How do I split flac files?

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FLAC files, like MP3s, are compressed audio files. However, unlike MP3s, FLAC files do not lose any quality of sound when compressed. Sometimes an entire album is saved as one large FLAC file. When the FLAC file is accompanied by a CUE file, you can skip through an album's tracks using your computer's music player software. Split a long FLAC file so that each track of the album is its own FLAC file using Medieval CUE Splitter, Audacity or Foobar2000.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Medieval Cue Splitter

  1. 1

    Download and install Medieval Cue Splitter.

  2. 2

    Select "file," and "open CUE file." Or press Ctrl and F12.

  3. 3

    Search for the CUE file associated with the FLAC file you want to split in the dialogue box that opens. Select the CUE file and open it.

  4. 4

    Click the split button in the dialogue box that opens. Choose a location for the split FLAC files. Click "OK" to begin the FLAC file splitting process.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" in the pop-up window that appears after the FLAC files have been split.

    Audacity 1.3.13 (Beta)

  1. 1

    Download and install Audacity 1.3.13 (Beta).

  2. 2

    Import a file by clicking on "file," "import," then "audio." Select the FLAC file you want to split and open it. The FLAC file will open in a new track.

  3. 3

    Zoom into the waveform using the zoom in feature. Alternatively, press Ctrl and 1 to zoom in and Ctrl and 3 to zoom out. Zoom in until you can clearly see where one song (waveform) ends and the next begins.

  4. 4

    Highlight the first waveform using the mouse cursor. Left click at the end of the waveform and drag the mouse cursor to the begin of the waveform.

  5. 5

    Click "file," and "export selection..."

  6. 6

    Create a file name and select a file location for the FLAC file and save it.

  7. 7

    Add the artist's name, track title, album title, track number and other information in the Edit Metadata dialogue box that opens. Click "OK."

  8. 8

    Repeat this process for each track of the album.

    Foobar2000

  1. 1

    Download and install Foobar2000.

  2. 2

    Click "file," "add files." Find the FLAC file you want to split and open it.

  3. 3

    Highlight every audio track by clicking the mouse underneath the tracks and dragging the cursor over each track. Right click the selection and click "convert."

  4. 4

    Click "output format" in the Converter Setup dialogue box that opens. Select FLAC, or another audio format such as MP3, AAC, WAV of AIFF. Click "back."

  5. 5

    Click "destination." Check "specify folder" in the output path section of the dialogue box. Click "back."

  6. 6

    Press "convert." Select a location to save the files. Click "select folder."

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