Contrary to what most people believe, coming up with a custom music mix is not really that hard. But as expected, this is a process which requires both practice and time to create seamless and great edits.
To help you out in your next music edits for an upcoming performance, whether yours or someone else, here are the most important steps that you have to follow to ensure the best result for your work.
- Purchase the music. Never, ever steal one from the world of file sharing. After all, you can find a lot of songs that cost lower than a dollar.
- Look for a good and reliable mixing software. Make sure you settle for one that does an amazing job when it comes to music editing.
- Import the song or songs to your personal computer. It often means ripping your song from the CD or putting this in a program that can be used in the mixing program.
- Identify the specific length that you want for your finished work. This will help you determine where and how you are going to make the edits.
- Try to listen to your songs, and pinpoint the specific parts that you want to keep. These can include the intro, the first verse and the chorus, the bridge, the final chorus, and the ending.
- Determine those areas which are redundant or not that redundant. Most of the time, the second and the third verses are not that important to the overall nature of a song.
- Check to see if the pitch and speed of the song are already good. If it is not, you might have to change some part of the editing when you mix the latest version.
- Don’t forget to map out the parts where you are going to make the edits in the song. There are several programs that will allow you to place markers in your song, and separate and cut the parts of your songs for reassembly.
- Proceed with the edits. It is the part that is a bit tricky. You will have to learn how you will line up the beats when you splice sections of your song, and fade or taper sections which overlap to reduce the transition effects. There are also great programs which come with special effects like filters, chorus, and reverb to modify the song’s sound.
- Preview your mix and make some tweaks. Isolate transition sections that you will magnify and replay until you feel happy and satisfied with your edit’s final outcome. After that, you can continue with the next one.
- Save the mix file. This mix is the recipe to modify your original song and it will also be getting its very own name. You have the chance to save several versions for various applications.
- Mix the file into an MP3 file before burning it into a CD or transferring it to your player.
Use these tips and have the best time in executing your edits. Happy music mixing!