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manipulate mp3 filesEvery so often I stumble across a piece of software that will eventually end up on every computer that I touch from there on. Such names would be Dropbox, Spotify, uTorrent, Skype, Steam, and so on. One of the lesser-known applications that belong in this same category for me is mp3DirectCut. While audio software like Audacity isn’t foreign to most of us, this little tool has some major advantages.

If you’ve ever wanted a fast and easy way to cut, split, or fade a portion of a song (in MP3) format, then mp3DirectCut is exactly what you need. It allows easy audio manipulation for those of us who could be considered laymen in the world of MP3 editing. In this post, I want to introduce you to the software and we’ll go over some of its features and usage.

mp3DirectCut

mp3DirectCut offers a wide range of features:

  • Simple copy and paste.
  • Manipulation of volume (changes, fades, normalization).
  • AAC support.
  • Batch processing and editing.
  • Pause support.
  • Track splitting.
  • A recorder that works much better than Windows’ integrated sound recorder.

There’s plenty more that you’ll be able to uncover through a little bit of usage, or you can check out the features on the official website.

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Upon launching the application, you’ll see a lot of different buttons that will allow you to select all, select certain parts, move a selection, cut to the left or right, loop play, pre-listen, and more.

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The best way to get acquainted with mp3DirectCut is to go ahead and load up an MP3 file and get to playing around a bit. Do so through the File menu. Once loaded, you can begin manipulating the file.

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Let’s say that I wanted to cut the first minute from this song and only save that as a clip. It’s very easy to do. You’re able to click and drag on the wavelength itself and select a portion of the clip. You’ll notice the selected area is highlighted in a cyan color. That’s a messy way of doing it though. If you want to select an exact length, you can simply edit the time by clicking and modifying the values.

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From here, you can make sure you’ve captured the exact portion of the clip you want by using many of the options in the Audio field, such as prelistening from the beginning of your selection.

If you’re satisfied with what you’ve selected, you can select Crop from the Edit menu. If you want to leave out the selection you’ve highlighted, you can select Remove selected elements.

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Assuming we’ve all cropped, we’ve now got our one-minute clip. Now we can even make the clip fade in if we want to. Select the beginning of the track, then go to Edit and Create simple fade.

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Doing so has created a fade on the first few seconds of the MP3. Listen to see if you like it. If not, you can always undo your changes.

You’re able to save both raw MP3 files and project files within mp3DirectCut. It’s a very easy-to-use tool but one that, with practice, can become extremely extensive and almost all-purpose. I really recommend that you give it a try, most especially if you’re a novice in this area. It runs on Windows and Linux (through Wine).

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  1. Joe Rosado
    July 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Quick and dirty ring tone maker.

  2. Wezley Duggan
    July 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    *downloading right now :)

  3. MAW74656
    July 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    So.... whats the bottom line? Should this replace my Audacity?

  4. sabih
    July 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I will take a look at this, looks great!

  5. Jamie VanRaalte
    July 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I like audacity but sometimes find it difficult to use. Will give this a try.

  6. Zak
    July 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    You forgot to mention its greatest advantage over other editng programs, which is that for simple operations like slicing and cropping, files are saved without reencoding which avoids second generation quality loss.

  7. Lieschen Müller
    July 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Indeed a very handy tool, and easy to use. I love it to quickly trim recordings of radio broadcasts, like removing commercials or, when using a timer, to crop those parts not the actual program

  8. Jean
    July 29, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Could not install it (message: could not create the directory).

    • Craig Snyder
      July 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Try running the installer under administrative privileges.

  9. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I have an audio file and want to remove noise from this audio file.

  10. Nehad Hussain
    July 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I still prefer Audacity but i might give this one a try

  11. Mike
    July 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Wonder how this differs from Audacity?

  12. Eric Wardowski
    July 29, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I love it! I'd used something like that years ago but this is going on my computer tonight. Very handy.

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