How to Cut Music in Audacity

A quick and easy guide to show you how to cut music in Audacity. This will allow you to edit your songs and make them your own.

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If you have ever wanted to create your own ringtone or edit a music file for other purposes, you may have considered using the free audio editor Audacity. While Audacity is a powerful tool, it can be confusing for beginners. This guide will show you how to cut music in Audacity so that you can create the perfect edit for your needs.

Step 1: Download and install Audacity

Audacity is a free, open source digital audio editor and recording application available for Windows, OS X, Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert old vinyl or cassette tapes into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy and mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.

To get started cutting music in Audacity, you first need to download and install the software onto your computer. Visit the Audacity website (link in Resources) and click on the “Download” link for your operating system. Run the installer once it has finished downloading and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Step 2: Import your music file into Audacity

Import your music file into Audacity by dragging and dropping it into the project window, or by clicking “File” > “Import” > “Audio.”

Step 3: Find the section of the song you want to cut

Now that you have the song loaded into Audacity, you need to find the section of the song that you want to cut. Use the play button at the top of the screen to play the song, and use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to fast forward or rewind as needed.

When you find the section you want to cut, press the “Pause” button at the top of the screen. This will stop playback and allow you to select a section of audio.

Step 4: Cut the section out

Now that you have highlighted the section that you want to cut out, it’s time to actually cut it. To do this, simply press the “Ctrl” and “X” keys at the same time. This will remove the section from the track and put it in your clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere if you want.

Step 5: Export your new file

The final step is to export your new file by going to File > Export > Export as MP3. You can also choose other file formats if you want, but MP3 is a good general format that will work in most cases.


This concludes our guide on how to cut music in Audacity. We hope you found it helpful and that you are now able to cut music in Audacity like a pro!

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