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Why You Should Add Music To Your Website Audio Buttons

A lot of marketers are successfully using audio buttons on their websites with great success. In most cases an audio button on a sales page really does increase sales.

Website audio is a very powerful tool.

It can be made even more powerful if you add music to your website audio message.

Here’s how:

1. You can choose music that will match the mood of your potential buyer.

For example if you have an exciting sales message given in a clear and enthusiastic way, then you should use an upbeat music track.

Not only will your prospect get your sales message in their head by what you say, you have encouraged the right frame of mind for them to buy with the background music. Thus, making it more likely that they will purchase.

2. Grab attention with a short intro track.

Before your message starts you can really grab your prospects attention by adding a short introductory bit of music. You can then carry on the rest of the audio message either with or without further background music.

3. Give A Really Professional Image

People in general will associate your use of music with professional media broadcasts that they are exposed to everyday. These include news channels such as CNN and radio.

But where can you get music tracks to use in your web audio?

There are plenty of websites that provide a wide variety of background music tracks including intros and outros.

They come in the form of royalty free music. Usually this means that when you buy a track you have the rights to use it as you wish, but you can’t pass it or sell it to anybody else.

If you do a Google search for “royalty free music” it will give you plenty of sites where you can get royalty free music tracks for you to use in your web audio.

The royalty free audio tracks will either come in the popular WAV or MP3 file format.

Next you need to actually mix an audio track (or tracks if you are using both an intro and background pieces of music) with an audio message.

The good news is that you can use a good quality free audio editing program called audacity.

Again you just need to do a Google search for the term “audacity” and you will easily find the webpage to download this great program for free.

Now to record an audio message that includes background music, you will need to use the Audacity program to create an mp3 or wav file.

Just hook up your mic to the P.C and use Audacity to start recording your voice. Anther benefit is that you can edit your recording!

Now you want to add a royalty free music track. To do this click on the ‘project’ menu at the top, then choose ‘Import Audio’.

You can now browse the files on your computer, find the mp3 or wav file you want and double click on it. The software will then add this to, and mix with your voice which you have already recorded.

Edit the audio as you see fit. When finished just click on the ‘File’ menu at the top, and choose ‘export as mp3′ (or wav).

You can now use this new mp3 (or wav) file to use with audio button creating software, to turn it into a flash audio button to put on your website.

Copyright 2007 David Gale.

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Select Planet Audio for That Great Sounding Music

Our lives are filled with many different technological advances. One of the better inventions that was designed was that of music. Now since we love to listen to music there are lots of companies that can give us great sounding music. One such company is that of Planet Audio.

This company has many great innovations that you can use. To see the many products that you want you should see what their web site has in stock. In addition to this information you will find that Planet Audio can provide this same service at their dealers and their showrooms. Now visiting their showroom or even their website will reveal the many products that you can use as upgrades.

With the selection of good quality upgrades Planet Audio systems will let you see just how great music sounds on these systems. So having found the best types of audios that Planet Audio can provide you with, you will generally be able to buy the Planet Audio that you can afford. So now that you have decide to buy your brand new car audio from Planet Audio you should check the various items that are in stock.

The best way to preview the types of products that Planet Audio can provide you with is to see what the internet has in the way of information. You will find many links that will show you various places where you can get good quality new and second hand Planet Audio systems. You should look carefully at the many items that you can buy from their showroom without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Another way to see the other products that Planet Audio has is available on the website, from here you can see the many links that will lead you to some of their great new items. You should also see the various accessories that will help your audio system to give you great sounding music. Having chosen a few accessories and noted down the prices you can decide which of the many Planet Audio systems will be gracing the inside of your car.

As you make your choice you will need to find out what Planet Audio has in its policy towards returns and what their warrantee period is. This information is critical if you find any defects in the Planet Audio that you have purchased.

Therefore don’t delay in finding this crucial information. Now that you have your new Planet Audio in your sights and close to taking it home, you can begin to imagine the many delightful hours that you will have listening to music on your Planet Audio while you are traveling.

Muna wa Wanjiru is a web administrator and has been researching and reporting on internet marketing for years. For more information on Planet Audio, visit his site at Planet Audio

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Features of the Various Sound Controlling Music Gear

Music is something that knows no discrimination. It is enjoyed by almost everyone in this world. It is in fact very rare to find someone who does not love music. From time immemorial human beings have been engaged in creating music through a variety of instruments. With the passage of time and the advancement of science and technology, people are now not only creating music with the help of instruments but also enhancing the sound quality through sound controlling music gear.

