This tutorial shows how to add background music to an audio clip which you can easily use for your podcast intro and/or outro.

You just need to upload the music clip and the voiceover file and Alitu handles the trimming, overlaying and fading the music in and out. The Music Clip Maker is available with all Alitu accounts.

To start, click on the 'Music Editor' icon in your dashboard:

You will see 2 buttons to add your voice clip and your music clip:

You can either Upload your voice and music clips from your computer or select them from the library:

Note: If you want to create a new quick voice clip, you can record directly into the Library and use that voice clip. Click here for the article on Recording Directly into Alitu.

Once you have selected your voice clip and music clip, you will see an editor screen that you can use to fine-tune your clip:

1: The Intro length is the amount of your background music you will hear before the audio clip starts playing.
2: The Outro length is the amount of music you will hear at the end of your voice audio clip.
3: Be sure to name your clip so you will be able to recognize it in the library.

Once you have made your selections you can Preview the music clip or Save it to your library.

If you preview the clip and don't like any of the settings, you can change them before saving the file to the library.

Now you have a new audio clip with background music that you can use over and over again in your podcast episodes.

Editing Files in the Music Editor

You can click the pencil icon on either the voice or music clip to make edits to the length of those files. You can only edit the beginning and end (top and tail) of these files in this editor.

Be sure to click save after you've made your edits:

After editing the length of the file, you can click the 'disc' icon to save this file into your library so you can re-use it:

You will not see the 'disc' icon until you have made edits to the file in the music editor.

What else can you use the music clip maker for?

An ad or sponsor slot with musical background: You could easily add background music to host-read promotional pieces or create paid ad spots for your podcast.

A Transition clip between your main recordings: Make the transition between your main recordings smoother with a custom transition clip.

An intro/jingle for a regular segment that you re-use every week: Create intros for regularly-occurring segments and add them to as many episodes as you want.

What else are you going to use the music editor for? Let us know through the chat button in the lower right corner of this page and let us know. Our support team will be happy to help.
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