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How to Choose the Right Music Editing Program

There are so many audio editing programs on the market, so how are you supposed to find the right one? If you’re looking to take your dance classes’ performances to the next level, you probably want to create some snazzy music mash ups and tweak some recital tunes (just make sure you have appropriate music licensing). There’s a music editing program for just about every skill level and budget that can help you achieve your audio goals. Use these steps to guide you through the process of choosing an editing program.

Start Slow

If you’re new to audio editing, there’s no need to drop big bucks on software. Video Maker explained that you should start out with a inexpensive or free program that fits your most basic needs. Make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish with the music editing program and look for those features. It’s also important to take into account the operating system that you’ll be using to do your editing. There are separate programs for Macs and PCs, and all applications will need a specific processor speed and space on the hard drive. The computer you use needs to be fast enough to run your editing software, else you’ll end up with a lot of frozen screens and headaches.

Try Free Demos

The workflow and design of a music editing program is just as important as its specs. Before you spend money on software, take advantage of any free trials or demos. Most companies will offer a limited version of the program or a timed trial, but you can get a good idea of how user-friendly the software is. You should be able to accomplish your goals quickly and efficiently, with limited help from the instruction manual. Look for a program that feels natural and intuitive for you – those are the ones that are worth spending money on.

Professional Recommendations

If you’re not sure where to start in the search for editing software, ask other studio owners for recommendations. Your peers probably have valuable insight into the pros and cons of different programs.

In an interview with Dance Teacher magazine, Barry Blumenfeld, a dance teacher and professor at New York University, recommended that dance teachers check out the following editing programs.

Free Software

Dance Studio Life listed these programs as good options for dance teachers as well.

Mac Programs

PC Programs

It might be a process of trial and error, but as long as you take your time and do the necessary research, you’ll find the perfect music editing software. Before you know it, you’ll have the hottest tracks for your students and be the star of your next competition.

Eric Housh

Eric is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of TutuTix. He makes magic, every single day.