The Finale

     First of I just want to say that class CT244 of spring 2014 was one of my favorite class for my first semester back in school. You guys really made this semester motivational and inspirational for me. I was real nervous coming back but you guys really helped me fight my anxiety. Thank you so much! ( sorry guys I can be a little emotional sometimes.) And good luck to all of you encase I don’t see some of you guys next semester.

     I had my doubts about the radio show and I’m sorry I did because WE ROCKED IT!! The entire class had to create a radio station that was being aired live; (with the help of Prof. Michael) on the york website. We came up with three segments which were, Segment1:Turn Down for What, commercial about zodiac signs, Segment2: Music Verse of the Day and Segment3: which was a discussion about upcoming fees being charged for social medias for faster service. The equipments that were used were directional mics, headphones, a mixer and computers. Everything was connect to the mixer which is what Jayson our Engineer for the show used to manage the volume of everything. Below is a short clip of Melvin rapping during the Music of the Day segment which I was the Host for.

http://youtu.be/gPXKB4Rce_0

     Over all it was a great experience to actually set up a mini radio station in class and broadcast live over the internet for people to hear us. We were all very nervous, but as we went along we loosened up and had fun.I enjoyed working with everyone, I would definitely do another radio show again.

 

 

Music Verse of the Day!

Hey Guys, HERE IT IS!!!

Couple of us has come together to get this live radio show on the road. The idea we came up with were two segments; first one: Donkey of the Day second one: Music Verse of the Day; you could choose one or do both. Kcantey513 has already posted up a blog about Donkey of the Day, so if you are interested please go check it out and leave your reply on what you would be interested in presenting on the show.

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As for Music Verse of the Day– find a verse which is meaningful or Hot! to you. The verse could be up to 6mins long. You will then have to dissect the verse for us and explain why you chose it. If anyone is interested please reply ASAP so we could get this show going. IT WILL BE ALOT OF FUN!!!!

Sleep Tight!

(listen to the entire track)

WARNING! For those who are squeamish I suggest you do not listen!!!

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This project is a compilation of scary movie clips along with sound effects. We are usually use to watching scary movies and being frighten by them because of what we see.  My goal was to create a track of all the scary sounds we would hear in these horror movies while maintaining the scary effect.

I decided to Use Audition to do my editing. I took most of the sounds from YouTube and some from Freesound.org. I ended up using about seven different sound clips to create the entire track. It was a little challenging for me to find the right sounds that made sense while mixing because I wanted to keep the same theme all throughout the track. So, I decided to use one main track under the other tracks through out the entire session. Also, another challenge was making sure certain tracks were not louder than others. For example, I turned down the main track so the interview with Jeffery Dahmer could be heard clearer. Since I’ve used Audition before I am familiar with settings that I needed to complete my project. The one thing I forgot was how to export my session out. I quickly hopped on YouTube to refresh my mind on this and I came across a video that actually was very informing.

Check it out!

To sum up everything, the project overall was fun to edit and also made me relive all those scary movies that made me have bad dreams at night.

 

Let’s get technical!

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I chose to take a trip to one of the most popular music venue in Greenwich Village called Cafe Wha. Also, this is where I work over the weekends. While I was training to be a manager, I remember them teaching me about all the different task I had to do; one of the task that I had to do that I thought was so hard and took a couple messing up to get, is turning everything on in the sound booth. Here is a video of me going through everything in the booth. In the video you will see me pointing to something called the Rack, the tall thing, which is the main power for everything. It turns on the mixing board, speakers, amps and everything else on stage. Also, you will see the guitar players amps on stage. These amps are located right behind them while they are performing.

While in the booth the sound-man and I spoke about a couple things. The first thing he said to me was that sound is all about signal flow. Audio Signal Flow is the path an audio signal takes from the source to the output. Also, during this path it includes all the processes involved in generating audible sound from electronic impulses or recorded media. The next thing we spoke about is the Analog Console, also known as the Mixing Board. This is where the audio signals are sent into various outputs. The board allows the audio signals to be controlled, split and filtered. This is the central piece of equipment in a recording studio or live sound venue like in this case. In the process of the Signal Flow Chain there has to be a microphone line. This line is directly where the audible sound is sent to the Mixing Board. Microphones as we know from sound class, work as a transducer and converts the audio into an electrical current.

While in the sound-booth I heard one of the guitar players say into the mic, “Chris more reverb!”. Then I saw Chris hand reach for the Aux section on the mixer and began turning knobs. The Auxiliary Send provides a space for plug-ins to be activated. The plug-ins send the audio signals here and this is where he is able to do special effects on the singers voice such as reverb, delay or a loud distortion on the lead guitar’s riff. Moving down the mixing board he also showed me the Fader, this is where you see knobs going from the left to the right of the board. This is where the sound-man plays around with the volume of all the instruments until there is satisfaction with how each performer is heard.

I was a little confused about the Sub buttons and what they are for but I did a little research and what I have learned is that sub groups are assigned, this is a way to adjust sound levels easier, and to explain more on this, a group of microphone lines can be synchronized together so that only one knob controls them all. For example, the drums has microphones that are close to every drum and can be very hard to adjust each drum head individually. Also, in my video above, I showed the guitar-players amps on stage which also had microphones set up in front of them. This helps make the sound clearer and easier for the sound-man to manage sound levels from the booth.

Here is a video that I thought was helpful. This makes you see a mixing board in a simple way. Also, helps explain somethings you might of wanted to learn more about. The second video goes into detail about how equipments are connected and explains how the audio signal is being sent to the mixing board.

