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Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

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1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

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Project Genesis – Crit B/D – Final product

Explain the step by step process of this assignment
 The first step was to choose 4 songs for the mashup. I found 4 songs on Youtube I decided to mash up, so I downloaded them. After downloading all of the songs from the Internet, I started to upload all the songs to GarageBand. One by one, I started to set a tempo for my mashup and enabled flex in order to make them sound smooth. Also, I had to keep adjusting the pitch of all the 4 songs because they all had to go in together smoothly, which wasn’t easy to do. Then, I started to cut parts that were unnecessary for my song. This part wasn’t that hard, but sometimes I didn’t really know when to stop. Finally, after editing all the sounds to my liking, I had to start moving them around and fitting them in random places that I think will look good. I listened to the mashup to make sure it sounds good and there weren’t a lot of mistakes. Then, I saved my music uploaded to my blog.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal
My first criteria were to make the mash-up sound good and all the songs go well together. My mash-up sounds pretty good, but there are several parts that didn’t flow smoothly. Some of the transitions weren’t smooth and sounded weird with the other songs. It sounded like a random song popping out from nowhere. My second criteria were to use my time well at school in order to not do extra editing at home. This criteria was something I wasn’t able to do because we didn’t go to school. However, I feel like I’m way more concentrated at school compared to my house because I was distracted a lot easier, which made me take a long time to finish the mash-up. My third criteria were the mash-up will be able to flow smoothly. There are some parts that I really like, but there are parts that I really hate, probably because the sound doesn’t go smoothly. My fourth and final criteria were to have 4 different songs for the mash-up. Those criteria weren’t too hard to follow, but at first, it was really hard because I wasn’t sure what song to use.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired
I think this was a great experience because I’ve never made a mash-up in my life. I learned to match the tempo and enable flex. I didn’t know much about the tempo and pitch, but because of this experience, I got to become a little bit more interested in those topics. Also, I had no idea how to download songs from the internet and had some problems with downloading all of them. However, I soon found out what I had to do in the end, and can now easily download any songs I want at any time.
What challenges did you face and overcome? 
 One of the challenges I faced was not knowing what to do. I chose all my songs and had to start mashing them up, but I didn’t know how to start any of the mash-up because I didn’t know much about pitch and tempo. Also, my songs all have different tempo and pitch, so I had to adjust a lot of them to make sure they sound good. I realized that some of the songs I chose weren’t really going well, so I had to change them several times, but in the end, the song turned out okay.

Project Genesis – Research

 

What information are you using from this link? 
This information is used when we want the mash-up to be on time. I didn’t know anything about mash-up, but thanks to this site, I was able to see how to line up my music with the beats so it doesn’t sound bad. Also, in this video, Mr. OToole added 2 songs, and after making them on time, he played it out for us to listen, which was so much better than having 1 song played because we can see what happens when you add 2 songs together and make their beat same. Also, in track, he enabled flex so when he added other songs, the beat won’t change, it will stay the same. The information I’m using for this assignment is timing. Timing is very important because I’m mixing up 4 different songs, and if the timing isn’t accurate, the final product will not be able to sound good.

 

 

What information are you using from this link?  
From this video, I learned the basics of using GarageBand, for beginners. This video showed me the arrangement track, and that I had to have it at the beginning of the project every time. He showed an example of a finished mash-up, and at the top, he specifically said you can change the order of the arrangement track such as if you have a bridge first, you can make the bridge go to the back and make the chorus come first. He also talked about the drummer track, and when you have the arrangement track, you would be able to save a lot of time. From this video, the information I’m going to be using is the arrangement track because it saves a lot of time, and it’s not that hard to follow. Also, since you can move the tracks around easily, I will be able to add a few changes to my mash-up and make it sound even better.

 

 

What information are you using from this link? 
This video was about tips/guide to using a drummer for the assignment. He talked about different ways you can add your drums, such as adding loops, or just copy and pasting the same drummer over and over. Also, if you want to add the drummer more unique, you can add custom drum fills at the ends. There were lots of other tips, but I think these 2 pieces of information are probably the information I’ll be using a lot in my mash-up because it isn’t that hard to control/do, and I believe that changing these 2 small things will make my mash-up sound even better.

 

 

What information are you using from this link? 
This video talked about drummers, and how to use them, even for beginners. He showed us that if we look closely at the editor window, there were various preset patterns we could choose from, which will drastically change the drum pattern the drummer will play/ This piece of information helped me a lot, and I think I’ll be using this information a lot because every time I used drummer in GarageBand, I had the same drummer which was kind of boring, but with this information, I believe that I will be able to change my drummer into the pattern I like.

Project Genesis – Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment? 
My goal for this assignment is to do a mashup with 4 different songs. My final goal is to make my mashup sound pleasant to listen to because if I use songs that don’t match properly, the final song would just be all over the place. The hardest thing I think is to choose my songs because there are so many pops, and it’s hard to choose just 4 I want to combine.
Why this project? 
I decided to choose to do mashup because I never got to combine 4 or more songs together, and I was really curious about how it will come out. It could come out amazing because all the songs match together, but it could also sound terrible. That’s why I’m trying to do songs that are either by the same person, or songs that have the same melody. Also in the past, we did lots of projects using GarageBand using only loops, but we have never actually made a song with a mash-up.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. 
1. Read and understand the project
2. Choose 4 songs
3. Download all the songs, and put them on GarageBand
4. Research about the songs
5. Start Crit A
6. Try finding the right time to put the mashup
7. Start mashing up songs
8. Finish my song, and make sure it meets up to my criteria
9. Turn in my project and upload it to my blog
What do you hope to learn? 
I hope to learn different techniques of mashing up songs and learn to edit the mash-up after combining all the songs. I also want to become more familiar with GarageBand and manage my time well on this project so I can meet the deadline. Another thing is to learn how to make a good mash-up, and when I have to put the songs in because I believe timing is very important when creating a mash-up.
What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? 
I will make sure the mash-up sounds good and all the songs go well together. I will also make sure that my song has a good beat and timing in order to make the song flow smoothly. Another thing is to use my time well at school in order to not do extra editing at home and will be able to hand my assignment on time. -The mashup will be able to flow smoothly -There will be 4 songs in the mashup

