mp3DirectCut 2.23

4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 (224 votes)


Windows (All) / Freeware / 226,044 downloads

mp3DirectCut is a small tool for editing mpeg audio directly. You can remove parts, change the volume, split files or copy regions to new files. All without the need to decompress your mp3 into pcm/wav. This saves work, encoding time and disk space. And there is no quality loss through any re-compressions.

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  • Latest Changes

    - MP4 demuxing by calling external ffmpeg

    - Bug on Xing VBR header reading fixed

    - Saving "Cut whole pause" setting

    - Big timer with total track time option

    - Minor improvements

Reviews of mp3DirectCut

  1. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.20 (Apr 8, 2014)

    Great program, I still use it to do fadeouts on mixes i put together, but it does have one problem: It won't cut mp3s from cuesheets correctly to make them perfectly gapless. For that the only program that I've found which DOES do it correctly, but which isn't nearly as user friendly, is Pcutmp3: . If you know what I'm talking about you're going to have to do some Googling for more info.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.19 (Sep 25, 2013)


  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.19 (Apr 26, 2013)

    A most usefully program, small & no ad-ware.

  4. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.16 (Aug 2, 2012)

    when doing batch operation for volume boost, it cant do subfolders, otherwise it would be perfect.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.13 (Nov 17, 2011)

    Maybe not the most beautiful piece of software out there, but very stable and just a pleasure to use, once you know where all the options are. Thanks!

  6. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing 2.13 (Jan 3, 2011)

    Simply awesome.

    That would be nice to have a similar WAV utility, alas, I have to use full featured applications like Audacity.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.12 (Oct 7, 2010)

    I've used mp3DirectCut to convert numerous vinyl recordings to mp3 format. To help me remember how to locate features, I put together an informal manual. For those so interested, it can be found at:

    Inasmuch as the manual was composed several years ago for Version 2.0, there may be some discrepancies with the present version.

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.12 (Sep 19, 2010)

    it is really a good soft ware, like itransferstudio,which can < href="">transfer ipod whenever and whatever.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.11 (Apr 11, 2010)


  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.10 (Jan 12, 2009)

    The vbr inaccuracy is fixed! Now cuts based on cue sheets are perfect. Thanks to the author.
    The only issue that remains regarding to vbr cutting is that MDC doesn't update the lame info in the output files (pcutmp3 can do this).

  11. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.09 (Jul 20, 2008)

    It does precisely what it says it does. It has always worked flawlessly for me. I like to create/edit audio snippets. This program makes this hobby of mine both possible and fun.

    Good work!

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.09 (May 31, 2008)

    I use this proggy occasionally .. but on a regular basis.. (when i need to "play around" with some mp3 somewhat, etc...

    It's a good proggy!

    It works ..and does what it's supposed to do and what's advertized for it :)

    .. and it's FREE! :D

  13. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.09 (May 31, 2008)

    I found it useful once, and never used since then.
    Well, it does what it says it does. No more, no less.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.09 (May 30, 2008)

    i've always enjoyed and benefited from this app.. Thanks for keeping it going!

  15. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.08 (May 2, 2008)

    Better than other shareware software.

  16. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.08 (May 2, 2008)

    Need to be a music/media nut to figure out this program. It is not useful at all.
    And as per an other review it is not simple at all in any way.

  17. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.08 (Apr 30, 2008)

    Another version, the same inaccuracy at time to split VBR files based on cues :(
    The Mpeg header bit modifier it's cool
    The option to keep/create a new vbr header + info tag based on the original it's cool too although it have 2 problems:
    * The new vbr header doesn't have quality field
    * The new info tag doesn't have the "music length" data
    These 2 issues are shown here
    I give it 2 because it works relatively fine with cbr files.

  18. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.07 (Feb 2, 2008)

    The vbr cut is incredible inaccurate, no matter if "create xing header" or the "TOC correction" is enabled or disabled the output files will have incorrect length.
    The author say in the faq:
    "Creating or importing a Cue sheet correctly for VBR files is not possible in many cases.°
    I say that is not posible only for mp3DirectCut, but certainly is possible for programs like Cue Splitter or mp3Trim.
    The program have years and also this bug, vbr encoding is very common, the developer should have found a solution for this problem not put in the faq that isn't possible import cue sheets for vbr files correctly.
    I give it 1 because it fails in his main purpose. Fix it and it will deserves a 5.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.07 (Dec 31, 2007)

    Small, simple. I like it.

  20. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.07 (Dec 9, 2007)

    A simple program that works great!

  21. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.07 (Nov 11, 2007)

    Try/click this link instead.

  22. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.07 (Nov 8, 2007)

    Broken download link on this one. Nice program though.

  23. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.06 (Aug 17, 2007)

    Does what it says it does every time.

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Apr 22, 2007)

    Works great. I use it to make ringtones for my phone so the music won't be compressed, and I can pick the part I want to play.

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Apr 7, 2007)

    As stated so succinctly two reviews below, and as the vast majority of us already know, you certainly CAN cut and join MP3 frames without de/recompressing. This little gem of a program continues to be the best tool for doing just that.

  26. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Mar 31, 2007)

    Hey AliveNoMore, go f yourself.

