One of my (unmentioned) goals for 2018 is to bring back my previous love before I ended up in web development: radio broadcasting and sound recording. Let me share you a little bit of my pre-web dev history.
I started college in the mid-’90s, and initially, my first college major was English because I loved writing. However, around that time, I discovered the media, TV broadcasting, news reporting, radio broadcasting, etc. I got more into the radio industry than the TV industry because I realized that I love music more than the screen. I eventually changed my major to Mass Communications, with the option of radio broadcasting. I took classes in broadcasting altogether, the theories and concepts of the media, I also worked in an internship as a music coordinator, listening several sample CDs of music sent directly from recording companies, from major companies to independent labels, organizing and re-organizing all the music for student-based radio shows. I was more of a behind-the-scenes gal than the one who’s on air, even though I had to do some radio show projects myself as a DJ as part of my undergrad thesis.
One thing that dreaded me back in those days was the editing part. The equipment used was so complicated, you had to be super-precise with the sound clips, the timing of it all, everything. Back in those days, computers were not used to edit sound clips, so you can imagine how difficult and time consuming it was to edit all of that before it gets aired through our college-based radio station. I remembered staying up all night just to edit, and I remembered how much my parents (especially Mom) worried so much about me because I’ve been staying out late at night just for the editing. Now, it would have been easier if I had the proper equipment at home, but you know, I was just a student then.
Today, audio recording and editing are a lot easier now with computers and awesome software like Audacity and Adobe Audition. Because I have a subscription with Adobe (for Photoshop and Illustrator), I decided to take advantage of this and download Adobe Audition instead. I’ve used Audacity before, but it was more for mp3 extraction from YouTube for rare music no longer sold in stores (or online for that matter), edit it using the program, and make that tune part of my personal music collection. This time though, I’ll be using Adobe Audition instead. I would have to take some time to learn it though.
Possible future podcast?
Maybe. I think it’d be more of me being conceited by doing some random sound clips or even record myself singing some song. I haven’t really thought of it just yet. I still have yet to research how I’m going to host a podcast with the proper tools and equipment (besides my laptop, my new mic, my filter, my (bluetooth) headphones, and Adobe Audition). I would need a player or a (WordPress) plugin to host those clips.1 Along with that, I need to search around for (really free or cheap) royalty-free music for the background.
Remember, if it’s one thing that I’ve learned from theory and practice classes back in college, it’s the avoidance of using copyrighted music, even just a few seconds of it. I wish I could create my own music but aside from singing, I really don’t have a creative musical aptitude.
Anyway, to cut this really short entry, here’s a test clip of me recording my voice through Adobe Audition. It needs work, it’s freestyle, so that’s why there’s a lot of pauses in between.
Till next time!
- Never host any audio clips on your web server, people! [↩]