11 Nov

How to Take A Walk in the Park.

I had previously created something that explains with photos how to create something in audacity. I didn’t know about the tutorial option to tag so I didn’t tag it but think this would help someone tremendously! Here is my previous post shared for a tutorial post!

 

This week I was given the challenge of creating my own short story with only sounds. No words were to be spoken. Luckily I was given the link to an awesome website with a lot of sound effect resources and you can find that resource here.

Next I had to brainstorm what I wanted to do for my short story.. then my dog barked. Suddenly I wanted to create a story around a dog bark. One of the sound effects that I always think about is walking so I wanted to incorporate that into my story plot as well. This is when the decision of “a walk in the park” came to mind, but I didn’t want it to end there. I wound up extending it to the walker getting back home after their walk!

Explaining the process of creating the story line will be a lot easier than it actually was. I was VERY intimidated by Audacity at first. But with a little practice it became A LOT easier than it originally was.

First I needed to upload my audio clips that I selected. This was done like so:

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After I inserted all of my clips I was able to move them where I wanted them into the story sequence like so: (the little barbel with arrows on each side is what moves them.)

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Once you get everything where you want it (you can have a lot more than 2 also) you can edit them. I became a HUGE fan of fade in and fade out. This really helped my transition from the sprinkler in the beginning and made it a lot easier on the ears (if you want to use the effects, make sure you swap back to your original cursor otherwise it will change the whole thing. But don’t worry because there is an undo button) Here are the effects I was able to play with:

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After I did all of this, it was time to figure out how to save it. We were given another program to download so it was able to be converted to an MP3. If you want to download LAME yourself to convert audacity files, you can do so here.

After everything was saved, I uploaded it to my Soundcloud to share with everyone! I hope you all enjoy!

https://soundcloud.com/user-446410860/a-walk-in-the-park

 

7 Oct

Fear of rain

For this assignment I had to edit sounds into audacity to show an emotion. We were required to mash up at least 4 sounds to achieve this. I chose to create someone who has a fear of rain. I started by making the sound of a storm. I used http://freesound.org to find the sound of rain and thunder and mashed them together and moved the timing around for the cracks of thunder. I also made sure this faded in an out for a nice transition and to make sure it didn’t scare the person who was listening!

Then it was time to create my person. I used Freesound.org again to find a person crying (thank you person!) and found the perfect one. After this, I recorded my self sniffling because I couldn’t find something that fit just perfect. I made sure the man faded in nicely for a good transition again and then added my sniffles into his pauses making for a perfect mash up of fearful crying.

Then I found chattering teeth to place into the sound mash up for a small added effect and played with the gain so it wasn’t too overbearing and didn’t take over the piece.

Everything I did in this sound clip I was already familiar with (somewhat at least) but thought it would be handy to keep doing and getting better with (mainly transitions) because editing our radio show could really come in handy. We will need to make sure there are smooth transitions, nice sound effects that feel like they’re happening at the time it is played and not added later, and emotion that tells the story. I feel like I achieved this here. Not to mention I love playing with audacity! (:

 

Please feel free to give me any opinions on this soundcloud clip below! I hope you enjoy!

Fear of rain

7 Oct

B-Flat.

I’m sure you’re starting to read this blog post and thinking “great. Someone else did this incredibly easy assignment because it was rated 4.5 stars and they’re getting away with it.” For me, this was anything but easy and I still didn’t get it the way I really wanted it. So I will explain my failed process and show you what I managed to make.. because life isn’t always full of successes, they’re almost always followed by some type of failures.

I chose the song Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. (Who doesn’t like a classic) I thought it would be a cool song to hear in b-flat. My first problem, how do I get this in mp3 form? I found this awesome website that will convert a soundcloud or youtube track to mp3s. you can find that here: http://anything2mp3.com/

Once I got that saved to my computer, I uploaded it to audacity. I couldn’t find vocals only or just the instrumentals so I set to trying to separate it in audacity.

If you click the drop down menu that my cursor is over, it gives you the option. I found an awesome tutorial here:

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This didn’t work. Im not sure why either to be honest. I chalked this up as a failure and moved to a new way.

Here I went to the option effect and scrolled down to Vocal Reduction and Isolation:

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And found Isolate Vocals.

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This didn’t work for me. I wound up spending 45+ minutes trying to figure this out before it defeated me (oh, but this isn’t the end. I will win this battle one day..)

 

So I changed the whole song to A#/Bb:

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Here is what I got: (sound cloud kept getting flagged and taken down so I directly uploaded to here) It sounds SO different! My intention was to keep the instrumentals the same and only change the vocals. if anyone has any tips and tricks, I’d be interested in hearing them!

 

7 Oct

What my day sounds like..

For this assignment (worth 3 stars) I had to record sounds of what I’ve heard throughout my day. There were some that I wish I would have recorded in time (boom of the quarry near my house was atrocious today).

