Audio files can be very confusing, and nothing is more frustrating than getting an audio file that won't work with the program you are trying to play it in. If you have a wav file that you need to convert to a midi file, there are several online resources to help you complete this task. While professional audio editing software might cost hundreds of dollars to purchase, the Internet is teeming with many free programs that will easily change your wav file to a midi file in a few easy steps once you install the program.
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Things you need
- Wav file to be converted
- Hard drive space for converter program and converted midi file
- Internet connection
Download the appropriate software for you. Try the Shareware Music Machine to start out. This is a comprehensive list of many different software programs--many of which are free--that can convert your wav files. Download.com also has a large list of different audio converting programs. A simple search engine query will reveal several more options. Many of the programs can also perform other audio conversion tasks. Be sure to read the system requirements for each program before you download it to ensure that it will work with your computer system.
Install the software. First you will have to locate the file you have downloaded, which is usually in the downloads folder of my documents. This folder, however, can change with different operating systems and Internet browsers, so a simple search may be in order. Once you have located the file, open it to begin the installation process. Depending on the program you have selected, you may have to select a few settings or answer questions during the process.
Open the software. It might look daunting at first, but most of the download sites for the audio converting programs have help pages to get you started. In most simple freeware programs on the lists above, you should be able to select an input file (the wav) and name the output file (the midi) on the first screen that appears once you start the software. If you are still having trouble, select help on the top menu of your program for more information on how to begin the conversion.
Tips and warnings
- Be wary of programs you might find using a search engine. Some programs may be a virus or be harmful to your computer. Try to only download from trusted sites.
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