What is a wav file and what are its uses
A wav file is a sound or music which has been encoded as a file on your computer or other device. Wav files are used in essentially all audio playback devices, including CD players, radios and mp3 players. Wav files can be manipulated by the user to change or improve the sound or music.
The file extension for wav files is .wav. Wav files can be viewed, saved, and played on Windows (PC and Mac) computers but not on the iTunes platform or other Apple products.
A .wav file contains a series of digital samples of sound. A digital sample is a rectangular numerical representation of an audio waveform that can be used to represent the sound in its raw form. A wav file is a type of digital audio format in which the waveform form of the sound is represented in numerical form.
The term “wav” originally referred to sound waves of the linear, pulse-code modulation (PCM) format, but now includes all PCM formats. PCM is a method of storing, or encoding, data that represents analog signals as numbers in computer memory. A .wav file is simply a .wav file that has been encoded as a .wav file.
A .wav file is a type of audio file that can be played on any computer with a sound card or an audio playback device. These are usually digital files, but can also be in other formats such as .mp3, .m4a, .midi and others.
How to edit a wav file using an audio editor
Using an audio editor, you can edit a wav file and change its length, pitch, tempo and more. In order to edit a wav file you will need a program that is capable of importing and exporting wav files. These programs are commonly offered as free trials or demos. You will find wav files on your computer in a variety of locations. Wav files are also commonly used as ringtones for cell phones. To edit a wav file, you can use any audio editor that has the capability to either import or export wav files.
Tips for editing your wav files for the best results
When editing a wav file, you should preserve the wav file’s original qualities and not edit it too much or export it as another format. The more you edit the original file, the more likely it will be damaged. It’s better to use some kind of editing software. But the software you can use depends on your editing needs. For example, you can use a general audio editing program like audacity to do simple editing tasks and save the result as an uncompressed wav file.
When you edit a wav file using audacity, you can choose whether to compress or uncompress the final result. In addition, you also can skip several steps in the process of saving an audio file by using metaflac as your output format. Usually, metaflac save a wav file as an uncompressed audio file. So this is a useful shortcut if you want to edit a file and then save it as an uncompressed wav file. However, you probably will need to use some other software after saving with metaflac.
How to save your edited wav files
When editing a wav file, you should save it to the same folder, since when you attempt to open the edited wav file from another location, the original file will appear instead. You can learn more by reading the full article.
I wanted to save it as a wav initially, so I could play it back on my phone.
1. Go to the downloaded file and double-click on it to open it in the default VLC player.
2. When you see various options within the Open File dialogue, click on the “Advanced” tab. (Read more about .wav files)
3. Under “Audio and Video”, there is a drop-down menu labeled “Save As”. Click on this and select “WAV (Windows) or Waveform (Mac)” from the file type list.
4. A warning dialog will appear, saying “The audio data in this file must be converted to WAV format before you can open it”. Click on “Yes” to continue anyway.
5. On the following screen, you will now see a box containing various options for editing wav files, along with a button labeled “Advanced”. Click on “Advanced”, then click on “Save”.
6. The default location will be the folder in which the file is stored. You can save it to a different location if you wish.
Sample wav files for you to experiment with
Here are three sample wav files. The first is the original file and the second is my edited version of the original file. I’ve made a few small changes to this first file, including changing its length and tempo. The third file is my edited version of the second file. I have changed the tempo but changed the pitch as well. I’ve also added some echo to my second edited file. I used a sound editing package called Cool Edit. This package is shareware, so you may want to try something else if you don’t have it.
Original file [File “C:\\wav\\bell.wav”]
This is the file as it was originally saved.
Edited version 1 [File “C:\\wav\\bell1.wav”]
I’ve changed the length of the file. It is now 4 seconds long instead of 3. I’ve also increased its tempo. The original file was 72 beats per minute and my edited version is 112 beats per minute. I’ve also added a two-tone echo effect to it.
Edited version 2 [File “C:\\wav\\bell2.wav”]