mp3 is deemed by some audiophiles to be a poorer quality format than something like PCM WAV. Yet mp3 files can easily be converted to WAV. So the data that apparently is missing from mp3 files (and ergo detracting from the overall audio quality) must be there somewhere in those files, just hidden or compressed? Is that correct?? What exactly does an mp3 file leave out when it compresses what, presumably, is the original PCM WAV file of a track?? And if using an A/D converter of some description you convert something from vinyl direct to mp3 you presumably could then convert that track to WAV - so where would all that additional data comprising the uncompressed WAV file (that may be ten times larger than the mp3) come from? I've absolutely no IT knowledge at all - so forgive me if these are embarrassingly dumb/elementary questions. I'm just intrigued.....
posted by MajorDundee
on Sep 24, 2011 -
[My friend has] a 771mb .wav audio file [he] desperately needs to compress into an audio-only .flv file. Is there a freeware, shareware or inexpensive software tool that will help [him accomplish] this? Big thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by terrapin
on Apr 6, 2011 -
I have a number of wav files, timestamped as hhmmss.wav and would like to combine them into a single file with all of the clips at their correct (relative) positions. Does anyone have any ideas of how to do this? [more inside]
posted by d7415
on Sep 19, 2010 -
Is there any way to edit the color in a video after it has been shot in 'special color' (it is now mostly black and white)? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus
on Feb 14, 2010 -
My cousin in New Hampshire wants to collaborate on music with me. I'm in Seattle.
I'd like to figure out a convenient way for us to pass large .wav files to each other. I can pull his completed rock songs into a multitracking program and create vocal tracks - then I need to pass the vocal tracks back to him in the form of .wav files so he can add them to the mix on his end.
I know there are web based file storage sites, and I can randomly try some out, but I thought I'd start with the hive mind:
Can anyone recommend a service like this? I'm thinking free, uncomplicated and capable of handling large file sizes.
The files don't need to live there for a long time - just a reasonable window of time to pass them back and forth. Have any of you done this kind of thing?
posted by markjamesmurphy
on Sep 5, 2009 -
I am looking for an mp3 player/recorder that records to .mp3 format. Most of the players out there that I can find record to .wav format. [more inside]
posted by D Wiz
on Mar 17, 2009 -
Why does PowerPoint keep cutting off my very short (~1 second) WAV files during my slide show? (Using Office 2007, PC running Vista). [more inside]
posted by rebel_rebel
on Oct 28, 2008 -
I have hundreds of Digital Audio Tapes (DATs) recorded at 44.1 and 32khz LP mode I'd like to encode to Mp3 format. I have a laptop w/o a digital input or SCSI port. I would ideally like to be able to just press PLAY and have the computer convert the entire tape to a WAV file, or broken up with start IDs from the DAT tapes [more inside]
posted by bmilner
on Oct 13, 2008 -
: Why can't I import AIFF or mp3 files into GarageBand? [more inside]
posted by chara
on Sep 18, 2008 -
What song was used for the wav called wigglgirl.wav (or something similar to that)? Several years ago there was a .wav that was very popular on the internet, IRC especially, that sounded a lot like a Shaggy song. However, after listening to a lot of different Shaggy songs, I was never able to find any of his songs with the same music or lyrics. Anyone remember the .wav I'm referring to and do you know what song this was? I have been trying to figure out the name and artist of the song that was used in the .wav for over a decade now. If anyone knows, it'll probably be a mefite.
posted by GlowWyrm
on Jul 28, 2008 -
Lots of CD's to rip. What format to save them as? Storage no issue, but like compatibility of 320k mp3 with everything/everyone else. Will I notice a loss? [more inside]
posted by davidaugust111
on Jul 10, 2008 -
I need a Vista-compatable, cheap or freeware audio interface that can convert a .wav file to .mp3. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth
on Jun 2, 2008 -
I'm looking for an audio file. Its the sound you here in for example a military program as "official" graphics appear to be typed onto the screen.
posted by Yer-Ol-Pal
on May 22, 2008 -
Wave to Text? How can I convert .wav files to text free or cheap? Vonage charges $.25 (each) to convert voicemails to text then SMS them to me. I'd like to do it for free. [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster
on Apr 8, 2008 -
Where do I find the audio file of the radio communications from mission control of the Delta II rocket launch? Preferably in .wav format. Thanks in advance.
