Audio editing software to easily and efficiently export brief MP3 clips?
October 21, 2013 6:54 PM Subscribe
Which OSX application will allow me to most efficiently set up the beginning and endpoints of MP3 files in order to extract brief audio clips?
posted by incandescentman to computers & internet (7 answers total)
I have a large number of MP3 recordings of seminars, lectures, and conferences. I'd like to extract brief audio clips of the best pieces of wisdom from them. These best-of excerpts will range from 15 seconds to 5 minutes in length.
I don't need to edit them together or join them together—I'm not making a podcast or anything. I just want to have a well-organized library of well-labeled, well-tagged audio clips that I can listen to, share with others, and transcribe.
The main tasks I envision are:
- listen to the long original recordings until I find a section I'd like to extract
- cue up the beginning marker
- cue up the end marker
- extract and exporting a clip as a standalone MP3 file
- name and tag the clips
- store and access my database of clips
The recordings are of varying sound quality. Sometimes the speaker's voice is faint or far away, and some of them have some background noise. If there's an easy way to clean up the background noise and boost the signal for the speaker's voice, that would be helpful too.
I'm on OSX, so the main contenders seem to be Audacity and Garageband. I haven't used either but I am willing to learn whichever one will let me do this most efficiently. I've also heard of other apps like Fission but I don't know anything about them.
So, which application will allow me to most easily and efficiently set up the beginning and endpoints of these clips and extract them?