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IMPORTING MUSIC

IMPORT FROM "MY COMPUTER"

This allows you to import a song file that’s already saved to your local computer. 
 

1. Click the "Import Song" button.

2. Click the My Computer icon.

3. Browse through your files, click the song or music file you wish to import and click “Open”.

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IMPORT FROM "ITUNES LIBRARY"

This allows you to import a song file from your iTunes library. These are song’s you’ve already purchased from the iTunes store.

1. Click the "Import Song" button.

2. Click the iTunes Library icon.

3. Browse through your iTunes Library music, click the desired song and click “Import”.

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IMPORT FROM "SEARCH"

This allows you to search through the Apple Music streaming platform and find a song to purchase and download to your computer.

1. Click the "Import Song" button.

2. Click the Search icon.

3. Search for a desired song using the textbox at the top of the window (provided by Apple Music).

4. Once you find a song you like, click the “Buy” button next to it. You can purchase the song from either Amazon Music or the iTunes Store.

Note: if you already have the song downloaded to your computer, an "Import" button will appear instead of the "Buy" button. Clicking "Import" will import the song from your computer automatically! If an Import button isn't appearing when you already have downloaded a song, click here.

5. Follow the on-screen purchase instructions.

6. Once the song has been purchased and downloaded to your computer, DanceCuts will automatically detect the download and will prompt you with an Import button.

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Import from My Computer
Import from iTunes Library
Import from Playlist/Search

MUSIC SCANNING

What is Music Scanning?

Music Scanning makes importing easier than ever. DanceCuts will scan your computer for music files, and then will list them under "My Computer" for easy importing access.

Where does Music Scanning look for music files?

The following folders on your computer are scanned by Music Scanning:

• Your Music folder

• Your iTunes Library

• Your Downloads folder

• Your Documents folder

• Your Desktop folder

How do I enable/disable Music Scanning?

When you launch Dance Cuts for the first time, you will be prompted on whether you want to enable Music Scanning.

• To enable Music Scanning, navigate to File > Music Scanning > Turn On in the top menu. 

• To disable Music Scanning, navigate to File > Music Scanning > Turn Off in the top menu.

How do I find and import my scanned music?

First, make sure you have Music Scanning enabled. Then press "Import Song", then "My Computer".

Alternatively, you can navigate to File > Music Scanning > Show Scanned Music in the top menu.

To import a listed song, press it and then press "Import" towards the bottom.

A song file on my computer isn't listed in the scanned music. Why?

Make sure the file is in one of the scanned folders (see above). If it is, then you might need to Re-scan for music. In the "My Computer" page of the Import dialog, click the "Re-scan files" button to scan again.

