How to cut and join a lossless file

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by cyberpunk, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    How to cut and join an apple lossless file? If I import an aiff file into audacity edit it an export as aiff will this lose quality?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Audacity will do the trick, and no to your last question, as AIFF is an uncompressed format.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I understand that Lossless to lossless will not result in quality loss. much appreciated.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Though lossless is not the same as uncompressed, just to be clear. ;)
     
  5. macrumors G4

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    With lossless files the quality will remain the same if al you do in the editor is cut out a section. But if the cut is done poorly you will introduce a "click" or "pop". One might argue that introducing an artifact is degrading the sound.

    But make the cut on a zero crossing and you will not introdce the click
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Appreciated.

    How do I do the same but with an mp3 or other lossy file without the loss in audio fidelity?
     
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    There are utilities which will allow you to concatenate mp3 files without decoding/re-encoding the files, so there's no loss in quality.

    If you want to do more than than, i.e. actually cut out a segment from one and concatenate it with another file, I believe you'll need to decode the data first using some editor which understands mp3 (e.g. Audacity). This will degrade quality since you then need to re-encode it after doing the cut/paste work.
     

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