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Software Review of:
MP3 DirectCut
Ver. 1.14


Richard Villafana, is a grumpy middle-aged coot who spends far too much time at the refrigerator, and practices medicine as a hobby.

From the September, 2002 issue of PC Alamode Magazine

Okay, this isnít going to be pretty. I just finished attempting to use this monthís software review program, mp3DirectCut, and I must say Iím deeply disappointed. Wait, disappointed is too generous. Disgusted is closer to my real feeling. This is pretty much a total waste of my free evening. Where do I begin? Should I point out its lack of documentation?  Or how about its non-functioning buttons and features? Perhaps I could tell everyone how boring and non-intuitive the interface is. Nah, why donít I just tell you that you should steer clear of this mess of ď0Ēs and ď1Ēs.

Alright letís get this over with. First of all there is no manual at all. All I had to work with was a couple of sheets printed from a help file. Man, that was soooo helpful (statement dripping with sarcasm). All I could tell from the help file was that this program is supposedly an MP3 editor, and is ďfeature richĒ. Iíve seen better features at the dollar cinema. Excited yet? Wait, thereís more! There is no mention of the minimum hardware requirements. None, zippo, zilch, nada, thanks for playing and drive home safely. I guess it runs, sort of, on my computer which is a Pentium 4, 2.2 GHZ  Windows XP, with 512 MB of RAM. Installation was easy, and luckily so was the  uninstall. Once I fired this puppy up, I was left struggling to figure out what to do next. 

Hmm, this button is kinda pretty, drat, it doesnít do anything. Okay, maybe this one,  oops, guess I better undo that. Returning to the help file only depressed me, so I gallantly opened an MP3 file, and tried to figure out by trial and error how I could edit this file. Well, it was mostly error, as I started and stopped the file dozens of times and could never get the key that supposedly changed the pitch and level of sound to work.

Oh well, there was a full refrigerator beckoning me, so I happily abandonded all hope of becoming the next Moby, and skipped over to the Frigidaire. Mmmm, meatloaf.

Needless to say, that was the end of my association with MP3 DirectCut. The writer of  this hodge-podge of code is Martin Pesch. I was so uninspired with this program that I didnít even bother to go over to his Website to look for assistance. I figured, why bother? Life is too short to look up obscure Websites for obscure programs.

That extra slice of meatloaf is just too inviting. And guess what else? Iím not gonna include any screenshots either. So there, take that Martin. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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