For the process of this, I started with my iPhone 7. This is what I used to record some of my sounds (I cheated for 2 sounds on my “day” because I couldn’t get a clear recording. For this I used this website.) After I compiled a days worth of sounds, I uploaded them to audacity and used a lot of their editing tools to lump them together and transition them to one another. For more detailed information on the editing done here, please see my blog post: A walk in the park.

Narrated: 1. wake up to my alarm. 2. hear the sounds of my 2 dogs, 2 kittens, and 2 birds (only thing missing is my horse). 3. shower. 4. get in the car. 5. spend time at UMW. 6. have lunch. 7. go to work. 8. have dinner. 9. go to bed.

 

How do you spend your day and what do you hear throughout it? Hear mine below.

 

23 Sep

ds106, so hot it should be illegal.

For this assignment, I was required to create a radio bumper for our ds106 radio station. I don’t really have a radio voice so I adjusted the pitch in audacity to make it sound a little more pleasing than my normal voice does. I recorded straight through audacity and moved the clip to where I wanted it in the sirens (which I got from freesound). I adjusted the fade in and out to make it have smooth transitions in and out so it doesn’t abruptly start or stop. It’s not too special, but I hope you enjoy!

23 Sep

Late for work because of ds106!

This assignment is rather similar to my last but was fun to do! I had to have a telephone conversation with myself and change the pitch and other effects to make it sound like I was talking to someone that wasn’t me on the other end. I will say that this was very awkward to do. Have you ever tried to talk to yourself in a full blown conversation? Sure we all do it occasionally, but most don’t so it like this.

So I’ll begin to narrate what I did for this assignment. Sorry if you read my last post and some of it sounds redundant.

I found a telephone ringing sound from freesound and edited it down to 2 rings by selecting what I didn’t want to be there anymore and simply clicked delete on my keyboard.

Then I worked on changing my pitch and added a few little effects here and there to try and make it sound like it wasn’t me on both ends.

After this, I cropped out the long awkward pauses that I left during the recording (try making a conversation with yourself and NOT feeling awkward at some point and leaving a weird pause).

That’s when I was left with my masterpiece! DS106 made my character “Amber” late for work 2 weeks in a row because Amber found it SO interesting (audio editing is fun..).

Hopefully you enjoy it! Honest opinions welcome! (:

23 Sep

HELP! THERE’S A FROG EMERGENCY!

For this assignment I had to record a 911 phone call. There weren’t really any stipulations aside from having two different voices. I didn’t really have anyone handy at the time I was creating this so I decided to play with audacity and change the pitch of my own voice and create what sounds like 2 different people. It wasn’t challenging at all and was pretty easy. The most time-consuming part of this assignment was deleting my extra long pauses and deciding what to make the 911 skit about. My biggest fear is of frogs. So because of this, frogs it is! Could you imagine coming home to a frog on your front porch?! YIKES!

For editing the pitch, I selected which “persons” line it was and went into effects:

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Once in “change pitch” I selected the frequency that I felt fit my character the best. The lower the number, the lower the voice and there was a preview button to play around with it until it was perfect:

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For deleting my unnecessary pauses, I selected the area I didn’t want there anymore and simply clicked the delete button on my keyboard.

Here is the 911 phone call I created! Hope you enjoy!

22 Sep

A walk in the park..

This week I was given the challenge of creating my own short story with only sounds. No words were to be spoken. Luckily I was given the link to an awesome website with a lot of sound effect resources and you can find that resource here.

Next I had to brainstorm what I wanted to do for my short story.. then my dog barked. Suddenly I wanted to create a story around a dog bark. One of the sound effects that I always think about is walking so I wanted to incorporate that into my story plot as well. This is when the decision of “a walk in the park” came to mind, but I didn’t want it to end there. I wound up extending it to the walker getting back home after their walk!

Explaining the process of creating the story line will be a lot easier than it actually was. I was VERY intimidated by Audacity at first. But with a little practice it became A LOT easier than it originally was.

First I needed to upload my audio clips that I selected. This was done like so:

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-27-28-pm

After I inserted all of my clips I was able to move them where I wanted them into the story sequence like so: (the little barbel with arrows on each side is what moves them.)

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-29-46-pm

Once you get everything where you want it (you can have a lot more than 2 also) you can edit them. I became a HUGE fan of fade in and fade out. This really helped my transition from the sprinkler in the beginning and made it a lot easier on the ears (if you want to use the effects, make sure you swap back to your original cursor otherwise it will change the whole thing. But don’t worry because there is an undo button) Here are the effects I was able to play with:

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-26-09-pm

After I did all of this, it was time to figure out how to save it. We were given another program to download so it was able to be converted to an MP3. If you want to download LAME yourself to convert audacity files, you can do so here.

After everything was saved, I uploaded it to my soundcloud to share with everyone! I hope you all enjoy!

 

A walk in the park..