Questions tagged [wav]

WAVE (".wav") files are lossless digital audio files commonly used in the pro audio and enthusiast world. Use for questions specifically related to the WAVE format or WAVE files. Can also be used to indicate the answers should be restrained to this format.

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Is there a losslessly compressed audio file?

Anyone who works with audio either as a hobby or as a professional knows about MP3 and WAV, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Namely: MP3 (most commonly MPEG III) disadvantage: lossy ...
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How can WAV files cause any clipping red in DAW meters if floating point can represent much higher values than 24 bit?

Let's say we get a wav file in the daw, that is clipping so much, most values are around 65,000 (assume this is the highest in 24-bit depth). In daw however, to reach 0 dbFS, the bit values need to go ...
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Some wav's sound too fast and/or distorted some sound good...? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask... I am building a sound project on an ESP 32 via I2S using an example from: https://github.com/nhatuan84/esp32-i2s-sdcard-wav-player [/edit:]I use the ...
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Reason: Any way to batch convert WAV to REX?

I've used several DAWs over the years, and my sample library has grown to a considerable size. I've been playing with Reason lately, and I rather like it, but one big turnoff is that 99% of my ...
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Can I recover an incomplete .wav file?

I've got a Behringer X32 mixer. I'm using it's built-in recording capability to write a .wav file to an USB drive. Today, I got an incomplete recording: the file on the USB drive shows up as 0 kb size....
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Can anyone offer examples of valid BWF files for study?

I'm writing code to create BWF files from scratch, and it would help me to have a couple of working files to use as reference. I have the WAV part down, been doing that for years. But adding the ...
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Any reason not to convert WAV to FLAC and save some disk space?

As I understand the technologies, WAV is a raw, uncompressed format and FLAC is a compressed but lossless format. My research has shown that FLAC files "still maintain all the audio fidelity"src of ...
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How to do unattended recording

I am trying to record audio from a microphone connected to my computer for a duration of several hours, but I need to start and stop the recording without human intervention (I am using cron jobs). I ...
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What is the best WAV encoding and why?

I'm using Audacity to export a track, and there are just too many options to encode a .wav export: Signed 16/24/32-bit PCM Unsigned 8-bit PCM 32/64-bit float U-Law, A-Law IMA ADPCM, Microsoft ADPCM ...
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GUID difference in R64 and WAV files

According to Prof. Kabal's site https://web.archive.org/web/20201228133457/http://www-mmsp.ece.mcgill.ca/Documents/AudioFormats/WAVE/WAVE.html , for an extensible wave format the audio format has to ...
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getting a wav file from a mic while also using it to record a zoom call

I have a project in which I'll be using a Blue Yeti X (or something like it, podcasting type mic) as a mic on a macOS computer and recording people on it using Zoom. I want linked audio and video ...
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How to ensure uniform sound levels in multiple WAV files?

I require that the sound levels of all the songs for my project are uniform. The songs are from different albums and different artists, hence they are not uniform from the perspective of volume level. ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

A .wav file created from a .mp3 file has the same frequency domain plot as the mp3 file itself. However, the .wav file created from .mp3 file has larger file size. According the post https://...
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By what proportion should I reduce wav file samples in order to get a sound half as loud?

Possibly I'm overthinking this, but it seems to me that when I multiply my wav file samples by 0.5, I don't get a sound that's half as loud but considerably louder than half as loud. I have a feeling ...
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from Flac to wav

i have some flac files, some are from the same song but have a different size, usually the larger size corresponds to a lower compression, to determine which is the best file I then go to see 2 other ...
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What program should I use to export a MIDI/SF2 to a WAV?

I'm trying to convert some music from a GBA ROM to WAV so I can use them. I've used this tool to rip the music. It's left me with some MIDI files and an SF2 file for the instruments. I'd like to ...
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How do you compute the bitrate of a WAV file?

Consider a WAV file obtained from a standard redbook CD with 16 bit samples and 44.1 kHz sampling rate. How do you compute the bitrate of the uncompressed stream?
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How do I generate a 0 dBFS sine-wave in SoX? (output clipped warning)

I'm trying to generate a 48 kHz, 16-bit 0 dBFS WAV file of a 997 Hz sine wave, where the level is set to the maximum value of 7FFF, but SoX warns me the output was clipped when it finishes. I don't ...
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Does converting mp3 to wav make sense with regard to timing accuracy?

Think about a program where it is mission critical to sync audio playback with text being displayed on the screen. And timing of this sync must be perfect. Currently, I am having all sorts of trouble ...
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WAV - Bytes per video frame

I hope this question will be interpreted more as the nature of maths than the coding examples provided within: Using the ffmpeg-fluent library for Node.js I'm able to extract PCM (WAV) audio. I've ...
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Using a midi drum kit to trigger .wav sounds

I've got a midi drum kit (Alesis Nitro), and the sounds on it are less than satisfactory. So I've looked into using something like EZ Drummer, or Superior drummer, but since I'm pretty new to all this,...
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Methods for decreasing exported .wav file size

I am working on sound project using Audacity. Are there any methods for decreasing the exported .wav file size without damaging the sound quality? e.g. combining all track to a single one and then ...
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How can these wav/mpeg files be the exact same duration—down to the (apparent) millionth of a second?

I'm working on a project that involves many different .wav files. In checking out some attributes of these files, I noticed something strange: The duration of all the files looks to be chunked in some ...
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Why do mp3 files have a time delay when compared to wav files?

