MP3 Trimmer for Mac

MP3 Trimmer for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 29 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    89,617
  • Date Added:
    May 11, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (registration reminder popups); $12.95 to buy

Editors' Review

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MP3 Trimmer for Mac allows you to make substantial edits to an MP3 file without the need for re-encoding, all in a single, easy-to-use interface. The result is a useful app for anyone that frequently edits, cuts, or snips sections from MP3 tracks for video or audio production. While the interface is minimal, the app runs smoothly and provides a full trial experience. It offers numerous tools that are easily accessible and we found it to be fast and effective.

After installation of the app, you'll be forced to wait for a few seconds for it to load to access the trial version, but there are few limitations on its operation once it is up. Load an MP3 file into the app and you can start trimming by setting the in-point, the out-point, the playback speed and volume, and much more. The core functions are on the screen along with all of the basic audio metadata from the MP3 file, and you can make small adjustments to things like audio fading, gain, and silence, but there are also more functions in the menu bar to choose from if you want to further adjust your MP3 file. Everything worked quickly and saving your editing MP3 file is very easy, not requiring any additional encoding before export.

If you want a streamlined, clean interface for basic edits to your MP3 files, download the trial for MP3 Trimmer. It offers a range of functions that will allow you to make edits to your MP3 files on the fly. This is a useful app that even at the full upgrade price is worth checking out for those that frequently trim and cut MP3 files for other uses.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MP3 Trimmer for Mac 2.9.6.

 
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5 stars

"Very dependable and fast"

January 05, 2015  |  By buzzweb

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.6

Pros

Have been using this for years to merge mp3 files and other routine tasks. Quick and easy.

Cons

Doesn't appear to be actively supported by the developers, so when new OS X comes out, they're not going to be the ones to tell you whether it still works.

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3 stars

"Ho...Hummm.. Have seen better ones."

January 13, 2014  |  By NelsonGut83

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.6

Pros

Editing is easy and the interface is pretty good. Delivers but it comes with a catch.

Cons

Edited files can only be saved in 128kbps. Come on guys, we live in 2014! We need higher bitrates than that! And your support sucks.

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5 stars

"Great utility for voice editing"

October 01, 2012  |  By Spoffo

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.6

Pros

Precise control, very convenient ability to test trims. Detailed, pro-type interface with full information. Does joins too. Uses standard editing keyboard shortcuts. One-step workflow for web audio clips while maintaining compact file size (see comments)

Cons

none for me

Summary

I use it for editing voice tracks and occasional music clips for websites, so the 128k bitrate limit mentioned in other reviews is no issue for me. Other editing solutions for this that I've tried, like Quicktime Pro and MPEG Streamclip, have a giant disadvantage: After you've made your trims and cuts, you have to save them as .mov files (Probably because of licensing issues with the company that owns MP3.)
Many embedded webpage audio players are very fussy about formats they can play back. They will play back .mov files in a browser on a mac, but on windows they will often freeze on .mov and will play only clean mp3 files.
As a result, you have an added step in your workflow: converting the edited .mov file back into mp3, and here's the big problem: all the tools I've found for converting .mov to .mp3 produce a <b>much bigger file </b> like around 2.5 to 3 times bigger. So a 20 minute audio clip that may have been 7 mb in the original mp3 recording, and maybe a 6 mb .mov after trims and cuts, becomes a 16 mb pig when converted back to mp3. And that can make web performance over slow dsl or 3G terribly sluggish.
This is the only product I've found that gets around this problem. It gives a streamlined, one-step workflow with optimized results.

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3 stars

"OK if you like all your music encoded at 128 Kbps."

July 23, 2012  |  By JonCalgary

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.6

Pros

Simple interface. Does what it promises, to a point.

Cons

Apparently only outputs to 128 kilobytes per second. I have most of my music encoded much higher than that, or VBR hovering around 200. The software will import it to work with it at higher bit rates, but only saves at 128. This is a huge omission, as we all know 128 is not the best quality (160 is the bare minimum for reasonable quality), and most other MP3 apps output to varying bit rates and even VBR. Therefore, do not delete or overwrite your original files. Also, "keep ID3 tag" selection is turned off by default for some odd reason. There are only barebones help files, especially for setting preferences; doesn't really tell what things do. And, apparently, support seems to be missing in action according to other review sites.

Summary

OK if you need stuff to trim and have a MP3 player without much space. However, it will not fix your original files and maintain their higher quality. If you want more control in editing (and saving to the original bit rate), seek out Fission. Not as idiot-proof, but audiophiles will be happier.

