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Hypnotherapy CD Tutorial - Obtaining background music

Although not essential, background music behind your voice will help the listener relax and more easily achieve a state of hypnotic trance.  In addition, music will help mask any background sounds present in the listener's environment, and importantly it will also help mask any background sounds present in the recording of your voice.  All in all, good background music is an important part of a professional sounding hypnotherapy CD.

Metronomic sounds to encourage certain brain states (e.g. 'Alpha' or 'Theta' states) can also be used in place of the background music.  However this is outside the scope of this tutorial and will be discussed in the "Binaural and Metronomic Sounds in Hypnotic Induction" section at a later date.

Regarding the source of the music: it is important to remember that to be legal you need to obtain permission from the copyright holder of the music.  If you have a favourite CD that you want to use you can try contacting the composer / producer and explain what you want to use it for.  They may ask you to pay a small royalty for every CD you produce.  Alternatively you can buy 'royalty free' music intended specifically for making hypnosis CDs.  Here are a few places to look: (listed in alphabetical order)

Royalty free music is often quite expensive because you buy the right to use it again and again on all the CDs you make.  So make sure you listen to a sample of the music before buying to ensure it is suitable.

In any case, whether you get permission to use some music you already have, or whether you buy some royalty free music, it will generally be on CD, and you will need to get it onto your computer as an audio file.  This process is called 'ripping' and there are many programs to do this.  A particularly good one for Windows is Audiograbber which is now completely free.

Using your CD-ripping software extract the audio from the CD to one or more WAV (in the case of Windows or Linux) or AIF (in the case of Mac OS) files.  Do not further convert the audio files to mp3 or similar (even though most CD-ripping software will have the option to do this).

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