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How to Make a Guided Meditation with Music

July 19, 2018| Chris Collins
How to Make a Guided Meditation With Music

A lot of folks have come to me hoping to learn how to make a guided meditation with music. Surprisingly, it’s not all that hard to do! I’m going to walk you through an easy way to do this (and have it sound good) on a limited budget. Ready? Let’s go!

What You’ll Need Before You Start

There are a few things you will need before you start the process. You may already have these things or maybe you’ll need to get them.

A Computer

Hopefully you have access to a computer because this tutorial requires you to download some free software in order to make your guided meditation. Most computers will work fine, but you probably won’t be able to complete the process if you have a small netbook-like computer such as a Chromebook. Macs and Windows PCs will work fine!

A Microphone

Don’t worry if you haven’t purchased a microphone, because a lot of computers have a decent microphone built in! If you have a Macbook, for example, you probably already have a microphone ready to go. Of course, you will have better sound quality if you purchase a nicer microphone, but that isn’t necessary to make a guided meditation. Perhaps you’ll want to start by using the built-in microphone and decide to purchase a fancier microphone down the line! If you do want to get a nicer microphone, I would suggest a good USB mic such as a Yeti Microphone from Blue.ย 

Headphones

These are technically optional, but you will want to make sure your microphone doesn’t pick up any sound from your computer. So, if you DON’T have headphones, you will definitely want to mute your computer’s speakers while you are recording your voice.

How to Make a Guided Meditation With Music

Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to easily make guided meditations! There are many ways to do it, but I find this method to be approachable and simple for beginners who may not have a large budget.

Step 1: Prepare Your Script

Maybe you have already done this or maybe you are planning on improvising your meditation. Either option is fine, but make sure you will be ready to hit that record button soon! If I were you, I would suggest writing down what you will be saying, or at least prepare an outline with bullet points of what the meditation will cover.

Step 2: Download Audacity

You will need an audio editing program to create your guided meditation. There are many programs you can use, but I suggest using a free program that works for both Mac and Windows computers. It is called Audacity. If you have a Mac, you may also want to try using GarageBand, but this tutorial will be using Audacity.

Follow the instructions to download and install on the Audacity website and then continue on…

Download Audacity

Step 3: Download Royalty-Free Music

I always prefer guided meditations that have good music in the background. However, it’s important to understand that you can’t use just any music in your guided meditation, especially if you plan on selling it. Royalty-free music is music that you can purchase which allows you to use the music in your project without needing to pay royalties. There may be other music options, but I find that royalty-free music is the best bet for creators!

Also keep in mind that royalty-free music can have different guidelines for use. You’ll want to make sure to pick music that works for you! For example, some royalty-free music will only allow for a certain number of uses or will only allow use in personal projects. You’ll also want to pick music that is about the same length as your script is, or longer!

This may be a good time to mention that I offer dozens of royalty-free meditation music tracks on this site! They all allow for unlimited, commercial use. Therefore, you pay to use them once and you can make as much money as you want with your guided meditations. My music has been listened to over 4 million times, across multiple platforms. I would love to have you use it in your project!

Download Royalty-Free Music

Step 4: Open Your Music in Audacity

Open your newly downloaded and installed Audacity. Then select File > Open and locate the royalty-free music you have saved on your computer. Select the music file you want to import and click “Open”.

Open Your Music In Audacity

Step 5: Decrease the Music Volume

If you keep the music at full-volume, you most likely will have a hard time hearing and editing your voice track. You can adjust the music and voice levels later, but for now you should decrease it to -15 db for now. To do this, click and drag the slider to the left of the music track labeled with a “+” and “-“. You should drag it down to about -15 db.

Decrease The Music Volume

Note: I am adding the music first because you’ll want to make sure your voice recording is shorter than the music and it can also be helpful to hear the music in your headphones while you are performing your guided meditation.

Step 6: Record Your Voice

Get your script out and your microphone ready. Remember, if you have a built-in microphone, you may not need to do anything. If you have a USB microphone, you will need to plug it in and possibly download drivers (if applicable). This is not a tutorial on how to use a microphone, so hopefully you have all that figured out!

