How to Trim a Sound on TikTok in 2022

How to trim a sound on tiktok

Trimming sound is a primary function included in TikTok’s Sound or Add a sound feature that allows you to change the start point of your video. Before you learn how to utilize it, it’s crucial to note that you can’t use TikTok’s trim sound feature to make a unique mix.

Similarly, the sound trim option can only be used when the sound duration is longer than the predetermined time period for capturing the video. For example, if your camera mode is set to 30 seconds and your track is 30 seconds or shorter, you won’t be able to “trim” the song to start at a different point.

With that out of the door, we’ll move on to learning how to trim sound on the TikTok app.

Trimming the Sound on TikTok on Android/iPhone before Recording?

Before or after recording, you can add sound to a TikTok. If you add sound before recording, you’ll be able to film with better sync to the music or narration rather than having to afterward modify the captured video to the music. Let’s look at how to add and cut sound before recording on TikTok.

Step 1: Open TikTok and proceed to the create page by tapping the “+” (Record) button.

create video button on TikTok

Step 2: At the top of the create page, press Add sound.

Add sound in tiktok video

Step 3: From the Sounds tab, choose a song from the suggested list (Discover, Playlist), a song from Favorites, or enter sound keywords into the Search field to identify a specific sound.

Search song on tiktok

Step 4: This is the page that displays the results of a sound term search in the search box. To choose a sound, tap the red button with a check mark inside.

select song on tiktok

Step 5: You’ll be taken back to the page where you started (camera). At the top of the page, tap the sound marquee.

edit song on tiktok

Step 6: At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the Current sound tab, which has the sound’s title as well as three buttons: scissors, bookmark, and close. Press the scissors button.

cut music on tiktok

Step 7: At this moment, a soundwave bar appears. Move the default starter point of the song to a new time point by dragging the soundwave bar to the left. The soundwave bar will not move until the duration of the sound is longer than the duration of the video you’ve chosen. You can’t “trim” the music to start at a different point if the camera mode is set to 30 seconds and your track is also 30 seconds or less in duration.

cutting tiktok song

Step 8: To save your changes, tap Done. To return to the camera, press the “x” (close) button on the top left side of the Sounds page.

cutting song on Tiktok

That’s all there is to it; you’ve now grasped the basic procedures for reducing a sound on TikTok. It’s worth noting that once you’ve chosen a track and trimmed it before recording, you won’t be able to modify the music during the recording process. However, you can still use the Sound and Trim tool in the editor during the post-production editing phase, so it’s not a big deal.

Trimming the Sound on TikTok After Recording on Android after Recording

TikTok’s Sound tool allows you to add and cut sound before and after recording. That means you can edit a sound you added before recording or replace it with a new sound afterward. You can also choose to skip the pre-recording sound phase and simply add music during the editing phase.

Step 1: Open TikTok and proceed to the create page by tapping the “+” (Record) button.

Step 2: Record the video (with or without sound) and then go to the editor by tapping the red button with a check mark inside.

Step 3: The editor’s bottom panel contains the following options: Sounds, Text, Stickers, and Effects. Sounds can be tapped.

Step 4: Select a song from the Recommended list by tapping it. You may also add a piece from your Favorites or search the app library using the search tool (the search button in the upper right corner of the pop).

Step 5: On the right side of the popup, when you select a song, two buttons appear — the scissors (trim) button and the bookmark (Add to Favorites) button. To use the trim tool, press the scissors button.

Step 6: At this moment, a soundwave bar appears. To move the song’s default starting point to a new time point, drag the soundwave bar to the left or right. The soundwave bar will not move until the duration of the sound is longer than the duration of the video you’ve chosen.

Step 7: To save your changes, tap Done. Apart from the trim and bookmark tools, the Sound popup also gives you a choice to maintain or discard the original audio, as well as modify the level of both the original and new sounds.

On TikTok, this is how you trim sound. To be clear, trimming simply allows you to adjust a song’s beginning point. You can’t produce a new mix by removing a whole section of a song from the center to make a personalized version of the song.

Trimming the Sound on TikTok on iPhone after Recording

The processes for adding sound before recording on the TikTok app for Android and iOS are identical. Although the features on iPhone and Android are nearly identical when it comes to adding or editing sound after recording, there is one little difference. We’ll show you how to reduce sound after an iPhone recording in this article.

