Being that so many of you are more technologically adept than me... I was hoping for some advice.
I'm working on developing a musical theatre workshop for pre-schoolers, and I wanted to make a short mix of music with different tempos and sounds so that I could have them walk around the room the way the music sounds to them (slow, fast, happy, sad, etc.)
I'd need very short segments of music knitted together on one track... but, short of sitting down with my old tape recorder, I'm not sure where to start.
I did some research. There used to be a service that did just that, muxtape.com, but it is currently inactive although the site is online.
I think what you need to do are two steps: - Find Podcast safe music from one of several websites, like freemusicarchive.org. There you can create your own playlist online OR download songs one at a time
- Download and install Audacity, an excellent free audio editor, then import the tracks one by one, cut them, and join them together. Finally, you export the compilation file to Wave or MP3 format. It is not all that complicated.
Thank you again! I may take you up on that! The class I'm prepping for is the "demo class" which will (or will not) garner me some enrollment. Its all come about very quickly, and a lot is riding on it, so I'm a bit nervous.
I think I'll check out Audacity tonight. I just looked it over quickly and I'll have to run through one of their tutorials or something.
I just successfully downloaded Audacity, and then, after a little trial and error, spliced together the 3 sample tracks that came w/ Windows Media Player. WooHoo! Now that I know what I'm doing, I can go find the music I need and get to work.
Its exactly what I was looking for... thank you again!
ThoughtfulSpot, thanks for keeping me informed. It sounds like you are on the right track, and you are a fast learner I'm sure. Cutting tracks will be next. You may also want to apply normalization prior to exporting the file, since this will give more even volume levels.