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Wikimedia accepts and encourages uploading audio files on Commons. Audio files, like images, must be freely licensed. The preferred audio format is Ogg.

FLAC is supported for applications where lossless compression is required, for example projects where a file has to be edited multiple times.

Converting audio[edit]

Audacity's user interface
How to create subtitles.

To convert your audio to one of the allowed formats, you can use most video converters, they can also handle audio without video or extract audio from video. The command line tool ffmpeg is available for various operating systems and internally used by many tools with a graphical user interface. Online transcodings without registration is possible with among others. On Linux check out OggConvert.

Creating and editing audio[edit]

When recording sounds or spoken samples with your own equipment please take care of the following aspects. Make sure to eliminate all background noises. Though, it is possible to remove unwanted noise from the audio stream afterwards, it is better to minimize your editing work. Furthermore it is advised to use a high quality microphone. Built in hardware microphones, especially those from laptops, are considered to produce low quality recordings which include clipping, noise and therefore a low SNR.

Audacity is not only able to record audio, but also offers a multi platform editing tool for an unlimited number of audio streams.

Subtitles and closed captioning[edit]

Main article: Commons:Timed Text

Requesting audio files[edit]

Main article: Commons:Audio and video requests

Specific sound files may be requested at Commons:Audio and video requests. Please search Commons to see if a similar audio file exists before making the request.