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Creating Soundtracks for Digital Lifestyle Projects 223 As you learned in Chapter 4, "iMovie: the Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software," you can record your own sound effects either directly in iMovie or by first recording them on an external device and then recording them in iMovie. Just like the music, sound effects should enhance what appears on the screen. Don't go crazy with sound effects; sound effects should be used sparingly because too many sound effects can overwhelm the rest of the project. While music playing throughout a project is usually just fine, you should include sound effects only at key points. TIP If you want to get the best results, create a script for your soundtrack that ties specific sounds to specific points in the project. Use this script to guide the creation of your soundtrack. Using iTunes to Produce the Music Track After you have selected your music, use iTunes to prepare the music for your projects. To do this, you encode the music in the format you need for your projects. For most projects, you should encode the music in the MP3 format. If the music you are using is already in your iTunes Music Library, you don't need to encode it because it is already encoded. If the music isn't part of your iTunes Library, you need to add the music to your Library to encode it (see Chapter 2, "iTunes: Burning Down the House" for the steps to do this). After the music has been encoded, you can open your iTunes Music Library folder to find it. Find iTunes Music Files 1. In the Finder, open your Home folder.