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WMA files and audio editing

February 13, 2008

I got a question off list today from someone who had attended the Multimedia Mafia session in Philly and was thinking about buying a new audio recorder. Her problem was that most recorders out there today store files as Windows Media Audio (WMA) and the most common audio editing software among us scruffy print journalists is Audacity, which can’t handle WMA.

Did I know of any recorders that stored files as WAV or MP3, which Audacity can import?

Nope.

My solution to this problem, so far, has been to use an audio file converter (like this one). It’s a pain, but after importing a sound file onto the computer I run it through the converter and then import it into Audacity to slice it up before publishing. It takes an extra 60 seconds in most cases but gets the job done.

Does anyone out there have a different solution? Have you run across a recorder you like that stores files as WAV or MP3? Do you have a different free or cheap audio editor that you like that will slice and dice WMA? The comments link at the top of this post is open.

-mark binker
News & Record

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue Lincoln permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:56 pm

    Mark–
    i work in radio news (Louisiana Network), and the best free conversion program is “Switch”, which is totally compatible with Audacity AND lets you convert audio back and forth through nearly every format. Now, if I can just find the patch that lets Audacity work with my RealTek HD audio chip on my brand new HP desktop…then I will be a happy camper.
    –Sue, LN Asst news director

  2. February 26, 2008 10:07 pm

    Now see…this is why I’m jealous of all the toys radio folks get to play with.

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