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How to Edit Mp3 Audio Files

Almost everyone listens to mp3s on their computer or portable player, but if you have a few that need cleaning up, follow these tips to edit audio like a pro.


  • Step 1: Download software Download or buy audio editing software. Audacity is a free audio editing program and is available to download at
  • Step 2: Open the program Open the program once you've installed it. To import an mp3, click Project and then Import Audio.
  • TIP: Audacity allows you to import WAV, AIFF, MP3, AND Ogg Vorbis files and, with the help of an encoder, export them as mp3s.
  • Step 3: Highlight Highlight the area of the song you want to manipulate by using the selection tool -- it looks like a capital I -- and dragging it from the beginning of the section you want to manipulate.
  • Step 4: Cut and paste To cut the section out of the song, click Edit and then Cut hold Control plus Z. To paste the cut section elsewhere, position the selection tool where you want to paste and click Edit and Paste or hold Control plus V.
  • Step 5: Add effects Click on Effect and browse the numerous options you have. If you want to add echo, highlight your song and click Effect and Echo. Or, if you want to clean up noise in the recording, click Effect and then Noise Removal. Most editing programs will take a sample of your recording and tweak your audio accordingly.
  • TIP: Remember to save your work. If something unexpected happes, you could lose everything.
  • Step 6: Download encoder Download an mp3 encoder to export your mp3. Some editing software don't encode mp3s, so you will need to download an encoder.
  • Step 7: Export Export your audio by selecting File and then Export as mp3. There is also the option to export it as a WAV file or a Ogg Vorbis. Now, load up your edited audio onto your mp3 player, and hit the streets!
  • FACT: The mp3 began its early life in Germany when Professor Dieter Seitzer began working to transmit speech in high quality over phone lines.

You Will Need

  • Computer
  • Audio editing software
  • Mp3
  • Mp3 encoder
  • Internet access (optional)

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