Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Convert M4A to MP3

How to Convert M4A to MP3

How to Convert M4A to MP3

M4A files (MPEG-4 Audio files) are a common audio file type used by Apple, similar to the MP4. All of the songs on the Itunes Store are in the M4A format because of their compression size and high quality. Not all audio players and browsers will work with M4A files, though. That is why it is important to know how to convert M4A to MP3 to be able to store your files in a more versatile and widely recognized format. With a simple audio file conversion software such as Switch, you can easily convert M4A to MP3 without any problems.

Download Switch

You can download Switch Audio File Converter Software by clicking on one of the red download buttons on this page. You can also learn more about the program before downloading by visiting the product page here:
An image demonstrating how to download and install Switch Audio File Conversion Software
Download Switch Audio File Conversion Software
Download the program and follow the installation instructions as directed. Once you have installed the software on your computer, you can open the program and prepare to convert M4A to MP3.

Import M4A Files

Import your M4A files into the program by clicking on the icon with the green plus symbol in the top left-hand corner of the program that says "Add Files." This will open the file finder window where you can browse your computer and locate the M4A files that you would like to convert to MP3s.
An image demonstrating how to import M4A files into Switch to convert to MP
Import M4A files to Convert to MP3

Options Menu

Click on the icon that says "Options" in the main menu to open the Options Window and view some of the changes and adjustments you can make to your M4A files while performing this conversion. Here you can add metadata to your converted MP3 files as well as fix settings to handle duplicate files and formats. When you are finished adjusting these options, click "OK."
A screenshot of the options menu in Switch Audio File Conversion Software
Audio Conversion Options

Choose Output Folder

Select your output destination where you would like your converted files to end up after you have changed them from M4A to MP3 format. You can click on the "Save to folder" dropdown menu to select a folder from this list or click on the "Browse" button to open the file finder window and select any output folder destination on your computer.
A screenshot displaying the buttons to set an output destination folder in Switch Audio File Converter Software
Set Output Destination for MP3 Files

Set Output File Type to MP3

Once your output folder is set, you can select the output format. Click on the dropdown menu on the left side of the program next to the words "Output Format" to view the list of available audio file formats you can convert to. To convert your M4A files to MP3 files, simply select the option from this list that says, ".mp3."
A screenshot demonstrating how to set the output format type to convert M4A to MP3
Set Output Format Type

Encoder Options

Click on the "Encoder Output Settings..." button to launch the window for M4A Output Settings. Here you can make adjustments and change audio encoder settings such as metadata, sample rate, bitrate and amplify/normalizing audio. These settings will be applied during the conversion process while your M4A files are being changed to MP3s.
Encoder options windows for M4A encoding in Switch
M4A Encoder Options

Convert M4A to MP3

Now that we have everything set up, you are ready to convert your M4A files to MP3. Simply click on the "Convert" button, located in the bottom right-hand corner of the program, to begin the conversion process. You can select only one file to convert or select all of them to perform easy batch conversions.
Switch Audio File Converter Software converting M4A files to MP3 in a batch conversion
Converting M4A to MP3


After the conversion is complete, you will see a green banner in the bottom of the program that says "Conversion Complete." You can click the button on the banner to open the output folder and view your newly converted MP3 files. You have now successfully learned how to convert M4A to MP3 using Switch Audio File Converter Software
How to convert M4A to MP3 with Switch Audio File Converter Software
Completed M4A to MP3 Audio File Format

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Writing Your Own Drum and Percussion Notation

Writing Your Own Drum and Percussion Notation

Percussion notation is a type of musical notation indicating notes to be played by percussion instruments. Many people forget that drummers can also write and read music just like any other type of musician. A feature that users have been asking for, drum and percussion notation for Crescendo Music Notation Software, is finally here.

Drum Kit Score

Generally, there are two categories for percussion instruments: pitched and non-pitched. For non-pitched percussion instruments like drum kits, you can create a score with a blank percussion stave using New Blank button on the Score toolbar tab, New Blank Drum Kit Score from the File menu, or the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D. You can also insert a percussion stave in Parts and Staves dialog.  This will open up a new blank score that is specifically used for creating drum and percussion sheet music.

Creating a new drum kit score in crescendo

Drum and Percussion Notation

There are many different ways percussionists will write and transcribe drum notation in sheet music. Luckily there are some universal standards that are agreed upon and also followed in Crescendo Music Notation Software. Below is a sample that shows how Crescendo will interpret and recognize just a few of the different percussion music "notes."

Crescendo Music Notation Software drum key sample

Adding Percussion Notes

You can select a note tool to add notes on the percussion stave by choosing the type of note from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the program and then clicking on a bar to place that note within your score. Once you click to place the note, a half circle menu will appear to show you the different distinctions you can make to the note, such as making it a cymbal, drum, rimshot, or other percussion related specification.

Adding Slurs and Tuplets

Adding slurs and tuplets to your drum and percussion composition is simple and easy. Simply select the slur or tuplet option from the toolbar on the left-hand side of the program to load the cursor with this option. Then just click on the notes where you would like to start and end your slur or tuplet within your score. You will see the new line drawn between your selecting notes to indicate a slur or a tuplet.

Creating Slurs and Tuplets in Crescendo Music Notation Software

Changing Time Signatures

Changing time signatures in Crescendo Music Notation SoftwareTo change the time signature of your drum and percussion score, click on the time measure once to display the wheel of different time signatures. Simply select the option you desire to have that time signature applied to your project. You can also right click on the time signature in the staff and select a new time signature from the drop-down menu.


Crescendo Music Notation Software allows you to listen to your drum and percussion notation as it is played back to you on the very instruments it was written for. Simply click on the play button at the bottom of the program to listing to your composition on your computer. Playback music notation and written sheet music in Crescendo

Save and Share

Export music notation audio in CrescendoWhen you are finished creating your drum and percussion sheet music, simply click on the Export icon, located in the top of the program. You can choose to export your music as an audio file. Then, listen to it and share it over and over again. You can also choose to export your sheet music as an image file or a PDF file if you are going to be taking your creation to the stage. Save your file and print it, so you are ready to rock at any time.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

How to Make a Freeze Frame of a Video Clip

How to Take a Snapshot from a Video in VideoPad

This tutorial video will show you how to take a snapshot of a video and add it to the timeline with VideoPad Video Editing Software.

Download VideoPad to get started:

Take a Snapshot from a Video

How Take a Snapshot from a Video

  1. Drag your cursor to the position in your timeline where you want to take your snapshot
  2. Right-click and select the option from the dropdown menu that says "Take Snapshot of Clip"
  3. Choose the size and resolution of your extracted image
  4. Your photo will appear under the images tab in the media bin
  5. Drag the image into your timeline to use as a still photo in your video

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