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Paul Walker Bipolar Side

So for my final project I did a short trailer with Paul Walker.  And took some clips from the second film  Fast and Furious. I take some clips where Paul was acting either serious or very funny. In put them together and made as the movie was him being bipolar throughout the whole way.

My favorite part was adding the voices. I ask my cousin Carlos , to do the voices with deep voice. Which  I found very hilarious since we always doing these silly voices. And I incorporated them into the scenes  where they have titled in them. I also added a car tires squealing into one of the scenes, where i gotten my sound from Soundbible. I also added a child screaming in of the part of the trailer, which i also gotten it from Soundbible.

I wanted my trailer to be short and funny and gets to the point. And I had a choice to added another character but I felt like Walker , had many funny scenes in the movies without even trying to be funny. Which it come out naturally. And I focus more on the sounds then they clips because I wanted to show that I had learned something in this class.    Which it wasn’t so focusing on the trailer just the sound.since I have not yet taken a course on moving pictures. So i wouldn’t have much knowledge on making a good trailer .

What I learned from doing this project time is the key when you are adding any sound to any film. If you don’t have nail down with the moving picture or is off by inch it throws out the whole scene off. Which sound is the main course for making your project come to live . I also learn that you could control the volume, while you have it embed into your project . Also what i learn from re-doing the project again was volume is the key point.

This is the first video i did


This is the second one I made with all the comments i was giving.

List of the voices

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On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker passed away from speed , just like his movie Fast and Furious. above his one of his quote  and the aftermath of the accident he was in. R.I.P Paul Walker

Quote “If one day the speed would kill me, don’t cry for me. Because I was smiling”


Final Audio Project: The Hit

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For my audio project, I decided to do a mix up with a bunch of sounds that I got from both YouTube and freesound, and make a story out of them. The program I used to attempt this was Pro Tools 10. I do not know how I came up with the idea. A friend of mine was watching The Untouchables, and just thought of the idea of me working for Al Capone.

The Plot: A hitman is hired to kill a wealthy man, to cut off the court case put towards Al Capone (The man who orders the hit). He is to kill this man, show proof, then flee the scene, ensuring no witnesses. I plan to work more on this to where he blows up the house, drives away, then get killed by a different hitman who was hired by the same Al Capone, because he was serious when he said “No Witnesses”. Should be fun. Anyway enjoy!

I loved working on this. This project gave me a better understanding with Pro Tools  and really helped me connect with the creative side of me. I was able to use sounds that was totally unrelated and combine them into a story. My end results of the project is great, to me, but want to work on it more. Got a lot of positive feedback, and I plan to continue mixing.

Sound Links: assembling gun,  Aggressive DogDog cry ,Rainwalking on grass, car pulling off,  car pulling over, gate, sidewalk, radio show, marimba, car door, chains, reload, maid, shower, snap photo

Individual Project Update

My latest update on my sound project involves either a segment or a holiday mix of the best moments in my show along with an intro music. Now the holiday mix with the best moments will probably be top 5 or some bites and trying to make the bites rhythm so it will make sense with the music. It is kind of tough but it is still a work in progress . Here a link of something I would want to do and with sample this theme into my show.

I will put up my other back up project if this one doesn’t go based on the difficulties in another post.


Richard’s Plane Crazy 3:45-4:15 Breakdown

I believe I have a really fun part in this ensemble.  My part is dealing with the sound of the air, a plane propeller and a crazy up and downish sounding clip.

This is an updated message.  By looking at others posts, I see I didn’t do an actual step by step sound play like they did.  I actually believe mine will work better once I start putting the sounds I mention into the film and play around with them.  But that’s just me..

My  section is 3:45-4:15

1.   3:45-3:48 is a Squeaky turning of a wheel a propeller and the woosh of air.

2.  3:48-3:51 is the Propeller, the air and a stretching rubbery sound with the                                    breaking or cracking of a stick

3.  3:51-3:54 is an oncoming truck with the boinking or plucking of eyes with the                              propeller and the air whooshing or whipping past

4.  3:54-3:57 is a swerving and or dodging sound with wooshes and propeller

5.  3:57-4:00  is still swerving & dodging sound with gasps with an oncoming truck                           sound

6.  4:00-4:03 is Propeller with swerving and screaming with a sputtering sound

7.  4:03-4:07 the propeller with an up and down whistle and “Woahh” sounds

8.  4:07-4:10 still up and down sound and “Woahhs”……..with Propeller.

