DS 106 Radio Show

For my final project, I participated in a group project that included most of my colleges in the course. The main objective of the project was to host our own live radio show via internet. Jason was the audio engineer who handled the music that brought life to the show. The show consisted of three segments. The first segment was “Turn Down for What?” which was mainly a discussion of the latest controversial actions of celebrities or hot topics. In the show we included two guess appearances and they brought up two individual topics from today’s media.

For the second segment was about bringing in your favorite song or lyrics. This was the segment that I took part in. I brought in a sample of Lupe Fiasco’s “Pound of Flesh” and explained his metaphors. I also spoke about what I believed should be the true definition of an rapper or mc. I spoke about how rap artists should have deep metaphors and a deeper meaning behind their lyrics instead of simple repetitive topics such as clubs, girls, liquor, or fancy cars. Most of todays hip hop mainstream music is just for money and no greater significance. I chose Lupe Fiasco because he’s a conscious rapper who talks about society and other important issues. He could also be arguably one of today’s most skilled lyricist with meticulous use of play on word/metaphorical/poetic style. Other guess that took part on the segment was Melvin and Klutch. I recorded a little bit of both of their performances.

Later on in the show was the final segment which was an open discussion between Jordan, Trone and I. The topics that we spoke about was the control in which cable companies are putting onto the internet services. After the end of this segment one of the host, Lisa Atkins, closed us out and ended the show. Being apart of the show was a very grateful experience for me. It taught me exactly how much goes behind a live talk show. It showed me all the pieces it takes and planning that goes behind a radio show. It was so interesting that I wished during the semester we could’ve done more shows. I guessed we saved the best for last.

D’Just the Basics

For this assignment I chose to do a short field trip to my close relative. The main focus of this trip was to explore his DJ equipment. The equipment he possesses are a Vestax VCI 400 dj board and it uses the Serato DJ program. As provided by the Vestax website outline “the VCI-400 is the hardware solution for DJs who have been seeking an instrument that perfectly adapts to their style of performance. Shifting focus from integrity with bundled DJ software to any DJ software has made the VCI-400 the most versatile and intuitive DJ controller in its league. Along with it’s excellent potential for customizing control assignments, the VCI-400 and its ergonomic 4-channel lay out provides perfect control for standard DJ software operation such as cueing, pitch control, looping, FX control, track browsing/loading, triggering samples and scratching.”VCI-400

The VCI 400 comes with multiple mic connections, XLR jack, headphone jacks, all the essentials for DJ applications.

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The speaker which we were using was a Electro Voice (EV) 15 LoudSpeaker. The sound clarity that it produces is top of the line. The dj program that was used at stated in the video above is called Serato. This purpose of this assignment was to explore some of the sound effect features that come with the VCI 400. There are numerous variations and features available for this dj system so I only showed a small amount of what it can do. One thing that I got out from this class is understanding specifications of audio engineering and equipment and how to use that knowledge. While I observed my relatives use of the VCI 400 I noticed that he didn’t understand the terminology behind some of the features or control on the VCI 400. For example I had to explain to him exactly what was actually happening when he would toggle between the LPF or HPF (low pass/high pass filer). This class gave me more knowledge into the dynamic world of audio and music. The video shows a miniature demonstration of the Serato program and VCI 400.

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And the Verdict Is?

Here’s my second critique blog post. This time around we have two new posts to critique. First one up is…(drum roll)…jaybiz with “How to Get Goulding Singing to Good Ole Soca”. To start things off I thought it was a good job that you took a second approach at doing the assignment, the Music Mashup. Improvement is the cousin of practice. I listened to the the finished result and it was for a lack of better words very very impressive. When it comes to mixing music I have prior experience with some DJ equipment and I must say the project was very clean and edited well. The tempo of Goulding’s voice went along with the pace of the soca beat. I found no problem with the finished project. Adding the pictures during the explanation was a good job too.Hotcue shot1As for the blog post composition, it also met the standards of the level three post. You gave ample explanation behind the process of doing your project. I had a clear understanding of what you did. What amazes me is how it took you 28 attempts. HOW IN THE WORLD does it take you 28 attempts? That must have been very frustrating. Overall, the verdict is two thumbs up great project man.

