By Jean White
Ah, weddings! The romance, the attire, the abundance of food and drink, the socializing with friends and family in such a celebratory setting—what’s not to love?
I recently attended the wedding of a friend. It was a great event, but the wedding raised my stress level. You see, a few weeks before the celebration, the bride-to-be told me that she’d be playing music on her laptop during the reception and asked me if I could keep an eye on it. Her laptop was running Windows Vista, and I was familiar with Windows Media Player, so I didn’t hesitate. “No problem,” I told her. But when I arrived, I quickly found out that the job was bigger than I thought.
To prepare the music for the wedding reception, the bride and groom had chosen their favorite songs from the library in Windows Media Player and created a couple of playlists. Creating a playlist is a great way to group specific types of songs together. To learn more about playlists, see Create or change a regular playlist in Windows Media Player.
If you don't have an external DJ mixer and want to amplify the music on your laptop, you can connect your laptop to a stereo system instead.
Windows Media Player has a great crossfade feature, so you can create smooth transitions between songs. I made sure that feature was turned on. But, there isn’t a feature to fade the music out in the middle of a song. Fortunately, I found a way to make the experience work.
The laptop at the wedding was connected to an external DJ mixer and a set of speakers. To create a good sound, and eliminate distortion, I turned up the Windows Vista volume, turned up the Windows Media Player volume, and used the volume control on the mixer to adjust the sound. If you set up your laptop and don’t hear anything, make sure Windows Media Player or Windows Vista itself isn’t muted.
When everyone finished eating and the speeches were over, it was time for dancing. I found another playlist on my friend’s laptop. It contained all the faster-paced dance songs, as well as the song they chose for their first dance: Endless Love.
My friends had a long playlist. So finally, I could let Windows Media Player do its thing and join the party. After being a DJ for a day, I realized the experience doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of planning, being a DJ at any event—a barbeque, birthday, or wedding—can be fun.
About the author
Jean White is an editor on the Windows team at Microsoft, where she edits user interface text, Help content, and videos. In 2000, she left the publishing industry in her hometown of Toronto, Canada to join Microsoft. During her career at the company, she has worked at MSN, Office, and Microsoft Press.
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