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We’ve come a long way from 8-tracks and albums, cassette tapes and reel to reel recording.  I’d like for you to make an audio timeline similar to the example below.  You can focus on a specific aspect of audio or keep it general, but make sure to go back at least 75 years and go to the present day.  For extra credit, think of what the future has in store for audio.  For example:  MP3’s have been around for nearly 15 years, what will replace the MP3?

Click image below to be taken to the True/False and Vocab form.

Add the definition of the following terms.











Hertz (Hz):



Dynamic Microphone:

Condensor Microphone:


Phantom Power:

Read the article and answer the questions below.

1. How much was Lady Gaga paid by Spotify?

2. How many streams did Lady Gaga generate on Spotify?

3. How many artists does Basca represent?

4. What is Basca?

5. Who is the chariman of Basca?

6. Does Spotify disclose its payouts publicly?

Use the following website to answer the questions below.

1) What is the Digital Economy Act?

2) How many self pressed CD’s would an artist need to sell to earn a monthly minimum wage of $1,160?

3) How many audio streams are needed on Spotify for an artist to earn the same minimum wage amount?

4) What does it mean to have a “self-pressed” CD?

5) How many audio streams are needed on for an artist to earn the same minimum wage amount?

6) How do you listen to new music?

7) What website do you use to listen to new music?

8)How many audio streams are needed on Rhapsody for an artist to earn the same minimum wage amount

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Click the image below and answer the questions found on the page.  All answers can be found in Chapter 13 of your Audio in Media textbook.  Click on “Leave a Comment” to submit your work/answers.

The syncopated rhythms of dubstep are no longer the exclusive preserve of underground producers – they’ve been adopted by other genres and made their way into the mainstream.  Open up the Reason program and follow the steps below.


Step 1: The first thing you need to do when creating a dubstep beat is get your hands on some drum sounds! For a unique vibe, you can source each hit individually, but to keep things simple, we’re going to use Redrum’s preset Hip Hop Kit 03 here. Set Reason’s Tempo to 140bpm.


Step 2: Create a Mixer and connect each of the drum outputs individually. This enables you to process each one separately, which is useful if you want to apply EQ or reverb to a particular sound but not the whole mix.


Step 3: Using Redrum’s step sequencer, start by programming a kick drum rhythm. Place triggers on the first, fourth and ninth steps of the step sequencer. Currently the kick is a little long for our needs, so turn down the Length knob as we have here.


Step 4: Next, we need a snare. The Hip Hop 03 kit has snares loaded into sample slots 3 and 7. Individually they’re OK, but they’re better together, so trigger them both on the 13th step. The snare in slot 7 is a bit long, though, so reduce its Length.


Step 5: Hi-hats are up next. Select slot 8 and trigger it on steps 3, 6, 11 and 15, and turn down its Length control, as shown. Also, trigger slot 9 on step 14 to create a bit of hi-hat interplay at the end of the bar.


Step 6: For the final touch, select slot 4 and put a trigger on step 16. This thin little snare gives a bit more of a skippy feel at the end of the bar. We now have a basic beat, but it’s not terribly funky at the moment. Activate Reason’s Shuffle by pressing that button on Redrum.


Step 7: Let’s tailor the drum sounds a little further. Put a PEQ-2 in between Redrum slot 1’s output and the Mixer. Adjust the first band to Freq 0, Gain -8, then activate the second band and set it to Freq 16, Gain 14. This cuts out some of the really low frequencies where we want the sub bass to be, yet boosts the frequencies in the 80–100Hz region.


Step 8: To give some of the snare hits extra emphasis, let’s use a reverb. Right-click the Mixer and select Create»RV7000 Advanced Reverb. Load the DRM AMS SnrPlate preset. Turn the Decay to around 3 o’clock and use the Aux1 level on channel 3 in the Mixer to apply reverb only to certain snare hits.


Step 9: To automate this, right-click the Mixer and select Create Track for Mixer 1. Hit record on the transport bar to capture your movement of the Aux1 knob. To get the pattern into the sequencer, select the Redrum track in the Mixer, then right-click Redrum and select Copy Pattern to Track. Now just deactivate Enable Pattern Selection.

Check out some of the best inventions in 2012 (26 are mentioned) and pick 5 of your favorite inventions.  Leave a comment with your picks and a reason why you like them.

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Click the images below to read the articles and answer the questions below.


1) What is the name of the Festival mentioned in the article?
2) Who created this festival?
3) Where is the festival held?
4) How often is the festival held?
5) How many bands and dj’s performed at the festival?
6) How many stages were setup at the festival?
7) Who was quoted in the article?
8) What band was interviewed in the article?
9) What time did the festival begin and end?
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