There are several types of music gear available that help in improving the sound quality of an instrument. These equipment are in high demand amongst the musicians and performers worldwide as they make the audience experience superb music.

The most popular sound controlling music gear are amplifiers, microphones, hi-fi mixers, graphic equalizers, and speakers, to name a few. These equipment have different functions with different technologies and are needed in different situations and for different purposes.

An audio amplifier, for example, is a gear meant to increase low power audio signals to a point appropriate for driving loudspeakers and is the ultimate stage in a characteristic audio playback chain. In the collection of amplifiers, mention may be made of valve audio amplifier, audiophile, single-ended triode, tone control circuits, etc.

A microphone, also referred to as the mike or mic, is an acoustic or electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. Generally in the case of vocal rendition, the vocal sound is converted into electric signal by a microphone. The microphone has become a part of the entire sound system.

A loudspeaker, or simply a speaker, consists of an electromechanical transducer that changes an electrical signal into sound. The term loudspeaker can refer to individual devices, and complete systems consisting of an enclosure incorporating one or more drivers and additional electronics. Loudspeakers are the most variable elements in any audio system, and are responsible for marked audible differences between otherwise identical sound systems.

A mixer is a type of electronic equipment used for combining or mixing, routing and changing the level, tonality and the dynamics of audio signals. There are generally two types of mixers, the analog and the digital.

Another sound controlling music gear often in demand is the tone control circuit. It is an electronic circuit that helps in adjusting an audio signal before it is fed to speakers, headphones or recording devices by way of an amplifier. Often referred to as filters, these circuits help to elevate or assuage the high and low frequencies of the signal.

Multi channel audio is yet another example of a sound controlling music gear that utilizes the techniques for expanding and enriching the sound of audio playback by recording additional sound channels to reproduce the enhanced sound on additional speakers. Popularly known as the surround sound technology, it is the multi channel technology applied to channels surrounding the audience to give them a real life feel.

There are also many other types of equipment that are used to improve the sound quality of musical performances. These sound controlling music gear come in various names and with a range of functions and techniques. Several brands of such gadgets are available in the market as music companies are constantly trying to improve upon their technological and qualitative aspects, offering musicians, performers, and the audience an unprecedented experience of sound quality.

Victor Epand is an expert consultant for music gear, speakers, and microphones. You can find the best marketplace for music gear, speakers, and microphones at these 3 sites: Sound controlling music gear,, speakers, subwoofers, and microphones.

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What’s Happening With 5.1 Surround Sound Music?

A few years ago 5.1 surround sound DVD video players looked likely to become standard kit in every living room in the technology friendly world.

So now a few years on, what has happened to the original promise of surround sound music? Well the answer to that is ‘lots, but not nearly enough.’

For those that don’t know already, 5.1 surround sound is basically five speakers and a sub-woofer placed around your room allowing you to listen to music or a movie soundtrack literally surrounded by speakers. The film industry pioneered it for theatres and it then became available as a DVD player add-on for home entertainment systems.

Now at least 100,000,000 people world-wide own systems, which can and should be used for all manner of surround sound music DVDs.

I hear you say, ‘but surround sound music on DVD hasn’t really caught on. All that wire in my living room’.

Even though the consumer can buy a DVD player and surround speaker system cheaply enough, surround sound music hasn’t really caught fire yet. Why?

There are reasons why we should all remain confident that surround sound music will become more popular, but at the moment it’s still an infant child.

The amount of different DVD and surround sound formats is confusing and can be offputting.

The consumer desperately wants an end to the confusing compatibility war between different surround sound formats.

Many music artists would start producing DVDs if it wasn’t so complex, just as there are many consumers that would purchase a surround sound DVD system for the same reason. They should be able to buy a DVD player and play any product claiming to play DVDs.

Consumer surround sound formats currently include sound on video DVDs encoded as Dolby 5.1 surround sound or DTS; the competing DVD-Audio (DVD-A) and Super Audio CD (SACD) formats and MP3 Surround.

There are 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 systems, four speaker systems, even one speaker systems and ’simulated surround sound systems.’ Phew! See what I mean?

They all have their uses, but the I feel the music business would be wise to embrace one format. Every time the consumer buys a surround sound music product they have to research whether it will be compatible to their particular system.

The good news here is that slowly, but surely things are improving. As long as there is no ‘new’ new format to rock the boat, the problem of incompatibility could become a thing of the past.

There are many great web sites to visit which do explain (in as much detail as you could possibly imagine) all the different formats and help you decide what to buy.

