Adding Background Music to your audio segments

Anchor's smart background music fades in and out dynamically with your recordings to provide a smooth transition at the beginning and end of your audio segments

Adding background music to recorded audio

On web:

  • Click 'Create episode' at the top of your Anchor dashboard
  • Record your audio by clicking the 'Record' button
  • After your recording is saved, you will see a music note button that will allow you to add background music to your recording
  • Select a music category, then search or scroll to find and preview the background music you like for your segment
  • To add it to your recording, finish by clicking the 'checkmark' icon while hovering over the desired music track
  • Click 'Preview audio' to listen to how your audio sounds with the selected background track
  • Use the scroll bar to set your selected music to the desired volume 
  • Click 'Apply' to save your changes 
  • Your original recording will be preserved as a copy, and a new audio segment with background music will also be saved in your audio library 

*NoteWhen previewing your audio, background music will dynamically fade-in before your audio starts. Once you save the finished audio, background music will both fade-in at the beginning, and fade-out at the end Addbackgroundmusic_web_copy.jpg

On mobile:

  • Tap the '+' icon from the create screen to view Anchor's creation tools
  • Record your audio by tapping the 'Record' button
  • On the audio preview screen, you will see an option to add background music to your recording
  • Search or scroll to find and preview the background music you like for your segment, and tap the '+' icon to add it to your recording
  • If you have your own music that you explicitly own the rights to, you can also tap 'Import' in the top right to add that as a background track 

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Adding background music to uploaded audio 

If you've uploaded or imported audio into Anchor, you can follow the same steps above to add background music to those segments 

On web:

  • From your audio library, click the music note button on the segment you'd like to add background music to 
  • Your original recording will be preserved as a copy, and a new audio segment with background music will also be saved in your audio library 

On mobile:

  • Tap the 3 dots '...' on a desired segment in your library and select 'Add background music'
  • If you have your own music that you explicitly own the rights to, you can also tap 'Import' in the top right to add that as a background track 
  • If you wish to save any to your favorites, tap the '...' icon next to any piece of music and then 'Add to favorites'

Tips for using background music 

  • You can replace or remove background music from a segment at any time by editing the segment in your audio library
  • Adjusting the volume of selected background music can currently only be done on the web version of Anchor 
  • If your segment is already in published episodes, any changes made to background music will be reflected on external platforms in approximately 24 hours 
  • Background tracks are added to your full audio segment, so if you'd like to have music in just part of a recording, you may want to split your audio segment into multiple parts 
  • Some podcasts use background music to add texture to their shows, whether as an intro track, a way to emphasize specific moments or topics, or anything else you can think of
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