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How to Cut MP3 in VLC Media Player

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Updated on Apr 28, 2024

VLC is the Swiss Army Knife for numerous multimedia solutions. It can not only play but also download, convert, and edit video and audio files. When VLC works as an editor, it can help you cut/trim files with ease. In this article, I will explain how to cut MP3 in VLC. Read on.

Tips: Trimming audio in VLC is feasible but not so practical. If you want an efficient way to go, this handy MP3 cut editor is your better choice:

Part 1. Is It Possible to Cut MP3 with VLC?

VLC is known to deal with various multimedia tasks. Can VLC trim audio? Well, the good news is that it can. Yet the tricky thing is that it uses the record function to cut MP3s instead of an audio cutter. In other words, VLC offers an indirect way to cut audio files.
In the next part, I will show you how to cut MP3 in VLC using its recorder feature. If you dislike the way, directly jump into the alternative way to cut your MP3 or other music files.

VLC cuts audio by recording the needed part of the file. It might not be a good solution for those who need to cut a long audio segment. Given this, we offer a much more efficient way to cut/trim MP3 in Part 3 with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Download the software to your PC for preparation:

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Part 2. Step-by-step Guide on How to Cut MP3 in VLC

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Step 1. Open VLC Media Player. Drag and drop the MP3 file you want to trim into VLC.

Step 2. It will automatically play the audio. Pause the playback, click on the "View" button on the menu bar, and check the "Advanced Controls" option. Now there are four new buttons above the playback icon.

Step 3. Drag the progress bar to set the beginning point of your wanted part. Then click on the red "Record" button and play the audio.

Step 4. Click on the red "Record" button again when it reaches the point where you want the audio clip to cease.

VLC will cut and export the MP3 files to the path by default: C:\Users\Your_Computer_NAME\Music or MyMusic. You can also specify an output folder beforehand. Go to "Tools" > "Preferences" > "Input/Codec" and click "Browse" next to Record directory or file name to modify the output path.

Note: Don't drag the progress bar to adjust the playback time during the record since VLC needs to record the part in real time.

Part 3. Got Cut MP3 VLC Problem? Try the VLC Cutter Alternative

That is how to cut MP3 in VLC using the recording feature. You’ve probably noticed that using VLC to cut MP3 is somehow a time-consuming and low-quality process since it needs to record and play the audio from the start point you set until it reaches the end point. So here I will give a simpler and more practical method to help you cut MP3 on PC.

The efficient tool we will use is WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. It can help you avoid the trim MP3 VLC problem and cut your wanted part of audio easily and quickly. Now, free download this software and follow the steps to cut your MP3.

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Import the Audio File

Step 1. Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the "Converter". Click the "Add Files" button and select the MP3 file you want to cut. You can also directly drag and drop the file from your computer into the window.

Set the Start Time and End Time

Step 2. Click the "scissors" icon on the tool bar and the Trim window will pop up. Drag the sliders under the progress bar to set the start and end time. You can also directly fill in the start and end time for cutting MP3 audio more accurately. Then, click the (▶) button to preview the clipped part. Next, press the green "Trim" button and save the change. You can cut mulpitle audio segments from the same audio file all at once.

Choose an Output Format and Start the Conversion

Step 3. Go to the "Click to change output format" section on the right and choose "MP3" under the "Audio" tab.

Step 4. Tap the inverted triangle button at the bottom to specify an output folder. Finally, press "Run", and the process will be completed very soon.

How to Clip an MP3

If you want to cut MP3 to make ringtones, Open "Toolbox" > "Ringtone Studio" and click "Add File". Then, drag the sliders to select the needed part. Choose the output device and click "Save". Done!

Final Words:

Other tools like online audio cutters/editors are also workable for trimming MP3, but ultimately, VLC is most people's choice. And cutting MP3 in VLC is easy with the above instructions. However, if you expect a more straightforward and efficient solution to avoid VLC cutting issues, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is worth a try!

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