Here are some popular programs that are used by amateurs and professional freestyle designers. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have found another useful program that you think I should be added to this list.
> Garageband My current software of choice. It is easy to use and works seamlessly with ITunes. Only available on Mac.
> Audacity Probably the most popular FREE software that will work on all computers.
> Logic Pro X The next step up from Garageband. Only available for Mac.
> Adobe Audition Creativity in the cloud, there is a monthly fee but you also have access to other Adobe programs.
> Music Maker Previously known as Sound Forge, was bought out by Magix. They have a free trial to use the software.
YouTube Video Tutorials
I regularly save freestyle videos and tutorials on my YouTube channel. If you find a video that I have not saved to a playlist please send me an email (email@example.com) so I can add it.
> How to Edit Music using Audacity YouTube playlist with Video Tutorials
> How to Edit Music using Garageband YouTube playlist with Video Tutorials
In addition to online resources, I encourage you to look into options that might be available to you locally.
> Family & Friends: Perhaps your son is really good on the computer? Check with your horse friends and see if any of them are tech savvy. Maybe you could barter some riding lessons for their editing skills! Be creative!
> Local High School: Meet with your local music teacher to see if they have the ability to edit music. Your school may have a computer class that could include your freestyle as a class project.
> Nearby University: Pay a college student to edit your music. Try posting a want ad on a local community board or coffee shop where the tech-savvy folks hang out. Some college student would probably appreciate the opportunity to earn a little extra money.
> Professional Musician: If you know someone who records their own music they will certainly have the skills to edit music. Check out some local bands in your area. Don't worry about the genre of their music, it is the editing skills you need.
> Freestyle Designer: You can reach out to a few professional freestyle designers and see if they would be willing to edit your music separate from the choreography. Most designers want to be involved in the entire process or they may have suggestions for your music choices and choreography.
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