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Skills Session: Introduction to Digital Sound using SOUNDTRACK
Tutorial 1: Mixing and Editing Sounds
We will then learn how to do basic mixing and editing of audio using a very simple and widely available program: Soundtrack. The techniques we will cover in this program are easily transferable to whatever audio program you have available. We will go through a little information about different sound formats, however, our primary objective is to create 3-5 different audio mixes to upload to the web.
To export a mix in Soundtrack:
File>Export Mix (the .aif extension is automatically added for you, make sure you make a new folder for all your new mixes).
To save a Soundtrack project:
File>Save (Notice that Soundtrack adds a .loop extension automatically).
To import clips from Soundtrack Loops:
In Media Manager window (Window>Media Manager), click to locate the path for the Documents folder inside the Macintosh HD. Then look for a folder titled Soundtrack Loops. There are hundreds of royalty free samples for you to play with in these folders.
Tutorial 2: Adding audio to web pages: CLICK FOR SAMPLE WEB PAGE WITH AUDIO.
Finally, we will look at how to take that audio you have created and put it into your www site using the EMBED tag. We will go over both how to do this by hand (with straight HTML) as well as how to do this in Dreamweaver.
1. In Dreamweaver, to insert a sound (.aiff file from Soundtrack), go to Insert>Media Element>Plugin.
2. To make a sound loop or show a controller, go to the Properties palette with the plugin clicked/highlighted in the Design window:
3. Click the box that says Parameters. To loop a sound type under Parameters: Loop and under Value: True. Note that your code window reads something like this inside HTML brackets:
<embed src="../sound/tiff_sample3.aif" width="100" height="20" loop="true" controller="true">
4. Likewise, to add a controller in the Parameters window, type under Parameters: Controller and under Value: True.
Screen: Artists using digital audio as a main component:
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
Sample Audio Files (Shawn Decker's TICA collection-you must click the Download Audio Files link)
Homework: Create a web page with various linked media files: quicktime, shockwave, sound.