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TIAS 515 & THIST 437 "Doing Community History" - Honey: Converting Audio Files

How to Convert Windows Media Audio (.wma) Files to WAV (.wav) Files for CHP

These steps assume that you have used one of the Olympus Audio Recorders from Media Services and that you would like to perform the conversation on your home PC.  The UW Tacoma Library has computers with this software installed for conversion.  If you prefer to use these, please set up an appointment with Justin Wadland.

Step1: Download your audio files to your desktop.

  1. Check out a PC Transcription Kit from Media Services.

  2. Install the Olympus DSS Player Version onto your home computer.

  3. Connect the Olympus Audio Recorder to your computer via USB.  The DSS Player will automatically open a window like this:

  4. Your records can be found by looking in the Device Manager pane, where your recorder will be listed.  Your recordings will be found in whatever folder they were saved in.  (You may want to listen to the recording to confirm that it is the right one(s) you wish to download.)

  5. Select the recording(s) you would like to download.  Click on "File > Export" and choose the destination where you would like to save the files.

  6. The files will be downloaded with the default filenames given to them on the recorder.  At this point, you may want to change the file names to the appropriate ones for the project.  Right click on file and select rename.  Please change the file name according this convention [interviewee_last_name]recording[1].wma.

Step 2: Download Audacity and install the FFmeg Library

  1. To convert the .wma file, you will first need to download an open source audio editor called Audacity 1.3 for Windows and follow the instructions for set up.

  2. Install FFmeg Import/Export Library for windows.

  3. Open Audacity and select Edit > Preferences.  Once the window appears, select Libraries, and under FFmeg Import/Export Library, select Locate.  A message may appear that says "Audacity has detected valid FFmeg Libraries.  Do you still want to locate them manually?"  Select No, then click OK.

Step 3: Convert .wma files to .wav files

  1. Find and open you .wma files in Audacity.  Make sure that the Project Rate is 441000 Hz (see area of red circle below).

  2. Click on File > Export.  If you haven't done so yet, please change the file name according to the conventions (i.e. [interviewee_last_name]recording[number]).  Make sure to save the file as "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16 bit PCM."  When you export, it should look have the settings in the red circle below:

  3. Click Save and the file will be converted to the required format.  After you've converted all recordings, please burn .wav file onto the DVD provided by the Library.