How to Cut Audio Files

Are you looking for a program that allows you to easily cut audio recordings of your college lectures or - why not? - your favorite songs and turn them into ringtones? Then I really think I have something for you. Whatever type of audio file you need to edit, the software and online solutions below will certainly help you.

In the following lines, in fact, I have proceeded to show you a whole series of tools that you can use for, in fact, cut audio files from your computer and your smartphone (or tablet) in a simple and precise way. These are totally free resources and practically within the reach of anyone, even those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in terms of new technologies.

Then? How about finally putting the chatter aside and starting to get busy? Yup? Great. I therefore suggest not to delay any longer and to proceed immediately. Get comfortable and start focusing on reading. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned. Good job"!

Cut Audio Files from Computer

You are looking for level solutions software to succeed in cut audio files from your computer? Then try now the tools specifically used for the purpose that I have reported below, I'm sure they will satisfy you.

Audacity (Windows/macOS/Linux)

The first of the programs for cutting audio files that I want to invite you to consider is called Audacity. Have you ever heard of it? Well then know that you really missed some great software! Audacity is a completely free and open source audio editor that allows you to edit audio files of any type: MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A etc. Using some special plugins it is also possible to expand its functionality. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux and its interface is completely in Italian.

To download Audacity to your computer, connect to the download page on the website of Sourceforge and click on the button Download.

At this point, if you are using Windows, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click the buttons Run, Si e OK. Then press on the buttons forward (five times in a row), Install e end.

Se, invece, stai using MacOS, to install Audacity open the package .dmg downloaded, move theprogram icon in the folder Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

Next, start Audacity and click on the button OK twice consecutively to access the main software window. Then go to the menu Fillet located at the top left, click on the item apri and select the audio file you want to cut.

You now have two options at your disposal: cut the unnecessary parts of the song you imported into Audacity and save what is left, or select a portion of the audio track and save only that (leaving out the rest).

In the first case, you have to select with the mouse the part of the graph corresponding to the portion of the song to be removed: just left click and hold down until the selection is complete. After that you need to invoke the command Delete from the menu Modification and save the final result by going to the menu File> Export Audio. In the window that opens, you can choose the file format in which to save the song from the drop-down menu Save eat.

If you want to extrapolate a single portion of the track imported into Audacity, leaving out everything else, highlight with the mouse the part of the graph corresponding to the latter and call up the command Export selected audio from the menu Fillet. Facile, see?

Please note: natively Audacity is able to correctly handle files in WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 formats. To enable the export of songs in the above formats, you need to download and install the plugin MP3 LAME. The same goes for the files of the M4A / AAC, WMA, AMR and AC3 type files on macOS, for the management of which you must also download and install the plugin FFmpeg. For more details in this regard, I invite you to refer to my tutorial dedicated specifically to how to download Audacity.

Free Audio Editor (Windows)

Free Audio Editor is an audio editor, as the name implies, free and only for Windows operating systems that supports all major audio file formats, including: MP3, WAV, AAC, AC3, M4A, MP2, OGG and WMA. In addition to fulfilling the purpose of this tutorial, it is able to convert songs and recordings, adjust the volume, etc.

To use it, connect to the program's website and press the button Download located on the right, so that the software download starts. When the download is complete, open the file .exe ottenuto e, nella finestra che compare sul desktop, clic sui pulsanti Si, OK, forward (twice) e end.

Once the main software window is displayed, drag over the audio file you want to edit or click on the link Add files placed in the center of it and select it through the additional window that appears.

Next, click on the point of the path from which you want to make the cut and click on the button with the scissors placed at the bottom. Then click on the point of the path where you want the selection made to end and press the button with the again scissors.

By doing so, the portion of the audio file to be extrapolated will be highlighted. If necessary, you can also invert the selection by clicking the button with the two colored arrows. If you want to hear a preview, click the button with the Play gray symbol (always placed in the lower part of the window).

Finally, select, using the drop-down menu at the bottom left, the format in which you prefer to save the output file, press the button Save audio (right), define the quality of the final file through the new window that is shown to you and press the button Continue. By default, the output file will be saved in the folder Video of Windows.

MP3 Trimmer (macOS)

Are you using a Mac and looking for an alternative solution to Audacity to be able to cut audio files from your Apple branded computer? Then try now MP3 Trimmer. This is an application usable only on macOS which, as the name implies, has been specifically designed for editing MP3 files. It's free, but displays banners inviting you to purchase the full version of the software when importing and saving songs.

To download the program on your Mac, go to its website, click on the tab Download placed at the top and presses the button Click to download.

A download complete, apri il package .dmg ricavato e trascina l 'program icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Then, start MP3 Trimmer by right clicking on its icon and selecting the item apri from the menu that appears, in order to start the software, however, going around the limitations imposed by Apple on non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).

When you see the window that asks you to register your license copy, click on the button Launch application and try it out for free. Then wait until the main window of the software is visible, then drag the audio file you want to cut over it, bring the timeline indicator to the beginning of the portion of the song to be extrapolated and click on the button Set under the heading In-point.

