How to split a single flac file into multiple tracks

by Ross McKillop on March 2, 2009

Windows

This tutorial will guide you through the steps required to split a single large .flac file into multiple tracks/songs.

  1. If you’ve downloaded an album in .flac format, and it’s one big file, you can split it into multiple tracks (songs) via the .cue file that should be included in the download. There are a number of reasons for wanting to do this, the most common is to create individual MP3s of each track, rather than one long MP3 of the entire album. Once you’re done splitting the .flac file, you can use this tutorial to convert them to MP3s.
  2. To get started, download and install Medieval Cue Splitter. The installation is very straight forward – you’ll click “Next” a few times and then you’re done. Launch it by double-clicking its Desktop icon, or from its entry in your Start menu.

    If .cue files are already associated with a program on your PC, you’ll be prompted with a message asking if you’d like to associate all .cue files with Medieval Cue Splitter. Click Yes or No based on your needs.

  3. And now Medieval Cue Splitter will launch.

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  5. From the top navigation window, select File and then Open CUE file… from the drop-down list.
  6. Navigate to your .cue file, select it, and click the Open button.

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  8. Medieval Cue Splitter will populate all the fields with the appropriate information. When you’re ready to split the large .flac file into individual tracks, click the Split button in the bottom right corner of the window.

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  10. When prompted for a location to save the .flac files, select the location of your choice. I opted to save them in the same folder as the original large flac and its .cue file. Click OK
  11. And now Medieval Cue Splitter will do its thing. The time it takes to split the file depends on the speed of your PC, but generally it’s a fast process. The green ‘status indicator’ in the bottom right corner of the window will display the progress.

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  13. Once completed, a small pop-up window will appear. Click OK.
  14. And now you’ll have each track on the album as an individual .flac file. The original .flac file will remain as well – it’s not deleted.

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  • http://www.blazintech.net/ jewel

    Great. Very Informative. I’ll try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.google.com Albano

    really great tools that did great job to split big flac(s), thank you very much for sharing.
    lossless the best!

  • kislosh

    Medieval Cue Splitter sux.
    no CRC, incorrect track lengths, stay away with lossless files.

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    kislosh -

    I’ve only had great experiences with Medieval Cue Splitter. It has worked perfectly for me each and every time, perfect track lengths and absolutely no instability or issues in general. Can you suggest an alternative (free or open source) tool for Windows that does the same thing?

  • kislosh

    try decoding medieval’s output
    by incorrect track lengths i meant output not a multiple of 588 samples (i.e. causes sector boundary errors)
    new .cue it makes is a joke, open it in text editor

    Alternatives:
    EAC has a image splitting tool, but only works with wavs and therefore loses tags.
    Foobar2000 splits with converter, but doesn’t make new .cue.
    CUETools splits, converts, makes new .cue, compares with AccurateRip database and fixes offsets.

  • Mick

    Medieval splitter worked perfect for me.

    I had a CD box set with all discs ripped into the one flac file.

    I downloaded medieval splitter, installed and it done what this website said it would do.

    Fast as hell – ripped a full CD and spilt it under less than a minute!

    Very useful tool.

    Thanks.

  • kislosh

    why should i bother??
    n00bs are n00bs, let ‘em destroy their music.

  • John

    Wrong (missing) advice about gaps.
    They should be added an inverted (appended to previous track).

  • QueenVinyl

    kislosh, there’s no need to get so upset over it. Nobody’s “destroying” anything. It’s really not a big deal if a few frames are placed at the beginning of one file instead of the end of the previous. Anybody who claims to be able to hear the difference is blowing hot air. Play 3 frames of any audio sample in your favorite DAW, it’s nothing more than an audible click. You need a much larger sample to make any sense out of it. And anyway, what you should be complaining about is .wma files. if you compare a .wav rip and a lossless .wma rip of the same song, you’ll notice the .wma is ~16 frames longer, making it a much more serious offender.

  • YO

    gracias exelente aporte!!!

    pero en el punto 6 es a la IZQUIERDA y NO a la derecha jajaja

    de todas formas gracias

  • kislosh

    3 samples you won’t hear, not even an audible click. But you will notice 585 (588 – 3) samples of digital silence put there by the burner to fill up a sector on a CD, specially if the album is was gapless.

    And there is also an issue of lossless archival, for which Medieval is not appropriate software (as is wmal, which nobody uses anyway).

