Most weeks I get asked by instructors or participants where I get my music from. I admit that I make an effort to source interesting music from a large variety of genres. I have my own music preferences just like anybody. There are certain genres that get me moving and fuel a passion. One wonderful aspect of becoming an instructor is that it has exposed me to all kinds of music and expanded my tastes to genres I would never have listened to before. So where do I get my music? The answer is no secret. It is the same place most people do these days, through a variety of online music stores like iTunes, emusic, powermusic and beatport. What I do to make it different is mix the songs together using easy to use music mixing software. There are many available but the one I use is MixMiester. Mixing the music is simple and it allows me to create a continuous and cohesive sound for the ride. Even when I use music from many different genres mixing can make them fit together. The software allows me to change the BPM, overlay sounds and stich pieces of songs together making a unique sound. Besides creating a different feel to the journey mixing music also has some other benefits.
- Removes gaps between songs which can act as time markers to participants
- Creates a feeling of a continuous journey rather than separate pieces of work
- Allows drills to easily cross songs and supports split symbol profiles
- Allows for smooth transitions between terrain
- Gives a more polished feeling to the training session
- Easily allows you change the length of a piece of music, the BPM and see the total runtime of the mix
If you haven’t tried mixing music I recommend you consider checking out many of the available software programs on the market today. It doesn’t have to be complicated and it can bring a whole new feel to your rides.
Try MixMeister at www.mixmiester.com or
Enjoy, create, fuel the passion!