The DJ Site has a catalog of open ended DJ drops that can easily be converted into a custom drop by adding your specific DJ name on the end.
An open ended DJ drop means that the pre-recorded drop has been set up for you easily lay your own DJ name on top of it.
All the open ended DJ drops on The DJ Site are free, check them out here.
The specific DJ drop I used for this guide can be found and downloaded for free here.
#1 Download and Install Audacity
Download the version of Audacity that’s right for your computer setup. They have versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.
#2 Install and Open Audacity
When the Audacity installer has finished downloading to your computer, find the file and open it (double click, or click it once and press enter).
The installer will look like this
Follow the steps as directed by the installer and complete the installation.
#3 Open Audacity & Import the Open Ended DJ Drops
Find Audacity on your computer. It should have a shortcut on your desktop and/or show up as a new app.
Audacity isn’t the prettiest of audio editors, but it works, and it’s free. When you open it for the first time, this is what you’ll see.
First you need to import the open ended DJ drop you want to customize with your name.
Go to File -> Import -> Audio
and find the MP3 file of the open ended DJ drop. It will load and you’ll see the waveform:
#4 Import Your Custom DJ Name To Audacity
Now the open ended DJ drop has been loaded into Audacity, your custom dj name voice over also needs to be imported in the same way.
Go to File -> Import -> Audio
Then select your DJ name mp3 file and click open. Audacity will now load this file into the multi-track editor and it will appear below the open ended DJ drop you just imported in step 3.
My computer screen is pretty small, so that’s why the two audio files are zoomed in so much!
If you go to view -> zoom you can adjust the screen. That’s what I did and it looks better:
#5 Trim Your DJ Name If Needed
If your custom DJ name file has only one take on it (it just says your DJ name once) then you can skip this part.
Some times the voice over that records your DJ name will record a few versions on the same MP3 file.
If this is the case – like mine above – all you’ll need to do is pick the best sounding one out of the different versions the voice over artist recorded for you and trim the others away.
I’m going to pick the second take out of the four I had the voice over artist record. First I click the selection tool (shortcut “F”) then I select the voice over take I want to keep. This will trim the rest. Remember, you’re selecting the one you want, the others will be deleted in the next step.
Once you have the part highlighted, you need to trim the rest.
Audacity does this easy.
Go to Edit -> Remove Special -> Trim Audio
You’ll now be left with just the take you wanted, perfect.
#6 Position Your DJ Name In The Right Place
Now you have your DJ name and the open ended DJ drop loaded into Audacity, you’re almost done. All you have to do is move your DJ name into a position that sounds good with the open ended DJ drop.
You might have to play around a bit with the positioning to find the best place.
To move the audio left and right, you need to select the time shift tool, then click and drag your DJ name right.
#7 Press Play, Listen & Tweak
The next step is all up to you and what sounds best. Move your custom name drop around. There are more steps you can do to add effects to your DJ name drop, but for now let’s get a simple one made.
#8 Export your new DJ drop
All you need to do now is to export the audio as one single MP3 file. Do this by going to:
File -> Export -> Export as MP3
Name your new DJ drop and hit save. If you see a notice about mixing your tracks down to a single file, it’s fine and click OK.
You also might be prompted to add meta data to the MP3 file, this just makes it pretty and isn’t essential really. Name it something helpful and you will be ok. I just clicked “ok” and didn’t enter anything.
If you’re on Windows, the MP3 will be saved in Documents -> Audacity
Here’s what mine sounded like.
You can also add an echo effect so it sounds more natural and will blend smoothly with the music that you’ll bring in.
And here’s how it would sound with music: