I made this mashup in mid-December 2017 and I think it worked out remarkably well. Then just for kicks, I put it as the background music of a twitter video of BTS dancing and it also worked out really well. So I decided to make a BTS dance break compilation video to the song which was a learning experience.

Some notes:

  • Video editing is much more complicated than audio editing. Audio editing for mashups is kind of like a jigsaw puzzle – do these pieces fit? Video editing is like sculpting or making a collage – the pieces already exist, how do you shape it to your vision?
  • Now that I’ve seen the N.O. tour dance break many, many times, I’m convinced that it made learning the Fire dance break choreo a lot easier.
  • I wanted to feature choreo that included the entire group, not just the primary dancers. Fancams in theory sound really nice, but the sheer magnitude was overwhelming. Also, some fansites don’t want their video edited or re-uploaded.
  • It was hard finding a video editing program to work on my computer. I didn’t want to shell out $20 USD/month just for Adobe Premiere. The free video editing options like DaVinci Resolve, Hitfilm Express, or Lightworks all kept crashing on my outdated computer. Humble Bundle had Sony Vegas Pro 14 Edit for $20 USD (Pro 15 Edit is currently $449 CAD) and thankfully that gamble paid off.
  • It’s a testament to both songs that I’m not tired of this mashup yet.

5 days ago, I opened Audacity and made some ringtones based on BTS’ first teaser for the latest single ‘DNA’ and shared them to reddit and YouTube. Thanks to YouTube’s suggestion algorithm, my video views jumped from 350 to over 10,000 the next day and was at 23,906 views when I started writing this. I spent the weekend making a few more ringtones from BTS’ second teaser as well as some requests and mixes. Someone in the comments asked how I did it and there was so much to share, I’m turning it into a blog post.

Please keep in mind that I am still very much new to Audacity. Those ringtones were basically the first ones I ever made. I’ll assume you used an app or website to download the audio from YouTube.

 

[animated gif on how to select an audio clip, copy and paste in Audacity]

First, select what part of the song you want to use and isolate. This involves a lot of zooming in to make sure you get as clean a cut as you can (aka no additional sounds). As you can see in the gif, I find it easier to click in the middle of the area you want and then click-drag to the where you want instead of trying to wing it in one mouseover. Once an area is selected, you can use Transport -> Loop Play to hear whether it’ll loop cleanly. Then I copy and paste to a new track (Tracks -> Create New Stereo Track). I like to keep a copy of the original track just in case I mess up.

Notice when I pasted the clip in an existing track, Jungkook’s vocal part shifts off screen. This can easily mess up the arrangement. It’s fixable but it takes tweaking with the Time Shift tool which I’ll discuss later.

 

screenshot of my Audacity DNA Teaser 1 + 2 = Her raw project file with notes

Here is a screenshot of all my raw clips Audacity project file for my BTS DNA Teaser Ringtone (1 + 2 = Her mix). As you can see, I’ve got the audio for both teasers (with the BigHit sound deleted) as well as various elements I thought I could use.

 

[screenshot of BTS T2 Simple remix Audacity project file with notes]

This is the actual fun part, where you arrange things to your liking. Here are my notes for my BTS DNA Teaser Ringtone Simple Mix, using the Teaser 2 Extended Instrumental as the base. (The Extended Instrumental was done by basically selecting the first beat and repeating it and then repeating the second drum part with the siren 2 more times. I couldn’t figure out how to repeat the build up to the drop cleanly or else I would’ve repeated that one more time as well.)

I usually keep the main music as the top track and then add a new track beneath it to paste the clip and move it around. This was mostly so I have a better visual bird’s eye view of where I want the clip to be in relation to the overall song.

 

[animated gif demonstrating the time tool in Audacity]

The Time Shift tool is so great. I mostly arranged things by listening and pasting what sounded good to me, but as you can see in the above gif, it’s so much easier to move clips around instead of pasting, painstakingly selecting the clip only to copy and paste it again. I could’ve saved way more time if I’d known about this earlier.

 

[screenshot of BTS Teaser Ringtone 1 + 2 = Her mix Audacity project file with notes]

The BTS DNA Teaser (1 + 2 = Her Mix) is probably the most complicated thing I’ve done so far. This one involved so much tweaking. I forgot to add it on the picture, but I had to extend the end of the 2nd whistle part. I basically Googled “how to extend a note audacity” and this old forum post was like “zoom in, select tiny parts of what you want to extend, copy and paste to new tracks, merge the whole thing as a new mix, crossfade.” This is when I started playing more with the Effects menu.

As you can see, I used Effect -> Amplify a lot. It automatically moves the selected clip to as loud as it can be, but if you move the slider toward -db, you can reduce the volume. I always Preview before and watch the levels to get a better idea of what I want it.

Once you’re happy with everything, select the Tracks and Render and Mix to New Track. From there, you select the track and Export Selected Audio to .mp3 format. That’s it!

It’s a lot of information, but the best way to learn is to just start! I hope this helps and good luck!

BTS new mini-album drops on Monday and they dropped a teaser for the music video for their upcoming single ‘DNA’. It’s mostly a minute of Jungkook walking and whistling but the last few seconds gives us a taste of what’s in store.

It’s also catchy as hell and I spent some time making ringtones and notification sounds for my phone. I’ve shared them with reddit and YouTube already.

Download links:

BTS DNA T1 Notification A (first guitar chord/whistle) – https://goo.gl/KwiApv
BTS DNA T1 Notification B (opening beat, guitar chord, short whistle) – https://goo.gl/imyMTr

BTS DNA T1 Ringtone A (guitar chord/whistle loop) – https://goo.gl/2PkcCc
BTS DNA T1 Ringtone B (guitar chord/whistle w/opening beat loop) – https://goo.gl/PVjJ4S