Overall, this trip was very helpful for me to have an idea of the Job of a sound engineer. It is truly a tough job because you have to understand everything on the mixing board to be able to make sure that the musicians are satisfied and the sound is perfect for the show. One thing about live music is when there is a mess-up its happening right in front of the audience and its the sound-man’s responsibility to fix it. Other responsibilities are having to make sure all the XLR cords are connected into the right inputs to make sure signals don’t get messed up. Moreover, labeling is very helpful so that the sound-man could remember which knob is for what. Finally, this job also has to deal with keen hearing or should I say close listening; have to be able to hear feedback during performances and getting rid of it. Also,  know when to use special effects on singers voices or guitar riffs.

Below are pictures I took of the mixing board. I have circled areas on the board that I was talking about above, and a couple pictures of the musicians on stage.

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Bladder was full!

This assignment is from the DS106 assignment bank, it is called Sound Effect Story. You have to tell a story using only sound effects, no verbal communication.

I saw a couple other classmates that did this project and I thought it was very interesting. If you have already listened to the audio track above you can hear that there are sound effects of someone drinking a beverage, satisfaction, putting the cup down, walking, opening door, toilet seat being put up, urinating and toilet being flush.I got all the sound effects from freesound.org Overall, I had fun putting these sound effects together and I think it is Hilarious! Hope you guys enjoy it.

Do Over!

March 25 – April 10

2 projects (30) + 2 level 2 post (24) —>[54]

3 constructive blog post (3*5) —>[15]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6) —>26

**Period 2 Total= 95

April 11- May 5

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

1 critique (20) + level 2 post (12)—->[32]

2 constructive blog (2*5)—-> [10]

**Period 3 Total= 123

May 6 – May 20

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

2 constructive blogs (2*5)—->[10]

1 Exam “microphones basics”—->[30]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6)—->[26]

**Period 4 Total=147

All 4 periods + attendance + any extra credit = [430 and above]

I am really interesting in learning more about Pro tools and other editing softwares.

Ugh! Annoying

 

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FATSOBURGERSIGN

 

This audio assignment is called “May I Take Your Order?” you have to put on your best accent and pretend you are at McDonalds and order something of their menu. The best part is you have to be picky, be that annoying costumer.

I did this assignment as a group project because when I listened to other examples of people doing this project by themselves, it bored me and it seemed awkward. I thought it would be more fun for the listener to actually hear a real dialogue between different people instead of hearing me talking to myself. The people involved in the project are Kwesi, Jordan and myself. Kwesi was our sound engineer who did close listening with head phones as Jordan and I talked into the MXL USB mic. Kwesi informed us when we were too low or too high. Jordan was the annoying British costumer and I was the cashier.

It was not easy getting this recording good on the first try because it was so hard for me to be serious and  I kept forgetting my line. We also were having a little difficulty with Audacity, (software used to edit audio) but by watching a couple tutorials I had an idea of the basic tools and by trial and error.  Overall I had fun doing this project.

 

oh la la … une blague française

Parlons français chouchou!! (translate: let’s speak french darling!!)

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I found a interesting audio project in the DS106 assignment bank called “make em’ laugh”

With this assignment you have to find a short joke in another language other than any one you speak; record your voice telling the joke focusing on pronunciation and try to sound as natural as possible. You also have to add a music track underneath and a laugh track at the end.

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I chose to find a french joke since I am interested in learning how to speak French fluently one day. While browsing through Google and came across a website specifically for learning how to speak French; and this is where I came across a couple french jokes and puns.

The joke I recorded above:

In French:

Une petite fille dit à son père:
– Papa! Papa! Regarde un bateau !
– C’est pas un bateau ça; c’est un yacht !
– Comment ça s’écrit «yacht »?
– Heu … tu as raison c’est un bateau !

In English:

A little girl says to her father:
– Daddy! Daddy! Look! A boat!
– That’s not a boat; it’s a yacht!
– How do you spell “yacht”?
– Er … you’re right; it’s a boat!

The joke here is that the little girl’s father corrected her about a boat that is called a Yacht; she asked him how to spell it and he didn’t know how, so he tells her just call it a boat.

I used Audition CS6 to edit my recording which was a little difficult for me because I have never used this editing software before. No worries! Here are two tutorials I found which helped me learn the basics of Audition and made the editing process a little easier. The first tutorial speaks about how to fade-in and fade-out; I used this at the end of my recording for the music track and the laugh track. The second tutorial speaks mainly about different techniques Audition has on editing.

Overall, I had fun doing this project because not only do I know a couple lines in french, I also know a french joke. Getting the pronunciation of the words took a couple takes but I finally got it. Also, watching the tutorials gave me a little insight on basic tools in Audition CS6 which might will help me with editing future projects.

 

Back to Basics

This is not a project, blog, etc. I just wanted to share this informative video with everyone about sound. It covers everything we talked about in the beginning of the semester. This video might help someone that might have wanted a little more elaboration on a couples things. I know I did.

Am I happy? (take 2)

This audio assignment is called Over-Dramatic Reading. The purpose of this project is to choose any written material and read it in a way that alters the original material. It could be read at an odd pace, overly excited, sad, etc.

The written material I used was a song called “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I chose this material because I thought it would be a great idea to read a song that is suppose to make the listener happy, in a slow and odd pace. I basically did the opposite of what the song means; I turned it into a sad song but using the same lyrics. I recorded myself in the software Audacity using a USB mic called MXL. Hopefully you guys enjoy it.

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