Converting .SND Files
December 28, 2009 1:17 AM   Subscribe

Need a cheap way to convert .SND to .MP3 files.

I'd never even heard of .SND files until today -- and I only have a handful of'em that need to be converted (ie: so I wanna avoid commercial solutions as much as possible -- if possible). Most all of my media players and sound software choke on'em. Audacity threw a fit. Nero never heard of'em either. Windows will play'em, but won't convert anything (as far as I can tell).
posted by RavinDave to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
Googling brings up this. There's a free version, but no indication of if it's limited in some way.
posted by beerbajay at 1:23 AM on December 28, 2009

GoldWave can do this. It has batch processing for format conversion, and is shareware.
posted by equalpants at 1:34 AM on December 28, 2009

SoX can also do this - free, open source & cross-platform.
posted by dirm at 1:36 AM on December 28, 2009

Anyone have any recent experience with WinAmp? I kinda dumped it when I started relying on iTunes and such -- now I'm wondering if I should go back. I know it reads .SND. I suspect it can output to to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, etc ... though maybe it needs a special plugin.
posted by RavinDave at 1:37 AM on December 28, 2009

If using WinAmp, go to preferences -> output and select the diskwriter plugin. This will route the output to a WAV file instead of to the sound card. You can then convert that WAV file to mp3.
posted by Gyan at 1:45 AM on December 28, 2009

"SoX" is looking mighty nice -- albeit a bit intimidating. Will try the WinAmp solution as well. That procedure sounds vaguely familiar.
posted by RavinDave at 1:49 AM on December 28, 2009

Hmmmm ... WinAmp solution not working. WinAmp needs a specific plugin for .snd -- and it claims my file isn't a true .snd, so I'm screwed for the moment. Nonetheless, I'm glad I downloaded it again.

Will check on SoX a bit later.
posted by RavinDave at 2:34 AM on December 28, 2009

Try Media Convert which shows .snd in their drop-down.
posted by Gyan at 2:56 AM on December 28, 2009 [1 favorite]

Media Convert works like a charm! Thanx ... this one is handy to bookmark regardless of my current project.
posted by RavinDave at 3:55 AM on December 28, 2009

Is this the .snd plugin you have? It seemed to work for my few .snd files.

Side note - I was always impressed by WinAmp's blazingly fast Diskwriter feature. There were times when I forgot I had it turned on, then loaded some huge playlist, only to have my HD filled seconds later with WAV files. That thing is scary fast.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 6:24 AM on December 28, 2009

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