How to make a radio announcement or advertisement with Audacity

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Assignment Stars: 4

I had to record two pieces of audios in my own voice. The first piece of the audio was about the letting the audience know which radio they were listening to and the second piece was about the advertisement announcement.

I also had to download two sound pieces from SoundBible. One of the sound I used as a beep between the two audio pieces I recorded in my own voice and the second one was a little bit of music I used at the start of the advertisement announcement.

I followed the following steps to create the radio advertisement.

Step 1: I opened Audacity.

Step 2: I recorded the two pieces of announcements in my voice.1

Step 3: I imported the audio clips that I downloaded by clicking the File Menu and then Import.

importing audios

Step 4: I moved all the audio clips to the series where I wanted them to play from the “Time Shift Tools”

time shift tool

Step 5: I selected the music layer and added a “Fade Out” effect to it from “Effects Menu”

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Step 6: To save the prepared audio clip, I exported it in mp3 form from the file menu and saved it to my computer’s hard drive.

 

 

 

How to record a telephone conversation with two different voices when both voices are your’s

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Assignment Stars: 4

This seemed a challenging task to me as what I needed for my story was a telephone conversation between a male and a female person. I wrote the script that I wanted to implement during the telephone conversation and then followed the following steps in Audacity audio editing software to make it work for my story.

Step 1: I recorded an audio but with breaks. I mean I would record what the male voice has to say and press stop. It would automatically take me to a new sound layer in Audacity. Then I would record what the female voice would say.

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Step 2: I downloaded a “Telephone Ring” audio clip from SoundBible and imported it into Audacity and kept it at the beginning of the whole audio.

importing audios

Step 3: I selected the voice layers for female voice and made changes to their “Pitch” from the “Effect Menu”

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Step 4: I changed the “Percent” property of the voice layers that were representing a female voice to 13 as can be seen in the image bellow.

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Step 5: I then exported the audio in mp3 format to my computer’s hard drive from the file menu.

Please follow this link for a video tutorial to change the pitch of a sound clip in Audacity.

The scary night, with audio effects only

4.5 Stars Assignment

Length of audio: 44 seconds

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This was a challenging assignment. I had to tell a story without words. So I thought of a scary night where a person gets into a haunted house. There he finds out that the house is possessed by a scary creature. He shouts and screams and fires at the scary creature.

The context of the story that I carved is that it is the last scene of a radio scary drama. At the end I have left the story open to speculation of the audience as they would be making predictions about what happens at the after the shot being fired. So till the next episode when the answers to unanswered questions will be given, the audience will be intact to the radio drama and tune in again to know the proceedings.

I downloaded 6 audio segments from Freesound. I have put the names of the audio segments in the sequence they occur in the radio drama scene that I produced.

sounds used

  1. Door knocks
  2. Door handle sound
  3. Door opening
  4. Scary sound
  5. Guy screaming
  6. Shots fired

I imported all the audio segments to Audacity software.

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Then I used the time shift tool, as can be seen in the image, to give a sequence to the drama scenes

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I used the Gun Shot audio clip multiple times. Following image gives an overview of the final Audacity software panel that I used to export the scary audio drama in mp3 format.

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Then I uploaded the drama scene to my Soundcloud account for a larger audience to listen to.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/273055534″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Me as the RJ for DS106 Radio

2 Stars assignment

Length of audio: 17 seconds

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I downloaded the Audacity free audio editing software and installed it on my computer.

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Then I downloaded and installed the required Audacity plugin to convert audios to mp3.

Audacity plugin

First I thought of sentences that I wanted to say as a radio presenter. I came up with the following sentence:

“Dear folks, you are listening to love songs from DS106 radio on FM 106. Call us to dedicate a love song to your loved ones. They will love it.”

It was not an issue to record an audio with the help of Audacity. It’s really simple. The challenging part for me came when I had to play two audios simultaneously, first my recorded audio and second some love music from FreeSound. I searched Google for help with Audacity. The search returned the following Youtube video tutorial that proved really helpful.

After watching the tutorial video, it was simple, I put both the audios together and exported them to a single mp3 audio.

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radio2 repairThe above repair tool helped me get some noise out of the sound bit I recorded on my microphone.

Following is both of the audios playing simultaneously:

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I uploaded the audio to my Soundcloud account. Here is an embed of the soundtrack from Soundcloud.