Music File Editing - Help

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Sox, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Sox macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2005
    I have a very long concert stream in AAC format totaling 105.9 MB. I'd like to do some editing, perhaps cut out the thirty-minute interview in the beginning and separate the songs into individual tracks.

    My first thought was to use Audacity, which I'm familiar with from having used it on windows. I downloaded the 1.2.3 version to my Rev D PB. However, Audacity won't import the AAC or mp3 version of the file. I searched for Audacity help, but none of the threads I found addressed this specific issue.

    In my searching, it seemed that some people were having luck using GarageBand, but so far it hasn't been so for me. When I drag the file from iTunes, only the first 90 seconds or so shows up in GarageBand. I'm not very familiar with GB, so I'm probably doing something wrong.

    Will Audacity or GB work for such a large file?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Sox thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2005
    Now, for some reason, iTunes will not let me convert any of my songs to mp3. When I select a song and go to the Advanced menu, the only option is "Convert Selection to AAC," which is ridiculous because the selection is ALREADY AAC.

    What am I doing wrong?
  3. railthinner macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2002
    In iTunes go to preferences under import you select what format to convert your file to. Select AIF. Once you've got your aif file (which will be much larger) there are a plethora of apps you can edit it with. Search version tracker. Then convert your chopped up files back to mp3's later.

    I'm not aware of any editors for aac files.
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Yeah, what he said. Change your iTunes Import Preferences to import using AIFF, then you can Convert Selection to AIFF. Then Show Song File, and you should be able to use Audacity just fine.

    Lee Tom
  5. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
    if you can open the file in Quick time pro you can use it to do basic edits for audio & video.
    Open the file in QTPro ,got to the start of the part of the clip you want, then mark an in (apple+shift+left) then got to where you want the clip to end and mark an out (apple+shift+right) apple+c to copy the section apple+n to open a blank QT file & apple+v to paste the section. You can then save the new clip as a .mov or export it as a mp3 /aiff etc...
  6. Sox thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2005
    Thanks guys. I will give this a shot. I appreciate all the help as I continuosly trip over myself.

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