Converting a phone AMR sound file to MP3 or WAV file.

March 30, 2016

We got this interesting message on the answering machine yesterday. It's from spammers so I wanted to get that file on the computer in order to share it. Unfortunately sound files have their own file type from the android phone. I don't know what others are, but this is what I have. The file type is AMR. You may be able to listen to it on there and the computer since I tested this out, but they will need to be converted if you want to use it on say, the web. The other problem I just found is that you can't use just audio on youtube and facebook. So you will need to make a video of something and then add the sound to it. So it's a bit of a process which is what I'll cover on this post on how to get this working.

I decided to stick with the sound program called Audacity. It has a lot of controls and you can do a lot of sound stuff on it. I am no sound anything and just use this for my basic needs. I like it because it is open source. If you have never done any music editing, just the interface will look scary, but since I only use it for basic things, it works fine. You just need to be willing to try it and not try to learn the whole thing because well you won't. It has a lot in there that I don't have a clue as to what some of these things are. But it works great for my basic needs and it has been around for a long time. There are many other mp3 to converters and things like that, but nowadays, you just don't know what the heck is what or what program you can trust. So without anything else, here are the steps to get the program working in Windows 10 Pro which is what I'm using today.

1. Download and install audacity for the correct version for your system. http://www.audacityteam.org/
2. Download and install LAME and FFMpeg. You can also go into audacity, edit, preferences, libraries and hit the shortcut from within the program and it will take you to the link too. http://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl
 A note on the above. I had downloaded lame and installed it and it still wasn't working until I realized I had to download the FFMpeg and install that too. I thought it was the same file. But once both were installed I was able to import the AMR sound file I had into the program and then export it as an mp3 file or wave. I just open the file and didn't do anything other than chose export. You can edit the file, but that's now what I needed. I told you just the basic stuff and it works fine once you get it working.

 This is what audacity looks like.


These are your file export options once you get that ffmpeg installed. The file won't even import if you don't have this installed.


Here is the same sound amr file I started with. You can see that the mp3 is a bit smaller than the wav file but both will work. The ogg file is the Firefox looking one.

Here's another page I found on creating that video for your sound file. That is not my page so give them credit for this.
http://scalablesocialmedia.com/2012/06/how-to-upload-an-audio-file-to-youtube/

I found the quickest way for me to share the file was to uploaded it to the cloud and share it from there. This allowed me to skip the video making process. I can't post that to youtube but that's fine.

The other time I needed to make a sound file was to use in my car radio. I needed two files in order to tune the amp to my speakers. That's a whole other process, but works great if you have a nice matched pair and it's less likely for you to ruin your nice speaker set.

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