If you have a fairly modern Mac, then it probably came with Garage Band pre-loaded. That would be the very easiest and friendliest way to go. If you don’t and you do have the QuickTime Pro key purchased ($30 from Apple), you can use QuickTime Player to do this. In the Free arena, there is Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ which is a full-on sample editor.
On Jan 13, 2012, at 8:49 AM, Kelly Crossley wrote:
I need to edit an MP3 file that I’m using on a website. Basically, I only need about the first minute of the song primarily for effect. Are there any good Mac OS X based MP3 editors available?
I use a low end editor called Amadeus, it’s paid for but very versatile.
Just a word of caution about editing mp3’s, they’re the musical equivalent of a graphic jpeg - they’re lossy, so the more you mess around and save them, the more of a loss in quality you’ll get. So try to make sure you get the edit in one hit rather than saving a few times (and use a ‘save as’ command, so you still have your original should anything go wrong with your cropped version)
On 13 Jan 2012, at 14:46, Kelly Crossley wrote:
Thanks Walter. I tried Garage Band, but when I tried opening the MP3 file it was grayed out. Quite frankly, I’m not theta familiar with GB so I’m sure I’m doing something wrong. Any advice?
mp3 trimmer does exactly what you want. It’s shareware, the only thing that the trial version does is do a 10 second countdown before executing the trim. you can trim from both ends, set fade ins and fade outs and preview and tweak by tenths of a second.
I did want to make it smaller, and yes, I believe it is copyrighted music. I purchased a legal copy of the song, and I am not permitting downloads, but I do respect and want to abide by any copyright rules. I am crediting the song on the web page and including links to where it can be purchased legally.