First Audio Assignment: Hans Gruber’s Voicemail

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For my first audio assignment I chose to do Movie Voice Machines for 3 stars.  At first I thought audio assignments would be simpler and less time consuming than design, but I could not have been more wrong.  Turns out it’s really hard to take clips from things and make them sound natural in a different environment.  After quite a bit of tweaking I managed to make them blend enough that audio discrepancies were no longer a huge distraction.  The key to doing this was including background music.  I underestimated its power, but I will not make that mistake again.

Getting the sound clips themselves was not very challenging.  I found some using this site, which has quotes from quite a few movies.  I didn’t want to be limited to famous quotes though, so I downloaded some relevant YouTube videos using realplayer and converted them to .WAV files (also using realplayer).  I then broke the tracks down into individual Gruber lines, deleting much of the useless non-Gruber stuff in the process.  This made it easier to see what I had to work with.  After some deliberating over which lines to use, I settled on the voicemail-y ones present in the final product.

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