Mix Tape

Burning CDs and Using Audacity to Create Individual Tracks:


Option B / Digital Mix Tape with Original Artwork

Create a 45-90 minute audio mix using Audacity (or other software - get approval from your teacher first). Consider first what “kind” of mix tape you might make - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixtape#Types_of_mixtapes  Make sure that your mix tape has some thought put into what the music is, how you go from track to track. Perhaps include other elements like some sound effects, spoken word, etc.

Then design a CD jewel case artwork for the mix using original photography, found images processed in Photoshop and/or Illustrator. Include the name of the mix in the artwork and your name. On the inside cover include a track list (with the edit  times that indicate where effects and mixes were made). Burn your final mix onto CD and include the artwork on the CD case. 

Use this JPG as a the template for your design. Right click and save it to your computer. Then place it in the bottom layer of your Photoshop or Illustrator document.

Alternatively create the artwork and post the mix to a Mixcloud or Mixcrate - see http://bit.ly/ghbrOY. Customize the page a include a bio. For this project do NOT include your real name anywhere on your mix when posting online.

Include a ½-1 page overview of how you made the mix and how you created the artwork. Place the CD (screen shots of the your online version) and artwork on a poster.

Final Product: Digital Mix Tape all with original artwork and track listing. Mix finished as a CD or online mix. Please also drop off the Audacity file and data folder so I can see your work. Presented to class as a poster. Include a work log and the 1/2-1 page overview.

Please bring a USB thumbdrive or harddrive to keep your mix on - it will NOT fit on your H drive.

Work Log

In addition to the things outline above all project will also hand in a work log outlining what was done during each class. This will be counted towards your project planning mark.

Final Presentations

Presentations will take place January 16-21. Presentations will include a poster OR you can use the projector to present other media. Presentations will be approx. 3-5 minutes long and will be evaluated by your teacher and the class.

You are responsible for being in class to evaluate all of your classmates presentations.

Mixtape Rubric

Total number of editsOnly a few editsLess then 5 edits.At least 5-7 edits made.Project includes at least 8 or more edits.
Use of EffectsNo effects presentOnly one effect used or effects not used very well.2-3 effects used that work well.Additional effects used. Effects used work very well with music / audio.
LabelingTracks not labelledTracks partially labelledMost tracks labelled.All tracks labelled
Editing - AccuracyVery poor editing with gaps and other problems.Poor use of envelope and timing.Good use of envelope tool and timing.Excellent use of envelope tool and timing.
Overall MixIndividual recording levels far too low or clipping.Individual recording levels poor, no clipping.Individual recording levels acceptable.Optimal recoding levels with no clipping
TimeMore then 10 seconds offMore then 5 seconds off2:55 - 3:05 minexactly 3:00 min