Oy. Audio editing really scares me. Which is probably (definitely) a large part of why all these assignments are late this week. But I digress.
For the sound effects story, I started to think of what I needed: a scenario that didn’t need dialogue and a scenario that was “noisy” or had noises that were easily recognizable. As my pooch snored on the floor next to my feet, I thought about all the noises my dog makes that aren’t barks- snuffles, snores, skittering claws on the hardwood. Hence, my sound effects story:
Scene- a peaceful, quiet weekday in the ‘burbs- mid-day. The workers are at work; young children may play in their backyard, or are perhaps taking a nap. Zoom to one house- the cew5x house. It is quiet, with only the dog at home to guard the castle. Doggie likes to nap and that is what he is doing at this moment. <snoring noises>
Until! What’s that? He hears the familiar drone and low hum of his old foe <delivery truck>. The brown truck who rumbles down the street and sometimes makes that shrill, loud sound happen that really drives him crazy. <brakes sqeak; dog’s paws skitter across the floor as he runs to the door; doorbell rings; dog barks; truck pulls away>
Sound credits, all from Freesound:
Here’s what my Audacity track looked like:
I almost threw in the towel on this one. I had all my sounds ready to go and just could NOT figure out Audacity. I had been using the manual and the tutorials and it just wasn’t happening. After much too long, I then went to the YouTube tutorials page and quickly found a video that showed me how you have to make a new track to cut and paste onto…duh. This just goes to show that maybe I should use some “new” media for the new media class, huh?
At this point if I were more patient, I would have put more effort into layering the sounds (e.g., the doorbell ringing and dog barking should happen at the same time, not one after the other). I will leave that for another day, however- all my audio editing powers have been used up for today!
PS- my dog kept barking when I was playing the door bell sound, so I had to finish this assignment wearing headphones. Silly dog!