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April 14th, 2008

MP3 Cutter with Silence Detection

This tool has a name that makes it somehow distinctive among all the other tools that we review. No usual MP3 splitters or MP3 cutters. Let’s see how that influences the overall performance.

The setup was the most annoying thing in our recent experience. After accepting the license agreement we were offered to select some packages. Without giving it a thought, we clicked "OK". The setup installed a whole bunch of programs that we didn’t need. And although they were installed all together, we could uninstall them only one by one.

The program starts immediately after installing. Its splash screen doesn’t fade out before you click it, which is not annoying, but a sort of strange.

We can already see that the program offers no waveform. Adding files is simple: the "Add files" button is clearly visible on the toolbar. We click it and open our album.

The MP3 file is added to the list. Now we can split it into a number of files, split the album by duration, or use silence detection (the third option).

We also notice the "Encoder Settings…" button, which tells us that Slice re-encodes MP3 files while splitting them. As we know, this leads to quality losses and is much slower than direct MP3 splitting.

OK, let’s run the silence detection tool to detect songs in our album. Aha, this can’t be done separately, we can only run the silence detection tool together with splitter/encoder. So, it won’t be possible to check if it recognizes songs correctly before it extract parts. Well, there’s no built-in player, anyway.

So, we click "Slice Files" and wait. Silence detection and then extracting is even slower than we expected and we let the program run in the background while doing other things. After a few minutes we check the program again. Finished. Good, let’s check the output.

We start playing the split files… and are greatly disappointed. The silence detection didn’t work properly, it has cut songs in the middle while leaving pauses inside files. Even worse, quality of the split files is simply unacceptable. Slice added unpleasant noise where the sound was too loud, which shouldn’t happen even with re-encoding.

Pressing F1 to get help. Works.

"Contents" is opened in our default browser. There are six topics: Introduction, Using Slice, Encoder Settings, Shortcut Keys References, Support, and Software License terms. Each of them represents a single page.

Summary:

  • Interface: simple, easy to learn. 10
  • Features: MP3 splitter, splitting by equal parts/duration, splitting by pauses. Silence detection tool can be adjusted. Re-encoding (converting) files while splitting, which is slow and leads to quality losses. No built-in player. No waveform. Splitting by silence on the test album was incorrect. Quality of the split parts was awful (noises). 2
  • Documentation: scarce. 4
  • Compatibility: ran on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista 32 bit, Windows Vista 64 bit. No issues. 10
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