How about all that wire in my living room though?

There are wireless speaker systems available, but the cheaper ones are for mainly rear-channel wireless amplification. This doesn’t quite get rid of all the wires and limits people who have odd shaped rooms. But they are better than nothing.

It would be great for a ‘let’s make it fun revolution’ to occur with surround sound, like the iPod. Small wireless speakers one could place anywhere. The recommended configuration would still be in a circle, but you’d have a license to have fun by placing them in different locations.

Certain types of music would not really benefit from this unconventional approach, but other types mixed specially for surround sound might not suffer that much and it would release the consumer from the pressure to set their systems up in a way that would please an audio engineer or DVD manufacturer.

Not enough of an improvement on CDs and overall lack of interesting music DVD products.

The amount of compression used for music on DVD video is far greater than CDs. So stereo music on CD is generally of a higher quality than stereo music on DVD. However, add the extra speakers and a properly mixed 5.1 surround sound piece of music and all of a sudden the playback bit ratio seems much less important.

‘What is’ you ask, ‘a properly mixed 5.1 piece of music?’

Recreating real space is what seems to interest some surround sound pioneers. The chance to paint a more precise musical picture by placing you the listener deeper inside a musical ensemble or concert venue.

This approach has got its merits, but it’s reliant on people having their speakers in precise locations, and that they will sit dead centre amongst them. Pluses can turn to minuses at this point. If you don’t have a perfectly set up system it might just sound weird, especially if you are used to the stereo CD mix from the same artist.

Apart from all the technical considerations, I consider a great 5.1mix a strong alternative to the stereo mix. Let’s say the artist already has their stereo mix. Why not make the surround mix something that really explores that extra space and is different from the stereo mix.

Give the consumer a choice of two distinctly different sounding mixes. This might inspire more people to make the effort to set up those surround speakers which are still sitting unused in the attic.

Currently it is almost mandatory to include some type of visual content on a DVD.

In a way, it’s a shame that ‘audio only’ DVDs haven’t caught on…yet.

Depending on the level of production the artist is looking to reach, it can be both very expensive and time consuming producing enough visual material to accompany all the music for a competitive DVD release.

Most musicians have a hard enough time producing their music let alone having to produce hour’s worth of videos as well. So you could say that the need for visual content (as exciting as it can be) is holding back the growth surround sound music.

Live concerts are the most successful type of music DVDs, mainly because they are relatively cheap to produce.

For ‘audio only’ DVDs to catch on, consumer expectation will have to be ‘re-trained’ to expect what they might consider as less. I feel that the days of distributing film or music products on any type of disk is going to disappear fast.

What does the future looks like for surround sound?

The real turning point will come when the Internet becomes surround sound friendly. A new MP3 surround streaming module has just been announced that allows manufacturers to build web radios featuring true 5.1 surround sound.

Many people surf the Internet sitting at their desk, listening to music for hours at a time. Soon they will be able to surf and listen in surround sound. Small near-field computer monitors would work perfectly.(especially wireless ones).

It’s inevitable that 5.1 radio and TV broadcasts will soon become the norm. Even without the music business, embracing surround sound as anything more than a small niche, the amount of people with a 5.1 system is steadily increasing.

At this point, surround sound music becomes a viable ‘audio only’ product. If the surround sound community can simplify the production process even more allowing the average project studio to easily create surround sound content, we should all benefit.

I predict there will be a tipping point where all of a sudden the ‘need’ for surround sound music will exceed the amount of available products.

Live surround sound music can be amazing. I went to Berlin and mixed a gig by the experimental Electronic band ‘Warren Suicide’. Instruments and vocals flying around the room in surround sound mayhem. It was great, and opened my eyes to what I hope is ‘the future’ for certain styles of music.

Dance music is an area I really hope starts to explore surround sound. The drum/synth based repetition is perfect fodder to trigger a quantum leap in 5.1 music production. All the technology is now available to present surround sound mixes in smaller clubs or ’surround rooms’ in larger clubs.

I have to quickly point out that the 1 in 5.1 stands for sub-woofer (a dedicated speaker designed to carry just low frequencies). This on its own is a major step forward for dance music fans.

DJ producers in particular can take control of the ‘low end’ of their tracks and shake the furniture more than ever before. Because one doesn’t have to squeeze all that low end into the same speakers as everything else it allows for a more overall dynamic mix.

Music mixed in 5.1 surround sound gives us the opportunity to produce and listen to music in a completely new way.

