How Do I: Submit My Graduation Music?

Students have the option to choose a music clip that plays as you cross the stage and receive your diploma. If you prefer not to have a custom music clip play, feel free to skip this submission process and the default music will play instead.

Please use the following format when naming your edited audio clip:

Lastname_FirstName_School_Program

for example: Baker_Emma_Dance_MFA.mp3

or: Walker_John_Theater_BFA.wav

The music file needs to be in one of the following formats: .aif , .mp3 , or .wav file Also, the file needs to be 9 seconds in total length.

If you don't know how to edit an audio file, choose an application below and follow the instructions.

Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is available to use on computers in the Library. (Dont forget your headphones!)

  1. Click FIle > Open
  2. Navigate to the music file you want to use
  3. Select the 9 second clip using your cursor

When trimming a clip, be sure to look at the duration of the selection

4.     After selecting your clip of 9 seconds (or fewer), you can crop the clip.  To crop, use the keyboard shortcut ⌘T (Mac), or right-click on the selection and choose Crop.

5.     File > Save As...

6.     Make sure your format is either .wav , .mp3 or .aif

That's it!

Audacity

Audacity is a free, open-source, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can download it here.

  1. Click FIle > Open
  2. Navigate to the music file you want to use
  3. Select the 9 second clip using your cursor

Click on the radial dial that says Length, this will show you the length for the selection you have made.

4.   After selecting your clip of 9 seconds (or fewer), you can trim the clip. To trim, choose the icon pictured below:

5.    After trimming, use the time shift tool, pictured below, to move your clip to the beginning of the timeline.

6.    File > Export Audio...

7.    Make sure your format is either .wav , .mp3 or .aif

That's it!

iTunes

You will not be able to use songs on Apple Music for this tutorial. You must purchase the music (via iTunes, Google Music, etc.) in order to edit the Start and End Times.

If it's not already on your computer, you can download iTunes, here.

  1. Open Preferences. Under the General Tab, click on "Import Settings"

2.    In the "Import Using" menu, choose either MP3 Encoder, WAV Encoder or AIFF Encoder

3.   Click OK and then OK again to close the Preferences window

4.   Find your song in your music list. Right click on the song and click Song Info

5.   Click on the Options tab, in the Start Time field enter the minute and second you want your song to start. In the Stop Time field, type in a time 9 seconds later than the start time. Click "OK".

6. Click File > Convert > Create (MP3, WAV, AIFF) Version

7.   A new version of your song will appear in your library that is 9 seconds. Right-click, select Show in Finder

That's it!

If you have any questions about format or the processes, email graduation@calarts.edu.

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