View Full Version : Seeking Preferred Music Sampling Software

16th September 2005, 07:30 AM
I have, I think, a simple task. Given a music file already on my disk, in MP3 or AAC, I'd like to be able to cut a few seconds of music from that file, and place that in a new file (think "CSI for beginners", but no need for a fancy cut-and-paste oscilloscope). Is there a standard OSX application that I've overlooked, or a freeware one preferred by our readership? Thanks,

16th September 2005, 09:46 AM
My suggestions would be:
GarageBand (http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/) It does more than you want, but should be easily able to handle simple edits, and is a breeze to use. It's free (sort of). It should be on your mac already if you bought it in the last couple of years.
Peak (http://www.bias-inc.com/products/peakPro5/) Once again, does a bit more than you want, but is very easy to use. Unfortunately it's not free.

Also... you'll most likely have to convert the files from AAC or MP3 to a non compressed format like AIFF or WAV to edit, then back to AAC if that's what you want to do. It's technically possible to edit MP3s and AACs, but I don't know any software on mac that actually does it.

www.versiontracker.com (http://www.versiontracker.com) might have some more options.

16th September 2005, 10:27 AM
Audacity will do this, and you can edit mp3/wav files. You just create a project, import the file into the project and you're away. It's freeware and I think it's very good audio cut and paste/basic multi track software. To be honest, I've never used GB, I had a quick look at it but I've done a fair bit of editing in Audacity, including editing interviews for my radio shift.

Audacity is availabe on the sourceforge site.

16th September 2005, 10:50 AM
Audacity looks good.

Link (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

16th September 2005, 10:57 AM
Yeah I like it - seems to do the job pretty well.

Just remember if you do decide to go with Audacity, you will need to download the lame mp3 encoder (seperately) and install it so you can export to mp3 format.

Once you install Audacity and the mp3 encoder (available from the site Marc has linked to above), do the following:

Locate the mp3 file, right click it, choose Open With... then select Audacity. The file loads into Audacity, you edit it, then choose File, Export As MP3... and go from there.

Well it works for me anyway.