At first I thought this was a tempo issue when exporting my stems from fl studio to cubase. But when I zoomed in close enough and lined up the tracks they were perfect (ie. no stretching). The mp3 ...
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WAV file not in sync with source MP3 file

I am using NAudio and Adobe Media Encoder (separately) to convert a 2-hour MP3 file into a WAV file: The resulting WAV file is not in sync with the source MP3 file: MP3 second #996 = WAV second #...
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Recurring artifacts trying to export a sound as 8-bit

I have a number of sound effects from my sound designer, and I'm currently trying to export them as 8-bit WAVs for my game. The advice from Artifacts when exporting sound as 8-bit WAV worked ...
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Midi to .wav conversion

I'm looking for a program that turns my short MIDI-sequences into .wav files. That in itself isn't the problem, tho. The problem is that most programs append 1 or 2 seconds of silence at the end of ...
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alternative to mp3

Often I have to import/export audio files to/from Audacity/Adobe-Premiere and back-and-forth. I know that mp3 is lossy format, but when I try to choose another alternative .wav, then it takes up to ...
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Tool for creating a WAV given a function of time/sample

What software could I use to create a WAV file from a function of sample number? I am building an implementation of Group Additive Synthesis in a modular softsynth and I just need a simple way of ...
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Stereo wavs unwantedly combined to polyphonic wav

I've recentley recorded some stereo atmos's for a job and I have used sound devices wave agent to add meta data, This caused them to be combined to a polyphonic wav, which still plays as a stereo file ...
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Add .wav metadata in Kid3 on Ubuntu

I've downloaded Kid3 to add metadata to a bunch of .wav files. While Kid3 recognizes .wav files (in opposition to EasyTag) and editing data was done very quickly, I was struggling visualizing the ...
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Is there a standard name for embedded loop markers in WAV files?

Using any audio editor (I'm using Audition), how do I name loop markers to be recognized by samplers as loops? Can I name them anything (My Happy Loop Begins here / My Happy Loop Ends here), or is ...
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Artifacts when exporting sound as 8-bit WAV

I lead a game-development team. My sound designer gave me some sound effects as 32-bit stereo sounds with a 44100 Hz sampling rate. The game (actually a mod of an old game) requires sounds to be 8-bit ...
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Open Source Software for Batch converting WAV to BWF for free?

Hi, Does anyone know an open source software package that can batch convert WAV-files to BWF? I can only find paid and non open source packages (rematacator for example). The project I'm working is ...
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Converting WAV to FLAC. Compression level 0 has higher bitrate than 8

So I just recently got into this lossless audio thing and mostly buy my music from beatport, bandcamp, qobuz etc. Most of these stores have the option to download as FLAC file but beatport only offers ...
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Normalizing many small WAV files?

I have a large collection of foleys that I recorded, and I want to normalize them all, or at least make them all have the same perceived loudness. Is there any program that can do this for me instead ...
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Using .wav files works fine in DAW while using converted .mp3 files doesn't

I am working on Arch Linux and am trying to create an intro movie for my Youtube channel. The idea is to play "intro.mp3" which is played only once and then "loop.mp3" which will be playing on low ...
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Can any DTS stream be embedded in a WAV as is?

I have some DTS files that I’d like to embed inside WAV to trick various devices into sending them to my receiver. I know this is possible, but details are hard to come by. I have several examples of ...
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WAV file sounds from PC to many speakers around LARGE Slot Car & Train Layout-HELP!

I am building a LARGE train & slot car tracks layout. I have about 50 different WAV file sounds on my Desktop so far. I plan about 14 speakers (right now) top be placed in specific areas - one in ...
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Is there any tradeoff to get the best quality/file size ratio for mp3 conversion?

We record vocal sound via the Creative - Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD soundcard and its dedicated recording software. the settings are : 96 KHz 24 bit depth I would like to convert it to mp3 with ...
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Solving for Amplitude and Frequency in WAV files

So I'm able to successfully find all the information about a WAV file except the amplitude and the frequency (hertz) of the big sin function by reading the binaries in the file (which are ...
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Is there a way to increase WAV quality?

I have a WAV file with low quality. It cracks a little on some new Android devices. Is there a way (preferably a tool) to increase the quality of my file? I was thinking about maybe an interpolation ...
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Is there an ideal volume level for music files?

I am outputting WAV files from Sibelius and uploading to web distribution channels such as Google Play and SoundCloud. I don't want the volume to be too quiet or too loud, but I'm not sure how to go ...
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Same volume level among all the songs

I am working on a research project related with wav files. I have wav files of different songs from different artist. I am going to extract some information/features from these audio files. Before ...
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Mapping audio wav files to midi piano roll keyboard

I know about sound fonts but this requires me to make a wave file for each midi piano roll key. Is there a way or program to just have one audio wav file and have the midi piano roll key that is ...
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How to create cue-sheet for long WAV file?

I have a big WAV file that contains a set of a bunch of songs mixed together. Is there a way I could define "bookmarks" or cue-splits so I can play that cue and have each track separated (pointing to ...
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Differences in WAV files?

I'm trying to create audio files to be played by a very picky program. Creating a 32-bit float 22050Hz WAV file in Audacity seems to play fine. However, creating a 32-bit float 22050Hz WAV file with ...
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How to control signal (red noise) generator by another one (Rocket engine effect - Subtractive synthesis of sound)

I am programming some sound effects in Java and exporting them into .wav files. Currently, I am trying to program a rocket engine sound effect. I want to do it in the following way: The sound of a ...
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WAV file recorded with wrong header

I have some WAV files that whose actual sound contents are at 44100Hz, but the headers incorrectly state that the sample rate is 48000Hz (I think this is due to the DAW setting its own sample rate OK ...
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Convert wav with multiple data chunk to single data chunk

I need to convert a wav file with multiple "data" chunks to a wav file with a single data chunk which includes all others. I will do this operation for thousands of files, there's a tool to do this?