Step 1: Run TikTok and proceed to the create page by tapping the “+” (Record) button.

Step 2: Record the video (with or without sound) and edit it.

Step 3: The Add sound feature is located at the editor’s top. To access the Sounds page, tap Add Sound.

Step 4: From the Sounds tab, choose a piece of music from the recommended list (Discover, Playlist), a song from Favorites, or search for a specific sound using sound keywords in the Search field.

Step 5: This is the page that displays the results of a sound term search in the search box. To choose a sound, tap the red with a check mark inside.

Step 6: You’ll be taken back to the page where you began (camera). At the top of the page, tap the sound marquee.

Step 7: At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the Current sound tab, which has the sound’s title as well as three buttons: scissors, bookmark, and close. The scissors button should be pressed.

Step 8: At this moment, a soundwave bar appears. To move the song’s default starting point to a new time point, drag the soundwave bar to the left or right.

Step 9: To save your changes, tap Done.

You’ll be taken back to the editor. You are free to resume editing your video as intended. Trimming sounds simply allows you to move the start of a sound to a different location than it appears in the TikTok sound collection.

Trimming the Original Sound on TikTok

First and foremost, the app’s editor does not allow you to cut the original sound (which comes with a video freshly produced on the app). On TikTok, there are just two options for dealing with the original sound: keep it by adjusting its loudness against the additional sound or altogether remove it by muting it.

As a result, trimming the original sound in the editor isn’t even an option to consider. However, if you want to use an original sound in your video and cut it, it’s not impossible. The approach is to “use the sound” as an additional sound in your video and cut it using the same techniques outlined in the previous instructions. We’ll demonstrate how it’s done.

See Also: How to Use TikTok Filters: Everything You Need to Know?

Method 1: Record a Video and Post it.

Step 1: Open TikTok and proceed to the create page by tapping the “+” (Record) button. we recommended not to add sound to the video during filming and post-production if you want to use the original sound as-is in your introductory video (in the editor).

create video button on TikTok

Step 2: To film your video, press the red record button, then the red button with a check mark inside to the editor.

Red Record Button on TikTok

Step 3: In the editor, tap Next to proceed to the publishing page.

privacy settings on TikTok

Step 4: Select Only me as the viewer for this video. To make your video private, tap Post.

Post video button on TikTok

Method 2: In a New video, Use the Original Sound

Step 1: Go to your profile by tapping Profile.

Step 2: To access the private video uploads tab, tap the lock icon.

Step 3: Open the freshly uploaded video and cut and use the original sound.

Step 4: Select the sound disc icon on the video (near the bottom right corner of the page).

Step 5: On the sound’s specific page, select Use this sound.

Step 6: You’ll be taken to the create page, but the sound from the video will be added as an additional sound. At the top of the page, tap the sound marquee.

Step 7: At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the Current sound tab, which has the sound’s title as well as three buttons: scissors, bookmark, and close. The scissors button should be pressed.

Step 8: At this moment, a soundwave bar appears. Move the default starter point of the song to a new time point by dragging the soundwave bar to the left.

Step 9: To save your changes, tap Done. You’ll be taken back to the app’s camera/record tab, ready to begin filming with the trimmed sound.

On TikTok, this is how you trim an original sound. It’s a long way around, but it’s the only way to get past the in-app restriction on cutting original sound for now.

Using Third Party Program for creating own Music Mix on TikTok

For many designers, the fact that TikTok does not allow for altering a sound, such as removing only a specific part of it or excluding parts of its portions in the middle, is a significant drawback. As a result, you’ll require a third-party trim and merge program to make a bespoke mix of a file or sound for TikTok.

The procedure is straightforward: you cut and merge a sound to make a mix that includes only the “desirable” parts of the music, then uploads the sound to TikTok. However, only the TikTok app for Android currently allows you to upload your own music or sound to the app library.

Requirements

  • To trim and create custom sounds, you can use a sound editor.
  • You will need an Android device with TikTok installed on it to upload the track.

The following instructions are for Android users. We’ve included a link to a guide for iPhone/iPad users who want to learn more about mp3 trimming and merging with the Audio Editor app.

Method 1: Editing sound with MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker (Android Exclusive)

Step 1: Open the Play Store and download MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker.

