Are you in charge of a cheer or dance team and have ever wondered how other teams get custom music mixes? Naturally, you are! Do you want personalised mixes but cannot afford to pay for them? Try mixing music on your computer at home!
It takes some practise, but it is simple to learn. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can make simple pieces or get creative and make layered pieces for routines. We’ll show you how to do it.
1. Accept the programme. Get a music editing programme. There are some excellent ones available.
Audacity is a free programme that runs on Mac, PC, Linux, and other operating systems.
2. Find a few songs that complement each other. Allow your team members to contribute to the song selection.
Look for songs with a similar beat or feel to your routines, or songs that are timed to the tempo of your routines.
3. Launch your sound editor and open the songs. Create a new blank sound document at the same time.
Locate the sections of each song that you want to use.
Cut each piece in the correct order and place it in the empty sound file.
4. Include sound effects! To spice up your cheer routine, you can buy CDs or download thousands of sound effects. Cut these and place them in various places throughout your music.
5. Everything revolves around timing! Check that the finished music meets your specifications. Listen to your mix with your teammates and find out what they think. After a few of these, it will be second nature!
6. Make a CD of it. Congratulations, you’ve just made a fantastic mixture, and now it’s time to put it to use. Make copies for your friends, distribute them, and get your team on the ground!
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