Important: Be sure to record in a quiet room, free of distractions. You should also wear headphones or turn the volume on your computer all the way down to make sure you don’t record anything coming out of your speakers (such as the music)!

To record, you will simply click the red record button in Audacity and perform your meditation to the best of your ability. Remember to speak slowly and with diction, emulating guided meditations that you have enjoyed in the past. This is your opportunity to add your unique spin, so do your best and have fun with it!

Record Your Voice

Note: Make sure you are starting your recording at the beginning! To do this, you may have to hit the double arrow button to move the playhead to the start of the track.

Click the yellow, square “stop” button when you have finished recording! It’s okay if you make a mistake or want to record this in multiple sections (see below)!

Step 7: Removing Mistakes & Recording in Sections

If you were able to record the entire guided meditation perfectly on your first try, good job! Most of us, however, will not be able to do this. Maybe you recorded the first part perfectly but then messed up or had to stop because you lost your place. In either case, it’s fine, don’t worry! In order to remove audio that you don’t want, you simply have to highlight it using the selection tool (which is active by default) and hit delete!

Removing Mistakes

To begin recording where you left off, use the selection tool again and click on the audio track to the right of where the previous recording ended. This will mark where you would like the new recording to begin. Then, click the red record button again and continue your performance. You can do this process as much as you want.

Removing small errors such as a random cough is easy! You simply have to click and drag to select the part of the track where you coughed and then hit delete! Keep in mind that this may not be the best method if you need to remove large sections. It might be better to re-record, especially if you are a beginner. You may also have to zoom in (using the magnifying glass tool) to find the cough in question and only highlight that part before deleting it.

Step 8: Compressing & Normalizing

You may have already noticed that it’s difficult to hear your voice. Don’t panic. This is very common. In order to fix this, I am going to have you complete a few steps. You may have to do this process for each voice track if you have multiple voice tracks within your project. You will probably have multiple voice tracks if you had to record in sections. New recordings automatically start in a new track!

First, click on the left part of the voice track to select it (under the two sliders). Alternatively, you could click and drag (using the selection tool) to select the entire voice track. Then complete the following:

1) With the voice track selected, click Effect > Compressor

2) Click “OK

Compressing

3) With the voice track still selected, click Effect > Normalize

4) I like to set it to -2 db for meditations.

5) Click OK

Normalize

Normalize

Remember that you may need to do this for every voice track if you have your voice recording separated into different tracks! Again, this may be the case if you recorded it in sections.

Step 9: Leveling Music

You must now go back to changing the volume of the music track to make it sound balanced when paired with your newly edited voice. You can use the gain slider to the left of the music track to do this. Click the play button in Audacity to listen to your guided meditation and raise/lower the volume of the music so that it plays softly in the background. You want to be able to hear the music, but you definitely don’t want it to be too overpowering!

Leveling

Step 10: Fading the Music Out

You may have noticed that your music track is longer than your voice track. We’ll need to fade that out so it ends naturally without a long period of music following the guided portion. If the music is too short, you will likely need to pick something longer and use the shorter music for a shorter guided meditation. If you’re skilled in audio editing, you could edit the music to repeat, but that is definitely more advanced!

Anyway, to make the music fade out, you’ll want to select the bulk of the music that extends beyond the end of your voice recording, leaving about 10-15 seconds. Like so…

Fading The Music Out

Then hit delete!

Once you’ve deleted this, you will want to fade the music out. So you’ll need to select the remaining small section of music that extends beyond the end of the voice track. Like so…

Fading The Music Out

Next, select Effect > Studio Fade Out

Studio Fade Out

Step 11: Save Your Project

Now you should have a well-balanced guided meditation! You’ll want to save this file just in case you need to edit it later. In fact, you should probably save the project throughout the whole process, just to be safe. To save, click File > Save Project, give the project a name, and save it somewhere on your computer.

Step 12: Export Your Project

This is the final step! Congratulations. You now get to export your completed guided meditation as a file you can use. You can sell this on your website, make a YouTube video using it, or put it on a CD. It’s up to you!

