Sound Effects Story

Ugh! Sound Week!  This was my least favorite week thus far.  I have very little experience with sound editing, and by little I mean none.   Up until now, my assignments took longer than necessary because of my perfectionism, but sound is a different story.  Everything this week is taking much longer because I have no earthly idea what I’m doing.  I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to learn just the very basics on both Garage Band and Audacity.

This is my sound effects story that I managed to put together after many hours of moaning and cursing:

Initially, I posted this version:

Then after getting some suggestions from Jim Groom during class, I decided to spend some more time trying to make it better.  Here’s a new and improved version:

What do you think?  Better? 🙂

I found all of my sound effects for this story on freesound.org.

It is an amazing site where people share their sound files.  I found the following sounds for this story:

Siren:  http://www.freesound.org/people/guitarguy1985/sounds/59864/

Running down the stairs:  http://www.freesound.org/people/mikaelfernstrom/sounds/68721/

Heart beat:  http://www.freesound.org/people/HerbertBoland/sounds/32731/

Open and close door:  http://www.freesound.org/people/fresco/sounds/35617/

Footsteps on floor:  http://www.freesound.org/people/Corsica_S/sounds/44665/

Bomb explosion 1:  http://www.freesound.org/people/zimbot/sounds/120573/

Bomb explosion 2:  http://www.freesound.org/people/Lord%20Razu/sounds/107792/

 

I used Audacity to put the project together.  I found out that the “import” option creates a new layer of sound on the same file, and the “open” option opens the sound in another window.

For the original version, I cut and placed the different sound effects linearly on one layer, which made the transitions sound very abrupt.

For the revised version, I made layers of the same sound with different volume to make it seem more seamless.  I think it turned out great for a beginner… 😉

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