making a mix
Ready to play DJ? We’ve got your complete guide to making the perfect mix! We’ll begin with general tips, which you can use in making the perfect mix CD for anyone from your bestie to your crush.
Creating Your Case
The art of a mix CD can be just as moving as the music within it! If you’re making a mix for your bestie or your boyfriend, a photo of the two of you together scaled to CD sleeve size (4.75 in. x 4.75 in., or 12 cm. x 12 cm.) would be perfect. If you’re making a mix for someone you don’t know as well, a simple theme with his or her favorite colors shows thought without being over the top.
Choosing Your Songs
You want to have the mood of your playlist be the guide – but you also want to be in a good mood when you pick your songs! If you’re making a mix for your boyfriend after a fight, chances are you’ll pick different tunes than if you just got home from an awesome date.
Keep your audience in mind: Is your listener a pop punk girl? A hip-hop fan? Work within your recipient’s favorite genre and use a few songs from his or her favorite artists, but be sure to include new (or just new-to-them) tracks they may not have heard before.
Mixing Your Songs
When you find a set of songs and sequence you like, you may want to play around with effects. A popular one is having tracks fade into one another. While it’s tough to do without professional software, you can eliminate the silent gap between tracks using certain programs. Nero has a free CD burning tool on its site that allows you to eliminate gaps. In iTunes, you can crossfade songs by going to “Edit,” “Preferences,” then to “Playback.” Once there, you can select the crossfade time and adjust it to your liking for your playlist.