  • Sam

    “why should i bother??
    n00bs are n00bs, let ‘em destroy their music.”

    You said it man

  • Morten

    CUEtools works beautifully, thank you kislosh

  • Unknown

    thx alot thank u so much ur simply superb !!!! woohoo !!! it works wondefully and simply magic !!!!!

  • Rahxephon

    Thank you very much! :)

  • Tom Milligan

    I did everything as explained in the instructions above. The cue list appeared and I clicked on ‘Split’ and was informed that the split was successful. However, when I went to the designated folder (the same as the source) I found nothing there except another copy of the cue file. Could anyone suggest what might be happening here? I’ve tried it several times with the same result.

  • Jimmy

    Yay hooray for mideval cue splitter!!

  • CUAHUTLI

    Man: You´re a genius !!! Thank you so very much for this great software. It is as great as FLAC !!! Long live Medieval software and FLAC !!! Thanks and have a great year of prosperity and good luck in your business !!!

  • audio beginner

    Great info !!!
    works perfectly
    thanks a lot mate

  • inifonita

    great – thanks !

  • Rafael

    REALLY THANKS!!! (sorry for caps, but lowercaps will not show my gratitude)

  • Bill Berer

    Is this for MAC?

  • meow

    thank you
    this really helped me a lot!

  • Joe

    thanks a million ! That solved a lot of problems ! :D cheers

  • El bato Simon

    Well. I first tryied CUETools and couldn’t find the way to split my big flac. Spend only 15 minutes figuring it out and was unable to find the right procedures. Installed Medieval CUE Splitter and work fine for me. Generated .cue file for the split files did not work with my VLC Player had to load directly the splitted flac files. Split files did had correct Information according to VLC Player. Does any body knows if Medieval CUE Splitter has a Portable version?

    kislosh or any one, would you please share with me the proper procedure to split a flac using CUETools. I like them because they are portable and look to me that they have more functionalities than Medieval CUE Splitter. Even that it came with an error about disk not in database.

    I like and use Medieval CUE Splitter any way, I may continue to use it any way.

  • El bato Simón

    Hello every one. I would like to update:

    1. I did was able work with CUE Tools. I was using as an Action “encode if verified” and changed to “default” and I was able to split using CUE Tools.
    2. Medieval CUE Splitter worked for me very well I was not able to notice errors in my split files.
    3. I can carry both on my memory stick and run them on any computer.
    4. Medieval CUE Splitter looses the “File mask” you create, so you would have to re-build them on every computer you work. That really is not a very good, because that means you are leaving garbage on the registry of the computer you are working on.
    5. CUE Tools works very well too.
    6. You would need .NET on the computer you work on for it to operate.
    7. CUE Tools, leaves some information on the computer you work on, like window setting when last used, so I think it leave info on the registry too.

    I would like to thank every one on this post for a so helpful hints, I was able to split my flac files. I just started to work with this type of audio file, I hope we would start finding audio devices that would support this file format, very nice audio.

  • instinct23

    I just used Mediaeval CUE Splitter for the first time and I liked it. It did the job perfectly and there was no need to change any settings after the initial installation. I just selected the cue file of the flac album I have and pointed in which folder to put the individual tracks. In less than a minute the task was done.

    The file names of the tracks consist of the track number, artist name and track title. Tags are also completely filled with the correct information.

    Mediaeval CUE Splitter is a good application and I am going to use it when needed for my music collection. Thanks for the useful guide about it.

  • Mostafa

    thanxxxx that helped so much .. Medieval CUE Splitter is really a great tool
    thanx again for sharing

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  • Amr

    Thanks =)

  • Paul

    Hi, i’ve got no .cue file (i erased it… dmn) Any idea??

  • Navin Seeruttun

    Worked for me. Thanks a million times !

  • Bryan McKennaughton

    Fantastic,downloaded a long searched for album only to discover that it was in one big FLAC file.I found this download and it worked perfectly so many thanks to the brains behind this!

