Take-Home Audio Gathering Exercise

(ZOOM RECORDER USERS — here’s your tutorial!)

***SEE FULL ASSIGNMENT ON BLACKBOARD (under Course Docs) – YOUR SOUNDCLOUD LINKS ARE DUE BY 11:59 P.M. MONDAY, 3/25***

The ultimate goal of our two-part audio gathering/editing lab exercise is to produce a short audio clip of 30 to 45 seconds that tells a coherent story. Here’s an example from Digital Journalism alum Laura Rowe, who visited an SMU isotope lab:

And just to show y’all that even old fogies can do this, here are two more example audio labs completed by two of your favorite professors:

Batsell — The Fountain on a Late Winter Day

Suhler — E-mailing: The Scourge of the 21st Century

Two more examples (to be explained further in class):

From these examples, you can see that you will need 1) NAT SOUND; 2) VO and 3) a short INTERVIEW describing the sound (preferably with someone you don’t know).

Save your three (SHORT) raw audio files on an external drive in addition to posting them to SoundCloud. On Tuesday, bring your external drive to class. You’ll use GarageBand to edit your three clips into an NPR-worthy masterpiece!

If you’re using a Zoom, when you’re ready to upload your nat sound, VO and interview clips from your Zoom recorder to your computer, here’s a YouTube tutorial that shows you exactly how to do it.

P.S. Looking for some tips on voiceovers? Here’s a great tutorial from the Knight Digital Media Center.

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