The Easiest and Cheapest Way to Convert Your Records, Tapes, 8-Tracks and More into CDs or .MP3s – Part II – Advanced Techniques

Situation 4: DJ Style mixes – Songs that flow seamlessly from one into the other.

With a DJ Style mix, there may or may not be an abrupt beginning or end to the song. You will have to choose where you want the song to begin and end. This will take careful listening, selecting and zooming. The easiest way to get the hang of this is to look for the beats of the song. They are easy to spot because the bass and snare drum generate peaks.

Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Find the beginning of the first song. (Situation one)
– Clear everything before that and Save.
– Find the beat right before the next song begins.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Zoom in right to the beginning of the beat and select everything to the left.
– This is just like Situation one, except we are going to Cut instead of Delete.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Create a new file.

Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Paste into the new file.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Save the new file.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

– Go back to the other file and look for the starting point for the next song.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

Note: We used Cut to clear out the first song. This leaves us with the exact point for song two to start on. In order for us to transition seamlessly from song to song, this start point should not be touched. You will only be dealing with the end point from song two until the end.
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

-Repeat until the process is complete and the last song is the last remaining.
-Clear any unwanted silence from the last song’s end.
-Save the last song
Audacity Tutorial - Situation Four

Quick Tip: To create a CD which flows from song to song seamlessly, you must use “Disk at once” burning and change the 2 second gaps between the songs to 0 seconds. The first song will need the 2 second gap left in place but it won’t affect anything.

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