This guide will take you each step of the way through the process of “cutting” an MP3 into multiple pieces – without losing any quality.
Previously we’ve covered how to ‘join’ two or more MP3s into one track – now we’ll show you how to do the opposite – cut one track (file) into pieces.
- Head over to the mp3DirectCut home page and scroll down to the Download mp3DirectCut section. Select one of the mirrors and download the installer file. When the download has completed, right-click on that installer file and select Run as administrator
- Once the installation has completed, run mp3DirectCut by double-clicking its icon from your Desktop.
- You’ll be prompted with a ‘terms and conditions’ window – click OK
- Assuming you want to use mp3DirectCut in English, just click the Cancel button when the mp3DirectCut Setup window appears.
- Now the main mp3DirectCut window will be displayed.
- Open the MP3 you want to split by selecting File from the main menu and then Open… from the drop-down list. Navigate to the file, select it by clicking it once, and then click the Open button.
- When the window with a message about the audio graph appears, place a check in the box labelled Don’t show this message again and then click Ok
- mp3DirectCut will load the MP3.
- Now it’s time to find the place in the track where you want to split it. Use the Play button and/or the timeline ‘slider’ to move around the file.
- Click the spot on the graph where you want to split the MP3. The timer on the left side of the window makes it super-easy to help locate the exact place where you want to make the cut.
- Now click the Cut/Cue button from the bottom left corner of the mp3DirectCut screen – it’s the one that looks like a pair of scissors (see screenshot below).
- Select File from the main menu and then Save split… from the drop-down list.
- mp3DirectCut is going to create two new files, one for the first half of the track and one for the second half of the track. Make note of the Destination folder (or set it yourself by clicking the … button) – that’s the location where your newly created files will be saved. Click OK
- The time it takes to split the file and create two new ones will depend on how large the source file was, but it probably won’t take more than a minute. When it’s done, you’ll have the origional file and a ‘copy’ of it – cut into pieces.
- That’s it! If you need to make further cuts, simply repeat the process. If you need to join some of them back together, we’ve got a guide for that too :)