How to Convert Any WAV to PCM Format


WAV and PCM files are both digital audio files. WAV files are more commonly used by Windows-based computers and can contain either compressed audio or uncompressed audio. A PCM file is used for uncompressed audio only, in its raw form. A conversion from WAV to PCM can be accomplished with software packaged with Microsoft Windows XP. This will result in a larger file size, but it can't boost the quality merely by performing the conversion.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Sound Recorder for Windows XP
  • Launch "Sound Recorder" by clicking on the "Start" menu, selecting "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "Entertainment" and clicking on "Sound Recorder."

  • Click on "File" along the top menu bar and "Open." Navigate your disk drive and find the WAV file you want to convert. Double-click it.

  • Click "File" and then "Save as". Under the "Format" label, click "Change" towards the bottom of the window. Choose "PCM" from the menu and any other options you'd like.

  • Click the "OK" button and then "Save". The conversion will complete in a few moments or a few minutes depending on the file size.

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