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“Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned into (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bumper_(broadcasting)). So for ds106 it should certainly include “DS106 Radio” and some sort of message about the station with voice over music.”

Today, I was coming back from Richmond, and driving about 80mph, when i heard a loud noise of BOOOOMM!!!. For my first reaction, i was not sure what just took place; however, after analyzing for second or two, i realized my car tire for rear driver side blown apart. I pulled over, and called my insurance company. After speaking with the insurance lady, i was told that it will take about 60 – 90 minutes before the closest tow truck will get to me. So, I was sitting there really don’t know how to kill the time. Fortunately i had my laptop with me at that time, so i pulled laptop out, and made this assignment while i was sitting on the side of the road, and waiting for the tow truck to show up. So, some of the noises in my radio bumper, you may notice or may not notice are actual sound for cars passing by where i was sitting. I found it cool that i was able to catch this moment, and added to my radio bumper. If you listen carefully, you will also notice that my flashers are going off and on.

Your very own Radio.\
The Best Radio in Town
Tune UP
Radio Hot,,
24.48..

This is by far the coolest assignment i done for this class. It was quite challenging because i have to download several different applications. On top of that i have to watch tons of tutorial to learn how to use Audacity. Most of the tutorial i watched was from youtube. All i had to do is search how to use Audacity, and then just randomly pick tutorials to watch. Once i learned, how to effectively use tools in Audacity, i was really on the track to make this awesome radio bumper. In addition to everything, i downloaded the plugin called “Lame” that allowed me to work with mp3 files.

To do the above assignment i had to took following steps:
Step 1
Very first i downloaded the backgrounds sound that i wanted to play in the background for my radio bumper. Following is the site i used to download different sound themes: http://www.zedge.net/ringtone/1504642/

Step 2
I pressed the recording button with big red dot on it, that allow me to start recording my voice. Once i finish recording, i pressed the yellow square stop button to stop my recording. At this point i have my plain sound recorded to the audacity.

Step 3
I clicked File > Open > and choose the desire sound themes that i wanted to add to radio bumper. In my case i have two different sound themes that i loaded for the background sound. Both of my soundtracks that i used were produced by Hans Zimmer, one is from movie The Dark Knight Rises, and the other is from Interstellar.

Step 4
I kept the Interstellar soundtrack as it was, except i have to lower its sound pitch using the enveloping tool, because the sound was dominated over my recording.

Step 5
I cut a portion of The Dark Knight soundtrack, and copy it several times, that i played over the length of the audio, which created a cool background sound.

Step 6
I used the enveloping tools to adjusted pitches between my audio breaks. Where ever i took break between my clip i pitch the soundtracks high, and where ever my voice was active i brought the pitch down, so they listeners can hear less of the music and more of my voice clearly.

Step 7
I saved the file as a wav. by clicking File and export to the desire location

Step 8
I logged into the Sound Cloud and loaded the file to my SoundCloud, also selected the download options, so listener can download my audio

Final Step 9
I copy the Embeded code from SoundCloud and pasted to this blog

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