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