Freeware for digitally creating and editing mp3s
Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000
Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is freeware that lets you edit your MP3 files.
Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is a program that you can use at no charge as much and for as long as you like. There are no restrictions, and it’s a great tool to have in your toolset if you have many MP3 files and like to design playlists, create sound bites and merge audio into large, bundled files.
The program lets your splice or cut both MP3 and WAV files. You can also join two or many other such files together, and you can convert MP3 into WAV and vice versa. Free MP3 Cutter and Editor also includes an entire suite of editing tools many of which are generally only found in paid apps. You can adjust base volume up or down, convert stereo to mono and apply fade ins and outs as well as other filters and effects.
Free MP3 Cutter and Editor also has a very effective user interface. It’s a bit simplistic and perhaps a tad outdated, but it gets the job done and is well-organized. It’s quite accessible to the new user but doesn’t make advanced functionality difficult to access. The UI also has full drag-and-drop support as well as file manager that integrates with Windows.
When you edit a song or a podcast, the program gives you a visual representation of that file. You can specify start and end times or use visual sliders. All of the edits you can perform occur quite fast even on older machines, and if something does take longer than a blink of an eye, that program provides an accurate time remaining counter as well as visual representation of that.
The only potential issue with Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is that it can’t extract audio. If you have audio embedded with other media formats in a container, this program can’t edit that data directly. You’ll have to use another program to extract the audio first and then process it through this one.
The Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is a simple program that allows users to modify existing audio files. It works with MP3 and WAV file formats and runs under Windows. Although the capabilities of the editor are limited, it is still a good choice for anyone who needs a way to quickly trim or change audio files.
Very Simple To Use
The Free MP3 Cutter and Editor is very simple to use. The entire program has just one window as an interface. There are no submenus or popup boxes. Each of the buttons on the interface will do exactly the task it is intended to do. Loading MP3s is very easy and immediately brings up the waveform for the audio file. Even people who have never used an audio editing package before will understand how to perform basic tasks in the application.
Accurate Selection Tools
The application includes flexible and simple selection options. Just clicking and dragging across the waveform selects a segment of the audio, making selection fast and accurate. Additionally, users have the option of using the mark start and mark end buttons to make a selection while the clip is being played. This makes it easier to identify exact portions of the audio file that need to be edited.
No Extra Filters or Features
One of the drawbacks is that the editing portion of the application is lacking in anything beyond the simplest features. The program can fade in or fade out a selection. It can also increase or lower the volume of the MP3. There are no other options to adjust the audio. Anyone who is used to being able to remove noise or normalize selections must use another program. The program also does not include any options that allow for pasting in a clip from a separate file.
Automatic Editing Actions
Nearly all of the editing features in the Free MP3 Cutter and Editor are applied automatically either to the entire MP3 or to the current selection. Selecting a part of the waveform and clicking fade out will automatically apply the effect. The program can also automatically convert an entire MP3 from mono to stereo by duplicating the existing track. The reverse can also be done so stereo MP3s could be used with mono devices or in applications.
One problem is that the application sometimes has issues with the quality of the end product. The algorithms and code used to cut away portions of the clip or fade in the volume are very rough. This can lead to sharp or noticeably stepped results.
A Tutorial Is Available
Although the program is easy to use, some people might still require help learning the application. Fortunately, there is a very robust and informative tutorial available. The tutorial walks through how to edit an MP3 file from start to finish. It also goes over each of the commands available through the interface.