|looking for a Mix-Gen program
Techno, ambient, trance, dub, jungle, etc. are entire genres which follow
completely different laws from the rest of music and offer unique rewards
for the listener.
However, like any other type of music,
there is a great deal of crud out there. Bad Techno loses
sight of theme, melody, harmony, or original sounds and degenerates into a
pathetically dull thumping. In fact, your average techno CD or compilation
is likely to contain a majority of time spent on really boring
I like to think of techno falling into 3
OK for dancing to (if trance) or
falling asleep to (if ambient)
It immediately becomes necessary to
techno into compilations and mixes in order to weed out the crud. However,
grading is subjective and you've only got two options:
- Buy a CD compilation, which you rarely
get a chance to hear before purchasing, and which is typically stuffed
with tracks that record companies are trying to promote, which tend to
- Buy a DJ mix tape. Only available in a
few places, but if you know a DJ with your tastes in techno, a
reasonable purchase. However, there's still a lot of guesswork involved
and it's usually a tape, not a CD.
Even if you borrow a whole bunch of CDs
from a friend, or take the expensive route and buy a whole mess of CDs
yourself, you're stuck with typically only a few really good minutes on each
Faced with this situation, i had an idea...
why isn't there a program to let you:
- Scan through a CD letting you indicate
the parts you actually enjoy listening to,
- Automatically match beats and fade/mix
those segments together,
- Write the output onto a CD-R (really
Presto, you've converted that pile of
borrowed or expensive CDs full of crud into a beautiful, grade-A techno
I've looked at several software packages,
but haven't found a good solution yet. If you know of anything,
let me know!
($200 for full version, lite version free with annoying ads)
Mixman StudioPro ($90)
"enables anyone to create and play CD quality music - real-time
control of tempo, volume, pitch and panning, thousands of
royalty-free loops and samples, import your own .wav files,
export your mix as a CD quality digital audio file." Emphasis
is on creating, not editing existing music.
It can output to MP3, but it can't mix MP3 streams.
General audio editing:
||Cool Edit Pro from
Syntrillium Software. "64-track digital audio, editing,
and mixing. Lots of top-quality digital effects modules.
Edit files up to 2 gigabytes in size." Unfortunately
it's very slow and laborious to cut and mix the audio sections