Audio editing software that is fast, intuitive, and able to work with compressed MP3s


373 Votes

  • Category Editors
  • License Free
  • Version 2.19
  • Size 300.85 kB
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows 2000
  • Language English
  • Program by Martin Pesch

MP3 Direct Cut is an MP3 recorder and a non-destructive MP3 editor for Windows.

MP3 Direct Cut is a highly focused program that performs a very specific and small set of tasks quite well. It’s designed for Windows and also freeware, which means you can use it as much and as often as you like without paying for it. The program also loads almost instantaneously, so it’s always there when you need it, and the programs is stable and operates smoothly at all times.

Another advantage of this program is that it works with MP3s directly. There’s no need for the program to decompress and compress the format. You can record to MP3, and you can cut and make other edits directly. This also allows for a non-destructive approach. That means that you can make changes to an MP3 without losing quality, so changes are possible that would otherwise require source audio.

MP3 Direct Cut is also fast, which is a big plus. If, for instance, you trim an MP3 or splice out a new MP3, the longest part is choosing your start and end time. Once you’ve done that, the new file is created in seconds, and you have immediate access to do with that new file what you will.

Whether the limited feature set is a pro or con is a matter of perspective. There’s something to be said about a program knowing what it is and doing that well. However, we’ve listed it as a con because the user who performs tasks like this regularly likely needs more tools, and the features provided here are also provided in suites that are more comprehensive. Another issue is the unintuitive design. It will challenge new users, but once you learn it, it works well enough for the purposes at hand.


  • Fast load times and smooth operation
  • Manipulates MP3 files directly
  • Non-destructive approach


  • Limited feature set
  • Unintuitive design
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