Puppy Power

Audio #1: Sound Effects Story

Rating: ☆☆☆ ½

How many of us have walked into a pet store and are saddened by the lack of dogs there? My audio story is based on an owner who goes to pick up her puppy from the pet store groomer. However, when she walks into the pet store she doesn’t immediately pick up her dog. She walks in, browses the fish, and the dog toys until it’s time to pick up her puppy.

The reason I picked this topic for my project is because my family is thinking about getting their first dog and I thought it would be an interesting approach. However, I couldn’t get all the sounds I wanted. Most of the audio files came from the FreeSound website. The five sounds I used were, the entrance bell, high heels, fish tank noise, squeaky dog toys, and the dog barks.

If you wanted to do this assignment and need assistance, the instructions are posted below.

Part 1: FreeSound

Step 1: Go to this website and download the following sounds. I posted the screenshots to each of the sounds I used in my audio except for the dogs. In order to get the dogs type in the search bar, “dogs barking” and it will be your first result.

Part 2: Audacity

Step 2: Go to File, Import, and select the Audio subcatergory. Import your first audio file. You will be uploading your files SEPARATELY

Step 3: Once you open your first file, select the trim tool. I’ve circled it in red in the screenshot below. After you select this tool highlight the section of the audio that you DO want to use.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 by importing your second audio file and trimming the audio.

Step 5: Now that you have a previous audio file (file 1) you don’t want to overlap the sound. Select the Time Shift tool (circled in red on the screenshot below) and slide/move your audio to where it doesn’t interfer with the first audio file

Step 6: Repeat steps 2-5 for the remaining audio files, so for this specific example  it would be for the last three.

Step 7: Once you’ve trimmed your audio and you’ve aligned them it is now time to save your work. Go to File and select Export Audio.

Step 8: When you complete step 7 you should have the option of exporting your audio file as an MP3 file. If you do not, you need to download the plug-in, Lame. Once you download the plug-in, you will see the option to download as an MP3 file. Click the save button!

Part 3: SoundCloud

Step 9: Go to your SoundCloud and log in. Select the upload button on the upper right hand side of the webpage

Step 10: Select the ‘Choose a file…’ option and upload your audacity file.

Step 11: Copy the link to link given and embed it in your blog!

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Audio #1 :Sound Effects Story′

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