posted by mitzyjalapeno
on Jul 21, 2007 -
Is there any sound recording program for Windows that is designed to record continuously, such as for archiving police radio? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee
on Mar 19, 2007 -
How do I burn copies of an audio CD with a .cue file on OS 10.4.8 using either Burn or Firestarter? [more inside]
posted by jack_mo
on Dec 12, 2006 -
Is there any flash-based mp3 player that plays WAV files, has an FM tuner, records standard (44.1) WAV files from this FM tuner, has a 1GB or higher capacity, and is not much over $100? (I'm also grateful for any "almost" answers, since those might help me refine my Googling.)
posted by lorimer
on Sep 28, 2006 -
I am looking to export an entire playlist to one .wav file. I am willing to download and install any software that is necessary to do so. [more inside]
posted by lukeomalley
on Sep 28, 2006 -
I'm having issues playing back music. It all has to do with the left or right channel being washed out: Sometimes the lead vocals or lead guitar from a radio signal isn't heard, sometimes its the same for listening through an ipod with headphones and through a computer with headphones. There is a bit > [more inside]
posted by premortem
on Sep 26, 2006 -
Is there a good, free, non-shareware limited batch converter for taking a bunch of mp3s and making them into wavs? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal
on May 5, 2006 -
A friend of mine is looking for an application (Windows XP preferred, but other platforms might work) that will allow him to freeform draw a sound wave, and have it exported as an AIFF of WAV. Does anyone know of such a utility?
posted by jammer
on Sep 4, 2005 -
What's a good book (or online resource) about audio editing for a beginner who is smart and wants in-depth knowledge? I'm working with dialogue mostly -- not music. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Aug 8, 2005 -
Ever since I've had a PC I've either had to endure the MS Sound scheme or some amatuer wavs that were horrific. What I'm looking for are pleasant sounds that say like, when you have a critical error, you hear a chorus vocal by Enya instead of "DING!" [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos
on Mar 28, 2005 -
AnnoyFilter? Believe it or not, I'm looking for a PC utility that should've gone the way of the MARQUEE tag and animated GIFs. I need to assign a short WAV sound effect to each and every keypress on my PC. If anyone remembers the old "Typewriter" widget on old Macs, that's what I'm looking for. Shareware sites show me stuff from 1998 that costs $19-29, but I'm hoping there's an easier way -- even, a way built into XP (maybe an Accessibility tweak)?
posted by pzarquon
on Dec 6, 2004 -
I've got a bunch of wavs. I've got a CUE file that references said wavs. Is there a program that will take that CUE sheet and normalize the volume across all tracks before
I burn them to a cdr? Nero can supposedly do it as part of the burn process, but I'd rather not waste the disc if I don't like the results. I could use a rewriteable disc I suppose, but I'm curious about finding a better way.
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Nov 8, 2004 -
When converting an MP3 to WAV (for playback on a CD player that can't handle MP3s) What's the best method? Playback MP3 and record to WAV with a program like Total Recorder? Convert formats directly with something like Audacity or CDex? Doesn't matter? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail
on Oct 17, 2004 -
How do I merge an .m2v video file and a .wav sound file into a single, coherent MPG2 file? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by scarabic
on Aug 11, 2004 -
I recorded a wav file from a MiniDisc onto my laptop - the MD player is getting crotchety and there's extended periods of silence throughout the recording. Is there any tool that can strip out these places where there's no signal recorded? Or do I need to do it by hand (using Audacity)?
posted by ao4047
on Jun 29, 2004 -
My girlfriend's computer is from the late Jurassic period-- Gateway with an AMD 500-something mhz processor and 64 megs of RAM running 98 SE. It used to burn cd's from her mp3 collection generally flawlessly, but lately any cd made starts late in the first song and the track numbering is off (e.g. the player dosen't change from "2" to "3" until the middle of track 3.)
We switched from Roxio to Nero, tried converting to .wav with Winamp beforehand, but it's still off.
Any idea what the problem might be?
posted by Mayor Curley
on Feb 28, 2004 -
The ideal recording device. I am looking for a compact audio recording device that has input/outputs for an external mic if necessary, and storage media that is digital. It will be used to make sound recordings of people and other sounds in public areas. The recorded sound should also be easily converted to mp3 or wav format.
posted by turbanhead
on Feb 10, 2004 -
Need a sound browser for XP, should have an explorer-like interface, where I click on a WAV or MP3 and I can hear how it sounds. Speed and simplicity would be nice, too. Having to "process" whole folders would be a no-no.
posted by signal
on Jan 21, 2004 -