XO Wave is now discontinued
as we prepare to bring you the next generation
Digital Audio Workstation called
This site remains available for anyone who
purchased XO Wave in the past.
However, please keep in mind that as discontinued software:
- This site may not contain up-to-date information.
- Technical support is discontinued, though we will do our best to continue to provide
email support, especially to anyone who purchased recently.
XO Wave: Windows Menu
The Windows menu offers quick access to XO Wave's windows. Note that
since XO Wave supports multiple Edit and/or Mix windows open at
once, the menu includes options to bring an Edit or Mix window
to the front, and separate options to open a new Edit or Mix
window. Here is a brief description of the various windows.
The Edit window is the heart of
XO Wave. In addition to creating and editing audio regions
and scheduling them for playback on individual tracks,
the Edit window can be used for viewing and editing effects and
effects settings. For example, you can record a guitar lick,
have it play back twice by simply copying and pasting,
and add an effect such as reverb, all in the Edit window.
Keep in mind that all
edits are "non-destructive", which means that even if you delete
part of a recording, the original audio file will remain
When an Edit window is frontmost, the menus change
to offer additional editing commands.
XO Wave supports multiple active Edit windows, and New Edit Window
opens an additional Edit window.
The Mix window allows you to mix audio,
including adding effects to
each track and adjusting their parameters. It also enables
changing the track volumes, and routing them through different
effects and meters. Although much of this work can be done in
the Edit window, the Mix window is designed for working with
many tracks at a time.
XO Wave supports multiple active Mix windows, so New Mix Window opens
an additional Mix window.
When a Mix window is frontmost, the menus
offer additional editing commands.
The Movie window can be used to
view a movie in sync with your session. For more info, see our
tutorial: Editing Sound
for Video and Film.
The Transport window provides
basic playback and status control. Because its functionality
is reproduced in both the Edit and Mix windows,
you generally won't need to open this window, but in case you
want extra controls or don't want the Edit or Mix window
open, this more-focused window is available.
When a Transport window is frontmost, the menus
change to offer additional editing commands.
Locations Manager provides access to XO Wave's memory locations,
which include Markers for marking and naming arbitrary locations
in your session, CD Track Markers for marking CD Tracks, Selections
for saving selected regions of your session, Playback Bounds
for saving playback start and stop locations, and Views for
saving the setup of your Edit and Mix windows.
XO Wave can perform several tasks at the same time. If you have a
fast enough CPU and hard-drive, these operations
(called "offline operations") will not interfere with playback
include exporting and importing audio, burning CDs and more. While
the system is working on these tasks, you are free to keep
working. You may cancel the tasks or check their progress using
the Offline Operations Manager
The Playback Settings window
allows you to adjust your pre- and post-roll settings, which allows
playback to start before and end after your selection.
The Session Setup window
allows you to set global settings for the session such as
tempo, time code and sample rate.
The Session Metadata Editor
allows you to set up text and other data associated with your session.
This data may be exported with your session. For more information on
metadata, see our reference page on
The Preferences window
allows you to change settings such as color, keyboard shortcuts,
and more. Note that changes to advanced settings in
this window may be unsupported because careful usage is required
to make sure XO Wave continues to work correctly.
On Mac OS X, this menu item is instead in the
XO Wave menu.
The Undo Manager
allows you to Undo and Redo a
variety of operations. Note that several operations flush the
Undo buffer so you can't go back. Also note that, since this
software is still beta, Undoing and redoing edits is
potentially one of the most bug-prone areas. The point is:
please do not rely on this feature, but do use it to get
yourself out of a jam. For an alternative, you may want to
look into the Save Version
option in the File menu.