9.  4:10-4:13  Plane falling or dropping and sputtering with propeller of course

10. 4:13-4:15  Plane dropping and rising and bending or squenching of church.


This Project is really going to be lots of fun for me.  I happen to love putting and adding animations and being able to express my creativity with trial and error.

All of my effects will come from the following site.

These are Real Life Sounds I used


The following were Cartoon sounds that were used











My Walking thru an Airport hanger

This clip I recorded using my Zoom H2n recorder on an XY mode.  I used the internal microphones and decided to walk through a small airport hanger which had two sets of doors leading to the outside.  In all it was a 30 to 50 second trip.  You’ll hear the difference in the song while in between the sliding doors and in the middle of the hanger and finally outside. After constant and great success with getting to know Audacity more and more I’m able to put effects in certain spots by increasing and decreasing levels slowly.  I used reverb to show the difference in perspectives.

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Kicking someone through the wall

For the sound mixing that I used from to create as my own is from the movie Enter the Dragon along with the impact sounds and the rocks crumbing sounds from YouTube. I use the audacity to combine the three recordings and place the rock crumbing sound after Bruce Lee kicks the opponent away, making it sounds like the opponent is being kicked through the wall.

I record the sound from the scene where Bruce Lee starts to kick the opponent from 1 minute and 56 seconds to 2 minutes and 7 seconds

I record the impact sounds starting from 7 to 10 seconds then, later continue with the rocks crumbing sounds.

This is the rock crumbing sounds that I used to combine with the other two videos.

My reflection to this assignment is that I find it fun and enjoyable to do a mixing sound effects  of what will come out to be like. When hearing back my sound mixing, I can visualize how will the actual scene would be like depending on the sounds that I used on. Also, I think this is very new to me to make or add more sound mixing effects to make the storytelling look more entertaining.

Sound test #2

To further understand how to use the H2n recorder, here is a sound test i did in my kitchen. First, I was washing my hands, then I open the refrigerator to get some water.

I took out a Zoom H2n with an electro voice 635a microphone. when I started recording, I checked my levels and format indicators. When I finished, I realized the input volume was way down, so I took auto gain off and recorded again only to find the same difference. After going through this 2 more times I realized the internal microphones were only ones picking up  sound and that my external mic was not properly working. So, I had to scrap the external mic idea and sing straight into the internal ones.
I chose to record myself singing a gospel song I really love.  My original singer didn’t show up so I took the next step and did it myself.

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This is the pattern I used.

I sung straight into the omin setting Microphone

I sung straight into the omin setting Microphone

I took a shot and also opened it in Audacity to see the difference in the wave forms.

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I recorded in a 4ch setting on the zoom H2n and noticed it gave me two different files; a XY file, and a MS file.  I’ve noticed also that the XY file is more clearer in picking up my actual voice tone.  The MS file picks up more of the bassiness of the room. The sound above is the XY file.


Just as Natural as Breathing

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For this particular recording assignment I will do two recordings; one a discussion and the other narrative sounds. The recording will involve no more than two people for each, one of them being myself. In order to record both the discussion and narrative sounds properly I would have to do some research on how to record a discussion. I would also have to look up microphones used for recording and the best type; handheld vs pin-up (LAV), or a shotgun microphone. Lastly I would need to understand how the setting I choose to record my discussion will affect the sound quality of the recording. After going through my “Recorder Microphone check list” I found it better to have an uncompressed file for richer sounds and a high sample rate to capture all the levels of sound recorded in each. After this aspect of setting up my recording I moved on to a more greater challenge; selecting the microphone type for each recording.

