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 Post subject: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:48 pm 
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a good small Window's program that can take a few mp3 files, trim off parts I don't need and combine them into one file. Preferably freeware and not bloated with all sorts of stuff that I don't need.
My main computer is Windows 7 64bit BTW.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:52 pm 
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For sound editing I would usually recommend Audacity. Its soul purpose is to edit preexisting audio files. I'm not sure if there's a sound editing program as simple as the one you are asking for.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:27 am 
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I'll echo Jorbs and say that Audacity is pretty nice. It's open source and runs great on Linux. I've never used it on Windows but assuming it works as well, it'll get the job done easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:18 am 
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For very basic mp3 editing, I use mp3Cut. It has the advantage that it doesn't have to decode/recode the mp3 file, so it is fast and there is no change in sound quality. It works great for trimming the radio programmes I download, cutting out commercials, and fading it in or out at the start and end. For things like cross fading and other proper editing techniques, you'll need something else.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:28 am 
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jaap wrote:
For very basic mp3 editing, I use mp3Cut. It has the advantage that it doesn't have to decode/recode the mp3 file, so it is fast and there is no change in sound quality.

Can the MP3 format handle multiple different bit rates or changes between VBR and CBR?

I got the impression the question involved concatenating multiple edited files into one. I'd be surprised if MP3 could handle different encoder settings for different sections of a single file.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:15 am 
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bmenrigh wrote:
jaap wrote:
For very basic mp3 editing, I use mp3Cut. It has the advantage that it doesn't have to decode/recode the mp3 file, so it is fast and there is no change in sound quality.

Can the MP3 format handle multiple different bit rates or changes between VBR and CBR?

I got the impression the question involved concatenating multiple edited files into one. I'd be surprised if MP3 could handle different encoder settings for different sections of a single file.

You are right, it cannot do that. You can cut/paste sound from another file only if it has the exact same encoding type.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:57 am 
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I use: WavePad Sound Editor and VideoPad Video Editor
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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
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I have used Wavepad as well, its very easy to use.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:53 am 
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jaap wrote:
For very basic mp3 editing, I use mp3Cut. It has the advantage that it doesn't have to decode/recode the mp3 file, so it is fast and there is no change in sound quality. It works great for trimming the radio programmes I download, cutting out commercials, and fading it in or out at the start and end. For things like cross fading and other proper editing techniques, you'll need something else.


This is exactly what I'm looking to do. There is a radio show that I have in 9 files all in the same format that I'd like to stitch into one file and remove the commercials and such.
Thanks, I'll give it a shot and report back.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:14 am 
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darryl wrote:
jaap wrote:
For very basic mp3 editing, I use mp3Cut. It has the advantage that it doesn't have to decode/recode the mp3 file, so it is fast and there is no change in sound quality. It works great for trimming the radio programmes I download, cutting out commercials, and fading it in or out at the start and end. For things like cross fading and other proper editing techniques, you'll need something else.


This is exactly what I'm looking to do. There is a radio show that I have in 9 files all in the same format that I'd like to stitch into one file and remove the commercials and such.
Thanks, I'll give it a shot and report back.

-d


I meant mp3DirectCut:
http://mpesch3.de1.cc/mp3dc.html

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:24 pm 
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jaap wrote:


This worked perfect, thanks!!

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:07 pm 
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jaap wrote:
You are right, it cannot do that. You can cut/paste sound from another file only if it has the exact same encoding type.

For what it's worth, the new Opus codec can handle arbitrary parameter changes to the encoded stream on a frame-by-frame basis so this sort of thing will be possible using Opus.

http://www.opus-codec.org/

It's stardards-tracked right now and I'm looking forward to future (several years from now) when it's mostly adopted. I rather doubt anything can supplant the MP3 brand name though.

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 Post subject: Re: Good small sound editor
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:42 am 
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I use Sony Vegas pro 11, incredibly simple to use it seems unreal and then is still capable of a lot more advanced audio and video editing, audacity will suit your purpose though if you want a cheap program, Vegas is expensive :(

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