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How to Convert RAW to WAV

by Nicole Martinez

Files with the ".raw" extension provide uncompressed audio data, without headers to store information such as sampling rate, resolution, signedness or the number of channels. According to Bill Poser, author and MIT alumnus, RAW files are not as common as they once were. In contrast, the Waveform Audio File Format (.wav) is popular, especially on Windows-based computers, as the format is a Microsoft standard. These files are equipped for informative headers. Software such as Winamp and hardware such as Apple's iPod support audio tracks in this format.

AVS Audio Converter

Step 1

Follow the Resource link below to download AVS Audio Converter from AVS4You. Click the "Download" button and follow your browser's prompts to save the application. Run the executable program to initiate the installation. Follow the prompts to install AVS Audio Converter onto your system. Click the check box to launch the program when installation is complete.

Step 2

Click "Continue" when the program launches to reach the main screen. Select the "Wav" tab to convert your file to that format. Select the "Add File" menu and choose "Add File." Locate the .RAW file on your computer and double-click to select it. Click "OK" to confirm the "Raw Options" when you load the file.

Step 3

Choose the quality of the track in the "profile section." If you want higher quality and don't mind a larger file size, choose "Best Quality." "Low Quality" will produce a smaller file size, but the quality will not be as good. Choose your codec, channels, bitrate, sample rate and sample size if you have specific needs. Otherwise, leave the default settings in place.

Step 4

Click "Browse" to select an "Output Folder" on your computer where the WAV file will be saved.

Press the "Convert Now" button to initiate the conversion. When the conversion is complete, select "Output Folder" to open the containing folder, or "Close" to exit the prompt. Click the "X" in the top right corner to exit the program.

Switch Audio Converter

Step 1

Click the link in the Resource section below to download Switch Audio Converter from NCH Software. Click the "Get it Now" button to download and install the program.

Step 2

Open the program and specify ".wav" as the "Output Format" on the bottom left corner of the program. Change the destination folder, if you wish, by clicking "Browse" above the format choice.

Step 3

Select "Add Files" from the menu to add one or more RAW audio files.

Step 4

Click the "Convert" button in the bottom right corner of the program. Choose your coded settings if you have specific needs or leave the defaults in place. Press "OK" to convert the file.

Click the button to "Open Output Folder" after a green check mark appears next to the file name(s) or close the program.

Twave 2.1

Step 1

Download and install Twave 2.1 from the Free Audio Conversion Software website (see the third item in the Resource section below for links to Twave and other converters).

Step 2

Drag the desired RAW file into the unzipped Twave2.1 folder and click the Trixwave icon in the folder to launch the program.

Step 3

Click "RAW File" to choose the name of your RAW file from the Twave folder. Click "OK" to return to the main program screen.

Press "Convert" to convert the file. The program will play an audio confirmation when the conversion is complete that sounds like a man saying "Done."

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