Now onto the second assignment which belongs to melswimsgood, “Phenomenal Women… Over Dramatic Reading”. We’ll begin by looking at the final project. The recording of your voice was pretty clear. I felt like it wasn’t that much of over dramatic. In fact, your voice sounded more like a rapper’s voice. Maybe it’s because of your accent but I was waiting for you to start spitting instead of reading the lyrics. Maya Angelou

For the post itself I believe you could’ve added a few more things to meet the requirements of the level one blod post. You didn’t include the hyperlink to the assignment. As for the recording there could’ve been a little more explanation behind what program you used to complete the project and if you did any editing to the voice recording. Overall there’s room for improvement but good job choosing a Maya Angelou. She’s a very influential woman, a Phenomenal Woman. And the verdict is…good job on the recording. Both assignments were good and I look forward to more song mixes and readings. Keep up the good work!

 

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

This audio assignment was to retell a joke. The joke had to be told using a language other than your own. For this assignment I chose to use French. In English the joke reads as follows: “Listen, listen to me. So, I went to my doctor and told him that I had broken my arm in two places. Do you know what he said to me? He said don’t go back to those places….crazy right?”. This was the brief joke and I don’t expect most people to understand it from just listening.

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For the assignment we were to include background music to play throughout the track and at the end include a laughing sound effect. I thought it was pretty simple and the editing didn’t require much difficulty.  I used the Zoom for the recording of the joke. All in all it was a simple sound project. One thing that I did learn was how to adjust the lows, mids, and highs for an audio track on Adobe Audition which I found was really awesome. The option called “parametric equalizer” enables you increase or decrease these aspects. The more I use this program the more I discover new things within it. For the background music I increased the lows, which is the bass, to add more of a real feel to the track as if you were there yourself listening to the joke in a place like a lounge.

Mix it…Cut it…Fix it.. Audition It

One of the best audio editing software programs around is Adobe Audition. It’s very user friendly and can be learned with little effort. It allows you to do anything from mixing separate tracks to changing sounds with sound effect defaults. So lets start it up. Like every other program you click to open i and after audition is done loading, it presents you with the basic structure for which you will be using. On the upper left you have the simple waveform option which is for single track editing. Next to that is the Multitrack option which is for multiple track mixing and editing. Below those options is the panel which shows the names of the audio files which are opened for use in the program.

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On the center-right side of the program is the main section which displays the audio track and its waveform. Here is where you can view the whole track or zoom in to see shorter increments of the track. It allows you to adjust volume for the whole track or individually for the left or right channel. This section also has the simple play/stop and record options. Below this section is another section which displays the levels of your track. Here you can view the level of dB’s. On the left side of the program there is a panel which is below the file panel and this is the primary editing panel for sound. It allows you to add sound effects, markers, and to search for other media to include. You can choose effects such as reverb, am radio, underwater, and many other variations.

When you want to edit a sound track you simply go to file and open. Select the file and it will appear in the file tab. Then you can chose to add any sound effects to it or adjust the volume to the entire track or to the left or right channels. You can right click on the track and split the track which would allow you to separate it into parts. You can even delete parts of the track completely. When mixing multiple tracks together the room for editing drastically increases. They’re  various combinations of mixing and editing productions that can be done. After you’re done you can save the multitracks together as one and also change to output format to mp3. This is a simple tutorial of the basics for adobe audition. It holds a lot more features and details. Once you give it a try you’ll see how efficient it really is.

That’s An Emergency?

Help it’s an emergency!!! Ever made an emergency call to 911? Hopefully if you have, it wasn’t anything life threatening. But on a less tense note, for those who have never made a 911 call what if you can recreate your own call? That was the main idea of this project that I did from the ds 106 audio assignments. The purpose of the assignment was to create a recording of a 911 emergency how you think it would be but be creative. I chose to do a short ridiculous 911 phone call. I used Adobe Audition to do all the editing and this time it was a little more interesting. Previously I’d done a project that would’ve been better if I captured the realistic essence of it. For example, obtaining or recreating actual restaurant sounds would’ve made my past project way better. But for this project I did my best to create the sounds of those who work as the phone recipients for 911 emergencies. It was also cool to make the phone call recording sound like an actual voice on the phone. All these effects were available on audition. The phone call and dog bark samples were downloaded via YouTube. The realistic touch was provided by the background office sounds which would through the point of view of the recipient.  I thought the project came out very well. Once again I also used the H2N Zoom for the initial voice recordings. Hope you enjoy listening to the ridiculous phone call.

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Mash it Up Kaskade!

For this project I chose to use some of my own eclectic taste in music. The assignment was to create a mash-up of a favorite artist of yours supposedly their greatest hits.  You were suppose to take five popular tracks from the artist and mix them together, “So and So’s greatest hits”.

