Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sounds Like Fun

You know I just have to share if I find a new, fun and interesting way to waste more time on the Internet. Blogs are cool. Forums are da bomb. But foley editing is just a plain old kick in the pants. Actually I’m getting credit for this little time waster since it’s part of my Multimedia class and I need to become familiar with the Audacity program.

First, go here and download the free audio editing program from Audacity.

Then, go here and sign up so you can download every kind of noise imaginable at Freesound.org.

Then play and play and play. Frighten your kids. Scare the neighbors. Terrorize your pets. This is a blast.

Listen to what I came up with this afternoon.




Note for those that operate on a higher plane of geekiness: The Audacity program saves your projects using an .aup extension. These files are only operable on computers that have Audacity software loaded, plus they're gargantuan, gigantic, really big files. You might want to export your projects to a .wav or .mp3 file. Since I run on a Mac, I needed a special...hm, what's the word for it...doohickey to convert .aup files to .mp3 files. If you, like me, have been living without this all important doohickey, you might want to go here and download their free converter. It's fairly cool and you can convert to a dozen different audio formats. I know I'm feeling better about the world, I hope you are too.

The only downside that I can see, besides ignoring the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, is the sheer size of some of these audio files. I probably ate up the better part of 2G downloading audio files to play with. But oh well, put it down to the costs of higher education.

11/3/08 I fixed the links. I shall now go beat myself without mercy for posting dead links. Carry on. cmk

3 comments:

Kimberly said...

I love your blog ScreenMom! It rocks! Great to hear from you. I look forward to reading more...

All the best,

Kimberly KKPDX

Roger said...

Hi SM!! Geez, you're getting to be a techno-geek, eh? (And where are the smileys in this place, anywho??) Nice to read your thoughts again!

Carol Kabat said...

Roger and Kimberly-
It's good to see your pixels again too. I'm glad you stopped by my little corner of the blogosphere. Nothing much happens around here but the music is good and the chairs are comfortable.

Kimberly, I hear you are getting married! Congratulations. I'm sure it will be a fabulous event. Whatever you do, don't forget to have fun.

And Roger, you found out my guilty secret. I am a techno-geek through and through. In fact I had a conversation with my daughter the other day that went like this:

Hana: Mom, I really like Uncle RJ (my brother in law). Do you know why?

Me: No, but now you have to tell me before I die of curiosity.

Hana: Because he loves kids and he's a techno-geek just like you.

There you have it. I've been outed by my monkey child.

And I don't know where the darn smilies are, but I'll look around for some.

You guys are welcome around here anytime.

carol