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4 stars

"Simple, effective and easy to use"

March 21, 2012  |  By aamz001

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.3

Pros

Trim and remove, fade-in and fade-out excellent

Cons

However there is a bug. Once you fix a song to your way you can't reedit again

Summary

Once you edit your file(s) you cannot reedit them again... you will get error message as mp3 is corrupt.
I'll give you example: After I batched several mp3 files and I deleted originals. I wanted to extend (Fade-Out) life from 4.0s to 10.0s, I couldn't, I get error after error after....
<b>Warning:</b> Do not delete Original files until you are fully satisfied.

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5 stars

"Free and works as described!"

December 27, 2011  |  By realq86

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.5.0

Pros

Work as described and easy and intuitive to use!

Cons

Could use larger buttons and use more screen real estate to make it easier to use.

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3 stars

"Works but kinda wierd"

July 05, 2011  |  By elf9--2008

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.5.0

Pros

Strange app that has no "save" button. You either have to use a keyboard command or go to a dropdown menu. And the standard keyboard command is not called "Save"

Cons

Also strange in that if you drop a file on it when it's in the Dock, it doesn't open and use the file. You then have to go to the place where the file is and drop it again.

Summary

Very simple and straighforward sound file cropping app. Does not mess with original file, allows metadata to stay with cropped file.

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5 stars

"Does just want its supposed to do, and does it well"

January 25, 2010  |  By IWByte

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.9.5.0

Pros

audio preview of trim on both sides is very helpful

Cons

Doesn't wash my dishes. :) Seriously - its called 'MP3 Trimmer'. It Trims MP3s. What's not to like!

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5 stars

"Simple, reliable, easy trim and cleanup of mp3 files"

March 12, 2009  |  By balancedview

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.8.9.1

Pros

Small, fast, easy to use.
Reliably remove unwanted lead-in and trailing silence, or sounds.
Allows me to setup a fade-in or fade-out on recordings that start or end too abruptly.
Cleans and helps repair 'broken' mp3 files.

Cons

While easy to use, there is a short learning curve to understand the keyboard and concepts. Not really a con, as any program probably has similar need.

Summary

I have used this product from its early versions - liked it so well that I registered it quite a while back. It continues to improve and refine over the years.
It is very reliable and accurate on allowing me to :
- Trim or remove unwanted silence at beginning or end of song,
- Trim or remove unwanted sounds at beginning/end of any mp3 file,
- Lets me add custom shaped/length fade-in and fade-out,
- Will help to repair 'broken' mp3 files,
- can split long tracks,
- does all this without re-encoding - so original sound quality is retained.
I use it on music files, and also on recordings made from internet 'radio' and audio conference files.
(this probably sounds a lot like the program description, but I really have used it to do all these things on my various mp3 audio files.)
Highly recommended. Mac platform only, as far as I know.

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2 stars

"Fission is now offering serious competition"

April 27, 2007  |  By rubaiyat

 |  Version: MP3 Trimmer 2.7.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been a long time fan and promoter of MP3 Trimmer. It certainly is still excellent value for the money.

I have however now bought Amoeba's <b>Fission</b> which clearly outclasses this as both an editor and for making equalising adjustments to encoded audio. Fission handles a much wider range of encodings (AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless & AIFF) and has far superior visual feedback and precision in snipping and joining. By comparison MP3 Trimmer is much more hit and miss and overall clumsy to navigate.

I have used MP3 Trimmer to concatenate (join) audio tracks, a sort of tack on feature which never really advanced despite my feedback.

It does this via a too-small pop down pane from the main window.

Items dragged in from list view come in out of order. Some tracks lose part of long file names making them hard to identify. It balks at different bit rates and is extremely clumsy when batch joining files, as it hides the names of files whilst working on them then closes the pane, forcing you to reopen it to continue with other files.

The odd user interface extends to simple things like the <b>Enter<b> key doesn't <b>OK<b> a join, it deletes a file from the list. I would have thought that is what the <b>Delete<b> key would be for. The supposed inclusion of IP3 data, I found to be erratic at best and required a check box to be ticked every time to work. It doesn't pick up on the file names when saving and as I said has stayed very basic.

Fission is slower joining files but has only just introduced this as a feature, I presume at my request. It does let you do this more visually and you have the opportunity to join files of different bitrates and then save them back at lower bitrates, where this takes me an extra trip to iTimes with MP3 Trimmer.

Fission is more expensive but does do a lot more formats and adjustments. It seems much more polished as well. It is still very new but will improve, judging by the quality of it's sister product Audio HiJack Pro.

Try both before buying.

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General
Publisher deepNiner
Publisher web site http://www.deepniner.net
Release Date May 11, 2015
Date Added May 11, 2015
Version 3.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac/OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.27MB
File Name MP3 Trimmer.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 89,617
Downloads Last Week 308
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License Model Free to try
Limitations registration reminder popups
Price $12.95

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