Category Archives: audio

Sound for September 11

How can sound other than the human voice be used to tell a story? Few people can demonstrate as well as the Kitchen Sisters how to use sound to transport listeners into a different time, space, and culture milieu. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Comfort of College Student Things

An audio blog by Digital Storytelling alum Ricardo Hernandez. It’s based on Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of Things, about people and their treasured objects.

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Exploring stories from the past with images from the present

One of the main challenges of producing audio slideshows for narrative-based stories is that so much of the story takes place in the past. Here’s a slideshow about Mark Mocha, who is moving on from a past full of mistakes. … Continue reading

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How to Set Up Your Blog and Embed a Soundcloud File in the Post

We’ll be using WordPress blogs (just like this one) to display our digital storytelling finery. For class on Thursday 2/16, please set up your blog and post your audio story on it. There are a lot of steps, but the … Continue reading

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Best Ever Audacity Tutorial

This tutorial from The Knight Digital Media Center will guide you through the ins and outs of editing with Audacity.

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For Droid users

Try one of these apps and let me listen to the sound quality: http://lifehacker.com/5879500/the-best-voice-recording-app-for-android

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Turn your iphone or itouch into a recording device.

We have a shortage of our portable recorders this semester. I want to encourage anyone who has an iphone or an itouch to download the italk app. There is a free version and an inexpensive premium version. The sound quality … Continue reading

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The Seltzer Man Returns!

…in a video from MediaStorm. We’ll also watch this video from 60 Minutes on a symphony orchestra in the Congo. These two videos show the importance of mixing video AND audio on multiple tracks.

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Audacity How To

The best guide out there to Audacity is from the Knight Digital Media Center. Check it out and have fun.

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Sample rate and bit depth

First post of the semester. In class you’ll be learning the Zoom recorders. You’ll want to keep the record settings at 48 kHz/24 bit rate to get good quality sound. But what does that mean? Here’s a good explanation of … Continue reading

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Converting .wav files to .mp3

Soundslides doesn’t import .wav files. Once you edit your audio, you’ll have to convert it to an .mp3 file so you can import it into Soundslides. Download the DVDsoft Free Studio 5 and use the “.mp3 and audio” tool to … Continue reading

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How to set up a blog and post your audio story on it.

We’ll be using WordPress blogs (just like this one) to display our digital storytelling finery. For class on Thursday 2/16, please set up your blog and post your audio story on it. There are a lot of steps, but the … Continue reading

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Audacity update link

Here’s the updated Audacity. You’ll need to reload it on the lab computers to start your projects. This is the version you’ll want to load on to your own computers as well.

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Best Audacity Tutorial

The Knight Digital Media Center has an excellent tutorial on Audacity. If you’re going to download Audacity on your home computer, you can go to the links on installation.

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Come along on an electric boat ride

Several years ago, Chuck Houghton of Elco Electric Boats took me out on the Hudson River to show me the joys of electric boating. While motor boats rev you up with speed and noise, electric boating is slow and quiet … Continue reading

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Setting up your own blog.

Today your work goes public. You’ll start a WordPress blog and upload your audio assignment to it. Step one: Set up a blog. Mindy McAdams, who teaches online journalism at the University of Florida, has an excellent step-by-step guide. Pay … Continue reading

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Some great examples of audio storytelling

This American Life: Kindness of Strangers We’ll listen to the Prologue in class. Check out the whole show. Superior audio storytelling. Selma Koch, Bra Saleswoman, from the “New York Works” series on Radio Diaries. From DST Fall 2010: Dylan Gerety’s … Continue reading

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