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How to Convert WAV to MP3 on a Mac/ Windows Machine

WAV or WAVE, short for Waveform Audio File Format, is a digital music format for recording and editing on PCs without compromising the quality of the original files. This is great if you pursue maximum possible audio quality. But for the typical users, this may be a real annoying thing because files ended with .wav extension are often in large sizes and require plenty of hard drive space. So if you got a large collection of uncompressed WAV files on your computer and tend to convert into a lossy format for shrinking size or easily playback, a considerable solution is to turn them into MP3, which is considered probably the most famous space-saving algorithm and widely-used format on portable handheld devices.

If you are a newbie, converting from WAV to MP3 file for Mac may be a hurdle you haven't faced before. While there are countless converting tools on the web, Video Converter for Mac is the go-to application for users who prefer a streamlined solution.

It offers many more possibilities than its simple descriptive name implies. Not only can it handle an array of compressed and uncompressed audio format like WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, APE, MP3, AAC, AC3, etc, but it can do a conversion between a wide range of video files including MKV, WMV, MOV, MP4, MTS, M4V, etc, and extract sound track from video clips to save as audio format you want. In addition, with an incredibly concise layout and intuitive conversion options, it lets you access to its in-built editor quickly to enhance output quality, for instance, you are allowed to add new effects, trim the length, crop the frame, put watermark, merge multiple files, and more.

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In this tutorial, we're going to use Video Converter for Mac to show you how to convert .wav files to MP3s in a Mac. If you're a PC user and want to get this job done, you may try Video Converter for Windows as an alternative. Let's started.

Step 1: Add WAV Music Files to the Program Window

Once it’s installed, open up the software and choose your source music file. A click of Add File button on the top bar will lead you to a window that promotes you to select your WAV music file(s) from local hard drive. Or, just drag and drop the WAV audio files you want to convert directly to the center area of main interface.

This WAV to MP3 converter supports for batch conversion, so you can add multiple files and convert them simultaneously to improve conversion efficiency.

Merge into one file option is available for you to join several files segment into a single file when needed. You can find it on the lower right corner of the interface.

Step 2: Select MP3 from "Profile" as Output Format

Go towards the bottom the interface and click Profile drop-down menu to designate the output sound format as you need. In this example, we pick MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3) as the resulting format under General Audio category.

If you would like to customize your own set of soundtrack quality, you can click Settings icon near Profile, then adjust the encoding parameters you want, like encoder, sampling rate, bit rate and channels. You can leave them alone since the default values are good enough.

For better matching your output music (or movie files) to your handy media devices, this application even provides a sequence of different devices presets in the list, as you can see in the image below.

All you need is select that device model, the application will then set itself up accordingly.

Next, turn back to the main interface and hit Browse button (beneath Settings) under Destination, choose the folder the new MP3 file will be saved to, and enter a name for it.

Step 3: Start converting WAV to MP3 audio files on your Mac

When you're satisfied with the selections you've configured, this final step is to press Convert icon to start doing WAV conversion to MP3 track on Mac computer.

You should see a new pop-up window with progress bars displaying the conversion progress. The time varies, depending on the size of your source uncompressed WAV songs, your computer hardware, and quality settings.

After the converting process is finished, go to the destination directory you previously set to retrieve your newly-minted MP3s.

Now, you can listen to the MP3 song on your Mac desktop media players, sync to iTunes Library or transfer to any MP3-friendly gadgets for playback on the go.

See Also: An Easy Way to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone without Using iTunes.

That's it! Happy WAV to MP3 Mac conversion.