Is it possible to get multitracks from 5.1 surround file? I got .wav file with music and i wonder if i can get multitracks, when i open file in VLC music plays normally, but when i open it in Audacity it’s static sound If it’s not possible in Audacity then how can i open surround music to get multitracks?

Depending on the format (AAC, DTS, etc.?) you’ll probably need to download the optional [u]FFmpeg import-Export Library[/u]

I had ffmpeg and Lame libaries before and i still couldn’t open that file properly.

Please tell us what version of Audacity you are using (see the pink panel at the top of the page).
LAME is only for exporting MP3.

Audacity on Windows uses a fairly old version of FFmpeg that may not support the format you are opening.

If you want a more complete answer, download “MediaInfo” from Get the version without installer, because the installer may have malware or adware. Show us the MediaInfo text output for the file that has a problem.


Is it possible to get multitracks from 5.1 surround file? I got .wav file with music

If that was a “normal” uncompressed WAV file, Audacity could open it…

What do you know about the file? Is there a chance it’s one of those oddball DTS WAV files? Can you play the file on your computer?* …I don’t know how to decode/decompress a DTS WAV file, but you could research it, or maybe someone else here knows how. It might be as simple as changing the file extension from WAV to DTS…

***** By putting a WAV header on a 44.1kHz DTS file you can trick your CD burning software into thinking you’re making a regular audio CD. (The WAV header doesn’t get burned onto the audio CD, but the burning application needs to see it.) Your CD player then gets tricked into thinking it’s playing a regular audio CD and you’ll hear pure noise from the analog outputs. But if your CD player (or DVD or Blu-ray player) has a digital output, hopefully your home theater receiver will recognize, decode, and play, the DTS stream.

The problem is… This file with the normal-WAV header will also trick Audacity and other software so the DTS never gets decoded.

FFmpeg 2.2.2 recommended for current Audacity 2.1.2 can import DTS with a RIFF WAVE header. You have to tell Audacity to use FFmpeg to import that file. Due to a bug, the most reliable way to tell Audacity to do that is to create an Extended Import rule.

Renaming the file to .DTS extension does make FFmpeg import the file automatically without setting a rule. Renaming could confuse other players, though.