Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC


It's sometimes useful to be able to edit an audio MP3 file on your PC. For example, you might want to remove the applause from the end of a downloaded track, or cut out the preamble from the start. Or maybe you want to increase the volume, or standardize the volume so that there are no sections which are inaudibly quiet.

The "Audacity" program is synonymous with free audio editors for Windows. Trouble is, I've never really liked it much. It's large, very complicated, and full of amazing features which, frankly, you'll never use. Unless you're a professional audio person, being able to cut, copy and paste audio, and adjust the volume settings, is probably all you'll need.

Acoustica MP3 editing windowAcoustica is a commercial audio editing program for Windows. The standard edition costs a very reasonable $40 or so. Even better news, however, is that there's also a completely free version available too. And if you really only want the basic functions I mentioned above, plus a handful of others for good measure, it'll do you just nicely.

The program is only a 5 MB download, and is way more simple to use than Audacity. You'll find the download at http://acondigital.com/downloads/ and you'll need to follow the link to the Basic edition. The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and should work on Windows Vista and above.

I don't edit audio files very often. But when I do, I'll be using Acoustica from now on.

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I like OcenAudio, which is easy to use yet has a lot of toys and tools. I use it on Linux Mint.

Hmm..how much memory are you seeing it using ?
I just installed 32 and 64 bit versions, one at a time, on Win7 64 and noticed when started, doing nothing, both use between 50,000 and 60,000 K, is this normal?
@Thanks, other than that it looks real nice..I play.

Well, it uses 48 MB on Linux Mint 64 bit. If I open up a 45 minute, 495 MB wav file, it takes 331 MB and goes to anywhere instantly.

Agreed. I've never found anything quicker or easier than OcenAudio for simple cuts and splits. No recoding or quality loss and it's cross-platform.

Maybe I'm zonked this morning but I don't see on OcenAudio's web site anything about no recoding.

Maybe he means no loss in recording or quality.

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Nice find, Rob. But poor download directions. There is no "Basic" listed on that page -- it's hidden under the Acoustica 6 heading, but who would ever know that? The only free thing visible on that page is for something else altogether.
Better to link it to the page for that software, where the Basic version is in plain sight at the top right of the window: http://acondigital.com/products/acoustica-audio-editor.

mp3DirectCut... http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

Your method will cause a drop in sound quality due to transcoding. MP3 Direct Cut allows editing, fade-outs and so on with no re-coding so no quality loss and it's much faster.

Not quite sure how this works. Is it only for creating new MP3 files? As for compressed vs. ?, I've been using WMP to copy CDs and save in MP3 format (or sometimes WAV). The result is, I believe, an uncompressed MP3. Can I use mp3 Direct Cut to work with these files?

There is no such thing as an uncompressed mp3.

Yes, it didn't make sense when I read "mp3DirectCut is a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3" Why would they even use the term "compressed mp3?" I guess it has something to do with not being native English speakers. I'll just have to download and try it. Audacity is kind of intimidating.

Agreed; excellent call.

mp3DirectCut is simple, fast, straightforward, low-resource, non-destructive and stable (it is also updated every year or so, and continues to be ad free). For the functions it performs, it's been my go-to application for many years.

A drop in sound quality is something you a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y want to avoid.
I'm also very pleased with mp3DirectCut and I think it's the better alternative to choose.

That goes for audio splitters and joiners too---NEVER use programs like this one that transcode.

I prefer Wavosaur. It's already mentioned in this article http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-audio-editing-software.htm#Wavosaur It is portable and stealth, and the 64-bit version weighs in at 3.18MB (the 32-bit version is even smaller). You'd be amazed at what this tiny program can do.