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  • What is DanceCuts™?
    DanceCuts™ is a music editing service for dancers and choreographers to easily create mixes for dance routines. It provides you with just the tools you need to make that perfect mix. We want to revolutionize the way dancers get their music. Try DanceCuts™ today! (It's completely free!)
  • Why did you make DanceCuts™?
    We felt like there needed to be an easier and more affordable option for dancers to make a quick edit or mix. So we made one.
  • How do I start mixing music with DanceCuts™?
    To start mixing, you'll need to first download DanceCuts. Simply jump on a desktop or laptop computer and head over to our downloads page: https://dancecuts.com/download. Once there, click the "Download" button! For help with installing DanceCuts, check out our video walkthroughs: Install DanceCuts™ on Mac (https://youtu.be/t44_iBxKXPY) Install DanceCuts™ on Windows (https://youtu.be/RPOpfoQ4Ovg)
  • Do I need an account to use DanceCuts™?
    Yes! But not to worry, an account is completely free! DanceCuts™ makes it incredibly easy to access your finished mixes or edits. But an account is necessary for this. Make an account > Download DanceCuts™ > Make a Mix > Mixes are automatically saved to your account
  • How do I make a DanceCuts™ account?
    There are two ways to make an account: Option 1: Head to our homepage and click the "Sign Up" button on the top of the page! Option 2: Download DanceCuts™ to your computer, launch DanceCuts™, and follow the sign-up prompts in the desktop application.
  • Does DanceCuts™ cost money?
    DanceCuts™ has a free tier which lets you use the full capabilities of Dance Cuts, with the exception of one or two features. If the free version doesn't cut it for your mixing needs, you can upgrade to a Premium account at any time! Check out our Premium page for more info: www.dancecuts.com/premium
  • Can I remix music in DanceCuts™?
    While DanceCuts™ is a relatively new editor, (released June 2022). we haven't focused our efforts on remixing music quite yet. That said, we do have plans for future versions of DanceCuts™ that will have drag 'n drop remixers to easily add more energy to all or just part of your mix.
  • What is the Free Mix Guide?
    We know that some of you will still prefer to use other editors, such as Audacity or Garageband, to work on your music. We'd still love to assist you! So we made a guide to help you edit and mix music properly in those other editors. DanceCuts™ or not, make sure you mix it right! Head to the Free Mix Guide page to learn more.
  • How does My Mixes work?
    My Mixes is your personal account page where you can access your recently exported mixes. You can playback, download, or delete your mixes from any device! Check our our video about by clicking here.
  • How do I get music to use in my mixes?
    This is something we are currently trying to optimize for you! But in the meantime: The best way to get music is by purchasing the mp3 files you need from Amazon Digital Music. (note: purchasing an mp3 file from Amazon Digital Music or any other online store does NOT give you any sort of copyright permissions). If the music you need is on YouTube or other similar streaming service, there are third party websites that will help you download them directly to your computer. (Be sure to get the proper permissions before using copyrighted music). We do not recommend using copyrighted music in your mixes unless you've obtained the proper permissions from the respective artists and copyright holders.
  • How do I use DanceCuts™?
    We have lots of in-depth video tutorials explaining how to do everything in DanceCuts™! Visit https://www.dancecuts.com/tutorials
  • Do you support Chrome OS/Chromebooks?
    Unfortunately, DanceCuts™ only works on Windows or Mac operating systems. However, we do have a new version in the works that will support Chrome OS, so stay tuned!
  • How do I cancel my premium subscription?
    You can cancel your premium subscription anytime in your Account Settings at https://dancecuts.com/account-settings. Scroll to the Membership section, and click the "Cancel Subscription" link.

Troubleshooting

My song isn't automatically importing after I purchased and downloaded it. Why?
 

DanceCuts™ will only scan your Downloads folder and iTunes Library for new downloads. It's likely that your browser is downloading your music to somewhere else. You can fix this by changing your default downloads location in your browser settings. Here are some support articles on how to do this (choose the support article for the browser that you're using):

 

Chrome Support Article

Firefox Support Article

Safari Support Article

Microsoft Edge Support Article

In the Apple Music browser, I've have a song downloaded on my computer, but it doesn't have an Import button. Why?

 

Make sure:

• Music Scanning is turned on. You'll need to enable this setting in order for an Import button to show. Click here to read how.

• Your song is in a scanned folder. DanceCuts™ only scans for music in certain locations (click here for a full list).

• If you downloaded the song while DanceCuts™ was already open, then you'll need to re-scan for music. Click here to read how.

If an Import button still isn't showing up, then your downloaded song couldn't be automatically matched. This could be due to a song missing metadata about its song, artist, and/or album; or its metadata could be invalid or incorrect.

To check if the song has metadata, play it in an audio player like iTunes or Groove Music. If the song's artist and album are displayed, then it has metadata. Digitally downloaded music from places like iTunes Store or Amazon and music ripped from CDs will almost always have metadata. 

How do I give DanceCuts permission to scan for music?

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Windows

  1. Make sure you have a cut open.

  2. In the top menu, navigate to File > Music Scanning > Turn on.

  3. macOS requires that you give permission to DanceCuts to read your Documents, Desktop and Download folders. If you haven't already given permission, then  the following message will popup: 

  1. Make sure you have a cut open.

  2. In the top menu, navigate to File > Music Scanning > Turn on.

  3. That's it!

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4. Click​ OK on this message. Next, some popups like this one will appear:

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5. Click OK on all these popups.

6. You're now done!

If the "Click Allow in the following pop-ups" message is appearing everytime you start DanceCuts, then you've denied DanceCuts access to your Desktop/Downloads/Documents folder(s). Follow these steps to enable access:

  1. Open System Preferences. (You can do this by pressing the Apple logo in the top-left of your screen and then pressing "System Preferences..." in the menu that shows.)

  2. Choose "Security & Privacy". 

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3. In the left-hand list, scroll down and press

"Files and Folders".

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4. Scroll to find DanceCuts, and make sure all 3 checkboxes are checked. You may need to click the lock in the bottom left to make changes.

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