I chose to do a mash-up of DJ Kaskade’s songs. Recently I went to one of his concerts and it was the really amazing. The sound amplitude and visual effects were perfect. The first song on the mix is  called “Something, something”. It mixes with his second track, “Underlying Feeling”. The track switches over to his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”. “Only You” is the following track and the final track which mixes into it is “Eyes”. I mixed in all the tracks and cut certain segments of the songs and put them together with the help of Adobe Audition. Thought it came out pretty good.

Autobots….Roll Out!!!

For all my sound editing and sound effects lovers out there THE VIDEO ABOVE IS A MUST SEE. With that being said, the focus for this project that I did was to take a shot at recreating what sound editors have done during the production of movies for decades. The basic responsibility of sound editors for films are to select and assemble sound recordings for film production and incorporate them along with the film. They implement different individual sounds according to the scenes in the movie or production. So for example if a movie scene were to have a part where glass is shattering, the job of the sound editors would be to create or obtain the sound of glass shattering. With that recording, they then attach it to the glass shattering scene and edit the effects of the recording to fit perfectly for that scene. In my opinion the greatest movie ever to have done sound editing and sound effects is the TRANSFORMERS film series. If you have ever seen one of these movies in theaters or on your own home theatre system…then I’m sure you have witnessed the most coolest amazing detailed sound effects ever created for a movie. The project I did was merely a tiny glimpse at what it takes to be a real sound editor and it was called “Sound Effects Story” out of the ds106 audio assignment bank. Transformers really intrigued me into the creation and handling of sound effects. It has made me more interested on the topic of sound editing which made this project more exciting to complete.

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In the top video, as you’ve seen, there’s a stage in which sound editors experiment with creating sound and record them. That stage is called the “Foley Stage”. During this stage of creating sound effects the editors use a variety of instruments and tools to produce unique sounds. The task for my project was to tell a story using only sound effects. The first thought that came to my head was “I’m going to recreate the sounds of a car accident”. I was really excited to get started. So to start things off I had to do my own miniature “Foley Stage”. I wanted to get the realistic sounds of going into a car, opening the door, closing it, pulling out the keys, starting the ignition, and getting that vivid car engine sound. In order to get this sound I used the Zoom H2N recorder to pic up the sound which it did a marvelous job at doing. I must admit I didn’t think it would record such a clear difference in sound for example the closed space when the car door was closed and the open space when the door was opened. You can hear the difference in sound from when the door is opened and suddenly the rush of outside noise comes in.

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From this point I realized that the realistic sound of the recording must be kept throughout the project. It was the bass from the door slamming and the car engine that provided such a real feel. Throughout the project I sampled the car’s engine to add that realistic aspect, it was the perfect addition. Other sounds that were included were the entrance walk, background music, engine sound,dying breath, dying heartbeat, and distant ambulance. Each sound came into play one after the other for example right after the crash there was the dying breath which lead to the slow heartbeat and ambulance. The program I used to edit the sounds was Adobe Audition. Yea I know, I love that application so much. This time around I had to mesh sounds together such my personal car engine and the other car sound from the downloaded crash. Sound editors, especially ones such as Erik Aadahl from Transformers, really gave me the enthusiasm into the job of sound editing. They use standard DAW’s (digital audio workstations) such as the one in the picture above for editing. In the video Greg Russell mentioned how the playback format in which they chose to use for the audio had four channels (quad surround). These terms and references are similar to the ones we use for the smaller recording devices. I also researched more information on How Sound Editing Works. This drove me to try my best at creating the audio story of unfortunate car accident.

For the final result I think I did a pretty good job. So far this has been the most exciting project for me and my personal interest. I enjoyed it and had trying to piece together the best sound effects. I’m looking forward to doing more sound creation through Foley Stage experimenting. I would suggest you all to try it out and see what sounds you can create. Hope you enjoy it!

 

The Test of Mesh

For my third project I took a different approach. I presented myself with a question. How can I integrate both audio and video into one medium? In order to answer this question I had to do more research on video applications and programs. My first goal was to research other programs and chose one, second goal was to learn how to use that program, and the final goal was to apply that knowledge into completing an audio assignment. One program that was brought up was Windows movie maker. It’s available on all Microsoft Windows PC’s. I’m very familiar with this program but I wanted to explore more options. Then I came across Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s a video editing software application. I’ve always witnessed other colleges using it but I never tried it. It also made sense to learn more about it since I already use Adobe Audition. Personally I think adobe’s products are top of the line. After choosing this program I decided to do the assignment from the DS106 audio assignment bank, “Car Chase Commentary“.

