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Old 11th May 2006
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How To Play 24bit WAV Files in Windows Media Player

You probably had problems with playing 24bit WAV files in WMP and this is a simple solution written by Chris P. [MVP]:

First, grab the filter here

Installation and Removal instruction:
Quote:
You will need to copy the AudioTypeConvert.ax file somewhere onto your system and manually register the filter using regsvr32. E.g. if you copy it to C:\Windows\System32 you would use: Start -> Run and then type the following:
regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\AudioTypeConvert.ax

To uninstall type:
regsvr32 /U c:\windows\system32\AudioTypeConvert.ax
Hope it helps!

Last edited by weedmaker; 11th May 2006 at 11:44 PM..
Old 15th May 2006
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thanks so much for posting this!
I have been looking for this solution for a long time, although not actively because im lazy.

now I can play 24bit and 48khz files without opening a sequencer/editor - Excellent
Old 15th May 2006 | Show parent
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Winamp plays 24 bit files right out of the box.
Old 15th May 2006 | Show parent
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Yeh but I dont like winamp :P

does winamp play .mov or .rm files ? (without installing realplayer or quicktime)
Old 15th May 2006 | Show parent
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winamp AND foobar are both phenomenal.
Old 15th May 2006 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Haydn
Yeh but I dont like winamp :P

does winamp play .mov or .rm files ? (without installing realplayer or quicktime)
For Real media files I use RealAlternative which seems to by and large work great, seems to have a small, unleaky footprint -- and DOES NOT SPY ON YOU (unlike some Real media players from... well... the 'real deal.')


I'd heard good things about Quicktime Alternative -- but IT requires you to uninstall Apple Quicktime and I -- extremely unfortunately -- need Quicktime Pro to deal with the output of my cam.

I was AMAZED to find I couldn't play "Mp4" files in the version of QT Pro I paid $30 bucks for a year or a little more ago -- esp. since Apple was hyping it (v 6.5) as the 'pathway' to Mp4.

But I kept hitting the Update utility and would go check and come back and tell me I was up to date and had all the codecs.

THEN I realized there was a NEW version of QT out (7) and you need IT to play Mp4s.

But to upgrade from 6.5 to 7 would cost me FULL PRICE (!!!). And you can't install the free/nagware limited QT player WITHOUT uninstalling QT Pro.

[NOW, of course, I find out that all versions of Quicktime on both Mac and Windows has a serious security flaw (similar to the ones fixed in WMP and WinAmp a year or more ago) so I really have to watch out for QT media! And -- of course -- QT is so intrustive that it keeps trying to 'grab' media file associations -- I finally had to go into the damn registry and pull out the crap it keeps putting in. IT IS TRULY GARBAGEWARE.]


So I was DELIGHTED to find that VLC media player plays mp4 and other "QT" media really well and has far more playback controls than the crappy QT Pro. (Which, unfortunately, I still need.) Happily, VLC does NOT force you to remove old QT players.
Old 24th March 2010 | Show parent
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still works

cool still works on fully updated XP
Old 17th September 2011
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Windows Media player 24bit fix

Thank you very much for that Windows Media player fix .. I record using cubase at 24bit .. and it was a drag to keep switching editors just to play a file .... much appreciated

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Old 5th January 2012
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Quote:
Originally Posted by weedmaker ➑️
You probably had problems with playing 24bit WAV files in WMP and this is a simple solution written by Chris P. [MVP]:

First, grab the filter here

Installation and Removal instruction:


Hope it helps!
Why are you using Windows Media Player? Pretty out of date and unreliable.
Old 5th January 2012
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Is this fix limited to 24 bit? Or will it aloow 32 or 64 bit audio files?
Old 6th January 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by alndln ➑️
is this fix limited to 24 bit? Or will it aloow 32 or 64 bit auduio files?
this fix is from 2006.
Old 21st May 2012
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VLC media player has been my most trusted media player for all codecs. it's a beast. VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

from the website: "Simple, fast and powerful media player. Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3... Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix... Completely Free, 0 spyware, 0 ads and no user tracking. Can do Media Convertion and Streaming. "

-how do you like that...completely FREE.
Old 21st May 2012
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My media player does this just fine? Perhaps because this is from 2006?
Old 22nd May 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wholebrain ➑️
VLC media player has been my most trusted media player for all codecs. it's a beast. VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

from the website: "Simple, fast and powerful media player. Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams. Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3... Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix... Completely Free, 0 spyware, 0 ads and no user tracking. Can do Media Convertion and Streaming. "

-how do you like that...completely FREE.
Oh, this looks cool. I'm going to have to give it a try. Thanks!
Old 22nd May 2012
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I'm a tad confused,my WMP,plays my Sonar X1 32bit exports,or 24/48 files,all the time,without converting anything.
Old 22nd May 2012
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^ Yep like I said above..No problem. I always export 24/48 and then convert to 16/44 with R8brain. I then listen to them side by side in media player..
Old 15th September 2012
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Yep still working on XP SP3 - Very cool. Cheersheh
Old 16th September 2012
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Quote:
Originally Posted by weedmaker ➑️
You probably had problems with playing 24bit WAV files in WMP
Not really, unless you use an OS older than Win 7.
Old 16th September 2012
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and what about AIF files, can you play them with wmp ?? and if so, how ??

the last time i went to a friend's studio, i wanted to check some files i had with me, but they didn't work... i think he had Win7...
Old 16th September 2012 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by divine source ➑️
and what about AIF files, can you play them with wmp ?? and if so, how ??

the last time i went to a friend's studio, i wanted to check some files i had with me, but they didn't work... i think he had Win7...
Yes, WMP reads AIF files too. Maybe your friend had Vista or XP.

How to Open .aif files - AIFF Format Sound File Extension Information
Old 5th December 2014
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Thank u so much for your knowledge. I could play back 32bit .wav with the internal soundcard, but not with the external. It was fixed by your tip within a minute.
Old 9th October 2016
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Can somebody still provide me with the AudioTypeConvert.ax file? That would be awesome! The original link from the first post is down and I can't find it anywhere on the net.
Old 9th October 2016
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Windows Media Player also will not play .flac
Old 9th October 2016
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As this thread was started 10 years ago, here are some observations I made a few minutes ago on Win10 Pro with Media Player ver 12.0.14393.206.

In late 2016, Media Player flawlessly opens and plays 24bit, 32bit, 32bit float wav, and 24bit FLAC. I did a fast test with 64bit files and couldn't open those, but the others are fine.
Old 9th October 2016
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Well I'm still on Windows XP (for compatibility reasons).

But I just found another solution by installing a codec named ffdshow, which solved the problem. I can now play 24 bit files too
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