With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates multimedia opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many new venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using their own recordings. We will begin with the basics of recording and end by learning to edit sound using Hindenburg digital editing software. (18 hours/Beginning)
is a folklorist living in Chapel Hill. He was chief audio engineer for the Austin Music Network before continuing his studies in folklore at UNC–Chapel Hill. Since 2002, Smithers has worked as an engineer and archivist on numerous digitization projects at the Southern Folklife Collection, and currently serves as assistant to the curator. He is the music editor for
the journal for the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC.
Students must provide their own recorder (preferably digital), headphones, and microphone. They will also need to provide an external digital storage device (external hard drive or flash drive) to save their work. Students should have this equipment when the class begins.
A $10 materials fee is due at the first class. A lab fee of $100 is included in the tuition and is valid for the duration of the class.
Students must provide their own recorder (preferably digital), headphones, and microphones. They will also need to provide a FireWire external storage device. Students should have this equipment when the class begins.