Week 3 In Class Assignment: Working with Microphones

Worth: 20 points
Due: Monday Feb 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Work in groups of 2 or 3 to complete all three of these stations. Then follow the instructions below to post to the class blog.

Use a dynamic microphone to record a VOX POP. Choose an open ended question and ask 5+ people that question.

Choose one person in your group to put the wireless mic on. Have them walk around the school and talk to people. Record them and monitor the levels.

Use a shotgun microphone to isolate and record a very specific small sound in the school building. This should be a sound that is not particularly noticeable in the environment unless you are amplifying it with a microphone.

Bring your audio into Pro Tools. Write ONE blog post per person. Post ONE of the following audio clips to the blog.

Dynamic Microphones — pick two of your favorite answers and edit them together. 30 seconds tops! Upload to SoundCloud and post to the blog. Describe your experience using this mic. What did you learn about it? What question did you ask people? How did it go?

Lavalier Microphones — pick a 30 second clip. Something funny, surprising, or interesting. Upload to SoundCloud and post to the blog. Describe your experience using this mic. What did you learn about it? What is this mic good for?

Shotgun Microphones — pick 30 second or shorter clip that best captures the sound you chose. Upload to SoundCloud and post to the blog. Describe your experience using this mic. What did you learn about it? What is this mic good for?

Wave Match



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Our project was a bit challenging after to be modest, 20+ attempts and troubleshoots with temptations of cutting it up we finally arrived at our final product. We basically did a combination of our own vocals as well as a popular dancehall instrumental entitlted “faithful riddim” in the beginning. Hope you all enjoy.

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First Assignment


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Whitney Hutson, Imani Casimir, and Karina Martinez

We played “Classic” by MKTO and adjusted the volume to create a similar picture by following the times that were shown in the original image. We had difficulty recording while trying to figure out how high to turn the volume up to get the look of the image we based our project on. We also faced the challenge of modifying the piece on Pro Tools. After three attempts, we managed to get it right.

Visualizing Sound

Janai Senior, Ra-Shawn Barino

For this assignment we were given a picture of the waveform of a sound. We were to replicate this waveform by recording our own, while trying to match up the waves as close as possible. We approached it by recording a song by JCole. It was difficult because we had no idea what the waveform would look like, we had to watch the db count, while trying to visualize what it would look like. Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 4.34.41 PM



Visualizing Sound …


As you all know the picture above is what we had to mimic.  First Marissa and I observed the waves of the audio and the start and stop times of distinct sound wave changes. Then we correlated our audio to try and match the changes in the photo. We both increased and decreased the sound of the audio from a iPhone and the input sound on the recorder. We made sure to try and stick to the same time frame as the photo.  Timing was key in this project which took us 3 times and the picture below is our finished project.

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Week 2 In Class Assignment: VISUALIZING SOUND

Due: 5:00 p.m., Feb 4
20 points
Log in to Sounds Like Waves: http://soundslikewaves.dewlines.org/wp-admin/

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1. Study the image of this recording. Make notes!

2. In small groups record an audio track that LOOKS just like this one. It must be between 3:00 – 3:20 min.

3. Import it into Pro Tools. How does it look? You will have to do this a few times to get it right.

4. When you have a recording that looks like this – show it to me. I will give you the OK. Then take a screenshot of your recording. Bounce your file.

5. Create a SoundCloud account and upload your audio.

5. Create a new blog post with the following:
– the FULL NAMES of everyone in your group
– your audio EMBEDDED as a SoundCloud player
– screen shot image of your recording
– a description of the assignment and how your group approached it. what went well? what was difficult? how many times did it take you to get it right?