SoundCloud to ZOOM R8 file conversion

Very quick post here but it took me a while to figure out so I thought I’d share.

So, when downloading a file from SoundCloud it’s in the MP4 format – or at least the one I wanted was. But, the ZOOM R8 needs WAV files with a sample rate of 44.1Khz and format of 16kb.

If you’re smart enough to be running Linux ( 😉 ) it’s really easy to do this conversion. All you’ll need to install – if you haven’t got it already – is “mplayer”.

I was able to install from the “rpmfusion-free-updates” repository:

# yum install mplayer

Then you simply run the following on the input file (mine is the one named “20141102-234158.mp4”) and choose a name for your output file (in my case it’s “josh.wav”)

$ mplayer -srate 44100 -af format=s16le -ao pcm 20141102-234158.mp4 -ao pcm:file="josh.wav"

Then you can simply copy the file across to your ZOOM R8 – either by connecting directly to your computer or by taking the memory card out and plugging that into your computer. Either way you put the converted file in your loops folder and then use the ‘track’ button to get to the menu where you import the loop.

Hope this helps 🙂

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