Some of the resources that I will use while investigating proper sound recording techniques, equipment, and settings for my recording will be the internet, some text, and a professional sound engineer. For my text resource I will have to refer to the Audio In Media by Stanley R. Alten textbook. In chapter 15 of Audio In Media entitled Music Production: Miking Music for Digital Recording under the paragraph Isolating the Vocalist Alten writes, “To record as clean as a vocal sound as possible, many studios use a isolation booth to prevent leakage from instruments or acoustics from reaching the vocal mic”. This text will not only help me decide on what mic to use but help me find a good location based on acoustics. I will also refer to both chapter 2 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, chapter 4 Microphones, and lastly chapter 13 Sound Effects in  the Audio In Media textbook. In chapter 13 Sound effects I refereed mainly to the narrative sound and descriptive sound segments along with the defining space portion. The recorder I will use for this recording will be the Tascam DR100 MKII. Based on its functionality and ease of use I feel this will be best for my recording. It also enables me to attach an XLR cable to it for my omni-directional microphone I will use. For the discussion I used an omnidirectional microphone mainly because I wanted to capture all voices in the room clearly. For the narrative sound I used a shotgun cordiod microphone which meant I had to be more directional in my recording process; aim the microphone at the object I wanted to record. The omni-directional microphone has a wider polar pattern and is used mainly for recording like this one. Although this is not the only way to isolate an audio recording it is one useful way I can get a clean interview. With this I found myself looking to the TV studio room to record a clean background sound free discussion.

After googling “how to properly record an discussion” I was led to a site called Videomaker. Within this site I learned about some of the mics best suited to record a small group (I customized the information to fit my discussion recording). The author of this Q & A answers the question he is given about recordind a small group with, ‘I would put an omni in the middle of the group and run an XLR cable to my camcorder.  You can get pro quality sound from a next-to-new Sennheiser ME62 omni with a K6 powering module for $240 on eBay, not a lot more than a $230 VideoMic Pro. With a pro mic with a balanced XLR out put, you can run balanced XLR cable without introducing noise.  You cannot do this with a mic with unbalanced 3.5mm output, like the Rode. The great thing about the Sennheiser is that it is modular.  If you need more directionality, you can get a supercardioid head for as little as $109‘ – brunerww. Although not all of this information was directed to me I did in fact take note to the suggestions for future projects.

As I searched the web for more useful tips and “how to guides” I stumbled upon another site called According to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) list of its states that “most engineers will use a cardioid pattern, which is more sensitive to sounds arriving from the front than from the back and sides, as this avoids capturing much in the way of ambient sound”. I find this very interesting because as I am doing a vocal recording I need to come to a conclusion of what mic type to use. Also this information helped me in my second recording that only contained sounds no vocals.


During this entire recording assignment I was faced with many difficulties. Some of the difficulties I faced while recording was monitoring the levels to the production, choosing the right frequency, and intensity as it related to gain levels. I felt that my knowledge was not as vast as it could have been about the recorded I chose nor the microphone. Although I used the basic principles behind frequency, amplitude, and phase knowing more about the recorder would have helped. Because I used headphones and conducted the recording by myself I was unable to simultaneously adjust the recording as I heard the changes in pitch. Also while I focused more on recording the interview I was forced to keep the levels to a specific setting.



Reflecting on The Quality of the Recording

A list of considerations post recording:


  1. Position/ of the microphone and how it impacted the recording – subject to mic proximity, directionality (based on the polar pattern of the mic), contact noise (brushing, hands, etc.
  2. Setting – unwanted ambient noise (in a music recording hearing other instruments), wind/weather, acoustics of the space (size, shape of the room, indoor/outdoor).
  3. Loudness of the recording is the content you wished to record at an acceptable loudness. This the result of level settings of the recorder, but also 1 and 2. This also includes concerns with distortion (you cause the transducer to fail levels that are too ‘hot’) The recording is peaking the meters.
  4. Mechanical/digital noise – all recording equipment generates noise. In digital recorders noise tends to come from Analog to Digital processors (converting the electronic signal that represents the sound wave into samples and bits)
  5. Not having the right equipment or faulty equipment, forcing alternate plans.
  6. Are you looking at the waveforms with an acurate tool (ie. Audacity and not soundcloud).


  1. Actual words (content from an interview), or sounds (from an atmospheric recording) you hoped to get on tape, but did not.
  2. Do you have access to create the recording you desired. You cannot be both the recording engineer and the subject of a recording easily. Develop opportunities for yourself in which you stand the chance to learn the most.