Audio Software MP3 Tools mp3DirectCut

mp3DirectCut 2.23 for Windows

by Martin Pesch

Avg. Rating 4.7 (224 votes)

File Details

File Size 0.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 226,133
Publisher Martin Pesch
Homepage mp3DirectCut

Publisher's Description

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.

Latest Reviews

Antichrist

Antichrist reviewed v2.20 on 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: http://wiki.themixingbowl.org/Pcutmp3 . If you know what I'm talking about you're going to have to do some Googling for more info.

olivergiving

olivergiving reviewed v2.19 on Sep 25, 2013

awesome!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.19 on Apr 26, 2013

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

bigspud

bigspud reviewed v2.16 on Aug 2, 2012

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

brotherS

brotherS reviewed v2.13 on 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!

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v2.13 on 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.

WindsurferLA

WindsurferLA reviewed v2.12 on 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:
http://www.larents.biz/M...3DirectCutOperation.doc

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

earthgirl

earthgirl reviewed v2.12 on Sep 19, 2010

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

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............................ reviewed v2.11 on Apr 11, 2010

goood

TGB72

TGB72 reviewed v2.10 on 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).

Avg. Rating 4.7 (224 votes)
Your Rating
Antichrist

Antichrist reviewed v2.20 on 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: http://wiki.themixingbowl.org/Pcutmp3 . If you know what I'm talking about you're going to have to do some Googling for more info.

olivergiving

olivergiving reviewed v2.19 on Sep 25, 2013

awesome!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v2.19 on Apr 26, 2013

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

bigspud

bigspud reviewed v2.16 on Aug 2, 2012

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

brotherS

brotherS reviewed v2.13 on 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!

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v2.13 on 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.

WindsurferLA

WindsurferLA reviewed v2.12 on 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:
http://www.larents.biz/M...3DirectCutOperation.doc

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

earthgirl

earthgirl reviewed v2.12 on Sep 19, 2010

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

............................

............................ reviewed v2.11 on Apr 11, 2010

goood

TGB72

TGB72 reviewed v2.10 on 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).

Kevin_S

Kevin_S reviewed v2.09 on 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!

Darkman00

Darkman00 reviewed v2.09 on 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

LRN

LRN reviewed v2.09 on 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.

tp

tp reviewed v2.09 on May 30, 2008

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

decii

decii reviewed v2.08 on May 2, 2008

Better than other shareware software.

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v2.08 on 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.

TGB72

TGB72 reviewed v2.08 on 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.

TGB72

TGB72 reviewed v2.07 on 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.

Hertz

Hertz reviewed v2.07 on Dec 31, 2007

Small, simple. I like it.

oRoFLash

oRoFLash reviewed v2.07 on Dec 9, 2007

A simple program that works great!

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v2.07 on Nov 11, 2007

Try/click this link instead.

philosopher_dog

philosopher_dog reviewed v2.07 on Nov 8, 2007

Broken download link on this one. Nice program though.

Canuckistani

Canuckistani reviewed v2.06 on Aug 17, 2007

Does what it says it does every time.

Notreallyhere

Notreallyhere reviewed v2.05 on 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.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v2.05 on 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.

tinkerdill

tinkerdill reviewed v2.05 on Mar 31, 2007

Hey AliveNoMore, go f yourself.

M^3

M^3 reviewed v2.05 on 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.

AliveNoMore

AliveNoMore reviewed v2.05 on 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?

mikeyx11

mikeyx11 reviewed v2.05 on Mar 29, 2007

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

tichyb

tichyb reviewed v2.04 on 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?

tp

tp reviewed v2.03 on Aug 1, 2006

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

arg0

arg0 reviewed v2.02 on Mar 20, 2006

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

brotherS

brotherS reviewed v2.02 on Mar 10, 2006

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

MickyFoley

MickyFoley reviewed v2.02 on 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

buczacz

buczacz reviewed v2.01 on 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.

wagner reatto

wagner reatto reviewed v2.01 on Jul 1, 2005

perfect!

bangbang023

bangbang023 reviewed v2.0 Beta on 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?

ghammer

ghammer reviewed v1.39 on 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?

spiffyjeff

spiffyjeff reviewed v1.39 on Feb 21, 2005

to those wanting support for OGG VORBIS, try Audacity - That's what I use.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

brotherS

brotherS reviewed v1.38 on Jan 3, 2005

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

Crun

Crun reviewed v1.36 on Aug 13, 2004

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

wagner reatto

wagner reatto reviewed v1.36 on Aug 12, 2004

easy simple and fast.

TomRC

TomRC reviewed v1.35 on 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.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v1.27 on 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.

wagner reatto

wagner reatto reviewed v1.24 on Aug 2, 2002

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

klumy

klumy reviewed v1.20 on Mar 2, 2002

For Freeware this tool offers good quality.

itsumo

itsumo reviewed v1.19 on 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.

ClubStew

ClubStew reviewed v1.19 on Jan 3, 2002

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