How to Change 32-Bit to 16 for WAV Files

By Miles Jarvis

32-bit WAV files might have high sound quality, but some audio editing and music player programs are not able to open WAV files with high bit rates. If you have 32-bit WAV files, you might find yourself unable to use them in the same ways you can use 16-bit WAV files. There are several programs that can convert 32-bit WAV files to 16-bit files. Cool Edit Pro 2.0, Abyssmedia Audio Convertor Plus 4.1.0.0 and Audacity are some of the programs that you can use to convert WAV files.

Cool Edit Pro 2.0

Step 1

Open Cool Edit Pro 2.0.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu and select "Open Waveform..." Browse through your computer's folders to find the 32-bit WAV file you want to convert. Select the WAV file and click "Open."

Step 3

Click the "File" menu and select "Save Mixdown As..."

Step 4

Name your file under "File Name."

Step 5

Change the file type to "ACM Waveform (*.wav)" in the "Save as type" drop-down menu. Click "Options" and change the attributes to "44.100 kHz, 16 Bit, Stereo." Click "OK."

Step 6

Click "Save" to convert your 32-Bit WAV file to 16-Bit WAV file.

Abyssmedia Audio Convertor Plus 4.1.0.0

Step 1

Open Abyssmedia Audio Convertor Plus 4.1.0.0. Click the "File" menu and select "Add Files..."

Step 2

Browse through your computer's folders to find the WAV file you want to convert. Select the file and press "Open."

Step 3

Click the "Encoder options" icon and change "Bits Per Sample" to "16 bit integer." Change "sample rate" to "44100." Click "OK."

Step 4

Click "Browse" to choose the output folder where your file will save.

Step 5

Click the "Convert" icon to convert your 32-bit WAV to 16-bit WAV.

Audacity

Step 1

Open Audacity. Click "File," then "Open."

Step 2

Browse through your computer's folders to find the WAV file you want to convert. Select the file and press "Open."

Step 3

Click "File," then "Export..."

Step 4

Choose a file location and name the file. In the "Save as type" drop-down menu, choose "WAV (Microsoft) signed 16 bit PCM." Click "Save."

Step 5

Click "OK" in the "Edit Metadata" dialog box that opens.