Why cant i hear it play on another format

im using a 64bit windows and i have the Audacity software on my computer. Everthing seems to work fine, but when im saving my project i go to Export selection and it saves your work in wherever disired folder in Wav Format but when i open it in Microsoft Media Player or whichever i hear nothing on them at all. i open the Properties and it will say it has whatever MB size file. So i figure somethings there but i cant get to it or rather cant get it to play other than Audacity program. Could someone help me PLEASE!!! I’m new to this. (.exe installer loaded)

Do you have something selected? I don’t know what will happen to Audacity if you select nothing and then tell it to Export Selection. What happens if you just Export and pick a name for the file.

Also, what happens if you open up the new file in Audacity? Do you get a flat blue line?


Please don’t post the same question in different topics. We’ll get to your first question as soon as we can. :wink:

See http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_playback.html#usb .


I tried highlighting the whole recorded section and tried to save it and the tutorial pops up and says it is better to export the file because audacity program alone can play this selection if saved in it, so in the file part I select " Export Selection" and create a folder in my desktop for it to go to. After that I open up the properties and it says it’s a Wav file. But no success in playing in any audio program. I just want to hear it so I can convert it to whatever I choose.

Try this and see if it works:

  1. Open Audacity
  2. Generate menu > Tone (this should generate a 30 second pure sine tone at 440 Hz)
  3. Press the Play button - you should hear the tone play “beeeeep”
  4. Press the Stop button
  5. File menu > Export

In the File Name box, enter the word mytestwave
In the file navigation pane, select the Desktop
In the file type option, select “WAV (Microsoft) signed 16 bit PCM”

  1. Press the “Save” button.
  2. If the “Edit Metadata” window pops up, click the “OK” button.
  3. If a message pops up saying that your project has been mixed down to a file, click tge “OK” button.

There should now be a file on your Desktop called mytestwave.wav. Does it play in Microsoft Media Player?

Please follow these steps exactly and let us know exactly what happens.

Also look if the time counter in Windows Media Player goes round when you try to play the file. If it does, the file is valid, so either you exported silence or you don’t have the Windows default playback device set correctly or you have the volume turned down.

When you have done Steve’s steps, if you cannot hear the WAV in Media Player, drag the WAV back into Audacity and tell us if you can see and hear the blue waves of the tone.