- There are plenty of audio formats with MP3 and WAV being some of the most popular ones.
- Playing audio files is easy, you simply import the files in your media player and you hit the Play button. But sometimes, audio files might get corrupted.
- Adobe Audition is an excellent tool you can use to automatically repair corrupted WAV files. Read the guide below to see what other methods you can use to fix WAV files.
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A WAV file, also known as a WaveForm audio file, is a standard audio format that is found mainly on Windows computers.
Such files are uncompressed, though they support compression, and when uncompressed, they’re larger than the major audio formats such as MP3. In this way, WAV files aren’t always used as the preferred audio format especially when sharing music files or when buying music online.
Files get corrupted for several reasons like an unexpected computer shutdown or software error. For WAV files, there are ways to repair and/or fix corrupt ones using audio-editing software programs that play, manage, edit and fix them.
Here are some solutions you can use to fix a corrupt WAV file.
How to fix corrupted wav files
1. Determine if the file is damaged
To do this:
- Find the corrupt WAV file
- Right-click and select Properties
- Select the Details tab
- Check for the information of the file from the Details pane. If there’s no info, the file is corrupted
- Open an audio-editing software (the one you use)
- Open the corrupt WAV file to repair as a RAW file
- Save the file in the WAV format
- Close the audio-editing software and try to play the file to ensure repair and conversion was finished.
2. Use Adobe Audition to repair the file
If you don’t have the time to manually fix corrupted WAV files, you can use Adobe Audition to automatically repair and restore audio.
The tool offers a series of troubleshooting options that will help you to fix corrupted audio files, reduce noise, add or remove audio effects, and more.
Select the Diagnostics option to detect and repair issues.
3. Use VLC
VLC can be used to fix a broken audio orWAV file. To do this:
- Get VLC and download it then install it
- Once installed, right click your WAV file – the corrupt one – and select open with VLC media player
- If VLC is able to fix the corrupt WAV file, you’ll be able to play it back from the main screen.
- Check Playback
- Click Media menu
- Select convert/save
- In the file table, click Add
- Select your broken WAV file from there
- Click Convert/Save at the bottom of the screen
- You’ll see the convert screen – click Browse
- Find the folder to save your repaired WAV file to
- Type in the file name and extension, for example convertedfile.wav
- Go to settings and select Audio CD
- Click Start
- A progress bar will move in VLC. Once complete, the audio file will show under the name you selected in the folder
- Once VLC converts the wav file, it will reconstruct the header information and make the file playable on other programs
Were you able to repair the corrupted wav file using any of these solutions? Let us know in the comments section below.
FAQ: Learn more about WAV files
- What are WAV files used for?
WAV files are uncompressed lossless audio files used to store audio data and audio properties such as bit rate and sample rate.
- How do I check the properties of a WAV file?
To check the properties of a WAV file, right-click on the respective file to open the context menu and then select Properties.
- What are the advantages of WAV files?
WAV files have a series of advantages compared to other audio formats: they’re lossless meaning there is no audio quality loss in the recording, they’re high fidelity and easy to convert into other formats.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2018 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.