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To start things off I decided to go with Adobe Premiere Pro. Through the help of YouTube and Adobe Creative Cloud I found multiple video tutorials on how to use the application. The tutorials made it much more easier to understand the program. When the application is opened it makes you choose the type of project you want such as a new project. Then the program makes you name the file and you can also adjust the video settings for the file. When this is all done, you’re finally able to start working on the project. So first you must go to file, then click import which allows you to upload a video or audio file. At this point I uploaded the two files. One was the video I chose to comment over and the other was the actual audio file of my voice over recording which was done with the handy H2N Zoom. Premiere Pro places the video in a section on the screen where you can play/pause, fast forward and etc. But below that section is another section which displays both the audio and video integration where you can adjust the timing and set up of where the audio starts, how short or how long you want the video or audio.

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After I uploaded both files onto the project I realize that I would need to edit the audio aspect of the project. Premiere pro easily allows you to do this but through the use of Adobe Audition. Apparently both applications work together which was so convenient for me. I added police sirens and ambulance effects to the audio. This process allowed me to learn more editing techniques such as adding a reverb to the police sirens. The original police siren changed from sounding flat and up close to echoing and distant. It also helped to have the volume gradually increase. The audio of the video was also available to edit and I lowered different parts of the track where outside voices could be heard. The sound of the grass being cut was left alone because I thought it added more detail to the track.

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Once the audio of the video was completed all that was left was just to add a classy beginning and ending. The assignment was to provide commentary on any video as if you were a TV anchor/reporter. The video I chose was taken off of YouTube and also the “breaking news” clips. When the project was completed I only had some difficulty with how to save the video. In order to save it you had to click “Export” and specify the exact modifications that you wanted the video to be exported with. At first I exported the video as a MPEG-4 file but when I loaded the video on media player the video playback was smaller than the original clip. In order to get the proper export format I decided to check the option “match sequence settings”. This allowed the video to playback in its original settings which was mp4. Finally I was able to upload the finished project video onto my YouTube account. This assignment proved to be a huge learning experience for me. Not only did I achieve more audio editing skills with audition but I also discovered and learned how to use Premiere Pro. How can I integrate both audio and video into one medium, by using Adobe Premiere Pro. It allows for top notch editing and handling of video/audio mixing. I’m looking forward to using this application for future assignments.

Judgement Day

This is God speaking and it’s time to judge the two of you (Lisa and Tshauna). Just kidding, but lets take a deeper look into both of your blog posts. First lets look at Lisa’s project. You chose to do the audio project “Make em Laugh” via level 3 blog post. For the technical aspects the recording of your voice was nice and clear. There were a couple of peaks here and there for example when you said “papa papa regarder”. Your voice went up slightly but I know it was to add more of an effect and effort for the joke. I really liked the background music that was playing. It added a certain feel to the recording, like a cultural connection. The quality of the music was good. There was a short pause in the beginning before the actual joke began. I think you could’ve edited out those two seconds of delay. Finally we come to the ending of the recording. I really like how you incorporated laughter to make it more realistic. I think you could’ve done a better job with editing the audio for this portion of the recording. For example, the laughter could’ve began to start off before the end of the joke like around “22 seconds”. You also made the volume of the music rise suddenly and that created a little harsh effect, loudness. I think if you lowered the volume of your voice, start the laughter earlier, and left the music volume at the same level it would’ve been even better

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For the content of your blog post I think it was acceptable. You explained the purpose of the project. You included pictures to show the application you used. The link for the original assignment was included and you also provided links to the actual joke that you copied. What I would say is that you could’ve had a lot more detail if you explained the process on how you went about doing the project. You could’ve mentioned specific step by step description of how you did it. That would make a big difference for this post. I like the pictures that you added and the video tutorials of how to edit the audio was a plus in my eyes.

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Now onto tshauna’s post which was a level one blog post. I think you did a good job meeting the requirements for the post. There’s one huge problem I must address which is the technical aspect of the project. The audio recording had a few distracting elements such as the sound of movement from the mic and the Hall effect from where you recorded your voice. I’m not too sure as to what your goals were for the recording effects but I would advise you to be careful with recording unwanted noise. It can ruin a good project. The content of the post was good enough. I really liked the quote that you used which was inspired by Bob Marley. Overall I think both post from Lisa and Tshauna were successful at meeting the level of each blog post. You both have room for improvements on your audio editing skills. I look forward to seeing more work from both of you. Good job and keep it up!