mp3DirectCut is a small utility but still provides extensive audio editing capabilities for compressed mp3 files.It also provides recording capabilities through its built in recorder and thereby lets you creates mp3 songs on the fly from any of your audio input.
To use this free mp3 cutter, download and install mp3DirectCut from here
Features of mp3DirectCut
The following are the features of mp3DirectCut.
- Non-destructive cut,copy and paste
- Volume change, fade, normalize, pause detection
- mp3 recording with ACM or Lame encoder
- Fast mp3 visualization and easy navigation
- Supports Layer 2 (dvd/dvb audio)
- ID3v1.1 tag editor and ID3v2 tag keeping
- Support for Cue Sheet
- Auto cue (track dividing by time values)
- Track splitting with file name and tag creation
- Support for Trim, Crop, Fast play, and Loop play
- VU meter, bit-rate visualization
- High speed recorder. Supports Command line usage
How to configure mp3DirectCut
mp3DirectCut doesn’t need to be configured as it automatically detects the default settings.Though mp3DirectCut automatically detects the default settings, advanced users have the ability to configure the decoder, output device and the amount of frames.
mp3DirectCut needs an MP3 decoder to be able to playback the audio files. This can be either a system installed MP3 ACM Codec or the mpglib.dll and this need to be in the program folder or in Windows folder. Switch to your preferred decoder in the Devices settings (Settings => Configure => Devices). In the Output device section you can select a Wave device and adjust the amount of frames being decoded to each play buffer between ‘fast’ (1 frame) and ‘reliable’ (8 frames). On slower machines set a higher value. For a fast response of the graphics select a lower value. The default is 4.
mp3DirectCut is available in different languages. The program language can be adjusted in the Operation Tab (Settings => Configure => Operation). In the list, select your language if present. The language files must be in a sub directory “Languages” of the mp3DirectCut folder.
How to cut mp3
Set up the mp3 selection to cut:
Use File => Open to browse and open the mp3 file located on your PC. Like most other mp3 cutters, editing in mp3DirectCut can be done by making a selection. A selection can be an audio range or only a single position point (dotted line). Ranges can be used to cut, copy or paste. A point selection is for creating cues or points of volume change.
You can use the buttons “set Begin” and Set end” to set the beginning and the end of the mp3 selection.
You can also point/drag a selection by using the left and the right mouse button. This could be configured in Settings => Configure => Operation => Mouse selection method.
- If you choose the first Method, Left button sets the beginning of the selection (by clicking or dragging), the right button sets the end.
- Under the second method Left button makes a new selection and enlarges it. The right button moves beginning or end (depending on which is nearer).
To make a large selection, you should at first point to one end of the selection and then jump to where the other end should be and set it there. It is not possible to drag a long selection by moving the mouse.
You can also enter the beginning, end or length of the selection in terms of seconds.
To set the start of the mp3 portion to cut, drag the the left pointer in the audio graph, or press “Set begin” or B to set the selection beginning to the yellow play position.
To set the end of the mp3 portion to cut, click/drag with the right pointer in the graph, or press “Set end” or N. To pre-listen the cut, press “[=>I…I=>]”. You can adjust the selection with the right mouse button or the keys 1-4. To cut the selection press “Cut” button or Del (on your keyboard). Use normal play to control the Cut. To save the cut mp3 portion, choose File => Save all audio from the program menu.
Extract mp3 without cutting it:
To set the start of the mp3 portion to extract, drag the selection start with the left mouse button in the audio graph, or press “Set begin” or B to set the selection beginning to the yellow play position.
To set the end of the mp3 portion to extract, click/drag with the right mouse button in the graph, or press “Set end” or N. To pre-listen the range use the buttons [I=>..] and [..=>I] or the keys F6 and F7. Adjust the selection with the right mouse button or the keys 1-4. Save the selected range: File – Save selection.
Split mp3 into multiple files:
At a wanted split position add a point selection: only click (not drag) with the left mouse button into the audio graph. To create the split point press [Cut] or Del. All split points must have a dotted line! Adjust a split point by dragging the gray grip with the right mouse button. To jump to a split point press [>I] or [I<].
How to record and create mp3?
For recording an MP3 directly, you need either an ACM Codec with encoding capability or the Lame Encoder DLL. It is important to choose a base file name. Your recordings will be saved under this name. Note that there will be no query for overwriting existing files! If you select ‘Add date & time’ each recorded file will have a date and time stamp in its file name.
To initialize recording, press “Rec“. Then you can see the audio input level on the VU meter. After pressing “Play” the file starts being written. With selected ‘Append data’ in the recording settings an existing file will not be deleted and you can make multiple recordings to one file. But take care not to use different bit-rates or sample rates in one file. On appending in VBR mode you will only see the time of the current recording in round brackets.
While recording, you can set up to 40 cues by pressing “Set begin“. The number and position of the last cue is shown in the range field.
The value of ‘Buffer’ shows how much data is waiting to be encoded by the codec. If it grows, the codec is not fast enough to encode MP3 in real time. The unencoded buffer portion should not be over 10% for more than some seconds. On modern systems it should be always 0%.
If you launch mp3DirectCut with ‘/rec‘ in the command line, it will start the recording immediately with the encoding settings of your last session. You can use this option for automated recordings. See more under Command line options.
Enjoy mp3directCut, the ultimate mp3 splitter.