Basic Functions in MP3 Direct Cut

2013-07-11

In this tutorial, you will learn some of the basic functions of the audio editing software, MP3 Direct Cut. First, I’m going to open the audio file that I want to edit.

I’m going to do this by accessing the File menu, then Open. From here, I can select the file that I want to open. Select the file, click Open, and then click OK on the message prompt.

Now, the audio file has been loaded in the program.

Cutting and Pasting

The first thing I want to show you is how to cut a portion out of the file and then paste it elsewhere.

Here, I am going to select the first ten seconds of the song. Make a selection using the mouse by left-clicking on it and dragging it to the right. You can refer to how long your selection is by looking down in the selection box at the bottom.

I can now cut this portion by accessing the Edit menu followed by the Cut option.

What this has done is cut that selection out of the audio file and copied it to the clipboard so it’s there for me to paste anywhere in the file. What I can do next is paste the copied selection at the end of the file. To select a point where you want to paste, just left-click with your mouse.

Then, you’ll see a dotted line which indicates the beginning of the paste section.

To paste, go to Edit and click Paste.

And there’s our selection again! It’s now in the middle rather than the very beginning. Once you’ve clicked to deselect the clip, you’ll see a grey line. It indicates the beginning of the pasted section.

Copy Function

The next function I want to show you is the Copy function. The way that we do this is we make a selection again by left-clicking and dragging to the right. To copy this selection, go to Edit menu and select Copy. The biggest difference between copy and cut is that cut removes a selection from the audio file and then copies it to the clipboard; copy just copies it to the clipboard but doesn’t remove it from the file.

After I’ve unselected the area that I’ve copied, I can now go anywhere I want and paste it. You can paste at any point that you would like. In this sample, I’m going to paste somewhere in the middle.

When you paste into the middle of a song, it will be indicated by two lines at the beginning and ending of the paste.

Another place that you can refer to that will show you where you’ve pasted portions of the song that you’ve cut and/or copied is the List menu. Under List, there is a drop-down menu telling you the times where you’ve pasted things that you’ve cut and/or copied. This is good for advanced editing.

Simple Fade

Another cool feature of this program is the Simple Fade function. The purpose of this is to create a fade-in effect at the beginning of a song. To do this, we make a selection, again, by left-clicking and dragging for as long as you want the fade to be. After you’ve made your selection, go to the Edit menu and select the Create Simple Fade option. Simple fade will reduce the volume significantly, but it will also increase until it reaches the full volume of the song.

Creating ID3 Tags

The last thing I want to show you in this tutorial is how to create an ID3 tag. We’ll do this by going to Edit and clicking Tag ID3 and file info.

We’re mostly concerned with the Artist and Album info box. You can add as many or as few as you want, but it’s nice because all this information saves directly to the song. If you want to open this song again in a player like iTunes, it will automatically detect this info.

We have to save this file in a special way in order to save all the changes which have been made. We do this by going to the File menu and selecting Save complete audio. Name the file to your liking, and you’ll be good to go!