Then move the timeline marker to the end of the portion of the song you want to keep and click the button Set sotto the dicitura Out-point. If you want to make sure you've selected the correct portion of the song, you can listen to a preview by clicking the button Play.

Finally, open the menu Fillet (top left) and select the item Save trim selection, then wait for the promotional banner to disappear and specify the location on your Mac where you want to save the cut portion of the song.

Cut Audio Files Online

You don't want to download new programs on your computer and would like to understand what are the online solutions you have from yours to cut audio files by acting online? I'll settle you immediately. In fact, below you will find those that in my opinion are the best resources in the category. Seeing is believing!

Audio Cut

The first of the online services useful for carrying out the operation covered by this tutorial that I want to invite you to test is Audio Cut. It is a free and very easy to use Web resource that allows you to edit audio files in various formats in a practical and immediate way. The only thing to consider is that it requires Flash Player (for more information, read my guides on how to download Flash Player and how to install Flash Player).

To use it, go to its home page, click on the button Open file located in the center and select the audio file in relation to which you wish to intervene. Alternatively, you can drag the file into the browser window or you can get it from dropbox or from Google Driveby clicking on the relevant icons.

Once the upload procedure is complete, move the two blue cursors located on the sides of the wave graph to indicate, respectively, the starting and ending points of the portion of the audio file to be kept. Then press on space bar on the keyboard to preview the selection.

If you want, you can also add the fade effect to the beginning and / or the end of the selected part of the audio file. To do this, bring up ON the switches next to the options Fade to open e Fade out (up).

Finally, proceed with the cut by first selecting the output format from the drop-down menu Other at the bottom (if you want to get a MP3, you can also leave the relevant item selected), then click on the buttons Size e Download to download the edited audio file to your computer.

Audio Trimmer

As an alternative to the solution above, you can turn to Audio Trimmer. It is free, does not require Flash Player to work, supports all popular audio formats and allows you to upload songs with a maximum size of 50 MB.

To use it, go to its home page, click on the button Open File / Choose File and select from your computer the audio file you are interested in editing. Alternatively, drag the file directly into the browser window.

Once the upload is complete, drag the left cursor on the audio file path to the starting point of the part you want to cut and the right cursor to the end point. You can also listen to a preview of the selection made by clicking on the button Play down below.

You can also add the fade effect to the beginning or end of the part you are about to cut by selecting your preferred option from the drop-down menu Fade In / Out (located at the bottom).

Finally, choose the output format you prefer from the menu Output Format, pig sul sul bottone Crop at the bottom right and click the button Download to immediately download the edited audio file.

App to Cut Audio Files

Would you like to cut audio files directly from your smartphone or tablet without having to go through your computer? It can be done! To do this, you can use one of the app specifically used for the purpose that I have reported to you below.

MP3 Cutter (Android)

If you have an Android device, the solution I suggest you turn to to cut audio files on the go is MP3 Cutter. It integrates a special well-structured internal editor thanks to which it is possible to cut audio files in MP3 format, as easily understood by the name itself. It is free and very easy to use.

To use it, visit the relevant section on the Play Store and download and install the app on the device by pressing the buttons Install e Accept. Then press the button apri appeared on the display to access the MP3 Cutter main screen.

At this point, presses on the button Accept located at the bottom right, press the button Eject at the top left and select the audio file on your device that you want to cut.

Now that you see the app editor, locate the part of the song you want to cut on the track and press the button with the microphone which is at the top. Then use the newly appeared cursors to define the start and end point of the cut and tap the button Start cut. If you want to hear a preview of the cut part, click on the button Play which is located at the top.

Finally, indicate the location on your smartphone or tablet where you want to save the cut audio file, assign a name to the file and possibly also specify the artist and album of origin. To finalize the procedure, then press the button Save.

Garageband (iOS)

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can cut your audio files on the go using the app Garageband, made available directly by Apple for its users. It is free, easy to use and allows you to make musical creations and edit existing audio files in a practical but professional way. Eventually, it is also available as a variant for macOS.

To use it, connect to the relevant section on App Store and download and install the app by pressing the buttons Accept e Install. He then confirms the execution of the operation via touch ID, Face ID o password Apple ID. Then, start Garageband by pressing the button apri appeared on screen.

Once the main screen of the app is displayed, press the center of the same, select the option Audio recorder, presses the button to enable the storyboard mode (it's the last one with many windows top left) and tap the button for the function loop (the one next to the symbol gear) top right.

Then choose the position from which you want to take the audio file to be cut, presses on the name of the reference song and continue to hold down until you see the icon move. Next, drag it to the top of the editor.

At this point, press on the song and move the left and right sliders to determine the portion of the audio file to be cut. If you want to hear a preview of the selected portion, click on the button Play located at the top.

Finally, tap the button with the down arrow located at the top left and choose the option My songs, then press and continue to hold down for a few moments on the preview of the newly created project, select the button for the sharing (The square with arrow) located at the top left and choose which app to import or share the portion of the audio file.