The music is too loud

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I honestly felt that this would be really simple, but as I looked through Audacity, I was in the biggest stump ever. I don’t know how to edit audio at all. Before attempting this, I thought to myself, “You can do this, it shouldn’t be so hard.” I was so wrong. And this was my first assignment for the week, so I already started freaking out about whether I could actually accomplish what I need to do. What a great start to the week, am I right?

I used Audacity in high school because my French teacher graded us on assignments we did through the program, so I understood the very basic knowledge of the program. However, when it comes to actual editing… I became stumped right away. I didn’t know what to do. I played with so many effects: limits, low-pass filter, bass and treble, etc. I just couldn’t get what I wanted. After two hours of not being able to figure out what I needed to do, I sought help from my amazing and talented suite-mate. I just didn’t think my edited clip was good enough.

When she came back from class, she said my audio clip isn’t horrible. That I actually did really good for someone who didn’t know what they were doing. That warmed my soul.

Then, she played the original song in her room, blasted it, and closed the door. I figured the bass would be a lot higher than the treble, but in fact they were roughly at the same sound level. That actually made me feel a lot better, because I couldn’t figure out how to make the bass much more higher than the treble without the bass practically blowing my speakers out.

When we listened back to my original edited clip, I realized how similar it was to real life. It’s not perfect, but really near to what it sounded like when we played it through our speakers. I felt proud of myself, though I had no clue how exactly I did it. I just know that I used low-pass filter and edited the bass and treble off Audacity.

The original song sounded like this:

Sky High by Elektronomia

And after many tears and confused screams, this is my final result:

The Edited Version of Sky High by Elektronomia

It’s 1 am, and you’re laying in bed, looking at the ceiling in frustration. It’s supposed to be quiet hours, and while you’re trying to go to sleep, you can’t because of your lovely neighbors and their partying. You start to think to yourself, “How long until my suffering ends… but I can’t deny, this is a good song.” as you tap your feet along with the song.

Description: “This media assignment has two parts. First, edit a song to sound like it is playing from another room. The audio should sound muffled and the bass should be prominent. Here is an example of this effect and here is a tutorial on how to do this. The second part of this assignment is to write a weirdly specific description of your song. Here is an example of a description.”

3 Replies to “The music is too loud”

  1. I definitely feel your frustration with trying to figure out what effect does what in Audacity! It’s difficult to pick something up in a week. I feel like if I had more time to watch tutorials, I could have done more than just the basics.

    And I think you did a good job in capturing the sounds of a party that’s still going on at 1 am down the hall. Back when I lived in the dorms, the music that always played from some other room was 311. Songs like, “All Mixed Up” would be playing on a loop, every single week. I laid awake many a night in sleep-deprived frustration.

    1. Oh god, I totally get how that feels! One of the worst things to deal with is students being loud when you’re trying to go to bed, happens every weekend in my dorm! And thank you! I tried so hard 🙁

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