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Can't Open wma files in Wavepad or Switch


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I'm using the versions of Wavepad (1.10) and Switch (1.03) I downloaded on 14 December. I also downloaded and installed the component for wmawav, although this hasn't been asked for.

 

I have recorded stereo wma files using an Olympus DM10 digital voice recorder. They are admittedly rough recordings of live acoustic music, which I'd like to edit and then convert to mp3. These files are saved on my hard drive, not on CD. The files open and play with no problem in Windows Media Player 9, and they are not DRM - the license tab under properties is blank. I also have no problem burning them to CD as cda files. I have also uploaded one to an audio-file friendly site (geocities) and it downloads and plays with no problem too. But I'd rather not use up CDs in a roundabout and redundant process in order to edit and convert with Wavepad and/or Switch.

 

When I try to open the wma files in Wavepad (not load) the 'processing' window briefly shows up, but then disappears and there's no audio file to work on. I have checked the settings for my audio card.

 

When I use Switch, I get two error messages about the file does not exist or is corrupt or is protected by DRM, or the format is not supported. The settings are also for my audio card. The files appear to be okay as I can play and burn them in other software (Roxio, WMP, Realplayer) otherwise with no problem, and they are not licensed as DRM.

 

Any suggestions for a songwriter trying to get some of his music edited to clips and uploaded?

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Before I got your reply about Switch 1.04, just by chance I had updated DirectX when I got an Microsoft reminder about critical updates etc. Sometimes ol' Bill and co may just earn a cent or two of their gazillions. Then surprise, even though I'd unchecked Wavepad for wma files, when I downloaded one off the net it opened up automatically in Wavepad. The first processing window that appears has something about decoding with DirectX. That, I think, is at the root of the problem here.

 

Now being able to do mostly what I want. Still could use a more direct and controllable way to re-record these edited files back to wma files, working just on the hard drive.

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