime.
Storing older audio files always takes a lot of hard disk space. Unless
you compress them. Over the years, several compressors have been thrown
on the market, but they almost all had a big bad habit: loss of quality.
Not so with WaveConvert Pro. This software has several compression formats
built in: hard disk savers and quality keepers.
At 300$ US, WaveConvert Pro is -as far as I am concerned- the best and
most easy to use convertor you can buy. My advice: download the demo,
give it a try. I am convinced that any audio-producer or studio-owner
will want to have this software on your hard disk.
In our country (Holland) we have school ratings from 1 to 10, where
1 is very bad and 10 is excellent. I rarely do this, being quite critical
about audio software quality. But for WaveConvert Pro I make an exception:
I give it a 10!
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