My experience of the audio recording world has always been either on the instrument playing side, or the use of a simple device such as a tape recorder or a 4-track. This is my first attempt at digital recording, track layering, and editing. My goal was to produce a clear Dialogue track while importing music, ambiance, and sound effects to add to the overall tone or mood of the narrative. This particular project gave me time to learn and utilize a fairly basic recording program in Audacity, and experiment with different approaches to recording and editing sound.
I began with a fairly calm introduction as the narrative starts out with only my voice and a music track to introduce the scenario. As the story progresses, I added some basic background ambiance to the mix to set the mood of the surroundings. Finally, after the action of the narrative began to pick up, I added sound effects to portray the events that were happening at the moment. This hopefully made a transition from a calm introduction to a more upbeat middle and ending sequence. Learning the basics of these digital audio recording features should give me the ability to transition into more advanced versions without being completely overwhelmed.
I used the Audio track “The Hangover” for this post located at: freemusicarchive.org/music/David_Szesztay/