If you listen to any sort of music, an audio editor is a must install for your computer; even though it may be for the mundane task of making ringtones. Take a look at the free (but well worth every unspent penny) MP3 Toolkit. It’s a bundle of little features that can help you tackle your everyday music jobs without breaking tune.
MP3 Toolkit is a 10.5 MB download. The front end displays the six tools that make up the toolkit. And as it so clearly tells you, the tools of MP3 Toolkit exist to help you convert, rip, edit, merge, cut, and record MP3 files. Just move your mouse over the buttons for a preview and a brief description. Tell me what else you need from an audio editor that a beginner can run straight out of the box.
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The MP3 format apart, MP3 Toolkit supports most of popular audio & video formats like WMA, WMV, MP4, WAV, OGG, FLV, MOV, M4P, M4A and more, also supports high quality audio like FLAC and APE. The format support and the six tools cover pretty much all you would need to convert audio for your cell phones, create custom ringtones, fix tag information, rip Audio CDs, record sounds or merge audio pieces to a complete MP3 file.
As you dive into each of the six tools, you will appreciate the clear large icons and the uncluttered interface that makes everything so understandable even for a rank newbie. Even if you don’t, there’s the help file a click away. Yes, it’s written in simple English. For instance, here’s the interface from the first tool on the menu – the MP3 Converter:
I can write reams about each tool under the umbrella of the MP3 Toolkit, but the program’s homepage and the software itself make it easy to understand. So, I will only restrict myself to a few highlights.
MP3 Toolkit can handle batches of your files. So, you can drag and drop a folder to have MP3 Toolkit do conversions, tagging, editing, and merging. You can tweak bitrates and the audio channel while converting your audio files.
Cutting a MP3 files – for creating ringtones – is sometimes notoriously hair-splitting. The MP3 Cutter is very user-friendly as the screen below tells you. Select the start and the end, cut, and save it in the MP3, WAV, WMA or AMR formats.
The MP3 Recorder enables you to record any sound from your mic directly to the MP3 format. There are no length limitations. You can record analog streams also from your sound card. Great for those un-downloadable streaming podcasts.
Finally, the MP3 Toolkit Tagging program helps you neatly organize your collection by custom tagging with filenames and ID3 format. It won’t automatically download the tag information though.
MP3 Toolkit works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Try it out. Let us know if it’s a keeper or do you prefer some other music editor that’s simpler or better.