File Extension

WAV File Format

Waveform sound (Microsoft Windows)

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WAV is a file extension for an audio file format created by Microsoft. The WAV file has become a standard PC audio file format for everything from system and game sounds to CD-quality audio.

Also referred to as  pulse code modulation (PCM) or waveform audio, a WAV file is uncompressed audio. A Wave file also stores information about the file's number of tracks, sample rate, bit depth, and whether it's mono or stereo.

 

MIME type: audio/wav, audio/x-wav, audio/wave, audio/x-pn-wav

 

Learn more about .WAV files:

See questions and answers about audio at ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Wikipedia has an entry about wave files.

This was last updated in July 2010
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