How To Create A Compressed Wav Sound File

Step 1:  Getting Started

  • Download and install the free WavPad audio editing software.
    • Do not select any additional addons to install
  • You must have sound card or motherboard with a built in sound card that has a mic in jack
    • Configure your sound card to make sure the mic in is enabled and turned on
  • Connect a microphone to your mic in jack

Step 2: Record your sound file

  • Start WavPad
  • Get your microphone ready and press the red record button
  • You will see a New File screen.
    • Sample Rate 96000
    • Mono
  • When the Record Contrl screen appears, begin recording
  • Press the square black stop button to end recording.
  • You can preview your recording by sliding the blue scroll button all the way to your left, then press the green play arrow.
  • With the scroll bar all the way to the left you can re-record over you recording until you are satisfied with the results.
  • Once you are satisfied, close the record control window.
  • You will see your untitled sound file.
  • You can play it be pressing the green play arrow.

Step 3: Clean up your sound file

  • Trim (or cut) off all dead space at the beginning and ending of the recording.
  • Press Save As
  • The Save Audio File As screen will be displayed.
  • The file name should be in all lower case and all spaces removed and saved as a .wav file. It is preferable to name the sound file the same name as the word(s) you are recording. That way you do not have to attach the sound file to a flashcard. It will automatically look for it in your member's uploaded directory.
  • The Select Wave File Format box will appear.
  • Select Lame MP3 for the format and 24 kBit/s, 16000 Hz, Mono, 2kb/sec for attributes. Don't worry about the Name field. Press OK to save the file.
  • Close the file.wav window and continue recording the next word.