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Tony Thomas
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What software do you use to edit songs in your show?
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I use Logic Pro X, Tony. But Audacity is a much cheaper alternative (in fact, it’s free):

http://www.audacityteam.org
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Tony Thomas
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I periodically use audacity. About once every couple of years. I’m needing to edit some things again, but protections on music changes and I have to relearn how to get digitally purchased music in the mp3 version. Any suggestions on how to get the music to mp3 so I can use them in audacity?
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Load your songs into iTunes, then you can convert the tracks to mp3.

https://www.apple.com/itunes/
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Thank you Arthur. So, I dove deeper into this issue today and solved my problem. Of course, in a few years I’ll have to solve the problem again. But this might help others...

So, iTunes updates the protections on its music regularly. Some of the protections are called DRM -Digital Rights Management. There is a feature, as Arthur alluded to, that allows you to convert song formats. I have done this in the past. But, lately all the songs I have been trying to convert are “protected”. Which keeps this feature from working. So, I bought a $40 piece of software that is designed to convert songs and strip the DRM protections. There are a number of these on the market, so I just picked one. I used it several times today, and found it easy and fast. So, I like it. It is called Noteburner.com.

So, with this and audacity, you should be able to convert and edit most songs purchased on iTunes. Can’t promise the same methods will work in a few years, but I hope this helps.
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Something to keep in mind is that commercially bought music is copyrighted. I always advocate using royalty-free music, because there are certain venues where you need a license to perform to copyrighted songs. And if you ever get booked to appear on TV and don’t have permission to use a particular song, they won’t let you perform to it. There have been some horror stories of entertainers who were booked on a TV show, and had to substitute an unfamiliar piece of music at the last minute. All their timings were thrown off because none of the musical “hits” and highlights coincided with their onstage actions, and consequently their entire act fell flat.

I’m just posting this to be helpful. I have no desire to get into a discussion on copyright law, and I am NOT the copyright police. But I’ve had friends who faced heavy fines for using copyrighted music without a license in public venues. I’d hate for that to happen to anyone else.
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DeeGood
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I love Logic Pro X
Rook
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I agree that royalty free music is safest (and what I use in my show, with the exception of my theme, which was composed for me). For converting files from one format to the other, however, I'm a huge fan of Format Factory.
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I use GarageBand. It take some time to master, but when you do it has lost of nice features.
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I use Acoustica MP3 Audio Mixer. Easy to use.
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I grew up learning to edit music on Reel to Reel tape and for many years, edited the music for most of the magicians in the Hollywood area (and many that passed through as well!). Once everything went digital, I started using Sound Forge for modifying the original wave files then I've been cutting on Vegas for over a decade. It's more expensive but a very robust platform I'm just more used to now.
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