CUE Splitting

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This article describes how to split audio file basing on CUE metadata.


Probably you need this bundle:

 pacman -S cuetools shntool flac wavpack mac mp3info vorbis-tools

If you want to split iso/bin files, you will also need bchunk:

 pacman -S bchunk


To split a disc audio file accompanied by a cue sheet use the shnsplit command. For example:

 shnsplit -f file.cue file.ape
 shnsplit -f file.cue file.wv

To split bin files with cue sheets use

 bchunk -v -w file.bin file.cue out

All these commands produce .wav files. You probably want to compress the audio files with formats like flac or mp3.

shnsplits gives the possibility to convert on the fly to most lossless formats, like flac. It can be used like so:

 shnsplit -f file.cue -o flac file.ape

If you need more control over the conversion you may change the converter parameters inline:

 shnsplit -f file.cue -o "flac flac -s -8 -o %f -" file.ape

The formats shnsplit supports can be view using the command

 shntool -a

For other situations, like wanting to convert to lossy formats like vorbis or mp3 and when using bchunk, refer to Convert Any To Mp3 for examples.


Use file.cue track01.mp3 track02.mp3 track03.mp3 track04.mp3

or file.cue *.mp3

to copy tags from CUE to MP3. supports FLAC, OGG and MP3 tags. is included with cuetools.

Splitting, Converting to FLAC, and Tagging

Split a single FLAC using CUE

  • install shntool cuetools
  • shntool split -f *.cue -o flac *.flac
  • *.cue split-track*.flac

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