Audio Tutorials for the Final Story

Hey everyone. This is Cam. As I wrap everything up for the semester, I want to go through some tutorials as to how I was able to create each of the assets for my final story. This first post will be related to all of the audio pieces that I constructed. I recorded an 80’s style ad, a fictional political ad, and a phone call. The device that I used to create all three of these was actually my iPhone. Usually I would have a Blue Yeti Microphone at home but since I’ve been gone from home for 5 weeks, my iPhone has served me well for every audio recording that I’ve ever had to do for this course or otherwise. Here’s how to do it.

If you don’t already have the Voice Memos app downloaded on your phone (the icon is in the featured image), then make sure that you have it, or still have it. Go to the voice memos app and there will be a red circle on the bottom of the screen. That is your record button. Press that when you’re ready to get started.

Once you’re done, your recording will show up in the middle of the screen, titled new recording (consecutive recordings with have numbers attached, for example if you recorded 2, your second recording will be titled “New Recording 2”). Press it and then press the 3 blue circles on the bottom of that window, or the trash icon if you’d like to delete. But going back to the three circles. From there you can either press “Edit Recording” to edit and cut down or replace parts of your audio, or press the share button to share it with people or send it to another app to be able to download the file. I sent it to my Google Drive app because that’s the most efficient for me. I’d recommend it for transferring any files that you have on your phone that aren’t pictures or videos.

From there, if you choose to use google drive, you can download it from your computer over you google drive page.

Now, if you’d like to edit your audio further and add sound effects and music, that’s what Audacity can help you do efficiently. Audacity is a audio editing tool that allows you to do a lot of cool things with your audio to make sure that it’s properly mastered. It’s free to use and download and you can go to www.audacityteam.com/download/ to download it. Once you’ve downloaded and opened the program, you can cut out audio, in any fashion that you’d like and download MP3’s from online sources that contain music. The tool I use is the YouTube to MP3 converter, which can be found here: https://ytmp3.cc/youtube-mp3/ All you have to do is copy the link to the YouTube video of your song or audio clip, paste it into the converter, press download, and you’re good to go. From there you can press open in Audacity, find your file, and put it in and adjust it how you’d like.

If you’d like to learn a little more about how to use audacity, I recommend YouTube tutorials like this one here for more information.

Thank you so much for reading this tutorial. I hope this serves you well and I hope you enjoyed reading this. Catch you later.

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