How to Cut Audio: A Few Easy Ways
Edited by Pat Bitton
November 7, 2019
Sometimes you might need to remove unwanted segments from an audio recording, crop a song to create a ringtone, or even shorten an audiobook. Want to know how to do it? There are simple approaches that can work on any device you own. In this article, we’ll cover five ways to cut audio: using Movavi’s simple audio cutter, a mobile app for iPhone or Android, an online tool, and a free app. Follow one of the links below depending on your goal.
- How to use Movavi’s audio trimmer for PC or Mac
- How to cut songs on an iPhone
- How to use a song cutter on an Android phone
- How to crop songs online
- How to cut audio on a desktop for free
How to Use Movavi’s Audio Trimmer for PC or Mac
Movavi Video Editor is an easy-to-use program for PC and Mac that can help you cut songs, stitch audio files together, and perform many other multimedia editing tasks. Our song cutter supports all popular formats, including WAV, WMA, FLAC, and others.
Download Movavi Video Editor and learn how to crop music with our quick guide below.
Here are video instructions:
If you’d rather read a text guide, here you go:
Install the Music Trimmer
Launch the installation file you’ve downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. When the installation is complete, the program will start automatically.
Add Audio Files
In the welcome window, choose New Project. Then click Add Media Files and choose the audio files you want to work with. You can also simply drag the files from their folder to the Timeline in the lower part of the program window. The files you’ve added will appear on the Audio Track.
Cut Your Audio and Remove Unwanted Parts
To cut an audio file, place the red marker at the desired start or end point on the Timeline and click the Split icon. You can cut your audio as many times as you want. To remove any unwanted part, just select it and hit Delete.
If you want to join multiple audio segments together, position them one after another on the Timeline by just dragging and dropping them.
Save the Result
Click the Export button and choose the Save Audio File tab. Select the desired format and hit Start. Now you know how to cut music with Movavi Video Editor.
Movavi Video Editor
Creating videos has never been so easy!
- Edit video clips, images, and audio on a timeline
- Add transitions, filters, titles, and callouts
- Use special effects like Chroma Key and Slo Mo
- Export videos in any popular format
* The free version of Movavi Video Editor has the following restrictions: 7-day trial period, watermark on the output videos, and, if you’re saving a project as an audio file, an ability to save only half the audio length. Learn more
How to Cut Songs on an iPhone
To cut a song or an audiobook on iOS, try Hokusai 2. This app can trim audio in no time! Get the app in the App Store.
Launch the app. Tap the Plus button at the top right to start a new project. Add your audio file by touching Import.
On the screen that appears, find the file in your folders and tap the filename. You'll see a waveform. Tap it. Two blue markers will appear. Drag them to highlight the area you want to cut and then touch Trim in the menu above the waveform. To save the file, tap the Wrench icon next to the project name and in the window that appears choose Share Audio. Please note: your file will be saved in M4A format because this is the default iPhone format.
How to Use a Song Cutter on an Android Phone
There are many handy apps for Android OS. For this article, we chose the MP3 Cutter app because of its simplicity and good reviews. Download the app from Google Play using the link below.
Run the app. On the main screen, you’ll see a list of your audio files. Tap the one you want to cut. A new screen will appear with your track on it. In the middle of the track, you’ll see an orange area marking the part that is going to be cut and two markers on that segment’s borders. Move these markers to change the arrangement and length of the segment. The Playback button will help you with this: you can always listen to a preview.
When you like the result, tap the Check Mark button and then touch Save File. Your segment will be stored on your Android phone.
How to Crop Songs Online
If you don’t want to use up storage on your device for just a single audio cut, you can process your file with the MP3Cutter online tool, which is fine for a one-off job. If you have to cut music more frequently, the desktop app will be more useful: it doesn't depend on an internet connection, works much faster, and has more features than the online cutter.
Use the link below to get to the MP3 Cutter website.
To upload your audio, click Choose File. Find the file you are going to cut and hit Open. You’ll see a green area with two green markers. Drag the markers to move the borders of your future audio. Click the Cut Audio File button and wait for a while. After the progress bar reaches 100%, download your file by hitting the Download Your File Here button.
How to Cut Audio on a Desktop for Free
For free audio cutting, consider using Audio Cutter Free. This handy app can trim your soundtrack in just a few clicks. You can download it by clicking the link below.
Install the program by following the on-screen instructions. Launch Audio Cutter Free. Add your audio file: in the main window, choose Open and select your audio file. Next, move the marker to the beginning of the section you want to cut and click Set Begin. Then move the marker to the end of the section and click the Set End button. Your segment will be highlighted in blue. Click Preview to play it. If you like the result, just hit Cut. In the window that appears, click Save. You’re done!
Audio Cutter Free works great for freeware, but Movavi Video Editor might be more useful over the long term. It is easier to master – even a total beginner can use it; it also has a much broader format support and can work with video as well.