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Converting audio track to *.wav

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How do I convert an audio track on a CD to a *.wav format or other format to be played on my hard drive?  If I simply drag and drop it, all it does is create a short cut.
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by:rmarotta
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If you want to edit sound tracks get a program like Goldwave, available here:
http://www.goldwave.com
You might also look into recording from CDROM to line-in on your soundcard. (not the best quality)
Regards,
Ralph
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jhun357 earned 50 total points
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To covert cd digital audio track to a *.wav file you will need a Cd Ripper called "AudioGrabber" and to covert *.wav to *.mp3 file you'll need a program called "mp3 Compressor".

If you want to play your music from your hard drive because *.wav files take a lot of space, probably around 30-38 mega bytes for a 3-5 minute track, whilst if you convert *.wav file to mp3, you'll only need 3-5 mega byte of hard drive space for a 3-5 minute audio track.


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by:jhun357
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You'll also need a good Mp3 Player (Winamp 2.04).......you can download it from http://www.winamp.com
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by:BoneyM
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How is it that it can compress a file from 40-50 megs to only 3 or 4 megs, is quality not compromised?  Also, what about converting the *.mp3 format back to CD audio track format so that I can play it off my hifi of car CD player?
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by:rmarotta
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BoneyM,
There are many programs available to "rip" audio.  I already mentioned one above.
Some audio CD players have problems with recordables.
Playing recordable CDs on a Hi-Fi or car CD player doesn't always work as expected.  The only way to know if it will work is to try one.
Sometimes, recording on a different brand of media makes the difference in whether or not it will work.
Next time, I guess I'll press the "Answer" button first ......
Ralph

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by:BoneyM
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Hi rmoratta

If you read my last comment carefully, you will see I'm not asking what software to use, I'm asking what is the theory or process behind it.  I like to know how things work, not just what to use.  Besides which, I have used goldwave before, and found it pretty crap as I wasted a lot of blank CDs as it did not provide a proper test feature compared to Easy CD Creator that came with my CD-RW.  

I already have Audiograbber downloaded from what I read on another thread here on EE, but I dont know how to convert *.wab or *.mp3 back to audio tracks to be burnt onto CD so that I can play in them in my car.
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by:rmarotta
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1) I don't know much about the "theory or process" behind audio compression software.  My feeling is that the principle of  "there ain't no free lunch" applies.
2) If you read my original comment carefully, I think I answered the question that you originally posted.
I wasn't advocating Goldwave, merely suggesting it as an example of software that's available to be used for converting audio file formats.  There are many others.
No mention was made by you about CD recording at that time.
3) I answered your next question, about playing CD recordables  on audio players, based upon what I have read, and my own personal experiences.

Is there anything else you'd like answered for fifty points?
Ralph
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by:BoneyM
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Yeah, does the sun shine on your side of the fence?  :)
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Yeah, does the sun shine on your side of the fence?  :)
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by:rmarotta
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Every day! (I live in Florida)
Sorry if I've offended you.
I would like to help if I can.
Ralph
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No offence taken, just tounge in cheek.  :)
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