How to Split Long Audio Tracks

How to Split Long Audio Tracks

If you have a long audio track and only want a section of a song or an audio book, you must split that audio track. This article will assist you in doing so.


1. Download and install Audacity.

2. Download and install lame-3.96.1

3. Only the file lame enc.dll should be extracted from the file. Save it to a convenient location on your hard drive, such as the desktop. (When you export your files as MP3, Audacity will ask you where you want to save them.)

4. Open Audacity, go to File > Open, and then select the audio file you want to split from your hard drive.

5. Look to the upper-right corner of the window, ensure that the selection tool (it looks like an uppercase “I”) button is highlighted.

6. Begin at the beginning of the audio file and drag the selector to highlight a section of the file. If necessary, use the keyboard arrows to zero in on “0.”

7. Use the cursor counter at the very bottom of the window to determine where you are in the file’s elapsed time, then continue to highlight until you reach the point where you want to split it (0:00:0 — 30:00:0 for 30 minutes, for example; then 30:00:0 — 60:00:0 for the next one, and so on).

8. Go to Edit. With the selection highlighted, go to Edit > Copy.

9. Select File > New.

10. Select Edit > Paste in the new window.

11. Select File > Export.

12. Choose a location to store your files–try making a folder with the book’s or audio file’s name–and then name the file. For example: “Chapter1,” “Chapter2,” and so on. In the “Save as type” box, choose MP3.

13. Change the ID3 tag. You will be able to modify the ID3 tags. It’s not required, but it’s recommended because it will help you keep your MP3 player organised. The title will be what you named the file in the previous step, the artist will be the author, and the album will be the title of the book or audio file. You’ll be asked to locate the LAME file you downloaded earlier. You only need to do this once.

14. Repeat as necessary.

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