I have an iRiver E100 that is capable of recording audio from its built-in microphone, external microphone and line-in. Most of the time I make recordings with its built-in one which is mono, though the format it's recording is a Stereo WMA, 192kbps and it's a waste of disk capacity, since both audio tracks contain the same material. There is no option adjusting the channels for recording.
I'm looking for a (command line if there's one) tool that can extract one channel from a WMA file and save to another. For instance my 192kbps WMAs consist two 96kbps WMA audio streams, one for each channel (2). I'd like to extract one of these channels to a new file, that'd be Mono and 96 kbps.
I'm pretty sure that audio channels are stored somehow separately. For example, I have a recording, speech-of-my-friend-in-the-school.wma that is 11 682 672 in bytes and 8:04 long (484 seconds). At 192kbps a 484 seconds long audio clip would be (192000*484)/8 = 11 616 000 bytes which is almost the same as the real size (maybe there are more frames than exactly 484 seconds and the real bitrate doesn't end with 000, there's a header, that's why the real size is bigger), so I don't think it spares disk space by summing/differencing audio tracks, because in this case the size should be around half as big as a conventional 192kbps clip.
I have WinAmp and audio editing softwares, but I would not like to convert my clips. I could downmix them and convert them using ffmpeg/lame/etc. but this will result in the loss of quality. The only option for me is copying one channel and saving it as a mono-channel WMA.
Tried using AsfBin, but couldn't figure out how to separate a stereo audio tracks into two mono channels without re-encoding. Tried: asfbin -i <inputfile> -o <outputfile> -nostream 2 , but it handles the audio part as one stream.
Also tried with ffmpeg -i <inputfile> -ab 96k -ac 1 -acodec copy <outputfile>, no success, it generates an output file arund the same size and bitrate as the input.
Thanks in advance