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Convert Audio Files

Convert Audio Files

You may need to convert an audio file to another format for various reasons (e.g., to use as voicemail message, to transfer to an MP3 player). Depending on the file types you are using, you can use either Audacity or Adobe Audition. Both are available from CedarNet. Audacity is located under Language & Literature, and Audition is located under Com Arts.

Use Audacity

Audacity is more streamlined with less features and will work well for simple file conversion. However, Audacity cannot work with all file types, including Windows Media Audio (.wma), the file type used by Windows Media Player. Audacity supports these file types:

  • MP3 files (.mp3)
  • Windows Wave Format (.wav)
  • Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff)
  • AU files (.au)
  • Ogg Vorbis (.ogg)

You can convert any audio file supported to Audacity to 3 files types: MP3, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis.

  1. From Audacity, click "Project" > Select "Import Audio."
  2. Navigate to the file you want to convert > Click [Open].
  3. Click "File."
  4. You have three "Export As" options. Select the option with the file type you want to convert to.
  5. Name and place your file > Click [Save].
  6. A dialog box will open with options for metadata (artist, album, genre, etc.). You can edit this information or leave it blank > Click [OK].
  7. When done converting files, you can close Audacity. You do NOT need to save changes as the converted file is already saved.

Use Audition

Audition is a much more full-featured program and can work with more files types than Audacity, including WMA files. If the files types you are using are not supported by Audacity, you will need to use Audition to convert the file.

  1. Open Adobe Audition > Click on the small blue and green icon in the top-left corner that says "Edit" (NOT the "Edit" menu bar).
  2. Click "File" > "Open."
  3. Navigate to the file you want to convert > Click [Open].
  4. Click "File" > "Save as..."
  5. Rename and place the file > In the "Save as Type:" menu bar, select the file format you want to convert the file to.
  6. Click [Save].
  7. A progress bar will appear briefly. Once it has finished, close Audition.

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