Create and Convert Audio Files on a Windows PC

If you have been asked to create an audio file as part of your course work, you should submit it as an MP3 file. The first tutorial below describes how to record an audio file on your Windows PC using Sound Recorder. The second tutorial describes how to convert an audio file of a different file type (some examples of other audio file types are WAV, WMA, and OGG) to an MP3 file using iTunes. Because Sound Recorder records in WMA format, you will need to convert your audio file to an MP3. You may also need to convert your audio if you have used a digital audio recorder, phone, or other device to record your audio, as many such devices do not record in the MP3 format.

We recommend Sound Recorder for recording, because it comes pre-installed on Windows PCs, and iTunes for conversion, because it is a free download from at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.

Create an Audio File with Sound Recorder

  1. Ensure that you have a microphone plugged into your computer, or a built-in microphone.
  2. In your Start menu, select All Programs | Accessories | Sound Recorder. Sound recorder will start.
    Windows Sound Recorder
  3. When ready to record, click the Start Recording button.
  4. When finished, click the Stop Recording button, and save your audio file to your desktop. It will save as a Windows Media Audio File (.wma).
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Convert an Audio File with iTunes

If you do not have iTunes installed on your computer, you can download and install it for free at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/.

  1. Copy or move your audio file to your desktop.
  2. Open iTunes from your Start menu.
  3. In the Edit menu, select Preferences….
  4. On the General tab, select Import Settings….
    iTunes Preferences
  5. In the Import Settings window, select 'MP3 Encoder' in the Import Using drop-down menu, and 'Good Quality (128 kbps)' from the Setting drop-down menu. Click OK.
    iTunes Import Settings Window
  6. Click OK again to close the General Preferences window.
  7. Drag your audio file from your desktop into iTunes. iTunes will ask you to confirm that you wish to convert your file. Click Convert.
    iTunes Confirm Convert
  8. When the audio file is converted (it won't take long), it will appear in your 'Music' list. Right-click the file and select Show in Windows Explorer.
    iTunes Show in Windows Explorer
  9. Copy and paste the new audio file to your desktop.
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Submit Your Audio File

If you are creating or converting an audio file for an assignment, you can then submit it to your instructor. Please see the Assignments page in the Moodle Startup Kit for instructions.

 

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