In Part I of How To: Add A Musical Intro, we shared with our readers several of our favorite sources for obtaining royalty-free and Creative Commons licensed music and sound effects for their productions.
In today’s posting, we will take our readers through the process of incorporating their new found introductory sounds into the beginning of their AudioAcrobat recordings for publishing online.
Option 1: Audio Editing Software
The first, and most robust option for including our readers’ intro music into their productions is to use Audio Editing Software, such as Sound Forge or Audacity. Other DAW’s work well for this as well, especially in the arrangement portion of adding layers, etc. … our current favorite being Ableton Live.
If our readers are searching for the right piece of Audio Editing Software, we’ve compared several of our favorites HERE.
Step 1: Gather
When using Audio Editing Software to mix more than one audio source together into a single file, it is important to first gather all media files to be used in the production. This, at bare minimum, would include the intro music and AudioAcrobat recording (radio show, interview, conference call, etc.).
Step 2: Import
After gathering all of the media files to be used in the production, the next step is to open each file in the Audio Editing Software of your choice.
Step 3: Combine
If using Sound Forge or Audacity, there are (2) main ways of combining multiple tracks into one. Readers can either cut and paste the intro music just before the start of the recording or get crafty and apply fades and/or mix the two together for a more ‘polished’ feel.
This part of the process is much more controlled when using a DAW like Ableton Live.
Step 4: Upload/Publish
Once the single file has been created as desired, the last step is to save the newly mixed file to be uploaded to AudioAcrobat.
Here, the uploaded audio file (WAV, MP3, WMA) can be made available as streaming audio via web player, email or direct URL as well as made available for download in MP3 format … and of course sharable directly to our readers’ favorite social networks!
Option 2: The ‘Playlists’ Feature
As many AudioAcrobat members already know, the Playlists feature is a robust way of stringing multiple tracks together in a single player so that they play in sequential order … much like tracks on Vinyl or CD.
Using the AudioAcrobat Playlists feature to add a short (15-30 second) intro to our readers’ recordings is by far the easiest way to accomplish the task of adding a musical intro, and the steps for creating and publishing AudioAcrobat Playlists are thoroughly outlined HERE.
It is important to note that at this time, Playlists can only be made available as streaming audio via web player, email, direct URL and via our readers’ favorite social networks.
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