Beatmapping

Audio Editing

See also Basic MP3 Modifications

osu!academy covered this in Episode 15: Audio Encoding (4:02). That episode also contains how to install and use Audacity with LAME's .mp3 export ability.

This article serves as guide to help you do minor edits to your audio files for beatmapping purposes. By expanding it, you can help fellow beatmappers to create suitable audio files for any need.

By no means is this the software that you can only use, rather this only lists from those who had added them here. If you know of other tools that could be used and can explain how to use them for the descirbed sections below, please add them.

Audacity (and LAME)

Audacity is a open source free audio editing and recording software. To properly use this for .mp3, you will need to use LAME.

LAME is an .mp3 encoding library that will allow Audacity to export sound files in the .mp3 format whilst using different bit rates. To install LAME on Audacity, refer to the Audacity wiki.

Lowering Bit Rate

Install Audacity and LAME, open Audacity then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to lower the bit rate on.
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + E, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Export Audio....
  3. Change "Save as type:" to MP3 Files
  4. In the "Format Options", click on Average as the bit rate mode.
  5. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  6. Click Save.

Looping

Install Audacity and LAME, open Audacity then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to loop.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the parts you want to loop.
    • Rarely, it would be the start to the end of the music.
    • Sometimes the chorus or refrain is where looping is done best.
  3. Press Ctrl + C, or
    1. Click Edit
    2. Click Copy
  4. Find a location for where you can loop the part you have copied.
    • This could be the end of the part you had highlighed.
  5. Press Ctrl + V, or
    1. Click Edit
    2. Click Paste
  6. Play through the entire music and make sure that the loop sounds good.
  7. Repeat as needed.
  8. Press Ctrl + Shift + E, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Export Audio....
  9. Change "Save as type:" to MP3 Files
  10. In the "Format Options", click on Average as the bit rate mode.
  11. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  12. Click Save.

Cropping

Install Audacity and LAME, open Audacity then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to crop.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the parts you want to crop.
    • This should be the long outro that you don't want to map.
  3. Press Delete.
  4. Click and drag the last 3 to 5 seconds towards the end.
  5. Click Effect.
  6. Click Fade Out.
  7. Press Ctrl + Shift + E, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Export Audio....
  8. Change "Save as type:" to MP3 Files
  9. In the "Format Options", click on Average as the bit rate mode.
  10. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  11. Click Save.

mp3DirectCut

mp3DirectCut is a free to use audio editing software. This tool is recommended when you only want to raise/lower the volume or crop the audio as it doesn't require you to re-encode the audio, meaning less quailty loss.

Looping

Install and open mp3DirectCut, then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to loop.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the parts you want to loop.
    • Rarely, it would be the start to the end of the music.
    • Sometimes the chorus or refrain is where looping is done best.
  3. Press Ctrl + C, or
    1. Click Edit
    2. Click Copy
  4. Find a location for where you can loop the part you have copied.
    • This could be the end of the part you had highlighed.
  5. Press Ctrl + V, or
    1. Click Edit
    2. Click Paste
  6. Play through the entire music and make sure that the loop sounds good.
  7. Repeat as needed.
  8. Press Ctrl + W, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Save complete audio....
  9. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  10. Click Save.

Cropping

Install and open mp3DirectCut, then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to crop.
  2. Click and drag to highlight the parts you want to crop.
    • This should be the long outro that you don't want to map.
  3. Press Delete.
  4. Click and drag the last 3 to 5 seconds towards the end.
  5. Press Ctrl + F, or
    1. Click Edit.
    2. Click Simple fade to/from position.
  6. Press Ctrl + W, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Save complete audio....
  7. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  8. Click Save.

Adjusting the Volume

Install and open mp3DirectCut, then follow these steps:

  1. Open the .mp3 file that you want to adjust.
  2. Press Ctrl + A to select all.
  3. Press Ctrl + G, or
    1. Click Edit
    2. Click Gain...
  4. Check the Lock Sliders checkbox.
  5. Take the left slider and lower it.
    • The dB (decibels) you set it to will vary, just try various volumes until you get it right.
  6. When you are satisfied, press OK.
  7. Press Ctrl + W, or
    1. Click File.
    2. Click Save complete audio....
  8. Navigate to the location you want to save the file as.
    • You could rename the file too.
  9. Click Save.