Originally posted by sidhe:
Basically, I would like to be able to take measures out of the middle of music, make it shorter, fade in or out.
This should be doable with any editing program, CoolEdit, SoundForge, etc. If you want to alter the tempo of the music, by speeding it up or slowing it down, some programs can do this, too without affecting the pitch too much. The adjustment range tends to be small, like 10 percent or so without running into really bad artifacts.
However, a lot of this work is just brute force application of time, where you'll have to hand-edit every cut and fade, listening carefully to make sure you don't have undesirable clicks or pops. There's really no automated way to do this well, so be prepared to spend a lot of time if you are going to cut-n-paste music together.
A lot of the quality also depends on the kind of music you use. I'd say that acoustically recorded music like an orchestra is harder to cut-n-paste together with no audible artifacts than something that's a bit more synthetic, like techno or some pop music.
Now, it would also be cool to be able to take out words I dislike, change them to a sound, make the voices sound electronic or take the words out completely (I hear you can do this sometimes, depending on how the piece of music was mixed), mix two songs together, etc.
This gets very hard to do well. Some karaoke programs/machines can supress the voice, but it really depends on the music, and the result usually doesn't sound very good. At this point, you'll have to get really sophisticated audio tools, stuff that's used for audio forensics, and spend a lot of money and time doing it. Is there some other way around the problem, perhaps by changing the choreography, or making the dance take the words into account?
I am someone that can sight read music and certainly count music, but um I don't know an amp from the hole in my wall for an electrical plug.
Being able to read music is very valuable, because if you're making any edits to a piece of music, it's easy to mark up the score with your edits so when you go back to cut everything together, you'll have an easy reference.
<small>[ 14 September 2003, 01:32 PM: Message edited by: Andre Yew ]</small>