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How to convert WAV to MP3?


WAV is one of the main audio formats supported by all major operating systems. Usually WAV contains non-compressed audio stream, which means that the files are pretty big. You can reduce their size significantly by converting them to MP3 (files in the MP3 format can be ten times smaller, which is not uncommon).

Another reason for converting can be simply the matter of compatibility. MP3 files are better supported by all kinds of devices, including mobile phones and portable players.

You can easily convert WAV to MP3 with a tool like AudioConverter Studio.

Step 1: Download and install the program.

Download AudioConverter Studio to a known location. Run setup and follow on-screen instructions to install the application.

Step 2: Start the program. Select WAVs to convert.

Launch AudioConverter Studio. The program welcomes you with its wizard. If the wizard doesn't show up, press "Ctrl" + "W" on your keyboard, or select "File" - "Show Wizard".

Convert a file or a group of files

In the wizard, choose to convert single file or a group of file (the default option) (1). Click "Next" to continue (2).

Select WAV files to convert

A usual "Open" dialog pops up. Browse to the folder where your WAV files are stored, select the ones that you want to convert to MP3, click "Open".

Add, remove files, or simply proceed

The files will be added to the list of the WAV converter. You can add more files and folders with WAV files by clicking the corresponding buttons (see the screen shot above). It is also possible to remove some files from the list.

When ready, just click "Next".

Step 3: Set output folder and filename format.

As next, the wizard offers you to set output folder (1) and filename format (2).

Set output folder and filename format for MP3

The first is pretty usual: you can type the path directly into the first field, or simply use the browse button on the right.

Filename format can be a bit tricky. If your files don't contain any tag information (title, artist etc.), the program will use "Old filename", like other converters. The "Old filename" option is always safe to use. However, if your files do contain some information, you can take advantage of this powerful feature: rename files to whatever you like, create folders etc.

Click "Next" to continue.

Step 4: Set up MP3.

The wizard wants us to choose an output format.

Adjust MP3 quality

We select MP3. Additionally it is possible to set up quality: frequency, bit rate, mode. The default settings are good for most cases, but you may want to use lower quality (to reduce file size), or higher quality (to increase quality of the resulting sound). The whole range of MP3 bit rates is available.

Leave "Prelisten conversion" unchecked, as otherwise the program will convert only 10 seconds of each song.

Click "Next" to continue.

Step 5: Check settings. Convert WAV to MP3.

The last page of the wizard shows a summary.

Convert WAV to MP3

If everything is OK, just click "Finish" to start converting WAV to MP3.

The trial version of AudioConverter Studio will stop after converting 10 songs, but you can repeat the process for as many files as you wish.

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