How to split a multichannel wav

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How to split a multichannel wav
It's easy to split multichannel WAV files with the right software. (blue monitor image by andrey polichenko from Fotolia.com)

Long gone are the days of just mono (single-channel) and stereo (two-channel) audio. As surround sound home entertainment systems become more and more popular, multichannel audio is becoming more common. In the world of computer sound recording and editing, this means that multichannel WAV files are becoming more common as well. Although many modern software applications are compatible with multichannel WAVs, there may be instances in which you need to split the file into its individual channels to apply effects, edit out material or make other adjustments. Common programs such as dBpowerAMP for PCs and Final Cut Studio for Macs, as well as speciality applications like SimpleWavSplitter for PCs, can perform these functions.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install the free channel split utility codec for dBpowerAMP (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Load the dBpowerAMP program onto your computer. Use the program's main browser window to locate and select the multichannel WAV file that you want to split.

  3. 3

    Right-click on your multichannel WAV file in dBpowerAMP. Scroll down to choose "Convert To" and then "Channel Split." This will save each individual channel of the WAV file as a separate mono WAV.

  1. 1

    Load the Final Cut Studio Soundtrack Pro application onto your Mac computer. Import the multichannel WAV file into the program.

  2. 2

    Right-click on your multichannel WAV file in Soundtrack Pro. Scroll to "Channel select," select "Mono" and then select the first channel of your multichannel WAV file.

  3. 3

    Export your file as a new WAV. You now have a mono WAV file with just the first channel of your original multichannel WAV. Repeat these steps for the other channels of your multichannel WAV file.

  1. 1

    Download and install the free SimpleWavSplitter program (see Resources). Your PC needs to have Microsoft NET Framework 4.0 (available through Microsoft) installed for the program to install and run.

  2. 2

    Load SimpleWavSplitter onto your computer. Click on the "Get WAV Header" tab to load your multichannel WAV file into the program.

  3. 3

    Click on the program's "Split WAV Files" button. This will automatically split your multichannel WAV into individual mono WAV files for each channel.

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