All ‘Fig’ured Out

Audio #4: Onomatopoeia!

Rating: ☆☆

Who doesn’t love a good  joke combined with an onomatopeia? I know I do! And if you do too then you’ll absolutely love doing this assignment! This project involves finding a joke, riddle, etc. and pairing that joke with sounds to fill the background. The hardest part was finding the perfect joke. I spend an hour or so trying to find the best one! Unfortunately, when I would find a really good one there weren’t any sounds that went well with it, so the search continued. I ‘fig’ured it out in the end by finally finding one that I liked! I hope that you all can enjoy it just as much as I do!

I hope you all enjoyed my joke! If you didn’t, maybe if you listen to my reasoning behind picking it you’ll enjoy it a little more. My top three reasons I selected this particular joke are as follows… First, I have never heard that joke before, so I thought it would be refreshing compared to more commonly known ones. Second, compared to other jokes that I liked it flowed  better with the sounds that I chose to form my onomatopoeias. And my last reasoning is that I found it genuinely funny and wanted to share it with you all!

I selected this assignment for a couple reasons. First off, I love onomatopoeias! I think they form a good relationship between the storyteller and the listener because it allows them to ‘coimagine’ the story together. This website provides excellent examples of onomatopoeias! The second reason I chose this assignment was because not a lot of people have done this assignment, according to the assignment bank. If you want to do an easier assignment I would recommend this one! The instructions are located below. Good luck!


Part 1: Audacity

Step 1: Open Audacity and select the microphone. When you do this a drop down menu should appear, select the ‘start monitoring’ option.

Step 2: Once you select this the microphone will turn on. To start recording press the record button and begin recording your joke.

Step 3: Once you record your joke set it aside and import your other audio files that you downloaded from FreeSound. These audio files included the following: knocking, crowd laugh, doorbell, and playful music. To import these files go to the File tab, scroll down to import, and select the audio subcatergory.

Step 4: Once you insert all of your files you will need to do some editing. Let’s start with the voice recording you did. We are going to split the voice recording into two files. Highlight the section of the audio you want to make into another slide. Once you select he portion of audio click the scissor icon.

Step 5: Now paste the audio you just cut into a new slide. It should look like the screenshot below.

Step 6: Next is organization. We want to organize the audio files so that they don’t overlap each other. Except for the background sounds. Select the ‘Time Shift’ tool to move the audios into place.

Step 7: When you organize all of your audio files work on the background music. For the background music you don’t want it to be louder than your own voice. To decrease the sound of the music go to the far lefthand side of the screen (circled below in pink). The next thing you’ll want to do is make sure the music fades out, so that it doesn’t end abruptly. Highlight the portion of the audio you want to apply the effect to, go to the Effects tab,  and scroll down to Fade Out.

Step 8: You’re almost there! To save your work go to the file tab and select the ‘export audio’ option


Part 2: SoundCloud

Step 9: Go to SoundCloud, sign in, and select the upload option. Select the ‘choose a file to upload’ option. Once you select your file your screen should look like the second screenshot below. Hit save!

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Audio #4: Onomatopoeia!′

6 thoughts on “All ‘Fig’ured Out

  1. I loved the pun. I loved it a lot. I enjoyed your addition of the walkthrough so someone else could have their joke be applauded. If anything, I think that an added touch of reverberation would have made it sound like someone in a comedy club with a microphone, but I like the atmosphere you created with both your voice and the soundtrack. Also puns, puns are always the best jokes.

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much! Yeah, I understand what you’re saying. I thought about that, but when I was recording my voice I had spaced it out too much that I felt like it was a little awkard. Next time, I will definitely take that route so that it has more of a comedic vibe to it.

  2. I also love the pun title and how the sound effects added an atmosphere to the recording that I can really picture. Also, I love the way you give your star ratings as actual stars, how do you do that?

    • admin says:

      Thank you, thank you! Yeah, so what I did was that I literally just Googled, “star symbol” and your first result should be a Wikipedia page preview. In this preview it has different kind of stars, so I copied the ‘white star’ and then proceeded to my blog and pasted it in.
      It should look like the star below:

      The Wikipedia preview page also gives you a code that you can use to get these characters to appear. I didn’t do it that way, but that’s another option you have. Just in case you don’t find the correct webpage, here is the link:
      Hope that helped!

  3. Mila,
    Great job! The tutorial is superb. I like your thought process. One thing you need to change is your name that comes up as admin. If you remember the SCOTLO episode he mentioned this issue and all you need to do is go into blog settings to make the adjustment.

    • Mila Garcia says:

      Oh my godness! Thank you so much! It totally flew over my head! I will definitely get on it and fix it ASAP!

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