Have you downloaded some backing tracks from the Internet, would you like to keep them on your PC to use them in your video montages but do you think their weight is excessive? Well, I believe it! These are WAV format files. Files in WAV format, you must know, are not compressed. This means that they guarantee crystal clear sound but are much larger in size than other popular file formats, such as MP3s (which are compressed).
If in the name of saving – saving space – you are willing to sacrifice some quality, you could convert them to MP3 and store them on your computer in this format. Now there are several software that allow you to do it, both on Windows and on Mac OS X and Linux, easily and for free.
Do you want me to tell you at least one? No problem, I’m here to help you. Take a few minutes of free time and find out how to convert WAV files to MP3 Thanks for the directions I’m about to give you. I assure you that it will really be child’s play, then you will find all the steps to be taken illustrated below … you have no excuse for backing down!
How to convert WAV files to MP3
How to convert WAV files to MP3 for (Windows/Mac/Linux)
One of the best programs for converting audio files is Fre:ac, which is free, open source, and supports all major audio file formats: WAV, MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, and Bonk.
To download it to your PC, if you have a Windows computer, connect to its official website and click on the first item located under the green button Downloads (ex. Self extracting installer: freac–1.0.23.exe). Once the download is complete, open the file freac–1.0.xx.exe and complete the setup by first clicking on Yup and then up Come on, Yup, Come on four more times in a row e end.
If you use a Mac, to download Fre:ac on your computer, all you have to do is click on the link located under the heading Mac OS X (ex. freac-20141005-macosx.dmg). After that you need to open the dmg package you downloaded, copy the icon of Fre:ac in the folder Applications of OS X and start the software by right clicking on its icon and selecting the item You open from the menu that appears.
Now, press the button + located at the top left of the Fre:ac main window and select the WAV format files to convert to MP3 (or drag the songs directly to the program screen). Then click on arrow placed next to green button with the “play” symbol (top right) and choose the option MP3 blades from the menu that appears to start converting songs.
If you want to manually adjust the quality of the output songs, click the icon wrench present in the Fre:ac toolbar, select the item Lame MP3 Encoder from the drop-down menu located in the center of the window that opens and click on Configure.
In the screen that appears you can choose which bitrate and which balance between quality and conversion speed to use via the drop-down menu Uses. However, I recommend: only adjust these settings if you know exactly what you are going to change!
You can also change the folder where the audio files converted by Fre:ac are saved: just click on the button Browse located at the bottom right and choose a custom path.
It’s possible convert WAV files to MP3 even without installing programs on your computer. How? Using Media io: a completely free online service capable of converting all the main audio file formats without resorting to particular extensions or plugins. You can use it even if neither Flash Player nor Java is installed on your computer.
It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. In short, with all the main Web browsing programs. To use it, connected to its home page, press the button Select files to upload and select the WAV songs to convert. There are no particular upload limits to respect.
Then press the button MP3s located at the bottom left, select one of the available bitrates at the bottom of the page (I recommend 320kbps to keep the audio quality high) and click on Convert to start the conversion process.
Wait for the necessary time for the files to be processed (the conversion time depends on the weight of the songs and the speed of the Internet connection) and click on the item Downloads to download the final MP3s to your computer.