[SCA-Dance] Laptop music programs?

Gwommy 'Bill' Holderman gwommy at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 15:27:24 EDT 2011

I keep my songs stored on my laptop with separate external speakers. When an
MP3 is clicked on, it defaults to opening it in WinAmp. The only thing that
I don't like about iPods is that you have to make sure to stop the music
before it starts to play the next tune in the playlist. And making
individual playlists for each song is a pain.

Also, as Daffydd mentioned, I use a plug-in for WinAmp called PaceMaker
which allows me to adjust the tempo without changing the pitch. I find it's
great for teching, if something is too fast, I'll just slow it down for

Yay! Dancing!

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 2:14 PM, White, John <white at drexel.edu> wrote:

> > From: Charlene Charette
> >
> > I store my music in Windows using iTunes and use my iPod instead of my
> > laptop for playing.
> >
> > --Perronnelle
> >
> Add another one to the iTunes/iPod chorus.  The ability to create both
> smart and
> dumb playlists - the former to allow automatic inclusion, the latter to
> allow me
> to create and order a playlist as I wish - is fantastic, though I really
> wish at
> times that it allowed multi-level lists (i.e. lists within lists ...).
> In addition, playlists allow for the creation of music for dances that vary
> in
> length by the number of people dancing without creating a single piece of
> music
> for every possible circumstance - by creating building blocks out of the
> music
> (either a single repeat, or perhaps a minimum of 3 repeats, one for intro,
> one
> for outtro, one for everything in between, or if you're willing, blocks of
> several
> repeats to make the building easier) and stacking those blocks (or multiple
> versions
> of those blocks) as required in the playlist, you can create enough music
> to do
> Friar and the Nun for 3, 4, or 5 couples.  And while the use of an iPod to
> play the
> music at a practice is limiting, with a laptop you could create a version
> on the
> fly for 7 or 9 or 31 if you needed to!
> Also, as I found at KWDS, the laptop allows for the ability to create
> faster (or slower)
> versions of your music as required, with the addition of a program that can
> do that
> (like Audacity, my music-manipulator of choice).  But the iPod is likely to
> be much
> more portable than the 11 lb laptop, or even a netbook.
> I did have to upgrade my iPod when I filled the old one up ... the
> replacement is a few
> years old now, though, and still has plenty of room even with all of the
> other music I've
> got on it besides the dance stuff.
> (To be fair, I have no idea whether Windows Media Player has the same
> playlist capabilities
> as iTunes - it probably does, since MS seems prone to "borrowing" good
> ideas from Apple
> at every opportunity.  And, of course, iTunes works on Windows.  Ubuntu is
> just a funny
> word to me, though.)
> Good luck!
>         \\Dafydd C
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