Every 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Let me know what you think of mp3DirectCut in our comments section. If you’re looking for a great playlist player, the same team who put together mp3DirectCut has one by the name of 1by1. Check it out!