[Athen] Seeking recommendations for M4A converter

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Mon Apr 20 12:30:55 PDT 2020

This Obi looks very good, sending this to the whole list, because this really is a great tool I knew nothing about before. Students can use this to turn their long recordings of online classes in to daisy books, much easier to work with. I have never gotten my students as fired up about using Daisy as I am, but there's always hope. And for me, turning a recording of a webinar in to a Daisy book looks fairly easy.

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I would suggest you check out Obi from the DAISY Consortium

This audio editing tool has a lot of options, including what you are after. It is the most powerful human narration audio editing tool out there; super-efficient. It does a lot more than you are asking for, but you do not need to use all the features. I would bet it speeds up your audio editing tremendously.

It is free, open source, and the developer is blind. It runs on Windows only. If you need some assistance, I can connect you to one of our trainers.



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Subject: [Athen] Seeking recommendations for M4A converter

Now that we have so many webinars/courses in zoom, I'm seeking a simple converter for Windows that will create .wav files from .M4A. The editor I prefer to use likes wav files or Mp3, but if you convert to mp3 you reduce the audio quality just a bit, so I'd prefer to convert to wav, edit it and then convert to Mp3.

When I record lectures, my main tool for note-taking is to edit the recording about 75% so I have only a short audio file to retain.

This is also useful when I'm working on a recording someone else made.


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