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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

A WAV file has the potential to hold "more" or "better" data than an mp3. WAVs employ no compression, no loss; they are as close to an exact replica as it is possible to get. An mp3 employs lossy ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

No. When you convert a file from .mp3 to .wav, no new information is added: there is no way to regenerate the information that was lost when you created the mp3. All the extra data in the .wav file is ...
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What is the best WAV encoding and why?

I assume that you export sound in order to import it somewhere else. This process has a lot of details and used to be done in the step called "mastering" in the old recording days. I'm no ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

MP3 is the 'colloquial' name for "MPEG 1 Layer 3" audio encoding. The purpose of mp3 encoding is to reduce the overall size of an audio data stream whilst maintaining an acceptable level of listening ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

In order to make sound, your computer must drive the speaker with a time-varying voltage. In order to create the time-varying voltage, the computer must send a sequence of numbers to a Digital-to-...
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Can I recover an incomplete .wav file?

The problem you have is that the WAV header has not been created correctly. If you are working on a Mac then you can try this application which I wrote to fix broken WAV files. https://www.dropbox.com/...
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How can these wav/mpeg files be the exact same duration—down to the (apparent) millionth of a second?

Digital audio is sampled i.e. made up of discrete chunks, with each chunk representing a small sliver of time. So the duration will be quantized to multiples of 1/sampling frequency i.e. if sampling ...
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alternative to mp3

During the editing & collaboration phase, it's good to avoid lossy formats if you can. You might want to try FLAC, a lossless format that compresses audio files to about half the size of WAV. ...
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Tool for creating a WAV given a function of time/sample

The first thing that comes to mind is a tool like Matlab (from the Matthworks). You can download a free trial, but you would have to learn some prograsmming (or Matlabs language). But I believe it ...
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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?

Building on Tetsujin and ZaellixA responses: If your wav isn't itself clipped, its encoding (if samples are floating points or are integer numbers, it's bit depth...) may be missing or wrong in the ...
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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?

0dBFS in floating format is a bit of a misnomer. It's not "full scale" in floating point, instead it's actually defined as the value 1. This is the value that when converted to fixed point ...
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GUID difference in R64 and WAV files

The two formats seem to be similar, and as the specification says the older wav-format is compatible with RF64. From what I can see on p 10, the GUID isn't the only thing that identifies the format: ...
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Normalizing many small WAV files?

I use Sound Forge for this kind of thing. It has a feature that lets you specify a list of processes to run your sounds through, parameters to use, file formats and locations to save to, etc. It will ...
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Artifacts when exporting sound as 8-bit WAV

Given that your input file is 44.1 kHz/32 bits/stereo file and your desired output is 22.050 kHz/8 bits/mono file, there are actually three processes that are involved in your request : resampling ...
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alternative to mp3

While lossless compression like FLAC would solve your storage space issue, it is a heavy load on your CPU, so you may run into problems if your machine is at at all old. The usual recommended ...
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Methods for decreasing exported .wav file size

WAV is a lossless raw format, so the short answer to your question is no. The only way to reduce the filesize is to : use a different export format, or shorten the length of the project. There are ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

You cannot get detail from nothing Even though WAV files can hold more detailed sound, that doesn't mean they always do. Converting from MP3 to WAV would be one such scenario, the converter cannot ...
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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?

As Tetsujin states in their comment, any decently developed/implemented DAW will use floating-point arithmetics to increase their internal calculations headroom. This does not mean, in any case, that ...
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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?

Usually, 0dBFS is the maximum level which doesn’t clip on an audio interface. A DAW will typically map it under the maximum float level, then if you increase its level in a filter then reduce it ...
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from Flac to wav

FLAC is lossless compression. During compression, you can set a compression option: setting this to a higher level creates a smaller file that is still lossless by taking more time to process the file....
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Some wav's sound too fast and/or distorted some sound good...?

The file T.Wav has the following format: Sample rate: 11025 PCM 16 BIT CHANNELS: 1 Try exporting a similar format file. The file you are currently testing has a sampling rate of 44100. You should ...
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Can I recover an incomplete .wav file?

A quick google came up with using Audacity to 'Import Raw', then re-save as a .WAV. Untested.
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Using a midi drum kit to trigger .wav sounds

I'd really have said EZ Drummer would be a great start point - Superior is probably too complex to start with, though I couldn't recommend it highly enough at pro level - however I can see the ...
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Using a midi drum kit to trigger .wav sounds

The tool you are looking for is known as a 'sampler'. I work primarily on Mac, so don't have any particular suggestions in terms of manufacturer for PC applications, but there are definitely a lot out ...
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What program should I use to export a MIDI/SF2 to a WAV?

FluidSynth does this fairly simply. The user manual describes the large list of options available to tailor operation, but to render a MIDI file to WAV the simplest command is: fluidsynth <...
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How do I generate a 0 dBFS sine-wave in SoX? (output clipped warning)

Check out the hexdump of the file you created. When you do, you will realise that there are 7FFF values in the file that correspond to your sample peaks. But, I'm going to say that you also have ...
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WAV file not in sync with source MP3 file

Try using Logic, Pro Tools, or Ableton Live to convert to WAV. The time code should remain synced. Let me know otherwise. I’m guessing that maybe some setting is being changed, like kHz or bit rate....
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alternative to mp3

You can try OGG Opus, which seems to be getting more popular recently. I haven't used it myself, but from what I've heard, it's a little bit better than MP3. Here it is compared with other formats in ...
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