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This assignment required us to record sounds from around our house, edit them to our desired length, pitch and form using the tools in garage band. Finally, we have to assemble a song that includes plug-ins. These steps sounds straight forward and easy, but the students in our school has limited understanding and knowledge of using software instruments and plug-ins. That’s why we have spent so much time on the tasks assigned in the past few weeks. Those tasks benefited us a lot and helped us gained more understanding of the uses of each plugins, and the variety of software instruments. Before i started my summative, i knew the uses of most of the plugins and had basic knowledge on how to find the right software instruments.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
My Cdnis sounds were recorded at home, therefore i’m calling it “My sounds”. It included audio of me snapping my fingers, audio of a ruler slamming on a table, the audio of me brushing my teeth, the alarm ringtone on my phone…. I didn’t try to overflow my song with different sounds, instead I decided how many sounds i was going to use considering the minimum sound requirements are and the amount of sounds i am comfortable working with. Int that case, the amount of sounds i used was 7 sounds, 3 more than the requirement. Despite the number, the sounds i used was carefully chosen. The audio of me brushing my teeth and the ringtone on my phone acted as a transition between different parts of the song. The audio of the ruler clamming on the table worked perfectly together with the audio of me snapping my fingers. I knew i had the use two fast beats with different pitches in order to create a harmony with the software instrument. Lastly, the audio of me typing on my keyboard was used for adding variety to the beats as well as used in the start of the song. If i could re-do this assignment, i would add more sounds just to make my final song less boring and more realistic instead of a repeating loop.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I was quite unfamiliar with the tools in garage band earlier this year, i barely knew how to edit simple clips together. But after many practices, i can comfortably edit my own sounds and apple plugins to them. Now, i know how to use some plug-ins such as the vocal =-cf which is used to edit pitch and tone, master echo which is used to adjust the amount of echo…… I used the master echos on my teacher audio and student audio which paid off and created a really col effect.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
I struggled a lot during the process of this summative. I mostly suffered from technical issues. This happened at the very beginning when somehow my Garageband says “Input sources not selected”. I tried many different headphones, changed to settings but nothing worked. At last, I figured out that the problem all along was that because I was using my monitor for my assignment and I selected “Built-in input, builtin-output”, the problem is that my monitor doesn’t have speakers, causing Garageband does not function properly. I also ran into a major problem when recording the screencast for crit C, when I was using easy-cast, Screencastify, quicktime…. Garageband turned the song into a very deep, disorganised pitch when recording. Luckily, with my teachers’ help, I was able to overcome these technical issues. Finally, the most challenging problem I faced was my lack of plugins knowledge. While I was able to correctly identify the uses of each and every plug-in the terminology assignment, I didn’t spend enough time to try and remember the uses of each plug-in, causing a limited variety of plug-ins used
How is your recording the same and different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?
The first time I listened to my song, I found out that the lyrics and the beat are really fast, so I decided to only play 1 strum per sentence as I would not be able to play the strums on time. The normal song used “classical style” to sing, but I thought that would not work as the real song itself is created by a guitar, at last, I
decided to sing according to the lyrics but not the style. Also, the song used drums but only slow ones, I tried it and thought that it was not entertaining enough so I used a fast drum instead.
How did your music classes prepare you for this assignment?
My music classes were the thing that made me know how to play the ukulele and how strumming works. The most important thing I learnt is how to use GarageBand even though I did not really edit, the drums I think is what made my song sound better. The beats provided is really useful because that prevents me from making it out of time.
How does the natural world affect us? For example, typhoons or gravity
I think the natural has many things to do with us. Out of all of them, I think gravity affects us the most in a research, they say that (Each year an estimated 646 000 individuals die from falls globally of which over 80% are in low- and middle-income countries.) However, gravity is the thing that prevents us from floating out the earth and is what keeps everything in place, without it we, would be dead because of freezing in space and water will disappear in space too.
Another thing is the tsunami, tsunamis in japan has killed thousands and thousands of people which is a really dangerous
How do we use scientific thinking to learn about the interaction between the natural world and us? Like by doing experiments or in design & construction.
For example, in real life, people blow up mountains to fill the ocean to earn more land. They would dump the dirt and rocks down the ocean, without it, people will have to somehow use tape to tape it under water
How did you use science?
What did you learn?
I figureded out how width and density affects the strengh
Discuss your Ukulele recording. Items to discuss include timing, note accuracy, rhythm accuracy. *
My song choice is Amazing Grace. I did not change the tune of the Ukulele. Time signature is 90 beats per minuits
I think that I could do better playing in time and not to cut it cause cutting makes the sound weird and is very time-consuming. I also think that we have to tune the Ukulele before playing. I also think that making important things stand out is very important, such as making the song and the singing louder as it is more important. I also think that making the beats so better as you could accurately play the song. I think the volume between the notes and the length is very important because it is what helps the smoothness and the fluency. Overall, I think the most important thing is the timing which the beats in the Garageband really is useful.
I think that I could do better playing in time and not to cut it cause cutting makes the sound weird and is very time-consuming. I also think that we have to tune the Ukulele before playing. I also think that making important things stand out is very important, such as making the song and the singing louder as it is more important. I also think that making the beats os better as you could accurately play the song. I think the volume between the notes and the length is very important because it is what helps the smoothness and the fluency. Overall, I think the most important thing is the timing which the beats in the Garageband really is useful.
Discuss your overall understanding of Garageband and its processes. Items to discuss include editing, timing, arranging, timing, etc. How has your skill at Garageband impacted your song? *
I think I really have to work on understanding how to edit, but I also think it really helps to make the singing and the song match. I think that no one could play the song 100 per cent correct by hand and Garageband is really important as it helps us fix mistake and un-fluency. although I am still learning how to use it and is improving. During the process, I used Garageband to help me put the singing, the trimming and the song together and used it to make the timing better. I found many problems such as playing the song too fast and the beats really come in handy during that time, it really helped me play the song better.
A flute is an instrument where you use the shape of your mouth and the holes to control and make the sounds. You make your mouth look like slightly smiling and the wider your mouth gets the lower the pitch gets.