Audio Story Project Final

For my Audio Story I decided to stick close to the Off-Roading theme of my topic, so I interviewed my close friend who owns a car, which I’ve featured in my projects in the past. Besides the interview, I also included clips of both his car starting and revving, and him driving away, which I used as a way to add depth to my story.

To start, I knew I wanted to conduct some sort of interview about cars for my audio story, because it fit well with my unit topic. In my interview with my friend, I asked him a few simple questions about his car such as how many miles he had put on it since owning it, and his favorite trip he had taken in it. To add more depth to my story, I decided to go out to record some audio clips of his car to be featured in the interview. Besides the sounds of his car, I knew I wanted music to fill the empty space in the interview, so I went online and found a free-to-use song to put in the background. After collecting all my source materials, I brought them into Adobe Audition to combine everything.

The sound of the car starting and revving is the first thing heard in my story, then followed by the quiet background music, and then into the start of my interview. All of these have fades in and out of the beginning of each, in order to create a smooth flowing experience. The background music has been lowered significantly from its original level, that way the sound of the music doesn’t overpower the sound of the interview. At the end of my story, the interview ends, and the sound of my friends car is heard as the music and the car noise fades away.

My original draft of my audio story was similar to the final, but the final flows significantly smoother than my draft. Prior to editing it for the final, my interview was filled with a few spots where I stuttered, so I spliced them out and adjusted the audio accordingly. I also lowered the levels of my background music a bit more, and raised parts of the audio in the interview where my voice was quieter.

Overall I’m very satisfied with my audio project. I was initially unsure about what I was planning on doing for an audio project on cars, but thankfully my friend knows plenty for an interview on that subject.

Link to song used in background: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=usuan1100570

Draft Audio Story

For my Audio Project I decided to stick with the off-roading theme of my unit topic, so I interviewed my close friend who owns a car which had been featured in my projects previously. Besides the interview, I also included an audio clip of his car, and music in the background to add space to the interview.

To begin my project I knew I wanted to interview my friends and ask him some basic questions about his car. Nothing too crazy, but a few simple ones such as how many miles he had put on his car since owning it, and his favorite trip he had taken in it. Besides the interview with my friend, the only other thing I could think of to add to this project was the sound of his exhaust when his engine is running. In order to get this audio, he loaned me his keys, I went out and set my phone on a curb next to his tailpipe, and collected my audio as needed. The sound of his car at the beginning of the interview adds to the overall experience by giving the listener a better idea of what he is talking about in his interview. To finish my draft I added a free-to-use song I downloaded off the interview, and put that in the background.

In order to put this all together in Audition, I started with the intro of his car turning on and revving. Nothing had to be adjusted here besides shortening the clip down a little. From there I added the actual interview itself, and nothing had to be changed on that. When adding my music, I initially had the audio levels too high in my first version, to the point where the interview was hard to hear at times. My final product involved placing the revving of the car at the beginning, and then cross-fading the idling of the engine into the start of the interview. During this transition on a separate track, the background audio begins and gradually fades into a quiet background track that is not distracting, but adds to the experience.

Overall my experience with Adobe Audition was pleasant, and I did not run into any major snags when it came to understanding the tools of the program. I felt like my interview with my friend provided a good amount of information on his car, and combining it with the sound of his car was a good way to create a deeper experience with this interview.

Link to song used in background: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=usuan1100570

 

 

Logo Project: Final

logo_final

This, is my completed logo that I designed for Unit 2.

Considering my course subject I chose was off-roading, I wanted to design a logo that would really emphasize on that. To begin, I knew I wanted my car to be part of my logo, so I used that as my background for my text. For the text I knew I wanted something rugged so it would keep with the style, and I came up with the idea for making a tire and using that for the ‘O’ in off-road. But most of all, I wanted to keep my logo very minimalistic, and I feel like I have done that well.

Bringing my logo to life in Illustrator was difficult. The first issue I had was using my car as the background, since everything in Illustrator is based on vectors rather than images. This required me to pull the image I had saved from Photoshop during the Photoshop assignment, and bring it into Illustrator. Once my cutout of my car was in Illustrator, using the trace image tool I was able to transform that cutout into a vector, and then from there I put a black color overlay over the entire image. To create my text, I began with the task of creating a tire. After a few Google searches I came across a nice tutorial on how to create a tire vector in Illustrator, and I used that to create my tire. I did not however follow this tutorial step-by-step, because if I would have then my tire would have had a 3-D effect to it that I didn’t want because I wanted to keep my logo very minimalistic. Therefore, I followed the tutorial on how to make the tread of the tire, but the rest of it was mostly me experimenting in Illustrator. The rest of the text was easier, but a lot of thought went into it as well. I wanted the text that said “Off Road” to have a very rugged feel to it, but I wanted the text that said “Nation” to be a bit cleaner. I ended up using the font “Quick Toy” for the off-road text, and the font “Fly n Walk” for the rest of it.

Reading the feedback I received from my peers, I  was able to determine it needed color, and something else needed to be added besides the car. I came up with the idea of adding a circle around everything to bring it all together. I did this using the ellipse tool, and I just added a black stroke to the circle. I chose the red/maroon color because it is the color of my car, and it contrasts well with the black.

Link to the tutorial I used for the tire: https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-detailed-3d-vector-tire-in-illustrator–vector-2144

Link to the fonts I used:

Quick Toy: http://www.dafont.com/quick-toy.font

Fly n Walk: http://www.dafont.com/fly-n-walk.font