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Soundbooth_CS5 - J210 VisCom Handout Creating a soundtrack...

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Overview. Adobe SoundBooth is a multi-track sound editing and manipulation program that lets you to create and manage soundtracks for a variety of projects. You will use it to create the soundtrack for your audio slideshow, and we rec- ommend you use it to manage and edit the sound for your video project. For both projects, we are requiring that you capture, use, and manage three types of sound: interviews, natural (nat) sound, and music. , Voice-overs and sound effects may be used, but not required. You will use SoundBooth to edit, or mix, your sounds into a single, stereo track for use with your slideshow and, perhaps, your video. With SoundBooth you will perform these essen- tial editing operations: 1) removing sections of unwanted audio, 2) changing the volume levels of the various tracks and clips, 3) sequencing your clips into the order you need to best tell your story, 4) combining all the elements into a single .mp3 file, and 5) compressing (leveling out) your sound. SoundBooth is easy to use and not far removed from professional-level editing programs like Adobe Audition (Windows) and ProTools (Mac). SoundBooth makes it almost as easy to edit and manage sound as editing and managing text in MS Word. Preliminaries 1. Gather all sound. For your assignment, we recommend you conduct your interviews, collect your nat sound, download your music and record your voice-overs before you begin editing. 2. Project folder. Create a project folder and name it your last name_first name_soundtrack; e.g.: pyle_ernie_soundtrack. Inside it create a subfolder and name it soundclips . Give each clip a meaningful name that identifies its sound type and contents. For example: nat_thunder, vo_nut- graph, sb_miller1_injury, mus_dylan. In the examples above, fx = sound effects; mus = music; nat = natural sound; sb = sound bite or interview; vo = voice over or your narration. If you use these prefixes consistently and number them, then your various sound types will be grouped together in sequence in the soundclips folder and in Sound- Booth when you import them. 3. Launch SoundBooth. In your Mac’s dock, open the Multimedia folder and double click the Sb icon to launch SoundBooth. Getting sound files into SoundBooth SoundBooth accepts several sound-file formats, including mp3 and wav files— the format pro- duced by the School’s Zoom recorders. There are several ways to get your sound files into SoundBooth so you can edit them. All result in the files appearing the Files panel at the top left of the interface, (see next page). From there, you move them to the working panel. 1. Right click on the first sound file in a project > Open With > SoundBooth. 2. Shift select all the sound files in your folder that you intend to use and drag them on top of J210 VisCom • Handout Creating a soundtrack in SouthBooth
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