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The Despicables: A critique

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Since I was on RoadTrip Radio, we had to critique The Despicables:
  • Quality of audio sound  -e.g. is the volume appropriate? are the levels even? Is the sound clear, and free of noises not needed (e.g. mouse clicks, background)?

The levels of sound in the beginning were a bit uneven. I kept having to change my volume levels throughout to try and compensate for the unevenness. Sometimes the background noises (effects) were a bit overwhelming and overtook the voices.

  • Quality of audio editing – use of effects, transitions, are the edits clean?
I really enjoyed the Halloween effects and spooky music used for a “caller calling in”.  The transitions they used were music playing and I thought it was really effective. I knew when they were going to switch over. They also had the hosts say that they were switching hosts. The last transition (after Thriller) was a bit confusing. I had thought the show was over and then someone started interviewing again.
  • Use of sound effects- how are they used? Is it effective?
The sound effects fit into the story, however sometimes the volume of them overtook the speaker or you couldn’t hear them. They were used randomly throughout the show, but I think they were in effective place to give the show a bit of drama.
  • Use of music- how is it used? Is it effective or distracting?
Since this is a radio show, they did play some music just simply as music (not necessarily a transition) which I really enjoyed. It was Halloween music too so it fit nicely into the show.
  • Does the show have a structure? Is it cohesive or does it feel stitched together?
There is a structure to the show with hosts having listeners call in and discuss fall events and then play music. They did a really good job of structuring the show off of a morning type radio show. I do feel it was a bit broken up. It seems they had different members of the group interview different people and the sounds were different which kind of broke the show up.
  • Does it tell a story effectively? Is there a sense of drama, unknown?’
It was a mix of stories from different people about Halloween, however I feel it lacked a bit of drama. The hosts were not very enthusiastic. However, some of the stories were really funny and interesting!
  • If you would star this radio show, how many stars out of five would you give to the show?
I would give the show a 3.5/5 for the uneven volume and the transition mishap at the end. I really enjoyed listening to the stories and I thought transitions were used very well. I also really liked how they played actual songs like it was actually on the radio. Overall a very good job on creating the radio show!
P.S. No hard feelings to anyone! This is supposed to be constructive criticism!

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