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How To Get Your Audio Files Web Ready

If you didn’t record your tracks on your Mac, you will have to import them.

For example, you may have done your recording at a studio and they have given you a Master CD.

Load the CD and the icon in fig. 1 will appear on your desktop. Unless you have told it not to, iTunes will launch. Tell it to go away.

Double click the CD icon to show it in the Finder - fig. 2.

Click on some empty space on the desktop, select Finder/File/New Folder and give it a suitable name.

Click on the CD folder, do a Command A, drag all the files into your new folder and eject the CD.

The files will be named anonymously like - 01 Audio Track.aiff. In each case, replace “Audio Track” with the song title as in fig. 3.

Create a new folder in your Home folder and name it “My Website Music Files”.

Drag your folder of audio files, and any other folders you create relating to your website music, into this folder.

Unless you recorded your tracks in a very unprofessional manner your files will be in either AIFF or WAV format.

To prepare them for the internet they will have to be converted to MP3s.

Unless you want to give your songs away for free and/or allow people to rip them off, they will have to be edited.

This edited version should be around 60 seconds long and be representative of the song and leave the listener wanting to buy  the whole track or CD.

Many of you will have your favorite audio editing software but, for those that don’t, we’ll cover this next.......

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