Download and install
Note that CD Wave is now freeware. This means you can use it in any non-commercial way, and you do not need to register or pay for it.
In any case, you'll need to start by downloading CD Wave first. Use one of the following links to download and install the latest version of CD Wave. The latest version is usually also the recommended version (bold):
Download the Self-Installer distribution. Just click on the download, and choose "Run from current location". After that, the program will download, and when complete, the installer will guide you through the simple process, and let you choose destination directories and program groups.
No virus, no spyware, no adware, no malware, ...
CD Wave is totally free of any form of adware or malware. Some antispyware, antivirus or antitrojan programs can detect CD Wave as being infected, although the application runs perfectly safe and does not pose a threat to your system. This type of reading is called a "false positive" and it occurs when antivirus software wrongly classifies an inoffensive (safe) file as a virus. The incorrect report may be caused by heuristics or by an incorrect virus signature in a database.
OGG Vorbis, FLAC
An OGG Vorbis encoder and FLAC encoder are included in the 1.92 and later distributions. You can create ogg and flac files straightaway with CD Wave.
In 1.94 beta 4, the APE encoder/decoder is included. This is still in an experimental stage - use at your own risk! (feedback is welcome)
In order to let CD Wave write out tracks in MP3 format, you need an MP3 encoder. Without it, you will see the message "LAME_ENC.DLL not found" if you choose the MP3 output format.
Due to licensing, this encoder is not included in the package and you need to
download it yourself. A very good place to download the LAME codec is
RareWares. Find the latest "stable" package that contains
"lame_enc.dll" (at the time of this writing, that is 3.95.1, which has problems
with some non-standard sample rates. If you get application errors when
encoding, I suggest trying the 1.96 beta version). Download and unzip this
package and copy lame_enc.dll to either the WINDOWS/SYSTEM directory, or to the
location where you installed CD Wave (usually
The installer will add CD Wave to the installed programs in Control Panel (Add/Remove programs). You can uninstall the application from there.