Both as a composer and as a engineer, I personally feel liberated, set free from the confines of stereo. In this case more really is better. The extra speakers/channels give you more ‘room’ to put your music.

My hope is for ‘audio only’ surround sound music to take off. Music is, after all, the world of the invisible – it seems a shame to connect it at the hip to pictures. Your mind processes visual images first, then sound. So pictures can distract people who might listen more carefully without them.

There is room for both music videos and surround sound music without the videos.

‘What kind of gear do you need to start mixing in surround sound?’:

a) A reasonably fast computer

b) Music software package that supports 5.1 mixing (Logic Audio, Pro-Tools etc.)

c) Minimum 8 channel audio interface (Motu, Digidesign )

d) Five matched self powered speakers, and a sub-woofer

Mixing In Surround Sound:

When I first started mixing something in surround sound, I went out and purchased three sets of Sony Mega Bass self powered computer speakers. After connecting them directly to my audio interface outputs, I then assigned the surround sound out-puts in Logic Audio. I opened a song I was working on and spread the instruments out around the channels and hit play… Wow! The five mini speakers sounded great. Mixing in a tiny bit of subs from my Genelec sub-woofer, it sounded even better.

I know… I can hear engineers crying out.. ‘But what about…?’ Well, it’s unconventional but as a starting point this system does work. Now I own a full set of Genelecs, but I still use this approach.

The normal way to mix in surround sound is to have a matched system where the sub-woofer is driven from the speakers. A roll-off decides that everything below a certain frequency is sent on to the sub-woofer. I favour rooting the signal directly to the sub-woofer from a send on either my main out-put fadder’s or occasionally individual instrument fadder’s. This way I can choose which instruments to place in the sub-woofer and which not to.

I say to music mixers; ‘Approach the surround mix with a fresh concept, understanding that it can reflect a different side of the song/composition.’

I don’t recommend the approach of mixing both the stereo and surround mixes at the same time. It seems that one or the other will be compromised. You’re still ‘thinking in stereo’.

The effects needed and levels will be different in a surround mix. I find I use less processing overall especially compression, again it comes down to having more space to place the instruments.

So start fresh without any of your stereo effects haunting you. It’s one of those things that will save you time in the end, plus you will probably mix more creatively.

After a little guess work and experimentation I managed to figure out the right level to print my mixes. Again the sub-woofer channel was tricky, but after burning a few trial DVDs trying different levels I got the hang of it.

I played some mixes I had done in my studio at Real World and Metropolis Studios and they sounded right. It shows you can produce your own surround sound music at a reasonable cost, even in a project studio.

There are hours worth of surround sound production tutorials available from all the major music software companies. Just visit your software makers web site to get started.

Of course the absolutely best way to mix music in surround sound is to go to a top recording studio. If you’re just starting out with surround sound, mix a track with the guidance of a highly trained professional engineer, who has experience with surround sound mixing.

There are great audio engineers who would (for a smallish fee) come to your project studio and ‘consult’ with you on the technical elements of your mix.

If you are producing a DVD for commercial release, it’s still best to get your project professionally mastered. Any decent music mastering facility can (to a point) rebalance your surround mix, so if you are a little heavy or light on the subs they can deal with it then.

Tips on ways to create your own visual content:

The quality you want to achieve is normally connected to the expectations of your audience.

With enough time and energy you can make videos using a consumer DV camera and Final Cut Pro (or PC equivalent). DV cameras are generally just not quite good enough for any ’serious filming’, but if used creatively for certain situations it’s possible to pull it off. HD camera’s are much higher quality but still do cost a lot more to buy.

Live concerts and gigs can work well though. If you are doing a gig, ask around all the people you know and see how many DV cameras you could borrow. If you have four cameras set up around the club, one camera to roam around and some decent lighting on stage, you’re in business. Make sure the people operating the fixed cameras don’t mess around during the filming. No zooming and out or trying to track the movements on stage. Perfectly still videos are much better to edit. Then in your film editing software, you can cut between different angles and add zooms, even simulate camera movement.

There’s no guarantee, but if the actual performance is strong enough, some of the production values will be overlooked.

Done well enough, you can produce a DVD using still images, like a slide show – again a good film editing program allows you to animate still photos way beyond what one might think is possible.

There are some fantastic animation programs like Bryce 3D, and Cinema 4D that are worth looking into. Start producing convincing 3D text an logos.

Warren Suicide are a great ad-sample of a band who are embracing the audio – visual age. Their DVD was produced by them, and although they worked really hard on it, the finished DVD was not expensive to make, but is just as imaginative and entertaining as any big budget music DVD I’ve seen.

