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WAV Compression – How to Compress WAV File Without Quality Loss

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Updated on Nov 10, 2021

How to make WAV files smaller? This article shows you two useful and flexible methods to compress WAV files with high audio quality. You can choose to either shrink WAV files without changing the original format or convert WAV files to compressed formats to reduce WAV files size. To perform this compression task easily, install this WAV compression software here and follow the steps below:

Why Do We Need to Compress WAV Files?

WAV is an audio file format that contains uncompressed raw sound, and that’s why WAV files are usually large in size. And there are some cases where we need to compress a WAV file. For instance, WAV files always take up much space so it's inconvenient to save and play WAV files on mobile devices with small storage space. What's more, most email services such as Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook have attachment size limits. So there’s the need to compress a WAV file for email if the WAV file you upload exceeds the maximum limit. Of course, you may also have other reasons to compress WAV files in your daily life.  Just follow this article to get two effective ways to make WAV files smaller easily.

Method 1. Shrink WAV Files by Converting WAV to a Compressed Format

As mentioned earlier, WAV is an uncompressed lossless format. You can hence convert WAV to a compressed lossless format like FLAC to reduce the size of WAV files. Since both the formats are lossless, you will be compressing WAV files without losing quality. The compression rate won’t be too high, though. Generally, you can get your WAV files compressed at up to 60%. Yet, if you want to make your WAV files even smaller, you can try compressing WAV files to MP3, a lossy compressed format. In this way, you can achieve a 75% to 95% reduction in size.


To do this kind of WAV conversion handily, this powerful WAVE file compressor – WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is recommended for you. It is a professional converter program, and it excels as an audio converter & compressor that can help you compress WAV effortlessly. It also supports processing multiple files simultaneously, meaning that you can batch compress more than one WAV file at the same time. The compressing process is simple. Just free downloadfree download this WAV file size reducer and follow the directions below to compress WAV files readily.

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Compress WAV Files by Converting to Compressed Formats

WAV file compression in three steps

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Step 1. WAV Compressor – Import Source File(s)

Run the software and go to the Converter. Click on "Add Files" to import the WAV file(s). You can also drag and drop the source file(s) into this program directly.

Step 2. WAV Compressor – Choose Output Format

Click the format image on the right and choose the desired format under the "Audio" tab. I want to compress WAV to MP3 so I select the "MP3" profile. You can freely choose other profiles if you have different needs.

Step 3. WAV Compressor – Start Process

Click the triangle button at the bottom beside the folder icon to specify the output path. At last, click on "Run" to start compressing your WAV file(s) at once.

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Method 2. Compress WAVE Files without Format Conversion

The audio size has much to do with the bitrate. And if you can lower the WAV audio bitrate, you can make the WAV file smaller. This approach will help you keep the same audio format but change only the bitrate. But you should be aware that lower bitrate also leads to lower quality. Therefore, you need to balance the quality and file size compression rate. But frankly, it's hard to tell the difference between 128 kbps and higher bitrate unless you have a HI-FI headphone or player that enables you to sense that. So, it’s alright to decrease bitrate to compress WAV files and you can still get compressed WAV files with decent quality (only that you don’t get the bitrate too low, like under 96 kbps)


This WAV compression can get handily completed with the audio converter used in Method 1. Free downloadFree download this converter and learn how to make a WAV file smaller below.

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Compress WAV Files by Modifying the Bitrate

How to make a WAV file smaller easily

Before start, please free downloadfree download the WAV file compressor and install it on your PC for preparation.

Step 1. Add WAV Files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter. Next, add WAV files into this program by clicking on the "Add Files" button or directly dragging and dropping.

Step 2. Choose WAV as Output Format

Click the format image on the right and choose "WAV" under the "Audio" tab.

Step 3. Change WAV Bitrate

Open the "Parameter settings" Windows and go to the "Audio Settings". Then choose a lower bitrate. Usually, you can change the bitrate from 160 kbps to 128 kbps to compress WAV files. You can also change the sample rate, boost volume, normalize audio in here.

Step 4. Start WAV Compression

Click the "Run" button to start the WAV compression process.

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