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(multimedia, file format, filename extension)
(waveform) /wav/, /dot wav/ A sound format developed by Microsoft and used extensively in Microsoft Windows. Conversion tools are available to allow most other operating systems to play .wav files.

.wav files are also used as the sound source in wavetable synthesis, e.g. in E-mu's SoundFont. In addition, .wav files are also supported by some MIDI sequencers as add-on audio. That is, pre-recorded .wav files are played back by control commands written in the sequence script.



(WAVe) The native digital audio format in Windows. Using the .WAV file extension, 8- or 16-bit samples can be taken at rates of 11,025 Hz, 22,050 Hz and 44,100 Hz. The highest quality (16-bit at 44,100 Hz) is the sampling rate of an audio CD and uses 88KB of storage per second. Windows employs WAV files for general system sounds, and new WAV files can be placed in the Windows Media folder (\WINDOWS\MEDIA or \WINNT\MEDIA) and assigned in the Sounds control panel.

The WAV format is widely used as the audio medium for professional recording and editing. For creating music CDs, WAV files are converted to the CD-DA audio format, and both WAV and CD-DA files take up a similar amount of storage space. See CD-DA.

Mostly Uncompressed PCM
The default content of a WAV file is uncompressed, pulse code modulated (PCM) digital samples derived from the analog source. However, WAV files can also be used to store compressed formats, including MP3, ADPCM, GSM, G.723.1 and others. A header in the file indicates the content type. See sampling and PCM.
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Silence, ring-back, busy tones or any Custom Tones from the PCM wave file / wave streams
Prior to this process can begin, the audio from the AVI video file extracted from a DVD needs to be stored as a wave file using Microsoft's wave file tag header.
E-mail notification of incoming messaging via the SMTP protocol gives users the option to receive wave file attachments for voice messages and TIF attachments for fax messages.
If you don't know the location of the sound wave file, click on Browse.
A typical NOAA warning might start with an audio wave file that wakes up the smart phone and warns of the specific danger.
Voice messages are forwarded to a user's PC as WAVE file attachments, where they can be played back.
Please allow 24 hours for the upload and compression editing of the wave file.
You can record your performances of Beamz songs right into the computer and save the music as a wave file (*.
Additionally, the system provides a host of advanced features including the ability to receive Email notifications or messages with the voicemail attached as a wave file.
You can record your original songs right into the computer and save the music as a wave file (*.
The recipient can then choose to dictate a reply in their own voice which will be returned via email to the original sender as a wave file.
To meet the testing and performance assessment needs of the Telecom/Network Equipment Manufacturers and VoIP Providers, IxVoice now integrates quality of voice scores per wave file, making it possible to pinpoint when the voice quality of a call degrades below expected levels.