wavesurfer(1) soundfile editor


wavesurfer [options] soundfile


Wavesurfer is a tool for sound visualization and manipulation. It can be used as a stand-alone tool for a wide range of tasks in speech research and education. Typical applications are speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription.

The documentation for wavesurfer can be accessed online via www.speech.kth.se/wavesurfer or through the wavesurfer help menu.


WaveSurfer recognizes the following command line switches


start playing as soon as the sound is loaded.

-config configuration

use the configuration and do not query the user for one. WaveSurfer uses the first matching configuration of the available. If none matches, a wavebar will be displayed.

-master filename

when loading several sound files at once, specify which sound's wavebar will control the rest. For example, wavesurfer.tcl -config Waveform -master ex1.wav ex1.wav ex2.wav, will make the first sound's wavebar control the second one as well. Same function can be had by choosing View | Master Widget | ex1.wav.

-mlf filename

search the specified HTK Master Label File (only for HTK format transcription panes). Several options can be specified and they will apply to the corresponding transcription pane counting from the top.


This manual page was written by Guenter Geiger <[email protected]>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).