Edit Mp3 without encoding them

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 8, 2007
Updated • May 1, 2014
Music, Music and Video

I sometimes want to cut mp3 audio files into separate parts, mainly because the single file is that large that it does not fit on my mp3 player. This may also be useful to create mp3 ringtones who only use the first 30 seconds of a song anyway. It does work the other way round as well.

It is possible to combine several mp3 files as well which I like to do with audiobooks as I prefer one large file instead of many smaller files, mostly because it makes recognition easier.

A software that is able to do all of this and much more is Mp3 Direct Cut. It can also alter the volume of the mp3 file for instance.

What I like about MP3 Direct Cut is the ease of use. Cutting mp3 files for instance can be done with a few clicks only and all other options and functions are available that easily as well. New files are saved in an instance because the files do not need to be re-encoded.

mp3 direct cut

The program has the following features:

  • Non-destructive cut, copy, paste
  • Volume change, fade, normalize
  • mp3 recording with ACM or Lame encoder
  • Fast MPEG visualisation and easy navigation
  • Layer 2 support (dvd/dvb audio)
  • AAC support
  • Batch processing
  • Cue Sheet support
  • Pause detection
  • Auto cue (track dividing by time values)
  • Track splitting with filename and tag creation
  • Trim · Crop · Fast play · Loop play
  • ID3v1.1 tag editor · ID3v2 tag keeping
  • VU meter · bitrate visualisation
  • High speed recorder · Command line usage
  • Unicode support

A lot has been changed since our initial review in 2007. The program has AAC support now for instance or unicode support which it did not have back then.

The core functionality on the other hand has remained the same. You can still use it to cut mp3 files directly and without the need for re-encoding them in the process.

Load a file into the application to start. You can play it right away if you like, or a specific part of it which can be useful to preview it.

Use the mouse to highlight part of the file and use the playback controls to play it.  Use the action buttons to cut the mp3 and save it afterwards again to your system.

The special menu at the top lists several additional processing options such as auto-detection of pauses or the checking of re-syncs.

The interface displays a lot of buttons. Move the mouse cursor over a button to display a popup explaining what it does.


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  1. Brows said on December 8, 2007 at 12:40 am

    Even easier way is to use
    it lets you edit and save any part of a song you want as your ringtone online.

  2. Iain Cheyne said on November 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    If you are not scared of the command line, then you might find mp3splt quicker.

  3. Roman ShaRP said on November 9, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Good program indeed.

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