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How to Compress a WAV File?

How to compress WAV files? Well, you've landed on the right place if you're searching for how to compress WAV files. As WAV files are always larger in size so that it takes up more storage space than other commonly used formats do. If your target device does not have enough storage space, you will receive this "The storage almost full. Clean up or buy more spaces." alert. That alert is annoying, so before you save up the giant WAV files, think about some ways to compress WAV files into smaller sizes. In the following parts, you will know two handy methods to reduce big WAV sizes thus can get you out of Your storage's almost full trouble. Keep reading.

Time-strapped? Pick up the method you prefer to compress a WAV file.

Method 1: Convert WAV to OGG - Format Conversion to Compress WAV File Size

Before starting the format conversion, you need to take codec compatible and other factors into consideration, which requires serious analysis and complete comparison. You don't have to do it yourself as we have researched, and selected the recommended compatible format - OGG for you.

The Relationship Between WAV and OGG

WAV and OGG both are audio formats. WAV is the standard audio format used by Microsoft Windows while OGG is a free and open source audio container format. The main difference between WAV and OGG is that OGG is compressed while WAV isn't. OGG compression of digital audio varies in bit-rate.

The bit-rate is sound-data dependent, if an OGG file is completely silent then it may or may not have any size (0KB) at all (but is still playable), while similar silent WAV files will have some size in KBs or MBs. OGG is mostly used in online streaming, video games etc. while WAV is mostly found on Windows PCs. Converted OGG files have decent audio quality and the mere difference is mostly unnoticeable.

The Best WAV Audio Compressor - VideoProc [85% Users Recommended]

In order to get the compressing task done safely with peace and ease, the tool we are using is VideoProc. VideoProc is a powerful multimedia software which is the best all-in-one software for processing audio and video files. Audio/video conversion, editing, recording, and downloading, all must-have features are wrapped in this go-to editor. With its intuitive user interface, pro or not, you will find it customization which cater for your personal needs.

Highlight Some Leading Features of VideoProc on Audio Editing

• Batch Audio Processing: VideoProc can easily batch process WAV audio files. So, if you have many WAV audio files then import them at once to VideoProc for batch audio processing and conversion.

• Multi-Audio Format Support: VideoProc is not just limited to converting WAV to OGG only. But it can cross convert multi-audio formats like MP3 to WAV, FLAC to AAC etc. It supports almost every most commonly used audio format out there.

• Audio Settings Customization: A power user will always look to customize the audio settings before conversion to other format. VideoProc gives you freedom to customize audio settings like changing the Audio Quality, Bit Rate, Codec, Audio Meta-Data, and Cover Art.

• Merge Audio Files: Simply merge multiple audio files to make one single file.

Free download VideoProc now and have a go with it today!

A 5-Step Explicit Tutorial on How to Convert WAV to OGG with VideoProc

The following are based on the VideoProc download & installation, here we recommend you to free download it on your Windows or Mac now. If you have finished the D&I process, go on reading 5 steps to convert WAV to OGG in VideoProc.

Step 1: Launch VideoProc on your desktop.

Double-clicking the graphic product image and click the first Video icon on the splash screen.

Step 2: Click the +Music button on the editing interface.

A file selector window will pop up, then you can import your WAV audio file(s) to it. As VideoProc supports batch processing of both commonly used and uncommonly used audio files, you can throw all your uncompressed WAV files into it.

Step 3: Set the target output format.

Move to the bottom function bar, click Music tab, and pick up OGG under format collections.

Step 1-3 Pictorial

Step 4: Make your customization settings.

After you have set the target output format, now make your personal settings if necessary. Click the Codec Option button (the wheel-like image on the right side of loaded WAV file) to enter audio customization interface. Under Name&Tag tab, you'll be able to edit the file name, add meta info like artist, album, genre, lyrics etc. Also, you'll be able to add the song artwork to your WAV or other types of audio files.

Name&Tag Customization

Warm Note: If you're batch processing multiple WAV files and want to keep all audio files under the same settings, then click the blue Apply to All button. Click Done to save the edition and return to the last interface.

Step 5: Set output destination for converted WAV files.

After you have imported audio files, customized audio settings, now all you have to do is to export them to file folder(s) on your Windows or Mac. To enjoy a faster editing speed with its Level-3 Hardware Acceleration Technology, remember to trigger the Nividia/Intel/AMD checkbox and Use High Quality Engine checkbox under the preview window. Set the output folder for OGG files by clicking the Browse button right above the bottom Run button. Finally click the RUN button and wait several seconds for the conversion process to get finished. The output folder that has converted file(s) will automatically pop up after the conversion process.

Notice: Optionally tick Merge checkbox ONLY when you want to merge all WAV files into one single OGG file.

Output Settings

Method 2: Compress WAV File Size - Without Format Conversion

If you don't want to convert former WAV format to other compressed formats, you can try to compress its file size.

"The Audio Engineering Society recommends 48 kHz sampling rate for most applications but gives recognition to 44.1 kHz for Compact Disc (CD) and other consumer uses, 32 kHz for transmission-related applications." from Wiki.

In general words, the higher the sampling rate, the bigger storage space it will take up. So, if your sampling rate is higher than 44100 Hz, you can lower down it without audio fidelity loss. Continue reading to know how to compress WAV file size without format conversion.

This method is finished by VideoProc as well. Free download & install it now. As several steps operates the same with Method 1, so here I'm only explain the different step in the following. But don't worry, we have set the jump-to button for your convenience, so you can quickly return to the referred step in a jiffy.

    Step 1-3 and Sep 5 are the same with Method 1. Quick Jump to Method 1.

    Step 4: Compress the file size by setting Audio Codec Options.

    Click the Codec Option button (the wheel-like image on the right side of loaded WAV file) to enter audio customization interface. Under Format tab, do the following settings: lower Sample Rate to 32000 > reset Bit Rate to lower than 128 kpbs, eg. 112/96/80.

    Notice: the recommended data will not lose the audio fidelity only if you are with some special headphones, so edit with ease.

    Warm Note: If you're batch processing multiple WAV files and want to keep all audio files under the same settings, then click the blue Apply to All button. Click Done to save the edition and return to the last interface.

    Audio Codec Options

Final Words

Besides being the the best tool for WAV file compressing, other audio formats, namely, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, etc. are well-supported in VideoProc, too. This sought-after software is faster processing, highly intuitive, user friendly, and most importantly, it's 100% safe and clean. So, compress your favorite audio files with VideoProc to start a wonderful audio editing journey!


Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a self-motivated, creative copywriter with four years of marketing and advertising experience, specializing in video, audio, images, advertisements, news digital content etc. With a partiality for travelling and shooting, Nicole also loves video post-production and is keen on sharing her video processing tips and latest masterpieces to social media.

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