Freeware that lets the user splice and edit mp3s
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Free MP3 Cutter Joiner is a piece of software that only barely does what the name implies, and it does so through an interface that is outdated and seems almost purposefully confusing.
When you first open the app, it feels like something is off right away. Instead of feeling like a single cohesive app with multiple functions, it seems like two distinct apps have linked to form a new beast entirely independent of sophisticated design or advanced functionality.
Once the software is installed and you open the app, you'll see the first side of the software that could act as its own app. This Cutter side is built with an unorganized interface that appears to have been stitched together with icons taken directly from competing apps. These icons are barely recognizable since they have clearly been repeatedly enlarged and compressed, which results in blocky, distorted imagery. Not only are these icons difficult to translate, but they can't be changed or updated by the user.
These icons hide a number of different functions, but it's basically impossible to figure out which function corresponds to which icon without consulting the developer's website for the online help menu. This menu doesn't have the best English translation, but it offers some basic guidelines for using the most basic tools in the software.
In the center of the app page is a waveform image, but this image is not linked to the audio content you're working with. This seems like a slap in the face since it wouldn't have been difficult at all to add a visual waveform as a decorative and functional element. You can't drag-and-drop audio files into the software to open them, but instead you must use the browse function to select each file. Even when you select a new file, the waveform image doesn't react in any way.
After you have finished using the Cutter to prepare your audio, you can use the second half of the app, which is called the Joiner. The Joiner is a bit easier to use, but this is due to the fact that it has fewer functions than the Cutter.
Using the search function, you can select files you want to join. Inside the Joiner, you can reorder them so they will flow properly. Once they are ready to be joined, you can press a single button to create a single MP3 file from all the audio clips in the Joiner list. You can't edit the files in any way with the software, and there are no transitions between clips in the final file, but the process is fairly easy to operate.
While Free MP3 Cutter Joiner can be difficult to use, it does have a specific function that is sometimes buried in other audio apps. The software is also free, so it's worth a try if you need such splicing ability for your audio workflow.
Free MP3 Cutter Joiner is a useful little Windows program that you can use to split apart MP3 files or join multiple files into a single MP3.
When you first download Free MP3 Cutter Joiner, you get an installer file that configures the software for your computer and installs the necessary libraries and directories. Following the installation, you can run the program by clicking "Finish."
Since Free MP3 Cutter Joiner was designed several years ago for Windows XP, the user interface may seem dated to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Even though it looks somewhat old and primitive, the MP3 cutting and joining functions work very well. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, and the splitting and joining functions work with high accuracy.
While Free MP3 Cutter Joiner performs the functions it advertises and precisely splits audio files, it doesn't have many other functions. You can merge an unlimited number of files into a huge MP3 file, but be careful not to exceed the free space on your hard drive when creating the new file. Joining MP3 files results in a separate track saved in a folder of your choosing, so if your input files total 2GB in size, your output file will take up the same amount of hard drive space.
Free MP3 Cutter Joiner is divided into two user modes. The first mode lets you split MP3 files into sections with up to 1 millisecond accuracy, and the second mode allows you to choose individual tracks or music libraries to join in a specific order. Joining music files can be convenient when you want to upload them to your YouTube account, blog or Tumblr page.
To split MP3 files, you simply drag the two playback sliders to the starting and ending positions of the file. You can't split multiple sections of a file at the same time. Instead, you must pick out one section of a file at a time. Another drawback to using this program is that you can't split other file types, such as WAV, Ogg Vorbis or WMV. Since the program is free, this limitation is understandable.
The file-splitting mode includes an embedded MP3 player so that you can preview your track before splitting the file. The playback controls allow you to preview your selection in a continuous loop, so if you want to use the program to make looping samples, you can line up the endpoints to their exact locations. Locating the endpoints is made easy by the graphical display of the MP3 file's waveform in the playback window.
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