sometimes come to us as: "Why is the music split up into 6 short
pieces, rather than one whole song?"
The reason we deliver our "set of music
loops" as a bunch of short loops rather than one whole track is
that these loops are especially made for web designers and Flash designers
who wish to deliver music over the internet as effectively as possible.
Of course, it would be great to have a 10-minute
piece of music that keeps changing and evolving, but the problem is,
10 minutes of music takes a lot of disk space, web space, and most importantly
- a lot of data that has to transfer to the visitor's browser before
he/she can hear the music.
To solve this problem, most web/Flash designers
prefer to use short music loops that just loop around and around, sounding
like a continuous stream. The music may sound a little repetitive, but
the short music loop can be transfered over the net very quickly, and
the visitor can hear the music almost immediately with hardly any extra
loading time. And on the internet, speed of delivery is vital. Nobody
is interested in sitting around for 2 minutes waiting for your site
Another nice thing with the "set of music loops" is that
you can use a different loop for different parts of your site, so that
the music changes slightly when the visitor goes to a different area
of your site, but it still stays within the same song, so the change
can be quite subtle -- giving a very professional, slick impression.
If you find yourself in the situation of having
purchased the "set of loops", but you now find that you need
the full-length tracks instead, there are 2 ways you can do this.
One way is to get an "upgrade"
from us. The full-length track typically costs $29.95. If you have already
purchased the $19.95 "set of music loops" set, we will be
happy to arrange an upgrade for you, in which you pay only the difference.
Please contact us for this.
The other way is to "do it yourself"
and construct a full-length song out of the loops. This has its advantages,
because you can actually "build" a version of the song that
fits your purposes specifically. You can have loop-1 playing 3 times,
then loop-5 playing twice, or whatever fits your purpose.
To build your own version of the song from
the individual loops, you need a decent sound editing program, such
as SoundForge, CoolEdit, WaveEdit, or similar. There are some good ones
available, both commercial and shareware. Try www.download.com and search
for "sound editing" etc. If you have a SoundBlaster sound
card, you probably got a sound editing program bundled with the soundcard.
It's called WaveEdit or something similar and is perfectly suited for
To build up a full length song in the sound
editing program couldn't be easier:
- Open a wav file
- Select all the data (usually Ctrl-A)
- Copy (usually Ctrl-C)
- Open another wav file
- Make sure your marker is at the beginning
or end of the audio data
- Paste (usually Ctrl-V)
- ...and so on. Copy & paste just like
if you were working with text from various documents.
- Finally save your long audio file to a
new WAV file. (or AIFF file, if you're a Mac user)