Whether you're watching lyric videos, podcast snippets, or karaoke videos you’ve probably seen a waveform. Waveforms, or audiograms, are simple graphs of audio files showing its frequency and amplitude over time. The taller the waveform, the louder the sound at that frequency.

Regardless if you’ve seen them or not, waveforms (or sound waves) add a professional and eye-catching touch to any video with sound.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a sound wave from a song in five easy steps:

  1. Upload Your Audio to the Waveform Generator
  2. Edit Sound Wave
  3. (Optional) Remove Video from Audio/Song
  4. (Optional) Make a Sound Wave From Your Audio
  5. Download and Share Your Sound Wave

Step 1: Upload Your Audio to the Waveform Generator

To get started, visit Kapwing’s Waveform Generator in your browser. You can use Kapwing on any iPhone, Android, PC, or tablet and export videos up to seven minutes long for free. From here, click Get Started, then upload your audio file or paste an audio or video URL to automatically generate a Waveform in the Kapwing Studio.

A screenshot showing the Waveform Generator in Kapwing
Kapwing's Waveform Generator

Step 2: Edit Sound Wave

Once the sound wave/waveform has been generated, it can then be customized in terms of style, fill colors, speed, and volume.

A screenshot showing the different customizations for a waveform in Kapwing

If needed, you can change the background of your sound wave. Click any blank space outside of the canvas, locate Background Color on the right side of the Studio, then choose from Kapwing's default color options or type in a hex code. You can also change your project's Export Quality.  

A screenshot showing a sample of an edited soundwave in the Kapwing Studio
A sample of an edited sound wave
A screenshot showing the different ways to customize your canvas in the Kapwing Studio

If you want to replace the blank background with an image, GIF, or video, you can do this by simply clicking on Media, Video, or Images on the right side of the studio, selecting or uploading your desired form of media, and then adding your media to the project.

A screenshot showing how to add an image, GIF, or video to a project in the Kapwing Studio

Make sure to adjust your media to the length of your audio and then right-click on your media and choose Send Backward or Send to Back to make the media your sound wave's new background.

A screenshot showing how to send an element backward in the Kapwing Studio

Step 3: (Optional): Remove Video from Your Audio/Song

If you need to isolate audio from a video to make edits, right-click on your video on the timeline and click Detach Audio (or press the Ctrl+Shift+A keys on your keyboard). The audio and video will now be separated from each other on the timeline.

A screenshot showing how to Detach Audio in the Kapwing Studio

To remove your video from your project entirely, right-click on your video and select Delete. Your screen should now display a white canvas/background the size of your now deleted video with its audio still present in the timeline.

Step 4: (Optional) Make a Sound Wave From Your Audio

To manually make a sound wave from your audio, click Elements on the right side of the Kapwing studio, scroll down to the Waveform section, and then click Add a Waveform.

A screenshot showing how to access the Add a Waveform option in the Kapwing Studio

If you started from a blank canvas, you can press Click to Upload Audio, drag and drop your audio file to the dotted rectangle, or paste a url from a website like YouTube, TikTok, or Twitch.

A screenshot showing the upload options for audio in the Kapwing Studio

If you already uploaded your desired audio or recently removed the video from your desired song/audio, the isolated audio file will automatically appear under Select a File.

A screenshot showing where isolated audio will appear in the Kapwing Studio

Once the audio has been uploaded or selected, an animated sound wave/waveform will then be automatically generated onto your blank canvas.

A screenshot showing a basic waveform generated in the Kapwing Studio

Step 5: Download and Share Your Sound Wave!

Once you're satisfied with your new sound wave, you can can download it by either immediately clicking on the green Export Video button located on the top right of your workspace or clicking the drop down arrow directly to its right to export it as a specific file format.

A screenshot showing how to export a project in the Kapwing Studio

After rendering, you can share your video using the provided links or you can download the file to publish it directly to any desired platform. If you would like to make any changes, you can easily go back into your workspace and make any edits as needed.

A screenshot showing how to download and share a project from the Kapwing Studio

If you have any feedback about Kapwing or the Kapwing Studio feel free to let us know! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page, subscribe to our YouTube channel, or read through some articles related to audio: