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Happy Valentine’s Day – A Mixtape for My Love

Valentine's Day Mix for My Love

As I write this post, I am reminded of how I have declared my love on this blog three times. I was in love that many times. It’s true! And I thought each of those relationships would blossom into a death-till-you-part marriage. That is something I have wanted my whole life.

Today, I am thankful that none of those relationships worked out the way I had intended them to. If they had, I would have missed on out on finding someone absolutely incredible.

Her name is Diana and I am completely in love with her.

My grandma used to say when you meet “the one,” you will just know.

Well, I know that I have finally met her.

We connect on so many levels. I have never had someone whose soul aligns with mine as perfectly. We just fit. And it is an incredible feeling.

This is our first Valentine’s Day together and in honour of the occasion, I have made her a mixtape.

You can download the album version for free (with skippable tracks)

or stream it with the player below.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! 

Celebrate Christmas with 3 Hours of Mixtapes

Merry Christmas from SC

I get really bored of the same old Christmas Carols. That’s why I crafted some original Christmas-themed music mixes to help you celebrate the season.

A DOPEfm Christmas – great hip-hop mixed by yours truly

 

and if that doesn’t do you for your Christmas music needs, you can check for the sequel.

I’m proud that I didn’t have to repeat too many songs in this second edition either.

A DOPEfm Christmas 2

 

and if hip-hop isn’t your forte, you can stream or download,

All I Want for Christmas is a Mixtape!

 

Enjoy the tunes!

I wish you all the best this holiday season!

A Mixtape to Celebrate 3 Months

 

Stacy 3

I met the love of my life 3 months ago and time has flown by. Yet, at the same time, it seems like it can’t have only been three months. It seems like I have know her much longer. And it’s a great feeling.

Her favourite song right now is All of Me by John Legend so I had to kick off the tape with it. I did play with the three month theme though with a creative intro. I won’t give it away, just press play and enjoy!

Help us celebrate by downloading or streaming this mixtape! 

01. John Legend – All of Me
02. American Authors – Best Day of My Life
03. Blake Shelton – Ten Times Crazier
04. Imagine Dragons – Demons
05. Dem Atlas – All We Got
06. Atmosphere – The World Might Not Live Through the Night
07. Avril / Evan – Best Years of Our Lives
08. Robyn – Show Me Love
09. Kriss Kross – Jump
10. Ina Kamozi – Hotstepper
11. Brad Paisley – Then
12. Tim McGraw – Just to See You Smile
13. Belly – Red
14. superGARAGE – Away
15. Bif Naked – Moment of Weakness
16. Goldfinger – Superman
17. Might Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
18. Reverie and LC Collective – Calm Before the Storm
19. Angel Haze – Battle Cry
20. The Flan – Don’t Tell Me

Download the album version (with skippable tracks)

or stream it with the player below!

My Heart is Yours (Mixtape Download)

My Heart is Yours

I have found the love of my life, my soul mate, my everything.

Her name is Stacy and she amazes me every day. I love her so much and made this mix to celebrate our first month together.

You can Download the Album Version or stream it with the player below.

Enjoy the tunes and help us celebrate this special day!

01. Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours
02. Heiruspecs – Heartsprings
03. Ghostface ft. She and Him – Save Me Dear
04. Penny and the Quarters – You & Me
05. Smoking Popes – Need You Around
06. Smoother – New Friend’s Theme Song
07. Avril Lavinge / Leona Lewis – I Will Be
08. Lonestar – Amazed
09. Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
10. Pharrell Williams – Happy
11. Organized Rhyme – Happy Song
12. OK Go – Here We Go Again
13. Veruca Salt – Volcano Girls
14. Atmosphere – She’s Enough
15. Talib Kweli – Get By
16. Nas – The World is Yours
17. FYC – She Drives Me Crazy
18. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
19. Michael Jackson / Will.I.Am – The Girl is Mine
20. Linda Rondstadt – All My Life
21. Jack Johnson – Better Together
22. Treble Charger – Red
23. Tim McGraw – It’s Your Love

Still Thinking of You – A Birthday Mixtape

It’s Dana’s birthday today and even though I haven’t talked to her in close to a year, I felt like I had to reach out over the blogosphere and let her know that I still think of her.

I wanted to give her this birthday present because it really is all that I can give at this point. I just hope she sees it and I hope she likes it.

Happy Birthday Dana!

You can stream the mix with this player

If you cannot see the audio controls, listen/download the audio file here

or download it in album format with skippable tracks.

I hope you enjoy the mix!

Get Professional Sound on Your Recordings in Audacity

Audacity is a free audio recording and mixing program. I use it to make all of my podcasts, radio shows, and mixtapes. It’s an easy to use program and I thought I’d been getting the most out of it. I was wrong.

There are quite a few tutorial videos online from very diverse sources. I’ve watched a lot of them and even made a couple myself. But these videos, mine included, haven’t offered the best advice.

I’ve noticed that my recordings seem to be a little quiet in comparison to other files I listen to online. I didn’t know why this was happening and wasn’t sure what I could do about it.

Daddy J suggested I try using another program to hopefully get a more professional sound. I downloaded the one he suggested and I played around with it. But I didn’t like the layout of the screen and it wasn’t as intuitive as I had hoped.

The tips Daddy J gave me couldn’t be just for that harder to use program. There had to be some way for me to do what he was suggesting using the program that I already have and know how to use.

