A few days ago we saw Gnome Split that is an application used for the splitting and merging of any kind of files. We used an mp3 file for our example and the file chunks were not playable as you would expect…
Mp3splt is another small GTK3 application that will help you split your audio files in such a way, that the produced chunks will be playable. Apart from that, it also offers some more audio specific features that will be very useful in such situations.
The interface of the application is pretty simple with basically a split button that will initiate the spitting process, a browse button for you to choose the file to split, and a set of tabs that will help you determine exactly what kind of splitting you want to do.
One of the audio-specific abilities of this application is the audio player that is offers. It can work through gstreamer that is the default, audacious and SnackAmp. You can also view an amplitude wave of the file to get a picture of the fluctuations and even add split points straight from the player!
Split Points and Files
On the next two tabs you can review the set split points and the files that are to be produced after the splitting. You can delete any unwanted files here.
On the next tab you will find the ability to search on the tracktype.org database. I think this is to be used for getting pre-defined split points for albums. Here is the example results for a mainstream artist search:
Type of Split
Apart from the ability to split from the player while listening, you can also choose one of the following slitting types:
- Time Split: Split every (insert value) seconds
- Equal Time tracks: Split the track in (insert value) equal time tracks
- Trim using silence detection: You can set the level of decibels for this one
- Split using silence detection: Here you set the decibel level, period of silence in seconds, minimum track length etc
- Wrap: Split files created with mp3wrap of albumwrap
On the last tab you can set the preferences for various things like the directory of saved files, the output file name format and others. The most important is the tag settings though. You can choose between many options here as you can see on the following screenshot. Tagging can be very frustrating when doing things like that. Glad to see mp3splt does well on this sector.
I tested mp3 and ogg files and it worked perfectly. I am not sure about other audio file types though.
For people who download big podcasts, or have imported large audio files of albums from elder formats like cassettes or vinyl disks, this little application can prove to be a big savior for you!