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Converting Audio Files with Audacity (1.3.11)
« on: July 29, 2010, 12:45:44 PM »
Converting audio files to work with the AP-16+ is really quite easy with our favorite piece of freeware, Audacity.  The steps that follow will show you how to take another file, for example, an MP3, and convert it to a proper WAV file for your AP-16+.

There are two areas in the Preferences (Ctrl-P, or Edit\Preferences) that I have set which helps streamline the overall process:

1) Click on the Quality section and set the options as follows:



This will set exports to default to 44.1kHz (CD quality).  If you're going to use the AP-16+ with a Prop-1/2/SX and want to use the "S" command to speed up the audio, use 22.050kHz instead.


2) Click on the Import/Export section and make sure that "Use custom mix" is selected -- this simplifies converting mono files to stereo.



Click on OK to close the Preferences dialog.


3) Open the desired file by clicking File\Open... (Ctrl+O).  One of the great features of Audacity is that it "knows" nearly every audio file format in use.  Select the file and click the Open button in the dialog.



The file will be opened and displayed like this:



Note that this file is: 1) stereo, 2) has good levels (no clipping), and a sample rate of 24kHz (see lower right of image).  To change the sample rate for output click on the Project Rate selection and select 44100 or 22050 (below this setting is not recommended -- audio quality will be reduced). 




4) Click on File\Export..., enter the desired file name (see AP-16+ documentation for appropriate file names), and -- THIS IS IMPORTANT -- make sure that the output type is: WAV (Microsoft) signed 16-bit PCM.




5) Now click Save.  You'll be presented with the Advanced Mixing Options dialog; as this is already a stereo file all you have to do is click OK; the file will be saved as a WAV with the sample rate you selected earlier. 



If you're using Windows you can verify this locating the file in an Explorer window, right-click on the file, then select Properties from the context menu.  In the Properties dialog select the Summary tab to verify the parameters of the newly-saved file.




Converting Mono to Stereo

Converting a mono file to stereo is very simple with Audacity as setup above.  Follow all steps until you get to the Advanced Mixing Options dialog.  Move the Output Channels slider to 2, this creates a second channel.  Click on the file name box (left side of dialog) and then click on the Channel 2 box (right side of dialog) -- a line will be drawn between them.



Click OK and you now have a stereo file that will work in the AP-16+.
Jon Williams
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Re: Converting Audio Files with Audacity (1.3.11)
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 02:11:21 PM »
Another Note: Make sure that you remove any metadata from the file, especially if it originated with another piece of software or as an MP3 file.  To remove metadata:

* Click on File\Open Metadata Editor
* In the Metadaa dialog press the Clear button
* Use File\Export to save the clean file

Use this process for WAVs for the AP-16+ and for MP3s for other embedded products (e.g., uMP3).   

This post goes into a little more detail and explains the menace of metadata for embedded players
-- http://www.efx-tek.com/php/smf/index.php?topic=1683.0
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Re: Converting Audio Files with Audacity (1.3.11)
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 07:43:21 AM »
I too had problem converting mono track to stereo track in Audacity. I searched for solution on INTERNET & i found this post http://forums.techarena.in/windows-software/1457413.htm#post5587652 which solved my problem. It was really helpful.

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Re: Converting Audio Files with Audacity (1.3.11)
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012, 10:11:23 PM »
Another way to create a stereo track from mono is to duplicate the track (this function is in the Edit menu). When you have two tracks you can assign one to the left and one to the right using the track menu (little black down-pointing arrow).
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