There are millions of CDs available for purchase these days, but they don't always have exactly what you're looking for. Maybe you want to personalize a mix tape or CD for a friend or loved one. Or perhaps you want to have the perfect mix tape or CD in your car as you're cruising down the road. You know it doesn't exist, so you're just going to have to make the perfect mix tape or CD yourself. But where do you start? Follow this guide to help you make the perfect mix tape or CD.
Think about your audience. Before you can begin to make the perfect mix tape or CD, you need to consider who your intended audience is. Is this a gift for a friend who loved the 70's? Or is do you want to create something for your rap-loving brother? The preferences of the recipient of this mix tape or CD should really dictate the style and content of the songs you include on the mix tape or CD.
Decide on the ‘feel' you want it to have. You don't necessarily have to go with the theme or feeling for the entire compilation. You may want to include a variety of songs that offer real contrast for the listener. You need to decide on the message you want the final compilation to convey, whether that's a feeling or a theme or just plain ol' good music. This should help you to lay out the songs you'll include that will make it a perfect mix tape or CD.
Come up with a rough draft. Before you start recording any songs to tape or CD, you need to ensure that you've chosen the perfect songs. The best way to go about this is to write down all of the songs that you were thinking of including in the compilation. Then, like a rough draft of a story, edit out the ones that don't perfectly fit in with your goal for this perfect mix tape or CD. Once you've narrowed down the list to the right number of songs, think about what order you want to put them in too. You don't want a fast upbeat song to follow a slow, sappy song. The tracks should kind of flow from one to the next, without any abrupt changes. You will also need to think about how you will start off the compilation and grab the listener's attention. The first song of a mix tape or CD says a lot about what the listener can expect. Choose that one wisely. When you have a final list of the songs you want to include in the order you want to include them in, you are ready to start burning the songs to CD or tape.
Make the perfect mix tape or CD. All you have to do now is to copy your songs to the tape or CD. If you are burning the songs onto CD, make sure that the program you are using inputs breaks between the tracks (or your listener will be frustrated with an hour-long track he can't skip through). As well, if you are using songs you downloaded, make sure that you listen to the song first to ensure is it, indeed, the song it is saved as, and that is has no blips or incomplete parts. Finish off your perfect mix tape or CD with some great cover art (available at your local office supply store). You will have created the perfect mix tape or CD that you, your friends or loved ones will be excited to receive.