In this activity, you'll create an audio recording of a human voice, an environmental sound, or of original music of your own creation and (optional) turn it into a ringtone. Audio recording is an essential 21st century skill, and has endless applications: recording music, audio journalism, recording for film, and more. Get started! This is a skill you need to have—it's a good place to start for beginners and a good refresher for experienced audiophiles alike.
Note: Success in this learning path is really dependent upon taking advantage of the instructions and videos on the Digging Deeper page, so check it out now!
Step 1: Figure out what you want to record. Think about recording something simple that will fit nicely on one track and plan for how you want your recording to go.
Step 2: Find a microphone and test it out. Use the internal mic on your computer, or an external mic. You will have to play around with your computer's system settings to make sure the audio is coming in.
Step 3: Download audio editing software (Audacity and Ardour are recommended), and install it on your computer.
Step 4: Make a test recording in your editing software. Look for the big, red “Record” button.
Step 5: Export your test recording to your computer's desktop in a standard format: mp3, wav, aiff, and wma, for example.
Step 6: Record and export your final product.
Step 7: Upload your finished product to FreshBrain using the submit button below.
Step 8: (Optional) Create a ringtone for your phone using http://www.phonezoo.com
Register and create an account, upload your audio file, and then use the simple editor to create your ringtone.
For more information and help, check out the Digging Deeper page.