Cutting up an MP3 or WMA

Cutting up an MP3 or WMA

Postby 1960strat » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:59 am

I recorded a christmas jam onto a digital voice recorder that saves the entire thing into a single WMA file. Does anyone have a recommendation for software to cut up the performance so i can make the songs individual tracks?

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Postby strumminsix » Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:41 pm

I'm no pro at this but here is what I do:
convert to WAV
Use audiology to break it apart
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Postby FretfulDave » Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:59 pm

as strumminsix said, you would normally convert to a WAV for editing. however, WMA is a compression format and I have spewed on this a number of times before. If you convert to a WAV, you will uncompress and will definitely lose some fidelity when you compress again, say to an MP3. This unless the recording device used the WMA lossless algorithm.

A quick search on Google yields a bunch of conversion utilities from WMA to WAV, MP3 and other formats.

Audacity is a GNU freeware program that can do editing of WAVs, MP3s and some other formats. There may be other free ones also.

And there are lots of shareware programs that can do same, maybe with more features, easier to use, etc. I happen to have purchased Goldwave from before the days of Audacity. It happens to be able to load WMA files as well as WAV, MP3 and others. I have never edited a compressed file before, though.

I would try to convert to WAV or MP3 and then edit. Good luck. Let us know how it turned out.

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