The_Pro_Dad this week releases a new audio story elaborating on screen time and how much screen time is too much? The idea of this audio story is to bring awareness to the effects of screen time in children. Parents regularly discuss the topic of how much screen time is too much on social media, and I have become curious about the topic. My daughter is almost two, and we allow her to watch shows like Word Party or Mother Goose Club, both available on Netflix. The_Pro_Dad blog is an idea to help others learn parenting and life hacks while I reflect on new adventures as a father, husband, LLC owner, & student. Below is an explanation of changes in the audio story from last weeks post.
To save time and stay organized, I used the saved .logicx file from Week 9: Audio Draft. This week I created a new introduction audio track to explain to the listener that this audio story is a summary regarding screen time. I listened to Week 9: Audio Draft (last weeks blog post) and reviewed my peer comments. While listening to last weeks posted draft, I noticed the audio editing is a little choppy, and the transitions between articles are confusing. I decided for this final draft I needed to re-record each article summary. I believe the audio story now has smooth transitions and the tone of voice is consistent.
To enhance the listening experience, I added new music tracks, autotune singing tracks, and sound effects adding production value throughout the audio story clip. Based on reviews from my peers at WSU I searched for child sound samples available in the Apple Logic X library. I was able to find children cheering and booing (a theme is the effects of screentime in children), so I created an individual track for each. The definition of cheering as presented in the audio story is used to represent anytime the idea of children watching screen time is positive. The multitrack with the children booing is audible when reasons to avoid screen time or negative thoughts are distinct in the article summaries. An additional multitrack was created to fade out the intro music tracks including Happy Hour House Beat music samples available again in the Logic X library.
The music audio samples are flex edited to match to a 120 bpm multitrack so that the musical transitions are smooth. The last music track is a free flow auto-tune singing track for fun. Every time the phrase “screen time” is presented in the audio story you can hear a faint auto-tuned “screen time” vocal track in the background. Just for fun, but I kept it in the final mixdown :).
For the final touches, I inserted additional audio tracks for the sound of keyboard typing and mouse clicking. These audio tracks are meant to add production value and remind the listener that this audio story is an internet summary of articles related to how much screen time is too much screen time? As the listener will notice in the audio story, not many scientific references exist regarding the long-term effects of TV, tablet, and phone use, and most internet sources are repetitive and dubious in content.
As mentioned in last weeks post (and below), I used a Shure SM57 microphone in logic X because I found it reduces white noise and all my equipment is compatible with Logic X. My iPhone X was the second best option in capturing audio for those looking to record for cheap. Fade effects and the final mixdown was created using Adobe Audition CC 2019.
The only original audio still included from the Week 9: Draft Audio Story is the conclusion and the drum sample. The master file now has over 12 new audio tracks on top of the existing multi-tracks from last week. For large files like .logicx files, I save two backup copies on external hard drives. I now have Adobe Audition and .logicx files saved for future projects as well. Enjoy the new audio clip, and if you have any insight or articles related to the topic, please feel free to comment!
Below is an outline of the process involved in creating this Soundcloud audio clip. The tools involved in creating this draft include:
MacBook Pro 2018 https://www.apple.com/us/search/macbook-pro?src=globalnav
Logic Pro X https://www.apple.com/logic-pro/
Adobe Audition https://www.adobe.com/products/audition.html
Shure SM57 Microphone http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/sm/sm57-instrument-microphone
Presonus Audiobox 2 https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBoxiTwo–presonus-audiobox-itwo-usb-audio-interface
Step 1: Open saved .logicx from Week 9 Draft Audio Story (https://the-pro-dad.com/week-9-draft-audio-story/). Gather audio samples (children laughing, children booing, house music track). Create additional multitrack for easy placement and edit of each new audio sample.
Step 2: Re-record topic introduction, re-record internet article summaries (sources below).
Step 3: Edit internet summaries to 1-3 minute time limit in Apple Logic X. Shortcuts: Command + t = cut track, Command j = join tracks, Command + c = copy, Command + v = paste.
Step 4: Place new audio samples appropriately behind the main vocal track. New audio samples include multitracks for cheering, booing, autotune synth vocal track, house music track, drum track, outro edm track.
Step 5: Auto tune with Flex Pitch via Logic X
Step 6: Edit with channel plugins EQ & Compressors to optimize multitrack levels before mixdown and additional editing in Adobe Audition.
Step 7: Bounce to mp3 & upload into Adobe Audition multitrack recording. Note: the track was very loud in Audition so I reduced the gain and track volume before creating a new multitrack in Adobe Audition.
Step 8: Create Multitrack and insert fade effects for final mix down.
Final Step: Add track to Soundcloud, embed link in blog (see above).