 

Culminating Assignment – Sounds of CDNIS

Describe the process of this assignment.

The assignment I worked on was about sounds in CDNIS. The first thing I had to do for this assignment was to go around to school and record sounds such as teachers talking or lockers slamming. I chose to do the sounds of pen dropping, hands hitting the desk, uniforms getting rubbed together and a teacher’s voice, which was mandatory to include. After getting all the recordings at school, I had to put all of them in Garage Band and had to edit them. I had a total of 4 different sounds which I had to edit, So I had all 4 sounds in Garage Band, and I had to create new audio with the exact same sound, but an edited version of the sound. So in total, I had a total of 8 sounds in my GarageBand. I used various plug-ins to edit my audios. For the teachers’ voice, I used Echo and Bit-crusher to edit my first sound. Pitch Shifter and Overdrive for my second, Pitch Shifter and Echo for my third and finally, Bit-crusher, Direction Mixer and Echo for my last audio. Some of the plug-ins I added didn’t make a lot of difference to my audio, so I had to change them to another one. The plug-ins that worked for my sounds were Echo, Bit-crusher, Pitch Shifter, Overdrive and Direction Mixer. After finishing all the edits to my audios, I added 2 instruments (which changed in the process of making my music). After finishing with my sounds, I had to screen record what I did to my sounds. I showed the original version, and the changed version, and how I made the sound change. I repeated all of them and talked about all the plug-ins I used to change the sound. After all the work was done, it was time to start making my music. Making my own music was the hardest part for me because I had trouble finding 4 loops. Also, I had trouble with my 2 melodic instruments which were the guitar and the piano. So I had to go up to the teacher to help me with my instruments. For my loops, I added various beats because I wanted my music to have a lot of fun rhythms to it. The easiest one was with my drummer track because I didn’t have to edit it a lot. When I finished with my music, I realized that it was horrible because none of the sounds matched, so I asked some friends to help me change my loops. Then I took it to the teacher to check it, and he fixed a lot of my instruments and melodic instruments. I didn’t have enough time to finish all of them in class, so I had to edit more at home.

 

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.

I had a total of 4 different CDNIS sounds that I recorded. I had a teacher’s voice, a pen dropping, hands hitting the desk and clothes getting rubbed together. The least useful sound was the clothes getting rubbed together because the volume of the audio was really low compared to all of my other audios. Even if I raised the volume up for clothes getting rubbed, it didn’t really work out, so I had to lower a lot of other instruments down. The most useful one was the combination of the pen drop and the teacher’s voice. The pen drop sounded the best probably because it had the teacher’s help. The pen drop changed into a sound that had rhythms in it. The teacher’s voice also sounded really good because it got fixed by the teacher a bit. The teachers’ voice had an echo to it which made even a better combination. I really loved the part where the first pen drop and the teacher’s voice comes out. Also, even if the clothes rubbing sound wasn’t that loud, it still made a difference to my music, especially at the end because some parts of my music were empty, but thanks to the clothes rubbing, I got to fill in some parts. The empty parts made the sound of clothes rubbing sound even better because there wasn’t a lot of background noise that distracted it. The final product was pretty well made, but if I had more time, I think I would have made it better. However, I was really proud of my work at the end because it took me a long time and a lot of effort to complete my music.

 

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

Throughout this assignment, I learned a lot of new skills such as using plug-ins to edit my tracks on GarageBand, creating new melodies, and using good loops to make my music sound better. I didn’t know a lot about plug-ins, so I had to watch some videos and had to ask some friends for more information. Some of the plug-ins for my music didn’t really make changes in my sounds, so I had to change a lot of my plug-ins into other ones. Another skill that I learned was to screen-record because when I screen-recorded my audio several times, I wasn’t able to hear what I said, but somehow controlled the settings and were able to fix it. The most important thing I learned was to use the loops. I spent a lot of time trying to look for loops that fitted perfectly for my music. However, I learned that I could edit my loops to my liking, and make them fit into my song.

 

What challenges did you face and overcome?

I faced a lot of challenges to finish my music because the CDNIS sounds didn’t match my loops to my liking. I had to spend a long time picking out the perfect loop to match. Also, it was hard to get melodic instruments because I couldn’t really make it match my music. At first, I didn’t really know what sounds I had to record around the school because I wanted my music to sound really unique. However, I realized that if I made my sounds unique, it would be hard to put loops in them and make the music as I want. I recorded a lot of different audios around the school, but most of them didn’t work out for me, so I had to do a lot of simples ones such as pens dropping, and clothes getting rubbed together. The hardest thing was when I was recording all the sounds around CDNIS. For some of my audios, I needed a quiet place to record because the volume of the sound was really low. However, since it’s a school, it took me a long time for me to record my audios without any background noises.