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Audio II

 

Audacity

 

Olympus saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. You’ll need to come to the front (or Center for New Media) to convert your files to .WAV or MP3 to bring into Audacity. I’ve got an app called Switch to do that, which you can download for a brief free trial (lasts longer on a Mac).  Today or next week we will experiment with these files: a prerecorded mic clip; a music clip; try to produce this result.

Some tips

  • Try the timeshift tool (double arrows) if you want to move some of your narration in between quotes
  • select, go to Effects->Amplify as another way to adjust sound besides the Envelope tool—can also decrease volume here
  • Effects -> Fade In and Fade Out are the only others you should need although you might try Noise removal (see handouts)
  • you can do the export to MP3 without using Quick Mix (in the handouts)
  • split any stereo track, then just delete (use X) rather than convert to mono
  • the spacebar plays and stops in most AV editing software
  • you have already found Record (red button); use Skip to Start/END (Purple arrows) to move around
  • be sure the Project Rate (bottom left corner) is 44100 Hz; you’ll need that setting for Soundslides later
  • don’t forget to locate the Audacity project file (.AUP) the data folder, your original file from the recorder, and your exported MP3
  • we will upload from a URL (see Tech Notes page); you will have to write a short piece of code in the visual editor that looks like this in square brackets []:
    audio:http://www.lasalle.edu/~beatty/402/culver_package_sample.mp3|bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xcc0033

See these links for how to post audio and use SoundCloud. For posting to WordPress, you need to FTP the MP3 file to alpha.lasalle.edu (remember PSWD = 12345_abc). For SoundCloud you’d need an account and then upload to their site.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also try adding some HTML color codes to the end of your shortcode (test this on your WordPress.com). The code after the 0X is RRGGBB (2 red, 2 green, 2 blue), so I used  |bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xcc0033 ] which makes the background 0000ff=blue (small line shows through) and the right arrow cc0033=red . Compare the first one to the standard player:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Paste your WordPress shortcode into the Visual editor (not Text). It will look like this (my code has audio:)

[audio http://yourfileswebaddress ] No space after the first [ but one space (no more) before the final ]. Note if there is no space it assumes that the ] is part of your URL, so the player can’t find the file.

Be sure to put your exact URL in (Q: what will that be?) after you FTP the file to the alpha server. Don’t use the example from WordPress (it’s mattmullenweg-interview.m4a Q: Who is Matt Mullenweg?). See if you got a Playlist editor.

Back this up with a standard link: Play audio.

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