How to Shorten Audio Files with 2 Simple Approaches?

No matter whether you want to remove the unnecessary part of your audio file, extract the chorus of a song for making the BGM of a short-form video or creating a unique ringtone, an essential skill you have to master is to shorten audio files. Given this, this guide will show you how to achieve it with two simple methods.

You're recommended to install this easy-to-use audio shortener freeware to efficiently get the job done:

Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Mar 27, 2024

Plan A: Shorten Audio Files with Free HD Video Converter Factory

Free HD Video Converter Factory is not as simple as its name implies, it is actually a 100% free video and audio processor well-suited to those who have no or little audio editing experience. Without any industry-specific jargon, it's pretty simple to shorten any audio file owing to its self-explanatory UI and user-friendly navigation. Meanwhile, you're also able to download albums from YouTube and 500+ popular sites, splice audio clips and convert to any common audio format.

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Quick Guide: Shorten Audio Clip in 4 Simple Steps

Step 1 - Add Any Audio File

Open Free HD Video Converter Factory and get into "Converter" module. Press the "Add Files" button to add any audio file you want to shorten. To make it easier, this free audio shortener allows a direct drop-and-drop.

Tips: You're able to import multiple audio files in various formats and severally shorten each one. This program supports a wide range of input audio formats so that you can not only shorten MP3 files, shorten WAV files but also shorten those uncommon audio files.

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Step 2 - Choose an Export Audio Format

Press the "Format Profile" image on the right side to expand the full list of 500+ configured presets. Go to "Audio" category and select any preferred profile as the export format.

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Step 3 - Shorten Audio File by Trimming or Splitting

Press the "Scissors-Shaped" icon on the toolbar to open a new window. Drag the two blue sliders to choose the highlight part. Then hit the green "Trim" button to trim an audio clip in the below section. You can also input the Start and End time respectively to make it more accurate. Press "OK" to return.

Tips: With the same steps, you can split audio into separate parts as Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, etc. for audio shortening.

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Step 4. Start Audio Shortening Process

Specify an output folder on the bottom by clicking on the "inverted triangle" icon. The final step is, hit the "Run" button to start to shorten audio file at once.

Optional: Before start, you're free to open "Parameter settings" window to customize the output tracks, such as changing audio bit rate, encoder, sample rate, channel mode, and volume.

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This audio shortener freeware can not only help shorten audio files in an extremely easy way, but also...
  • Save songs from SoundCloud, MixedCloud, YouTube, ReverbNation, Pandora, Bandcamp and 500+ sites.
  • Merge, trim, split all sorts of audio files with ease.
  • Extract audio-only file from a video effortlessly.
  • Convert audio to WAV, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WMA, etc.
  • Make a ringtone for iOS or Android devices.
  • 500+ presets available for 1-click simple conversion.
  • Free, safe, clean, efficient & easy-to-use!
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Plan B: Shorten Audio Files Online

When you type in "shorten audio file" or similar keywords in search engines, most online services dominate the first page of search results. Indeed, the online audio shortener can help shorten audio clips without software installation required, but IMHO, it's only recommended to deal with a handful of audio files, as they usually impose limits on the upload file size and the number of conversions. Here, I'll take 123APPs' Audio Cutter for demonstration, you can also give it another shot on other websites.

Step 1. Open Audio Cutter on your browser via this link: It works for most audio files though it's named as MP3Cut.

Step 2. Click on "Open file" button or perform a drag-n-drop to add an audio file. Also, you can add it through Google Drive, Dropbox or a URL.

Step 3. Drag the two vertical sliders on both side or input the time to choose the desired audio clip.

Step 4. Choose an export format from MP3, M4A, M4R, FLAC, and WAV.

Step 5. Click on "Save" button to start shortening the audio file.

Step 6. After done, download the audio clip to your PC.

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Final Words...

That's the whole workflow of how to shorten audio files with great ease. Even a novice or green hand can complete the work smoothly. Most importantly, the two audio shorteners are fairly easy-to-operate without paying a penny. Hopefully, you'll benefit from this straightforward tutorial. Thanks for reading.

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