Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Follow Up for Week 3

The Discussion Group is on hold while Google reviews my request to add all of your names to the list. Hopefully it will be up and running in a day or two.

A reminder that we will be continuing our mic building sessions right after the Production Kits are distributed on Wednesday. For those whose mics are finished, you can spend some time with the MiniDisc recorder and start making some practice recordings. For those who are still working on their mics, we will have the stations set up ahead of time so you can jump right back in after getting your kits. We will also have a station or two set up before class, starting at 1:30 or 2, probably in B-18.

After you have your kits and your working mics, make some practice sound recordings with your digital sound recorder and your microphones. Check for excessive wind noise. (There should be a 1" gap of dead air around the capsules.)

If you are going to work at home, you should have already downloaded and installed SonicStage. If not, do this now. Follow the steps in the Hi-MD tutorial and practice transferring your sound recordings using SonicStage. http://www.glennbach.com/film_116/07116_files/06116-HiMD-Hndbk.pdf
Note that there are four PC platforms for doing your SonicStage transfers at school: two in MIT 353 and two in MIT B-18 (apparently card-swipe access to B-18 was given to everyone in class, so hopefully we're done with that).

We'll have the Audacity lecture and demo on Monday the 24th, but it's a good idea to read up on Audacity beforehand. Check out this Audacity primer, especially the section about "Preferences: Setup, Audio Import and Playback."

For further practice in Audacity, check out a FAQ and more tutorials: