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A Perfect CD Compilation

Looking to make that perfect cd mix/playlist? Follow these simple tips/steps to ensure your audience is interested and attracted!

Tips:

  • Don’t always focus on a genre and a theme. Putting widely different tracks in a compilation can add compelling contrast for the listener.
  • The most important thing is to burn early drafts on a CD and to listen to the mix yourself, from beginning to end, to better imagine what your intended audience will think when they listen to it. Listen in as many different places and speakers as possible: your computer speakers, your car stereo, cheap headphones, high-quality headphones, etc. Keep a notepad with you to write down ideas to improve it.
  • With advanced CD burning software, it’s possible to merge tracks, making it easy to insert sound clips (such as quotes from movies) between tracks. Merge the sound clip to the start of the track to make the CD more interesting.
  • Making cover art or creative liner notes can make the compilation more personal. @Kinwood Multimedia can assist with this.
  • Picking a set of songs that really define a specific (possibly current) time in your life can be appreciated later when you put on the album and are reminded of days gone by.
  • It’s possible to gradually build a mix CD. While listening to MP3s, if you come across a song that would be a good fit for a compilation, copy it over to a folder reserved just for your ongoing compilation.
  • Watch your attitude! Be certain you are in the mood you wish the CD to convey when you make the mix CD – otherwise, other feelings are likely to seep into the songs you choose.
  • Avoid picking several songs from one artist. Rather, focus on a wide range of artists. Especially try to avoid including two songs by the same artist back-to-back. Of course, there are always exceptions, such as songs that are made to be played together (such as “The Hellion” and “Electric Eye” by Judas Priest, “Depths” and “Surfacing” by Chapel Club “We Will Rock You” and “We are the Champions” by Queen, or “Brain Damage” and Eclipse” by Pink Floyd) and two songs that have special meaning to your intended audience when played together.
  • Make the compilation running time no longer than necessary – if possible, keep it under an hour.
  • Consider using software such as Ableton. It’s NOT cheating and will allow you to make your mix far more interesting by adding effects and looping sections as you see fit. It’s also a useful tool to get your head around should you decide to mix on the fly.
  • Another avenue to consider is having an actual DJ mix the songs for you. A friend that deejays, or a professional DJ can blend the songs together for you. Remember, there are many ways of compiling music to create compilation mixes, but to truly be a mix CD the music should be mixed – seamlessly blended from one song to another. You will need a DJ or music mixing software as previously mentioned. By mixing and blending your music you can usually fit many more songs onto the CD than normally possible, since you will not be playing each song in its entirety. This also makes the mix CD more exciting and is preferred when making party mixes to play for your friends.

Steps

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    Listen to a wide range of songs. If you want to expand your music library before you start making playlists, check out services that can recommend new artists to you. See Sources and Citations below for some ideas.

     
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    Consider the audience. Is this compilation for yourself? Your friends? A significant other? Select music that’s appropriate for the tastes of the listener. Your grandma might not like a compilation of your favorite death metal songs, but she may enjoy rare jazz recordings from when she was young.

     
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    Create a message with the mix (optional). Do you want your playlist to let someone know how you feel about him or her? If so, listen carefully to the lyrics of each song that you include in the mix, and make sure they’re aligned with what you’re feeling.

     
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    Gather a rough draft. Assemble a “rough draft” of your playlist by compiling a lot of songs you’re thinking about including. You probably won’t use all of them in the end, but this step helps you narrow down your options.

     
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    Edit the playlist (optional). If you gathered more songs than you needed for your playlist or mix, start eliminating those that aren’t a perfect fit. Are the lyrics slightly wrong? Does the music make the song fit poorly with the other songs? Could someone use this song to misinterpret your meaning? Ask yourself these questions as you think about what to cut.

     
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    Arrange the tracks. Think of the playlist as a prolonged listening experience – you don’t want the listener to get bored or skip songs.

    • Start out with a few tracks that grab the listener and get his or her attention.
       
    • Group songs of similar tempos together, and gradually move into slower or faster tunes.
       
    • End the mix on a high note, with one a song that you think will really stick with the listener. Tying in the last song to the theme of the compilation can make it much more effective.
     
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    Make adjustments. Finalize your track arrangement and listen to the version a few times. Feel free to remove some tracks and add others. It’s possible that you may realize new tracks you’d like to add late in the process.

     
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    Title your mix (optional). If your sharing your playlist electronically, give it a title that reflects the theme of the mix. Or, if you’re out of ideas, name it after the person you’re giving it to.

     
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    Share your compilation. When you’re happy with the mix, burn the CD or share the playlist.

