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MULTM 130: Intro to Digital Audio
Diablo Valley College
Spring 2001


Well, my class project was a sonic story called: Caffeine FX.
But, now, story wise, it has turned into a different animal because the star narrator for my project, Ted, wanted to tell a different story, one that is funny, poignant and sadly, true. This is a narrative about the rise and fall of a little donut shop in his neighborhood called Donut Time. A little political economy essay for you. My recording of the coffee making serves as the backdrop for this story. I also just produced this as my first MP3 file for you to download so I hope you'll enjoy checking out this final project for Multimedia 130. It has been a great learning experience for me and I wish to thank my Instructor, Tim White, for his guidance. If you're interested in knowing specifics about the recording equipment, software and how I made this MP3 file then read my DonutTime Production Notes. The MP3 file is called "DonutTime.mp3" and is 5.2 MB in size. Listening time is 5:33.

Download DonutTime.mp3 (5.2MB)


Class Lecture Notes:


Lecture on Wednesday January 17, 2001 (PDF 347 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday January 24, 2001 (PDF 333 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday January 31, 2001 (PDF 582 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday February 7, 2001 (PDF 160 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday February 14, 2001 (PDF 53 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday February 21, 2001 (PDF 130 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday February 28, 2001 (PDF 189 KB)

Lecture on Wednesday March 7, 2001 (PDF 116 KB)


Info about class notes production.


Class Homework Schedule
Date Assign # Due Date Description
1/17/01 1 1/24/01 Process effect tutor1.wav. Keep changing sound file, watch effects and make it completely different. Learn effects and processes menus. Can affect part of file.
1/24/01 2 1/31/01 PART 1: Write out an idea for a sonic story for your class project. Change, taking someone somewhere. Consider presentation - web page? CD? mp3? video for film? voice? ambient music?
PART 2: Collect sounds for this project. Put all into folder with name and drop into drop folder.
1/31/01 3 2/7/01 Take a sound file, make several copies (at least 4) and do one process to each file. Delay, compression, etc. Do at least four processes. Save as AIFF, 44.1 K, 16 bit.
2/7/01 4 2/14/01 Create a sound file by mixing sounds. Can use Sound Forge, but please try using Pro Tools by Digidesign. Pro Tools has: 1. multi track audio capabilities. 2. non-destructive editing, which Sound Forge doesn't have. Please try to download free copy for own use, or obtain copy from Materials folder.
2/14/01 5 2/21/01 Do a rough draft of your project in any way you can.
2/21/01 projects 2/28/01 Continue to work on your project and bring in new version to class. Since file sizes are getting very big, please burn them onto CD-R or CD-RW to turn in. Please save sound files as AIFF format and burn them onto CD as data files, not as audio files, though audio files are ok. Final projects must be turned in as audio CD's.
2/28/01 projects 3/7/01 Continue to refine your projects. Bring to class new version with improvements from our class discussions.
3/7/01 projects 3/14/01 Last class meeting, projects due. Please turn in as an audio CD.


Class notes info: I scanned in each page at 100 DPI gray scale, reduced each to 72 DPI and converted to 8 bit gray scale .gif in Photoshop. Then, I converted each .gif to .pdf in Adobe Acrobat and put them together into a single PDF "booklet". Since these are graphic images, converting them to .gif formatting is critical to keeping the files as small as possible. I should mention that I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents nor the clarity of my handwriting, but I'll do my best.
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