Are you looking to edit mp3 files for free? Look no further, here we are going to show you step by step how to do it. First we must get into…
Setting up Audacity
For editing out Mp3s we will use Audacity. Click here to download Audacity for windows 10 and other versions. Because the latest version already has the LAME encoder installed, you don’t need anything extra, just open Audacity when it’s installed. If you have an older version of Audacity, then you will need to install the LAME codec.
How to edit MP3 files
1. Open your MP3 file
First, open your MP3 file. In Audacity select File>Open and select your MP3 file. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (or CMD+O on MAC).
A dialog box will open up and you will see something like this:
Simply go the folder where you have your MP3 file and click on “Open”. Once you do Audacity will take a moment to load the file and you will see the timeline on Audacity like this:
2. Delete the parts you don’t want
Since only you know what changes you want to make, I am going to show you how to do all of the basic editing. First is deleting the parts you don’t want. On the timeline simply click and drag your mouse to select the part you want to delete. It will be highlighted like so:
The you can go to edit>delete or simply press the delete key to remove that part of the mp3 file.
2. Move parts around
Let’s go further in our editing. If you want to move one part of the Mp3 to another part, simply select the part you want just like the above and go to Edit>Cut or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+x (or CMD+X on MAC). The part will disappear but instead of being deleted like the above, it will be loaded in memory.
Then click anywhere on the timeline where you want to move your audio and then click on Edit>Paste or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V (CMD+V on MAC). You can read about how to cut in Audacity here.
3. Clear the background noise
If your mp3 file has noise, you can edit it so that the background noise is reduced. This is important because people are extremely attuned to sound and the noise might be distracting to them. Here is a tutorial on removing background noise in Audacity.
4. Save your file
Once you have edited your mp3, you cannot save as MP3 directly. Audacity uses .aup files, which are project files. In order to save as Mp3, you need to go to File>Export>Export as mp3
A dialog box will appear where you can save your file as Mp3. You are done!