So, I once again took to YouTube and found this very helpful video from an experienced DJ.

I used his tips and my recordings sound some much better now.

Part of the problem was that when I started podcasting four years ago, our hosting service would only accept small MP3 files. Plus I just used Audacity the way it appeared when I first opened the program. As such, I wasn’t getting the most of out of program.

Here are the new tips I learned. . .

1) Float the meter toolbar and extend it. Keep it on the bottom of the screen and pay attention to it. (see above video)

2) Try to make the recording a consistent level. Use your ears when layering tracks on top of each other.

3) Export the draft version of the recording as a wave file.

4) Open a new Audacity project and import that draft wave file into it.

5) Next, play the quietest part of the recording and see where it peaks on the meter. (see above video)

6) Go to “effect,” select “hard limiter,” and set it to whatever that level was (i.e. -8.0 db)

7) Next, select the entire track. Go to “effect,” and “amplify” the track to -0.1 db

8) Now export the file as a wave for the best sound or as an MP3 to share it online.

9) Make sure you go to “options” set it to 320 kbps and set the “channel mode” to stereo. Don’t use “joint stereo” because the sound quality won’t be as good.

I never did all of the above steps before. My recordings now sound so much better. Listen to my older recordings and then listen to the stuff I released this year. Let me know if you notice a difference.

If you have any tips, tricks, or techniques you’d like to share, please leave a comment below.

Superman: The Mixtape (Clean Version)

Last week, I released my Superman-themed mixtape.

I wanted to have a version of the mix that I could play anywhere I wanted to without having to worry about offensive lyrics. So I made a clean version of the same tape by removing two songs and censoring one other.

Download Superman: The Mixtape (Clean Version)

01. Radio Intro
02. The Clique – Superman
03. REM – I am Superman
04. Goldfinger – Superman
05. The Kinks – Wish I could Fly Like Superman
06. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover
07. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Resignation Superman
08. Sufjan Stevens – The Man of Metropolis Steals Out Hearts
09. Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song
10. Joe Brooks – Superman
11. Aaron Tippon – Honky Tonk Superman
12. Firewater – So Long Superman
13. Newcleus – Jam On It
14. 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
15. Eric Clapton – Superman Inside
16. Lazlo Bane – I’m No Superman
17. Five for Fighting – Superman
18. Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for Superman
19. Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead
20. John Williams – Movie Theme

Enjoy the tunes!

If you cannot see the audio controls, listen/download the audio file here

Superman: The Mixtape

Last year, on this very day, I dedicated a mixtape to one of the most iconic superheroes of our time, Batman.

I decided to make this a tradition and to release another superhero-themed mixtape this year.

This one is dedicated to the Man of Steel.

There were so many great songs to choose from, and all dealing with the Superman.

Download Superman: The Mixtape (the album version)

01. Radio Intro
02. The Clique – Superman
03. REM – I am Superman
04. Goldfinger – Superman
05. The Kinks – Wish I could Fly Like Superman
06. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover
07. Redman – A Day of Sooperman Lover
08. Above the Law – Black Superman
09. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Resignation Superman
10. Sufjan Stevens – The Man of Metropolis Steals Out Hearts
11. Crash Test Dummies – Superman’s Song
12. Joe Brooks – Superman
13. Aaron Tippon – Honky Tonk Superman
14. Firewater – So Long Superman
15. Newcleus – Jam On It
16. 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite
17. Eric Clapton – Superman Inside
18. Lazlo Bane – I’m No Superman
19. Five for Fighting – Superman
20. Flaming Lips – Waitin’ for Superman
21. Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead
22. John Williams – Movie Theme

or stream it with the player below.

Next week, I will release a kids friendly version of this tape. This version does have a few adult moments to it. The stream below is the all-ages approved mix and will be available in album format soon.

I hope you enjoy the tunes!

If you cannot see the audio controls, listen/download the audio file here

2012 – Year of the Themed Mixtape

At the beginning of last year I challenged myself to make a mixtape every single month for the entire year.

12 mixtapes for 2012!

I actually surpassed that goal and made 14 of them.

Click on the pictures to download or stream each mix.

Enjoy the tunes!

Click on the cover pictures to download each mixtape. You’ll be taken to the original blog post where you’ll be able to stream each mix, download it as one MP3 file or as a tracked album.

Enjoy the music!

December 10th – A Farewell Postcard

For the past three years, I’ve made a mixtape every December 10th. This, however, is the final edition of that series. It’s time to move on.

So I present you with December 10th: A Farewell Postcard.

I hope you enjoy the tunes. And to Witgirl, wherever you are, I hope you have a Happy Birthday and a wonderful year!

01. Jason Aldean – Do You Wish It Was Me?
02. Jake Owen – The One That Got Away
03. Alex Clare – Too Close
04. Rudimental – Feel the Love
05. Gangstarr- Lovesick
06. Murs and 9th Wonder – Dance With Me
07. Hinder – Lips of an Angel
08. Headstones – And
09. Evan Taubenfeld / Avril Lavigne – Best Years of Our Lives
10. Pink – Try
11. Beneficence / Masta Ace – Reality vs Fiction
12. K’Naan – Hurt Me Tomorrow
13. Down With Webster – Jessica
14. OK Go – Needing / Getting
15. D-sisive – Don’t Turn the Lights Out

Download December 10th – A Farewell Postcard in album format