How to Convert PCM to MP3, WAV, AAC, FLAC, DTS, AC3, WMA, etc?

A Full Guide to Let You Convert All Kinds of PCM to Play PCM Audio without Any Limitation

Aug 6, 2015, Posted by Shirley White

About PCM Format

Pulse-code modulation (PCM), is a RAW and simplest format for storing uncompressed audio in raw form. It is the standard form of digital audio in computers, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray, as well as digital telephone systems. PCM stream is a series of samples. Each sample represent a value taken from the audio amplitude at a specific interval, called sample rate. PCM data usually store in WAV, AIFF, AU file container, or pure PCM data with .pcm extension.

The biggest drawback of PCM audio format is that it is incompatible with most players such as Windows Media Player, iTunes, QuickTime, MP3 Player and so on and portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, BlackBerry, Xbox, PS, Zoom, etc, or edit PCM audio in iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc. The second drawback of PCM is it takes too much space compared to compressed formats such as MP3, AAC.

Here are the high demands that people want to convert PCM audio.

  • I have some .pcm files and I want to convert them to high quality .mp3 format. How can I do that? I've tried searching online but haven't found any programs that can do this.
  • I have an application for iPad. This application records the voice of the microphone. The audio formats of the item must be PCM. How to Convert PCM to WAV?
  • I'm using a virtual recorder to record voices and it records in the .pcm file format. Now wondering how to convert these PCM to AAC?
  • How can I convert PCM audio tracks to FLAC? Is there an easy way to do this? I can't get PCM tracks to play on my Base player.

To meet all these needs and solve can't play PCM audio widely issue, the efficient method is turning to Faasoft PCM Converter to convert PCM audio to more popular audio formats.


Faasoft PCM Converter has both Mac and Windows version, with which, you can easily convert PCM to MP3 to play PCM in iTunes, iPhone, iPad, QuickTiem, Android, etc, convert PCM to WAV to play PCM in Windows Media Player, Xbox, PS, etc, convert PCM to FLAC, convert PCM to AAC, convert PCM to AC3, convert PCM to DTS, AIFF, CAF, AU, MP2, OGG, M4A, WMA, etc. Once the conversion is done, it becomes true to play PCM audio anywhere without limitation.

Not only that, this PCM Converter allows you to convert PCM audio in batch mode so that you can convert like tons of PCM audios at a time. That means a lot of time will be saved and a large number of operating procedures omitted.

Furthermore, Faasoft PCM Converter performs as a powerful PCM Editor too. In this case, you can not only convert PCM audio but also optimize PCM as your wishes. Better still, it supports converting almost all audio files for you.

Convert PCM Files

There are only three steps to convert PCM audio to other formats. Before the conversion, first download and install this great PCM Converter. Once launch it, follow the guide below to convert PCM audio. Here we would like to take convert PCM to MP3 as example.

Step 1 Add PCM audio
There are two methods to import PCM audio: 1> drag and drop PCM to the program main interface; 2> click "File" menu to choose "Add File (s)..." or directly click "Add File" button to open PCM from your computer.

Step 2 Set MP3 as output format
Click "Profile" drop-down button to pick "MP3 MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)" from "General Audio" category, once your PCM audio is loaded.

Step 3 Convert PCM to MP3
Click "Browse..." button to set the "Destination" of the output format. And then hit the big "Convert" button on the bottom right corner of this program. Wait for the converter to finish the rest of the job and once done, it'll store your converted files in your destination folder.

Play PCM Files

Apart from converting PCM to other audio formats, there are also another two ways to play PCM audio on your computer.

Method 1: Faasoft PCM Converter enables you listen PCM audio on both Mac and Windows.

Method 2: Foobar, a well known free ware audio player, is compatible with PCM. Unfortunately, it only has Windows version.