MPEG audio is one of the most widely used audio formats today, so there should be no surprises when there’s an app dedicated to editing audio based on this format alone. This program is called mp3DirectCut, and you know what? We like it. This free audio & recorder for Windows PC, lets you easily edit MPEG files.
You’ll notice that mp3DirectCut is just a tiny program due to its size. It is merely a little under 300KB, so with that known, some might believe there is not much to see here. Well, that’s genuinely not the case, and we’re going to explain why in a bit.
mp3DirectCut audio editor & recorder
After downloading this audio editor, we naturally moved to install it on our test computer. However, we came across an issue where the installer could not create a directory, so to fix this, we just had to change the installation path. We chose the Desktop, but it is possible to install it anywhere else.
Launching the program will bring to the forefront of the user interface. It’s no looker, but it is not difficult to understand, so that’s a plus right there.
To edit an MP3 file, click on File >Open and locate the audio you want to add. Once done, every icon that was previously greyed out will now be highlighted, and as such, this is where things become complicated. There are so many things to do here that we had to sit back and look at the user interface for a second before commencing our edit.
We are not experts at doing this sort of thing, but determination brought us through.
To play the added audio, look to the bottom-right for the play button alongside the stop and record buttons. Listen to your file to make sure it is the right one and find where you’d want to cut out or add your content.
To edit the audio, go to the audio box in the middle and use the mouse pointer to choose where to edit. After that, it is possible to remove the selected element or cut it to the clipboard. Users can even change the volume at certain times. It is all done without decompressing the MP3 file to the PCM format.
Doing so saves disk space and time. Furthermore, there’s no loss in the overall quality, which is always a good thing.
Overall, we found out that mp3DirectCut is designed for experts, and we’re none of that. However, doing basic editing is a breeze once all the necessary aspects of the user interface have been understood.
Download the mp3DirectCut file from the official website right here.
Does cutting audio files can result in a loss of quality?
It will depend on the software you use to cut the audio file. Most of the applications offer options where you can configure the output quality. Make sure to choose it to be the best, so the audio quality does not downgrade. However, there are still chances of a minor downgrade because it will pass through software compression. Hence it is suggested to use original audio so the loss can be on the lower side.