Over the last few days, I have focused my attentions on listening to ambient sounds and mastering my audio recorder. The next step in studying audio journalism was to familiarize myself with SoundCloud, which is an online audio site.
I am now ready to begin exploring the art of editing. For my first attempt at this, I recorded myself counting from one to ten out of order. Next, I needed to locate a free sound editing program. I tried to use Garage Band on my laptop, but it was frustrating. Instead, I used Audacity and I found it to be quite easy.
In this program, I put my numbers in order. If it sounds incredibly simple to you, that’s because it is.
Counting – Original
Counting – Edited
But, you don’t know until you try! I found it to be a bit intimidating at first. I have never been very technical or computer savvy, but that is certainly changing quickly with the help of my Online Journalism course and new multimedia professor, Kristen Landreville, Ph.D. I could hardly control my excitement as I successfully completed my task.
I also think that working as a lab assistant for the University of Wyoming Information Technology Department has had a hand here. Due to my job, I feel more confident with technology and now I have a great support system at work, home and school.
I think the purpose of this audio editing practice is to assist in preparation for future audio journalism projects, whether school-related or in the field. I would much rather figure out how to edit audio of myself speaking than to try and figure it out while editing a subject’s interview. That could be a fiasco! I look forward to experimenting with these programs and employing my new audio skills to be the best journalist I can be! 🙂