- What would life be without music? Without those addictive songs we call ear worms?
- Thanks to modern audio editing software, everybody can create and edit songs on their own home computers.
- Adobe Audition is an excellent tool you can use to split audio files and songs as are all the other tools which we will be covering in this guide.
- For more useful guides, visit our audio software hub.
Do you need to cut a part of the song saved on your computer to create a ringtone for your phone? Have you made an audio recording during the concert of your favorite singer and would you like to edit it to get rid of the unwanted parts?
In the following article, you can find the best programs to cut songs. You just have to choose what you think can do most for you, follow the instructions for use and the game will be done.
Adobe Audition (recommended)
Adobe Audition is an excellent audio editing software packed with plenty of features and options. If you need a reliable tool to split songs and other audio files quickly without losing audio quality, Audition is the right tool for you.
How to split songs into separate files in Adobe Audition
- Import the audio file
- Click on Window > Marker List > open the Markers Panel.
- Select the section of the audio file you want to export
- Click on the Add Marker button in the Markers Panel to separate that section
- Go to the Markers Panel and label each marker
- Select the marker or markers you want to export
- Click on the Batch Export Marker Regions
- Hit the Save to files button and choose the file name and export destination
- Hit Enter or OK to export the files.
There another interesting feature that may come in handy when splitting songs. The Frequency band splitter allows you to make up to 8 copies of a single audio file and each copy will have a different frequency range identified in the source-file.
Other key features of Adobe Audition include:
- Automatically remove reverb and background noise
- Multitrack UI that supports the playback of over 128 audio tracks or record of over 32 tracks
- Album art support
WavePad Audio Editor
WavePad Audio Editor is a simple yet powerful audio editing software. It offers various effects such as equalization, normalization, and also the ability to amplify sounds or remove background noise.
As for the interface, the application is quite simple to use and you can perform standard editing function such as cutting, paste, inserting, etc. Regarding the supported audio formats, the program supports mp3, wma, gsm, flac, real audio, and almost all other major formats.
The application also allows you to edit audio from video files, which can come in handy. You can also enhance the application with various Virtual Studio Technology DLL (VST) plugins, which is perfect for audio professionals.
Another feature that is worth mentioning is batch processing, meaning that you can edit multiple files automatically. The application also supports bookmarks allowing you to easily navigate to a specific segment.
If you’re in need of a powerful audio editing software that can be used to split and cut songs, WavePad Audio Editor is a perfect choice.
Audacity is considered by users and experts in the field one of the best software for free audio editing. It allows you to edit audio tracks in MP3, WAV and various other formats in an extremely easy and fast way.
This is possible thanks to a very intuitive and well-done user interface. It’s worth mentioning that Audacity supports LADSPA, LV2, Nyquist, VST, and Audio Unit so you can easily expand its functionality.
Regarding the editing, all standard editing options such as cutting, copying and deleting. It’s also worth mentioning that you can have unlimited undo and redo steps, which is perfect for complex projects.
As for mixing, the software can work with multiple tracks and each track can have multiple clips allowing you to create advanced projects.
There’s also an ability to label tracks which makes it perfect if you working on complex projects with dozens of tracks and clips. If needed, you can also change the pitch or tempo separately.
Effects such as audio adjustments and Equalization, Bass and Treble, High Pass, Low Pass, and Notch Filter are also available.
Overall, Audacity is a powerful and completely free audio editor, and it’s perfect for all your audio editing needs.
Another great application for cutting songs and editing audio files is mp3DirectCut. The application is completely free to use, and it allows you to easily copy, paste, cut, or crop parts of any song.
The application also allows you to recompress files without file loss, which can be incredibly useful to some users. Regarding the interface, it’s quite simple to use, and even the first-time users won’t have problems with it.
It’s worth mentioning that mp3DirectCut supports batch operations so you can edit multiple files relatively easy. Regarding the size, the application is rather small, and it can even run in a portable mode which is a plus.
The application also supports MP3 recording using the LAME or ACM encoders. Visualizations are also available, and you can also normalize audio and detect pauses. There’s even support for ID3v1 tags which can be useful if you’re working with MP3 files.
Overall, mp3DirectCut is a simple yet powerful audio editing tool, and due to its small size, it’s perfect for almost any user.
There you go, these are the best tools that you can use to split songs, so feel free to try any of them.
FAQ: Learn more about splitting songs
- How do I split a song into multiple tracks?
To split a song into multiple tracks, first label the track parts that you want to isolate from the rest of the audio. When you’re done, simply export the initial audio files as separate tracks based on the labelling work you previously did.
- Can Audacity automatically split tracks?
Audacity version 1.3. x an above comes equipped with a feature that allows users to automatically split an audio track into smaller tracks based on the number of seconds users pre-defined.
- Can VLC split audio files?
VLC comes with built-in audio split features, so you can successfully use to split audio files without losing quality.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has since been updated for freshness and accuracy.