How do I get my mix on to a DVD?:

There are, as you can imagine, quite a few ways available.

The huge majority of DVD players in circulation use the DVD video format. So I recommend choosing Dolby 5.1 or DTS encoding, don’t worry too much about all the others. DTS sounds just as good to me, but I found more options were available with Dolby 5.1.

All you really need is Final Cut Pro and DVD studio Pro or the PC equivalents. DVD Studio Pro comes with a audio compression program called Apac. Apac allows you to compress your six channel mix into a single 5.1 file, ready to place on a DVD.

These programs are not cheap, but they are worth every penny if you’re considering commercially releasing your DVD. Between them you can edit and effect your video footage/audio content, add text, export the outcome in a format which is ready to be authored and finally burned on to a DVD. WOW! All in you back room – not bad.

Merv de Peyer is the Son of virtuoso Clarinettist Gervase de Peyer. He is a holder of a degree in Performance and Composition from the prestigious Berklee College Of Music.

After graduating Merv moved to New York to pursue a career as a jazz pianist, and studio musician.

Through his career he has consistently worked with entertainment’s largest names including: Miles Davis, Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Murphy and Bernard Perdie.

He recorded then toured Cameo’s multi platinum album ?Word Up?. And was recently commissioned to Compose, Score (for full orchestra), and Mix (in surround sound) the sound track to the world?s first 360-degree movie currently showing in Germany.

An accomplished producer and studio musician he has more than 100 major label records to his credit, ranging from working with artists like the Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr super group Electronic, to mixing Mi Chico Latino, the first Geri Halliwell single to reach number.

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How Do You Put Music Videos Into MySpace?

So you are finally on MySpace, you have a cool page with all of your favorite things on it, a great MySpace layout, and your best pictures for the world to see. All that is missing is your favorite music video. The good news is that adding music videos to MySpace is not difficult, and if you can find a good source for free videos, you will not have to pay a dime to do so. Here are the steps to take to add music videos to your MySpace page.

Edit the Page

Start on the MySpace editing page. You can access this by clicking on the “Home” link at the top of your MySpace page. You will want to locate the main editing box. This is the one that has your profile picture on it. Select this box. You will be shown a list of options. You want to choose the one entitled “Add/Change Videos.”

Uploading MySpace Videos

Now you are on the video management page. This has four tabs labeled “Featured,” “Videos,” “My Videos,” and “Upload.” If you want to choose a video that MySpace has in its video library, choose the “Videos” tab. This will allow you to browse the many videos that MySpace has available. You can play them, and then once you find the music video you want on your profile, click “Add to my Profile,” and it will automatically be added. You will see confirmation stating, “Video added successfully” when the upload is complete.

Uploading Your Own Videos

If you have a music video on your hard drive that you would like to upload and have permission to use, click the “Upload” tab. You will see a page asking you to add some descriptions about your music video. You will want to put a title on it so people will know who is performing and what song they are singing. You will also want to put tags on the video that will help other MySpace users find it when they are searching for that artist or that song.

Once you have entered the information, hit “Continue” and you will be directed to the upload page. Click “Browse” to be able to search your hard drive and find the video you want. Once you have selected it, hit “Upload” for it to be uploaded to your profile page.

Remember, MySpace has strict terms and conditions. If the music video is protected by copyrights, you cannot upload it, and if you do, your MySpace page could be deleted. You also cannot upload any videos that contain pornography. Make sure you have a right to use the video and that it is appropriate for a public forum before you upload it.

Why Add Videos to Your Page

There are many reasons to add music videos to your page. For one, it gives your page visitors something interesting to do when they are on your page. This will help them to stay on your page longer and spend more time getting to know you.

Another reason that you should consider adding music videos to your site is the fact that they can tell a little (or a lot) about you. You can show your tastes, beliefs, and personality through the music videos that you select. There are any funny, provocative, and simply entertaining music videos available as free downloads for you to decorate your MySpace page with.

Acceptable File Formats

According to MySpace, the acceptable video file formats that you can use to upload to your site are .AVI, .ASF, .WMV, .MOV, .QT, .3G2, .3GP, .3GP2, .3GPP, .GSM, .MPG, .MPEG, .MP4, .M4V, .MP4V, .CMP, .DIVX, .XVID, .264, .RM, .RMVD, .FLV, .MKV, and .OGM. However, you may find that certain video formats do not play as well as you might like. Sometimes when compressing the file into the small size used on MySpace, quality is lost. If this happens, try converting the file to a different format and see if it works better.

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