Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to Splice Music Together

Splicing music together is a technique that almost anyone can master. Splicing music involves the merging of two separate audio files. Each audio file must be edited separately and then merged together in an audio editing program. Audacity is a free audio editor that can be used to splice different audio files together (see Resources). Learning how to splice audio requires basic listening skills, patience and the ability to trim audio with precision and accuracy.

Step 1 Download Audacity and install it on your computer. The program will work with Windows and Macintosh systems.

Step 2 Start Audacity and import both of your audio files into the program. This will create two separate instances of your file. To import a file, select the "File" menu, then click "Import." Do this for both tracks, and Audacity will show each file sitting next to each other in the viewing window.

Step 3 Select the audio file that you would like added to the end of the other file by clicking on its name in the track viewer.

Step 4 Select the "Edit" menu and find the "Find Zero Crossings" option. This will find the place where each set of audio begins and ends.

Step 5 Click the end of the audio file in the first track. A cursor will appear to show where you have selected. Make sure to select the end of the file. Step 6 Select the "Edit" menu and click on the “Paste” option. This will merge both audio files together.

Audacity is a free program, but there are also several other good, commercial programs that will accomplish the same goals: Sonar, Cubase and Logic are all high-quality programs (see Resources).