In a World… Without Highlighters

I’ve heard a great deal of Don LaFontaine’s work in older movie trailers, so I was curious as to how using that voice and style could make anything seem dramatic. ¬†Looking around for inspiration, one of the first items I saw was a highlighter, which thus became my subject. ¬†I decided to emphasize the contrast between the brightness of the highlighter and the drabness of studying in order to make the highlighter the protagonist of this fictional tale. ¬†I recorded the piece dramatically in Audacity, and then played around with the pitch to deepen my voice. ¬†This took a bit of work, as initially I sounded like a terrible beast, and then over-corrected so my voice resembled a chipmunk’s. ¬†I eventually found a happy medium, and the result is below.

Procrastination Preview

There is no more iconic of a voice than Don LaFontaine. His voice dons many movie trailers and other things. There is a competitor coming up on the scene however, and that guy is me. I did the voice over for a movie trailer of my mundane struggle of procrastinating on my homework.

Will I get things done or will I wait too long? Time will only tell.

This is an audio assignment worth 1.5 stars for Ds106

 

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

So, for this audio assignment I chose to do Use the Voice.  Using a voice over similar to the famous Don LaFontaine, I had to create a movie trailer out of an everyday thing, or something normal.  I chose to do the birth of a baby.

Check it out!

Here is the transcript:

*action music*
In a world where fluid and placenta collide, when your life is no longer your own, one baby will change everything.  The selfishness will fall, and the family will rise.  One baby’s journey from womb to earth will quickly unfold.  
*music silences* 
*baby cries*
*BUM BUM BUMMMMM*

 

I got this idea from looking at several examples of TV trope listings and then came up with the idea of making an epic birth story.
reference picture

Whenever people watch movie trailers the first thing that comes on is either the voice over, or some sort of action-packed soundtrack. ¬†I found mine from searching through YouTube and I ended up selecting “Epic Blockbuster Trailer Music.”
music picture

And downloaded it using http://en.savefrom.net/
youtube download picture

From a previous assignment I knew this video would not import directly into Audacity so I went to an online converter and changed the format to a WAV file.
convert

Since I was doing a baby birth trailer I needed an actual baby’s cry to use, so I found one on¬†Freesound.
free sounds clip

Now, using Audacity, I recorded my voice (while speaking into a glass cup) with the dialogue I wanted to say. ¬†Don LaFontaine’s voice has a characteristic deep tone to it, and unfortunately mine does not. ¬†So in order to make my voice deeper than the cup gave me, I played around with the pitch until I got a sound that was as good as it was going to get. ¬†Hmph. ¬†To get to pitch on Audacity, go on top to Effects>Pitch
pitch change

After I got the pitch down, I imported the movie soundtrack.  There are points in the clip where I am talking but you can still hear the music in the background.  In order to do this you have to change the volume of the music at the appropriate spots.  Once you highlight the portion of the sound you want lowered, you have to click Effects>Amplify and then change the volume accordingly.  For a smooth transition between my voice and the background music, I faded the end and beginning of the music where I wanted my voice to go, and then pasted my voice in that spot.  I did the same thing when I added the baby cry in there too.  Here is a screenshot of my different wavelengths of sound.
wavelengths

When I was done, I exported the sound as a MP3 file and then uploaded it to soundcloud.

Bacon Quest

This assignment has to be the strangest¬†and corniest one I have done yet, but it is about time I got pushed out of my comfort zone. The assignment¬†was called “Use the Voice” which means the voice of¬†Don LaFontaine, who was best known for his voiceovers in movie trailers. Well I attempted to do the same, but I don’t believe I am anywhere close with Mr. LaFontaine.

The other day I ran out of bacon, which to me is probably one of the worst things that can happen considering I make bacon and eggs just about every morning. So I decided to turn my lack of bacon and the need to go get more into a epic quest of achieving bacon glory. This very low production film would include one man on a journey to find the last amount of bacon on the planet or die trying. Oh and bonus for all you youngsters, it’s rated PG-13. I hope y’all enjoy bacon as much as I do and never run out of the deliciousness that it provides us on a daily basis. Here is to you bacon:

The making of the fake movie trailer voiceover was pretty simple besides the lack of a deep awesome and epic sounding voice like LaFontaine’s. First I wrote a small script, so that I would not forget what to say. I used QuickTime Player to record my voice and uploaded it to Garageband. I was able to separate the dialogue with the deeper voice and the other supposed voices (myself). I then changed the pitch of the deeper voices to about negative four to completely alter my voice. Additionally, this trailer would not have been complete without the use of some sort of bacon. So I decided to add some sizzling Bacon¬†sound, which I downloaded from freesound.org. Pretty simple process, if you have any questions please let me know.