To export, click File > Export Audio and use the “Format” dropdown to select an audio type. I would recommend an uncompressed audio type such as “WAV – 32 bit”.

You’re Done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you learned how to make a guided meditation! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the contact area below or get in touch. And remember, I have lots of relaxing royalty-free music you can use for your guided meditations!

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Comments

  • January 6, 2019

    Thank you so much for your article Chris! I appreciate it. I have written guided meditations for a long time and lead groups with them but never thought I could record them or knew how. With your article I think I will be able to record them now. I just ordered a microphone and headphones and downloaded the Audacity program. I am looking forward to giving it a try when the equipment arrives. I also unknowingly have been listening to your music meditations on the app Insight Timer recently. Thank you for your help!

    Shannon

  • Rebecca
    April 11, 2020

    Hi Chris , thank you so much for all this info .
    Iโ€™ve been listening to you on Insight Timer for a while now, and Iโ€™m just realizing who you are , so double thank you , your work is awesome ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    Iโ€™m new to recording my own meditations and Iโ€™m going to purchase your $60 Meditation pkg to start. My microphone will be coming in a few weeks so I will practice with the computer mic for now , your music and my scripts. Iโ€™m so excited๐Ÿ˜Š
    Blessings to you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ’™ Rebecca
    PS How do I get intouch with questions ?

    • April 13, 2020

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for your comment and your support (both here and on Insight Timer). I’m so glad you will be starting to make your own guided meditations and that you’ll use my music in the background. You can always get in touch via email at info@indiemusicbox.com – Thanks!

  • April 22, 2020

    Thank you, Chris! This is so helpful! I am so glad I found you and your music!

    • April 23, 2020

      You’re welcome Kimberlee! I’m glad it’s helpful!

  • Lauren
    April 22, 2020

    Hey Chris just wanted to say thanks for your amazing music and this super helpful info here.

    • April 23, 2020

      You’re so welcome, Lauren! Thanks for supporting my music! I hope it works well for you.

  • Maurine Burke
    April 26, 2020

    What a great how-to. Thank you! Your music is beautiful. I am in the beginning stages of creating my own meditations and will certainly be back to purchase your music.

    • April 27, 2020

      Thank you so much! I’m glad the article is helpful and that you like my music!

  • maya
    April 28, 2020

    Hey chris hope you are safe, can you help me to understand how to engage people in your music as a artist.

    • April 28, 2020

      Hi Maya – Thanks! I hope you are well. For me it was many years of making music and putting it out there in different ways. There is no one method that will work for anyone. I would try to find what feels right for you and have fun with it, knowing that it may take some time to gain traction!

  • LG
    May 6, 2020

    Amazing blissful music Chris!

    Keep it coming. Thanks a lot!

  • June 4, 2020

    Dear Chris, I can hardly believe it. I treat myself to a creative day today and listen to a meditation on YouTube with your music. So I get to the website and discover the article about taking meditations. I’ve been doing this for years, but my technique is miserable. I owe my listeners better quality, but I don’t know how to do it. Til today. Your article is like a gift from heaven to me. Thank you from the heart and be blessed. Great support.Greetings from Lake Constance (this is an automatic translation)

    • June 4, 2020

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Genka! It means a lot to know that this article helps. I am also so happy to hear that you enjoy my music as well. It is wonderful to hear from you!

  • June 17, 2020

    Hiya, thank you so much for such an insightful article, it has been such a help. I am struggling with one thing, making my meditations available to select people. I am looking for a way to upload them online and make them accesible via say a password, which is obtained via purchase through my website. Is this at all possible? Many thanks and blessings.Lexie

    • June 17, 2020

      Thank you so much, Lexie! I’m glad you like the article. Hmm…that’s a good question. It looks like you have a Shopify website. There is a plugin for Shopify called Locksmith that allows you to password protect a page. I imagine that you could create a digital product that delivers the password to this page via email to your customers. That would probably be the easiest way to do it with your current setup. I hope that helps! Good luck!

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