  • Robert Genoa

    Ross,
    Thanks so much. I’m a newbie who just started downloading some of my old albums (flac’s) and suddenly hit a snag. Six or so opened up just fine with 7-zip (I’m a miser). But “Gaucho” by Steely Dan, an MFSL CD, left me with one big .flac file. I thought I did something wrong. I couldn’t figure it out and didn’t quite know how to word a question via Google. Your tutorial was the first one I found. I never knew I would have use for those .cue files. I was wrong.
    As always, I researched Medieval Cue Splitter and found a lot of great reviews. It’s not a monster editor, but .cue files it does very well. The progam was easy to download, its layout simple, and I must say your instructions were even simpler. I had my doubts, it can’t be that easy, plus I had no idea what .cue files were or what they did. I still don’t. I can’t say how much I’m going to use this program, but I know what it does superbly and quickly, split .cue files. Your tutorial made my day. Thanks again Ross.

  • pfk2

    It seems that the grumbling grand-dads are right on this one – Medieval Cue Splitter doesn’t split FLAC files correctly:
    http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=57563&view=findpost&p=683198

  • Ricardo

    Awesome!

  • JVI

    Great tutorial, Ross! BTW: the Split button is in the bottom LEFT corner of the window.

  • Plidian

    Sadly when I hit the split button it says it’s split but it doesn’t actually do the split.
    Do you know if there’s a bit rate limitation, my source FLAC was extracted from a blu-ray DVD concert so it’s sampled at 48kHz with an insane bitrate.

  • maxxx

    that’s GR8 man, you solve my problem after a days.
    thank you so much

  • midisurf

    Drag cuesheet into foobar2000, right click convert, done.

  • Ronan

    thanks for the share. couldn’t figure this out for days!

  • http://www.safrandeco.com alainv07@sympatico.ca

    Any idea how to split a single FLAC file into multiple tracks for Mac OSX?

  • skK

    @alainv07@sympatico.ca

    on mac os x, use xLD or xACT

  • owl

    merci

  • navanski

    Use a .CUE file to split a large .FLAC file that was the task. So why does this tutorial even mention MP3 files?

  • Kalevi

    Great! Works perfectly! Greetings from Finland!

  • nglt

    This is very useful indeed. NICE!!!

  • Brenda

    Thank you!!!!

  • Music Fan

    Very helpful! Thank you for the advice.

  • MSN

    By Ross McKillop – March 2, 2009
    and here I am – 12/21/2011 find this article very informative .. thank you :)

  • Rikki7

    Thanks so much for this easy to follow tutorial!

  • wanderingstar66

    Perfect! Thanks

  • Antonio Carlos V.Braga

    Wonderful! Worked perfectly. Thank you very much!

  • asterias

    super!!! thanks

  • Faran

    Thanks a lot!

  • Josh

    Awesome! I’ve been needing something to do this for a while! Thanks guys.

  • Diego

    Thanks!!!! This is the best method I have found!!! I really appreciate it =D

  • samiam

    It’s easy once you know how! :-)

  • Yogurtu

    Awesome! Fantastic job, guys!

  • Hector

    It’s fantastic! Works absolutely well! Just split my first flac. Thanks mate!

  • spudpants

    You sir (madame?) are awesome! Thank you for the guide.

  • ShaneMcEntee

    Thanks.

  • kamanza

    Brilliant

  • Tri Setio

    thanks alot my bro

  • Paul_Werner

    Just found this, thanks. Needed it for all my Dr. John tracks

  • http://www.simplehelp.net/ Ross McKillop

    Outstanding taste in music. I have an autographed framed photo of “Mac” and I on my wall.

  • Paul_Werner

    Thanks, just got to see him in person this past Sunday at Summer fest in Milwaukee, WI. It was awesome

  • Alex

    FYI, mp3splt-gtk now also supports FLAC.

  • Bojan5150

    Works beautifully the job it’s supposed to do, rare thing in software nowadays. Thank you.

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  • kyle carrington

    What do you do in the case where there is no .cue file, so you use a program like IMGBurn to make one, but it results in just a single file….

  • Alejandra

    Thank you! Very helpful :)

  • Mila Pi

    Thanks! Very helpful!

  • marialandoney

    Besides acting as a powerful Video/Audio Converter, iDealshare VideoGo is also a professional CUE Splitter which can split CUE associated FLAC, MP3, APE, WAV, WMA, TAK, MPC, TTA, M4B, M4A, AIFF and etc

    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Split FLC into Multiple Tracks with iDealshare VideoGo, you will find a detailed tutorial.

  • sandman14769

    thank you downloaded the matrix soundtracks all in flac