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post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2013, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Creating a music track to ride to?

I am running a small fun show for our lesson students this weekend. One thing I'm planning on is "musical chairs" while trotting- so, the music plays, riders trot on, it stops, they stop.

Hoping some of the tech geeks on the forum can help me figure out the best way to record a 3 minute music track for this. Ideally, I'd like to be able to pull music from a couple of different songs I have on my computer, and program a pause right into the track so I don't have to be fiddling with starting and stopping the soundtrack from the middle of the arena.

Ultimately, I would like to have this saved as a file I can open and play on my iPhone, which will be attached to a speaker. Unfortunately we don't have a sound system in the arena.

Anyone have any tips or websites they can direct me to with step-by-step instructions?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-22-2013, 02:00 PM
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Find a middle aged person and ask to borrow their old boom box. Make a CD of the music, and play it through the boom box.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck View Post
Find a middle aged person and ask to borrow their old boom box. Make a CD of the music, and play it through the boom box.
Ha! This really made me laugh.

I did find a great solution though. It's a free (open-source) program called Audacity- you can use it to pull in anything from iTunes, and mix together as much music as you want, add silences, fades, etc. Here are the details if anyone is looking to do something similar in the future (including a link to download the program). I linked all the music together, and hooked my computer to the speaker and played it that way, which was plenty loud in our arena.

I will say, I had planned for ~30 sec intervals of trotting with 45-60 second walk breaks in between. Let me just share that 30 seconds of trotting when you have leaders and horses on lead lines is much longer than you might expect to make those poor leaders jog alongside. The program was so easy to use though, in between classes, I just added a lot more silent breaks into the music to make the trotting a little easier on our leaders. It was nice because it actually made for more walk-trot transitions, which was great for all the participating riders.
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