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Editing Music for Dance competitions Tutorial

Ok... so you read our last music blog and hopefully you found the information helpful. Here at Dance Comp Diaries we decided we should follow it up with some helpful

editing tips that will give you more confidence when you get to the dreaded ‘cut the music’ part ;)




First we need to understanding some of the basics.


Music files- Mp3, M4A and WMA are all “compressed” music file formats. Compressing results in a small file size with a low loss of sound quality. However one Mp3 is not necessarily the same quality as another, even if it is the same song!


This is because some music files are MORE compressed than others! The difference is in the ‘bit rate’ that was used when the song was compressed. To check the bit rate of any file type, right-click on the file, select "Properties" and then select the "Details" tab. There you will see the bit rate. The larger the bit rate, the better quality the file. The highest bit rate available is “320 kbps”.


Which program should I use to cut my competition music?

  • Most people are already aware of the two most popular free music editing programs: Audacity (PC / Mac) and Garage Band (Mac only). Both of these have editing and layering tools and a range of effects that many dance teachers find suitable for most of their needs. If this is the program you choose to use to cut your music you can find many helpful tutorial videos for both programmes on Youtube.

Here are a couple of example videos to get you started




  • Wavepad Sound Editor (PC / Mac) - This is the only free software that allows you to extract songs off a CD, edit them and export them all in an uncompressed format (WAV), without any conversion whatsoever.

  • Virtual DJ (PC / Mac) - This program allows you to blend songs in real-time (like a DJ) while recording. It calculates the tempo of every song automatically, gives you the ability to change the key and tempo of each song, and much more!

Once your music is cut how to send music

There are two programs I recommend for sending music once it has been cut

  1. try a free account at High Tail; Similar to Dropbox, it will allow you to upload 2 GB of data every month, however unlike Drop Box, the recipient does not need their own account to download the files. This would be a good option for a once-off transfer.

  2. And of course there is WeTransfer; As the name suggests, this website allows you to safely send files that are too large to send direct via email, and neither sender or recipient needs an account!

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