 

 

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

So, for this audio assignment I chose to do Use the Voice.  Using a voice over similar to the famous Don LaFontaine, I had to create a movie trailer out of an everyday thing, or something normal.  I chose to do the birth of a baby.

Check it out!

Here is the transcript:

*action music*
In a world where fluid and placenta collide, when your life is no longer your own, one baby will change everything.  The selfishness will fall, and the family will rise.  One baby’s journey from womb to earth will quickly unfold. 
*music silences*
*baby cries*
*BUM BUM BUMMMMM*

 

I got this idea from looking at several examples of TV trope listings and then came up with the idea of making an epic birth story.
reference picture

Whenever people watch movie trailers the first thing that comes on is either the voice over, or some sort of action-packed soundtrack. ¬†I found mine from searching through YouTube and I ended up selecting “Epic Blockbuster Trailer Music.”
music picture

And downloaded it using http://en.savefrom.net/
youtube download picture

From a previous assignment I knew this video would not import directly into Audacity so I went to an online converter and changed the format to a WAV file.
convert

Since I was doing a baby birth trailer I needed an actual baby’s cry to use, so I found one on Freesound.
free sounds clip

Now, using Audacity, I recorded my voice (while speaking into a glass cup) with the dialogue I wanted to say. ¬†Don LaFontaine’s voice has a characteristic deep tone to it, and unfortunately mine does not. ¬†So in order to make my voice deeper than the cup gave me, I played around with the pitch until I got a sound that was as good as it was going to get. ¬†Hmph. ¬†To get to pitch on Audacity, go on top to Effects>Pitch
pitch change

After I got the pitch down, I imported the movie soundtrack.  There are points in the clip where I am talking but you can still hear the music in the background.  In order to do this you have to change the volume of the music at the appropriate spots.  Once you highlight the portion of the sound you want lowered, you have to click Effects>Amplify and then change the volume accordingly.  For a smooth transition between my voice and the background music, I faded the end and beginning of the music where I wanted my voice to go, and then pasted my voice in that spot.  I did the same thing when I added the baby cry in there too.  Here is a screenshot of my different wavelengths of sound.
wavelengths

When I was done, I exported the sound as a MP3 file and then uploaded it to soundcloud.

Using ‚ÄúThe Voice‚ÄĚ

For this ‘using the voice’ audio assignment¬†I had to make recording in the style of the famous Don LaFontaine’s voice. After watching the awesome youtube video on him (in the ¬†assignment link), I was inspired to do something epic, but personal.

At first I had a prerecording describing me preparing to make a lunch, but due to a huge storm we had lost power (for 5 days!) So I decided to change it to a description of my struggles and epic travels to find electricity and wifi in order to stay on top of my ds106 work, and charge my cell phone. I didn’t edit my voice at all, just tried my best to imitate ‘the voice’… i think it worked decently. I still don’t think I like listening to my own voice though lol…

The Voice

This is a recording of myself, trying to imitate Don LaFontaine aka “The Voice”, and failing.

Bagman4Prez Radio Ad: ‚ÄúSpangled‚ÄĚ

I really like how this came out. I did all the parts (except the star spangled banner, that’s Jimi).

For the “In a world” stuff, I went to Effects>Time and Pitch>Stretch and Pitch, and used that to shift the tone down and slow it down (some of it was too slow, and I had to speed it back up).

For the first two times Bagman is talking, I used an echo effect, from Effects>Delay and Echo>Echo.

It took awhile to get the volumes right on all the tracks, but, in the process, I taught myself how to do all that volume adjustment stuff that I already had figured out how to do with Audacity. I have to say it’s a LOT easier on Audition. There’s a ton I don’t know yet, in terms of what Audition can do, but I’m pumped to find out. Doing audio assignments should keep me learning for awhile.

I love blankets!

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/use-the-voice/ Well obviously I do not have a deep epic male voice haha so I used effects on audacity to help. It kind of sucks though that my computer mic has sooooo much background noise, so I apologize. I decided to talk about a blanket, because I love fleece blankets! What I said… (and sorry, [...]

AudioAssignment382: The Voice, ‚ÄúIn a World‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

InAWorld by annie_belle1 Here is my rendition of Don LaFountaine’s well-known, “In a World…” movie trailer trope. The assignment was submitted by Alan Levine. The assignment calls for creating a movie trailer-esque audio recording about something that is ordinary. I wrote this about Doritos, because I just finished eating a bag of them and found [...]