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Mar 29, 2007)

    Alivenomore has no idea what he is talking about.
    mp3 files are stored in "frames" and each frame is its own entity that doesn't rely on the frame before it therefore you can chop out frames directly without uncompressing and recompressing.

  28. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Mar 29, 2007)

    He-he, you don't need to decompress it, because the program does that automatically. 'Unique', isn't it?
    What was that crap about editing without re-compressing? A mp3 file cannot be edited and saved without re-compression. Can you read a text in a book without opening it?

  29. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.05 (Mar 29, 2007)

    Works great and is easy to use, however I think there is room for improvement regarding the GUI.

  30. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.04 (Feb 5, 2007)

    Simple usage is perfect.
    HOwever, seems that the encoding quality is not very good, whatever bitrate or quality is set :(
    It is always trying to emphasize dynamics of the sound. I.e. silent input sounds are encoded as more silent, loud sounds are in output mpeg getting louder. The result is acceptable for uniform level recrdings. But recordings where silent parts almost dissapear while loud parts are extremely loud are not usable :(

    Or does anybody know how to prevent this dynamics impovements?

  31. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.03 (Aug 1, 2006)

    great app.. use it all the time.. thanks as always for the improvements!

  32. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.02 (Mar 20, 2006)

    Excellent tool, fast and intuitive. I use is to edit my radio recordings and could not live without.

  33. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.02 (Mar 10, 2006)

    Among other things, I noticed some handy detail changes, nice!

  34. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.02 (Mar 10, 2006)

    2006-03-09: v2.02
    - More command line options:
    /save, /normalize, /autocue, /overwrite, /rec
    (details in the manual)
    - Split: source filename can be used in name template
    - Optional time and position correction by VBR-TOC
    - Audio file access modified
    - Option for keeping the original file time
    - ID3v1 genre bug fixed
    - ID3v2 can be kept without TLEN on "Save all..."
    - Auto cue only performed on/from selection (if present)
    - New part and selection visualization in the map view
    - Other things

  35. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.01 (Sep 12, 2005)

    MP3DirectCut represents an outstanding value when you consider its cost (free), computing resource needs (small), and learning curve (tougher than I had hoped).

    MP3DirectCut is installed on a 700 MHz lap top computer I've turned into a juke box. The lap top fits into my sound equipment cabinet in the slot that used to be occupied by the reel-to-reel tape recorder. The lap top is connected to my audio amplifier using Creative Lab's "USB SoundBlaster Digital Music" adaptor.

    MP3DirectCut enables me to easily copy out-of-print vinyl recordings into MP3 files without the need to deal with large .wav files. Most important, it allows me to nearly automatically break up vinyl record cuts without having to manually search for the quiet gaps between the vinyl record bands. The program marks the quiet gaps based on user specified time duration and maximum level ("pause detection"), and then separates them into individual mp3 files.

    Those advantages are offset by the absence of an instruction manual to facilitate setting up and using the program. It took me quite a while before I learned to go to "Encoder Configuration [F12]" to enter the file name for the MP3 data. Similarly, the function of the "Margin Button" to show the gap between the maximum level encountered and the maximum recording level was not learned until I accidently hovered over the button.

    After a few hours of experimentation of learning how to use the features of MP3DirectCut, I find that I can transfer vinyl records with little attention to the process other than to putting the needle down on a new platter every 15 or 20 minutes.

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    wagner reatto

    Reviewing 2.01 (Jul 1, 2005)


  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Apr 4, 2005)

    The perfect tool for those looking to create their own mp3 ring tones. It simply works. What more can you ask for?

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.39 (Feb 24, 2005)

    Continually updated according to user input.
    Nice GUI, works well.
    What more could you ask for? And if you could ask for more, why not visit his forum and ask?

  39. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.39 (Feb 21, 2005)

    to those wanting support for OGG VORBIS, try Audacity - That's what I use.

  40. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.38 (Jan 3, 2005)

    It needs a better zoom feature like Cool Edit Pro (not freeware) IMHO, but it's still great!

  41. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.36 (Aug 13, 2004)

    Just the job !
    OGG support would be icing on the cake.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    wagner reatto

    Reviewing 1.36 (Aug 12, 2004)

    easy simple and fast.

  43. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.35 (Feb 1, 2004)

    The best for lossless MP3 editing - 5 Stars.
    But Ogg Support would be great. And i would be great if the author would add 100 or 200 kb's for an installer and ussabillity issues.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.27 (Nov 20, 2002)

    It's rather powerful for its small size, and is much easier to define a selection with than at least two more well-known editors. It loads huge MP3 with admirable speed, and I've yet to have it produce a significant error. I hope it will eventually include batch-normalization and OGG Vorbis support, but it still deserves a 5 for its handling of MP3. It has improved with each version I've used, and the Db meter added in 1.27 is a very handy addition.

  45. 5 out of 5 stars
    wagner reatto

    Reviewing 1.24 (Aug 2, 2002)

    this prog is growing every new release. it is a work of art!

  46. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.20 (Mar 2, 2002)

    For Freeware this tool offers good quality.

  47. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.19 (Jan 3, 2002)

    I find this tool especially handy since I work with mp3 editing often. Everything's there and it's easy to use.

  48. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.19 (Jan 3, 2002)

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