Final Project


Outline for the Intro To Audio Final Project:

The Final Project will be a podcast style interview at a maximum of 3 minutes in length, minimum of 2:50 and anything over or under this time frame will lose points. The student will be responsible for the set up of the interview, recording, mixing and soundcloud placement of the interview. The student will need to pick one or more subjects to talk and interact with. The final project will also need to have twenty or more background noises/field recordings/found sound/foley to demonstrate their ability to capture noises outside of the interview, transfer the audio into a DAW and mix the project. The course instructor will be looking for cleanly recorded audio and a balanced mix.

Grading for the final project: The course instructor will have each student present their project on the final day of the course and their fellow classmates will grade and give input on the project. The course instructor will take what grade the students give and combine their grade with the 60% that the final project is worth. They will have to give reasons to why they graded the way they did (a sentence or two). The student’s grade will equal 20% of the overall final project 60% grade. The course instructor will be grading the final 40% of the 60%. Final interview/mixdown must be uploaded to soundcloud and handed in before the final class. If the final interview is not on soundcloud ready to be graded before the class begins then the student will not receive credit for the final project. If the student misses the final class without proper documentation the student will not receive credit for the final project. Any students coming to class more than 10 minutes late without proper documentation will receive 50% off their final grade. By grading this way the students learn how to work on many levels with everyone in the classroom, and be able to give and take creative input. In turn, the students will experience real world working conditions and learn that every person in the class is in the same boat and it takes a well-oiled machine to produce great projects.

Written: Hand in a printed copy of the following on the final project day. (No hand written papers will be accepted)

  1. Topic of the interview and list of questions that you were prepared to ask. (Talk about “briefly” if the interview went as planned and you hit your target questions or not.)
  2. Must explain the story or over all point of the interview.
  3. How many people you interviewed, where you did the interview and how it was conducted.
  4. What and how many recordings/sounds are in the final mixdown and “roughly” where they were placed.
  5. What DAW or DAWs did you use and what microphones were used and how.
  6. What sample rate and bit depth did you use in your recordings, DAW’s and Soundcloud upload. What is the final mixdown sample rate and bit depth?
  7. Explain what you used in the mastering (sweetening) process, and how you applied it.
  8. Put your name, student number, soundcloud and wordpress addresses at the top of page.

Recording: What is expected of the student. (Any and all types of recorders are accepted unless noted otherwise).

  1. Mono: Vocals and Field Recordings. If you want to do the (Vocals) interview in stereo, you are welcome to.
  2. Stereo: Must have five or more of these examples (Stereo: X/Y, A.B., Ambient and O.R.T.F.) in your field recordings placed in the final interview. Also must be recorded with the Camera we use at school.
  3. Extra Credit: Left, Center, Right (LCR) recording with one or more of your field recordings. Remember this needs three microphones.
  4. Double Extra Credit: 4.0 and up recording with one or more of your field recordings.

Must have a minimum of 20 background sounds in the interview:

a)    5 Found sounds: Anything you find off of the internet. (AKA: You could use some of the improvised recordings we did in the beginning of the term.)

b)    15 Boom/Shotgun or Lav microphone recordings. (Recording with the school’s camera.)

c)     Must show good level in the recordings. (Not to low that the background noise is as loud or louder than the item being recorded. Also no peaks and harsh recorded sounds.) *Remember to record room tones everywhere you record!

d)    Must have an intro and outro in the interview.

e)    Must have some kind of jingle with the intro and outro recordings. This can be a found sound of something you record.

Mixing: What is expected of the student (Any and all types of DAWs are accepted unless noted otherwise).

  1. Show Layering of multiple tracks. (This can be as many tracks as you wish.)
  2. Demonstrate EQ by changing the tone of a sound example (One Example: Dropping out everything under 500 Hz in a recording).
  3. Use “DAW based” Reverb on four or more sounds. Extra Credit for natural reverb in a field recording.
  4. Use “DAW based” Delay on four or more sounds. Extra Credit for natural delay in a field recording.
  5. Show Dynamic Range with volume control at one point in the interview for a minimum of 5 seconds. (Drop the volume or raise the volume)
  6. Stereo field 1: Place sound items in the mid stereo field for up to 30 seconds (AKA: 75% to 25% Left or Right, anything but center) Try to leave center for the vocals and main points on the interview. Remember you can bring sounds in and out of left and right as well.
  7. Stereo field 2: Put two sound files of your choice in the hard Left or Right 100% field.
  8. Must show these five Editing Skills:

a)     Fade in and Fade out

b)     Crossfade

c)     Soft Cut and Hard Cut

d)    Design Sound Effect

e)     Loop

f)      Extra Credit for designing your own sounds within the DAW plug-ins.

9. Must show good level in mixing. Meaning the main points of the interview are clear with volume above the background sounds. Unless the background sound is the main point in that moment.

10. Must have background music in at least two points in the interview.  Extra Credit: demonstrate a “Segue” edit.  This “does not” include the jingle in the intro and outro.

Mastering (Sweetening): What is expected of the student (Use “ONLY” the Adobe Audition DAW for this part of the final project).

  1. Must use at least two or more compressors and EQs on the master fader.
  2. Must be loud enough for the class to hear at the set level in the classroom. Anything turned up or down more than 5 db will lose points.
  3. Must show good balanced level throughout the mixdown and any major volume dips or spikes will get points off. The over all master mixdown should sound like you have control of the audio and not like the audio is “wild” AKA: volume is all over the place within the tracks and the over all mix.
  4. Final interview/mixdown must be uploaded to soundcloud and handed in before the final class. If the final interview is not on soundcloud ready to listen to and graded then the student will not receive credit for the final project.

2 thoughts on “Final Project

  1. Final Project
    on Dec 4th for Section 3 the Outline for the Intro To Audio Final Project is due, What about the recordings of the Final Project?

    1. The whole final project is due on the 4th. The outline is a guideline to help you finish the final project. It gives you all the rules and assignments you have to meet in your final project recording. Do you understand?

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