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A difficult choice between a group of excellent applications, but I've got to go for Audacity for its versatility and power combined with ease of use. Probably the best all round audio authoring application for beginners and remaining as an indispensable tool for media professionals.
Audacity but there are things that can only be done with Mp3 Direct Cut running in Wine.
I think the only thing that Mp3 Direct Cut does that Audacity doesn't is cutting (trim/split) MP3 files without decoding them. Other operations such as fade an normalize require decoding/re-encoding of the MP3 and are handled effortlessly by Audacity (along with dozens of other effects).
I generally prefer to use programs that run natively on Linux, so rather than Mp3 Direct Cut I prefer to us Mp3Split (command line) or Mp3Split-gtk (graphical interface). SoX may also be able to losslessly split MP3s but I'm not sure that it splits MP3s losslessly. (I'm surprised that SoX isn't in the shortlist, but I guess that is due to the trend toward GUI applications).
Last edited by stevethefiddle; 02-04-2011 at 05:21 AM.
Mp3 Direct Cut can also amplify and fade without having to re-encode the file. If I want to do lossless amplification I first load into Audacity to determine how much I can amplify without clipping but I do the amplification in Mp3 Direct Cut. I am not aware that this can be done by audacity without re-encoding