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Divide large FLAC file into several - without CUE file

Hi everybody. Great to be here. I am hoping someone can help me here (sorry if this is the wrong section).

I have recently bought a digital FLAC file. It is an entire music album and I want to divide it into several files (by the songs). The thing is, the download did not come with a CUE file which is generally used to divide.

When I try to use programs like CUETools or Medieval CUE Splitter it just doesn't work without a CUE file. I don't want to do it manually (with programs like Audacity or whatever).

Looking for your help. Thanks and best regards.

Re: Divide large FLAC file into several - without CUE file

Reply #1
Use foobar2000, convert to flac, but choose to convert each track to an individual file.
This is given that foobar2000 is able to read the file as several songs.

foobar2000 download: https://www.foobar2000.org/download
Codecs pack download (FLAC included): https://www.foobar2000.org/encoderpack  

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Reply #2
It is necessary to create a CUE program RG CUE MAKER



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Reply #3
You can make a cue sheet with Windows Notepad.  Use an existing existing cue sheet as an example/template.

Or you can use any audio editor.   (Audacity is FREE.)     Since FLAC is lossless, there's no problem opening it for editing and then re-saving* bits of it as new FLAC files.




* With Audacity you "export" when you want to save-as an audio file and you "save" if you want to save the Audacity project (for further editing, etc.).

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Reply #4
Just slice'n'dice with Audacity. As a one-off job, it's got to be quicker and simpler than creating cue sheets.


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Reply #6
Just slice'n'dice with Audacity. As a one-off job, it's got to be quicker and simpler than creating cue sheets.
Cool feature of Audacity: you create the split points in a separate "track" and when ready select "Export multiple".

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Reply #7
I know three nice Windows programs for this application.

You can use CDwave to create a cue sheet or directly write split audio file segments. The program can work in any sampling rate, not just CD. The splits are on 1/75 second boundaries. An oddity with the interface is that the spacebar pauses, press F10 to stop, to further tweak the cursor point.

In Sound Forge you can drop Markers at intended split points (including start of the album and end), then Special > Regions List > Markers to Regions, and Process > Extract Regions. No way to quantize the split times to frames as far as I know.

REAPER digital audio workstation. Easy to use, but you can also unintentionally affect the quality with wrong options. Set the project to match the sampling rate of the source, optionally video frame rate to 75 and View > Ruler time unit to frames. Then insert a Region from time selection (shift-R) for every track. Regions at the top of the view are easy to adjust by dragging later. When done File > Render, Master mix, Project regions. Choose the same sampling rate, uncheck dither.

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Reply #8
You might try generating the cue sheet using
http://regeert.nl/cuesheet/
https://cuemaster.org/

if this fails you, see Reply #3
I use http://cuegenerator.net/ which I've found to be the best.

Then once the cue sheet has been created and loaded into foobar for a final check and tweak of the timings, I'll open the cue sheet in Notepad++ and tweak away, making sure to save and then recheck in foobar, which picks up the saved cue sheet changes.

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Reply #9
Just slice'n'dice with Audacity. As a one-off job, it's got to be quicker and simpler than creating cue sheets.
Cool feature of Audacity: you create the split points in a separate "track" and when ready select "Export multiple".
Didn't know that. I may give it a try next time I have to edit an Elpee's worth of Tunes ((c)Todd Rundgren).

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Reply #10
Thanks everyone for your help!

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Reply #11
If you are going to use Audacity to split file, it is needed to disable dither in preferences.

 
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