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Write a script for a 30 second radio commercial. The commercial will be an ad  for a product you choose from the topic list below. The audio file will be created in Protools and exported as an .mp3 to your desktop folder.  Make sure your product brand is clear and that people feel compelled to buy it. The commercial should be professional and appropriate for ages 4-94. These are the things you must accomplish in your commercial.

Tips for Advertising:

• The purpose of a radio commercial is to get listeners to do something.
• Keep it simple.
• Draw the listener into your commercial.
• Make it sound real

Products/Services to choose from: (choose one of the following, or make up your own)

1) Chapala Market (needs new customers)
2) Taco Riendo (new taco spot, needs to let people know about it)
3) Haircuts by Oraida (new barbershop/beauty salon, needs new customers)
4) Pro Wings (shoe company needs new customers)
5) Butterscotch (female singer releasing new album, needs to let people know about it)

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Find the definition of the following terms.

1) What is a Codec?
2) What is compression ratio?
3) What is Lossy/Lossless?
4) What is Bit Rate?
5) What is VBR?
6) What is CBR?
7) What is Sample Rate/Bit Depth?
8) What is Dynamic Range?
9)  What is DCT?
10) What is ID3?
11) Name 5 major Audio Formats and define each one.

Match the following keyboard shortcuts with the given output.  Example:

1. Command O = W. open file

A. take picture of entire screen (saves on desktop as “Picture #”
B. take picture of rectangular area of screen that you define
C. undo last operation
D. select all
E. copy selection
F. cut selection
G. quit an application
H. save a document (over previous version)
I. cancel whatever process is happening
J. force-quit an unresponsive application
K. warm reboot a frozen computer
L. paste selection
M. duplicate selected item
N. close all open windows
O. make a new window in application
P. open the file finder application
Q. close currently active window
R. make a new finder window
S. make a new folder
T. get information
U. cycle to next running application
V. open Mac help
W. open a file

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Name the different parts of your Macintosh Desktop.  Use the words below to fill in the blanks, 1-20.  Click “Leave a Comment” to submit your answers.

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