For my first audio assignment, I chose to do the “Instrumental VS Vocals” prompt. Now that I finished it, it was a bit difficult for my first assignment… Perhaps I should have picked a simple one first. Nonetheless, here it is!
There was a time at school, where I would pick a handful of songs and I would listen to them, every day, on repeat. I listened to them to the point where I almost disliked them. If I were to listen to those songs today, I would just get a flashback of me overplaying it. Now I know not to do that!
While working on this assignment, it reminded me of that story. I was working on figuring things out and how to work the audio software for a while. It almost made me get tired of the songs. But I am super glad that it didn’t take so long that I hated the songs, phew!
For the instrumental, I picked The Weekend, by SZA.
For the vocals, I used Daniel Ceasar’s A Cappella.
First I converted the songs I found on YouTube to audio files using this website.
To start, I used the Audacity app.
The audio file for the instrumental was much longer than the file for the vocals. So I had to edit and cut the end portion of the file, which I was not using.
To make the mashup sound more pleasant, I made the instrumental a lot quieter. To do this, I clicked Effect – Amplify, to adjust the volume.
Unfortunately, I could not get LAME mp3 Encoder, because my computer for some reason would not download it. I had to export the edited file, normally, as a WAV file instead of MP3. Then, I had to download another program, called WavePad.
In Wave, I opened my WAV audio file into the programmed, made no changes, then saved it as an MP3 format.
It might not be the greatest mashup ever made, but hey, I think it’s pretty alright for my first audio project.