Having some problems with some NeXT/Sun .snd files…..

Nov 26, 2011 at 7:49am

Having some problems with some NeXT/Sun .snd files…..

Last night I was recording some music – the wav’s I recorded were fine to play back. However the a couple of things (my favourites of course) were recorded as .snd / NeXT/Sun files by accident. They are the correct size for the length of time recorded but I cannot open them with any program including sfplay, buffer, wavelab – Ive tried everything. With buffer I get the “could not parse ….. err -1 message” – but Im pretty sure the files are encoded ok – its just getting them to open…..
Anyone have an idea what the problem is ?

Nov 26, 2011 at 5:02pm

Have you tried soundhack:



Nov 26, 2011 at 6:17pm

soundhack would certainly do the trick, or try sox if you’re comfortable with command-line stuff:


Most editors (like Amadeus) should read the .snd files and then you can save them as .wav or .aif. If the header is truly mangled you can probably read it as a ‘raw’ soundfile and fill in the appropriate info. You may have to edit out a noise spike at the beginning in that case from the existing header.



Nov 27, 2011 at 5:23am

Thanks you two – soundhack did it !! That’s made my day (=;


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