Step 2: From the options on the homepage, choose MP3 Cutter.

Step 3: To give the app access to your device’s storage, tap Allow. Make sure the audio you’re using is TikTok-friendly. If not, the software will immediately mute the video recorded with the copyrighted sound in order to enforce intellectual property and copyright laws. Select a sound from your media library by tapping.

Step 4: At this point, you’ll have access to two tools: Trim and Cut. Trim is the default setting. Use the sliders on the sound wave bar to pick or highlight portions of the sound to keep. During the procedure, the region outside of the selection will be cut out.

Step 5: To save the sound, tap Save.

Step 6: Rename the clips so that they may be easily identified. To produce an mp3 clip of the specified portion, tap Convert.

Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 to create as many reduced sound clips as desired. MP3 also features a “Cut” tool that allows you to trim down a section of music in order to bridge two parts of a sound in one step. To utilize this tool, go to the homepage and select Cut from the MP3 Cutter function.

Step 8: Using the Cut tool, crop out the region of the sound that you want to remove. To optimize the area, use the sliders on the soundwave bar. Ensure the area to be eliminated stays within the soundwave bar’s inward-pointing arrows of the sliders.

Step 9: To save the sound, tap Save.

Step 10: Rename the clips so that they may be easily identified. To produce an mp3 clip of the specified portion, tap Convert.

Step 11: Return to the home page and select Audio Merger. To select clips from the library, tap.

Step 12: Use the Merger tool by tapping Next in the lower right corner of the page.

Step 13: Using the Upload Files button in the top right corner of the page, you can add more files at any time. To alter the order of the clips, hold down the two-line button against one of them and drag it up or down.

Step 14: When you’re ready to merge the tracks, go to the bottom of the page and tap MERGE.

The merged mp3 is now saved on your device. Now that your custom song mix (reduced and merged) is complete, it’s time to post it to TikTok for use.

See Also: How to Save Instagram Reels to Camera Roll on iPhone

Method 2: Upload your Own Sound on TikTok

The TikTok app for Android features a feature that the TikTok app for iOS does not. This feature is called My Sound, and it allows you to upload and use your own sounds from the TikTok collection. We’ll demonstrate how it’s done.

Step 1: Open TikTok and proceed to the create page by tapping the “+” (Record) button.

create video button on TikTok

Step 2: On the Create page, at the top of the page, tap Add sound.

Add sound in tiktok video

Step 3: Tap My Sound in the top right corner of the Sounds page.

Step 4: Your phone’s music library will appear on the page. To import a sound from your device library to the TikTok library, tap the red button with a checkmark within and select the sound you wish to upload.

Step 5: You’ll be taken back to the recording page/camera, where the sound will be displayed as a marquee across the top of the page. Tap the marquee to change the sound or even trim the one that is now playing (if you wish to trim to change the starting point of the sound).

Step 6: To trim the sound, tap the scissors button on the Current sound panel at the bottom of the page.

cut music on tiktok

Conclusions

TikTok is an extremely powerful tool that allows you to create videos with sound that look great and are extremely easy to use thanks to its easy-to-use interface. It is our hope that this article gives you some insight into making edits on TikTok, so that next time you record at home (or wherever else! ), everything will be perfect.

Frequently asked question

Why isn’t TikTok allowing me to cut a sound?

Unfortunately, the original audio cannot be cut. To do so, you’ll need to use an outside tool to trim the audio and produce a new sound in TikTok.

Can you trim the sound after posting the video?

No, trimming is only available in the editing (pre-publishing) phase of the app. Videos that have already been posted cannot be edited. Sound, effects, captions, and so on, cannot be altered once they have been posted. The sound in your video can only be trimmed by using the “Use this sound” feature in your recording page.

Unable to use a whole TikTok sound?

Users can access TikTok sounds under strict copyright and licensing protocols. You are allowed to play TikTok songs for a maximum of 15 seconds; if you play a song that cannot be used above a certain duration, the license agreement is violated and your video is immediately muted by TikTok as a penalty.

To escape this plight, try using royalty-free music (with appropriate credits) or your own original sounds if you can’t use a whole song on TikTok.

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Sarmad Nadeem

In addition to being one of IAT's co-founders, Sarmad is a blogger, a digital marketer, and a business consultant.

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