 

 

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Tips for Buying Multimedia Packaging

When it comes to choosing the best DVD case supplier, look
no further than KINWOOD.  From Kinwood you will find a wide range of
high-quality DVD cases made of durable plastic. Our selection includes slim DVD
cases, ultra slim, multi packages, clamshell, sleeves, security and custom
printed cases. You will be sure to find the case to fit your needs.

Why Does Case quality Count?

DVD cases not only help you store your precious memories and
information, but also protect your DVDs against scratches. All of our DVD cases
come with a locking hub, which grips the disc by its center hole. This design
prevents the recording surface from being scratched and protects your DVD from
damage. You may also add a paper inlay or DVD cover in the DVD case, which will
provide necessary information about the DVD, especially useful for storage.
Explore our inventory to find the DVD case type suitable for your needs.

Slim DVD Cases

An ultra slim DVD case is undoubtedly the most convenient
and effective packaging solution for your single DVD. These single slim DVD
cases require less storage space and offer shipping efficiencies greater than
the standard case size, thanks to its svelte, ½ inch profile.

The ultra slim DVD case has a push button hub to add and
remove the DVD easily, while simultaneously protecting discs from scratches.
The single slim DVD case also has an outer cover, where you can add an insert. These
cases are available in single 7 mm and double 7mm; Standard slim cases are available
in single 9 mm and double 9 mm.

DVD Cases of Many Colors

You will find both single and double DVD cases in many colors
from Kinwood . This is useful for categorizing your DVDs, offering simpler
storage solutions, and brighter than the standard black DVD case, cases in color
likewise provide the ultimate in protection. Each disc fits on a center push
hub which releases with one touch.

Professional Grade DVD Cases

The professional DVD case is made of durable polypropylene,
which provides extra strength to the case. The standard size DVD case (14mm)
easily accommodates a DVD wrap and inside booklet and the hub design secures
the disc from damage. Our professional grade DVD cases are available in a wide
selection of colors, quantities, and single or double size.

Multi case DVD

Most DVD cases are single or
double capacity, but for greater storage capacity, Kinwood offers a wide
selection of DVD cases in varying quantities and colors to fit your needs.
*Single * Double* Triple* Quad* Five* Six * Eight * Ten* Twelve*

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From Production Department – How to get music track names to show up in various music players

Getting music track names to show up in various music players If you have tried to create a Music CD, you may have noticed when you play it that the track names show up as “Track 1, Track 2, …” or even with names you’ve never heard of before or never intended to use.

Depending on the music player you are using, your CD will display differently. In order to get your tracks to display for everyone, you will have to use the following methods: CD-Text CD-Text allows you to use a simple CD-burning software such as Toast or Nero to specify the names of your tracks and album.

Any devices that are CD-Text compatible will display this information when the track is being played. CD-Text typically doesn’t work with Computer based Music CD players and other methods must be used based on the software you want your CD to work with. iTunes (Gracenotes)

Insert your CD into a computer and run the iTunes application. Click on your CD under the Devices section and the tracks should load in the player list. Select one track at a time and select File > Get Info from the menu. Change the information for the album, track, artist, etc, and click OK. Repeat this for each track. When you are finished, select Advanced > Submit CD Track Names and fill in the remaining details and click OK to submit your changes to the Gracenotes database. It may take a few days for information to be available to the world. Windows Media Player Insert your CD into your PC and run Windows Media Player. Select the CD from the media list. Right-click on the CD in the media list and select Find Album Info. When the information loads for the CD, click Edit. Make the changes to the CD as required and click Done. You may have to submit this information from up to 5 different computers before it shows up for everyone.

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From our Production Department

Many of our customers have been asking how to add  auto-run to their  CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or USB project- our production team tells us how !

     Windows
Most new operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7 will automatically suggest to the user what things they can do with the CD, DVD, or USB that you have inserted into the system. There is a way to have an executable file automatically started on Windows 2000 and XP and to be the default selected suggestion on Windows Vista and 7.

First :  Open Windows NOTEPAD by clicking START > PROGRAMS > ACCESSORIES > NOTEPAD
Enter the following lines in the blank window:
[autorun]
open=myapp.exe
icon=myicon.ico
label=The Name for the Media shown in Explorer

Then :   Save the file on the root of the CD, DVD or USB and name the file AUTORUN.INF.

Last  burn/write the media as you would normally

     Macintosh
Macintosh cannot run a specific file; however, you can set up your CD so it will open the disc window when the CD is inserted and you can layout the view of the window anyway you like. This method requires special burning tools like Toast Titanium that will allow you to modify these options.

 

 

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