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  • 1. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 Music, sound and multimedia software supporting sound Compose World Junior (Key Stages F&1&2) Music This core application allows children to create musical compositions from sequences of sounds represented pictorially. It is a very safe environment for experimentation with music and sound. It is also possible to Save the work as a MIDI file (.mid) for playing in other applications such as Textease and Powerpoint. Sound Recorder (Key StagesF&1&2) Sound This core utility found in Accessories allows pupils to connect and use microphones to record voices and sounds to make Wave files (.wav). Sound Recorder records only one track. These files can also be played in applications such as Textease, Kar2ouch, Powerpoint. Children could take these files home to be played in Windows Media Player or Audacity. Textease (Key Stages1&2) Multimedia There is a menu option within Textease that allows for the use of a microphone to create sound which is stored on the Textease page. Kar2ouche (Key Stages 1&2) Multimedia Kar2ouche titles are installed with narrative text audio files and sound effect files included. These can be incorporated into storyboards. It is also possible to connect a microphone enabling children to create their own sounds for their work. Audacity (Key Stage 2) Sound This applications allows for the layering, manipulation and editing of multiple audio sound tracks. A microphone or line in can be used to record the sound. It has a far more sophisticated tool set than Sound recorder. For each sound clip it is possible, among other things, to use the effects menu to fade in and fade out the sound level, add echo, or wahwah and to change pitch and tempo. It is also possible to import .wav and .mp3 files and manipulate them in the same way. Powerpoint (Key Stage 2) This application allows the playing of sound files such as .wav, .mp3 and .wma. Also .avi video clips will play. 1
  • 2. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 FL Studio (Upper Key Stage 2) Music This application is based around the idea of sound loops. It is possible to select different sounding instruments eg. various drum and percussion sounds or guitar sounds etc. and create rhythmic patterns or loops. It is then possible to layer and order various patterns / loops to make a looping song. The ‘Getting started’ activities in the project menu of the program is a good place to get started. Cubase SE (Upper Key Stage 2) Music This application is only available on the Music Stations or the Music Station lite. This program provides progression from Audacity. It not only handles multiple audio tracks but also takes in midi data into midi tracks. These are created linking the Music keyboard to the computer. Sibelius 3 (Upper Key Stage 2) Music This application, available only on Music Stations, allows the creation of a music score. Notes can be entered mechanically onto the stave using the mouse or from the music keyboard using the keys. It is also possible to play in the notes from the music keyboard using the ‘flexitime’ option. The copying and transposing of music is available at the touch of a button along with the ability to extract various music parts for example, for each instrumentalist in the school orchestra. Useful Weblinks within the DVRC Boogie Beebies Search for lyrics by artist Trailers for movies 2
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  • 4. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 Suggested Key Stages for Music and Sound applications Key Stage Core Validated Specialist Source Music / Hosted Station Sound possibilities Software Foundation Compose 2Simple - Software houses World Music Junior Toolbox (ESP) (2Simple) Sound Internet / Free Recorder Key Stage 1 Compose 2Simple - Software houses World Music Junior Toolbox Sound Internet / Free Recorder Lower Key Compose 2Simple - Software houses Stage 2 World Music Junior Toolbox Sound Compose Internet / Free Recorder World 2 Software houses (ESP) Audacity Internet / Free Upper Key Compose Compose Cubase SE Software houses Stage 2 World World 2 (Steinberg) Junior FL Studio Sibelius 3 Software houses Image Line (Sibelius Software) Sound Internet / Free Recorder Audacity Internet / Free Musical Instruments CD - Microsoft 4
  • 5. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 File Types for Music and Sound Applications Application MAKES Also MAKES Also USES File type / Saves / (Creates / (Plays / File name / Opens Exports) Imports) Application type (Native file (Generic file (Generic file type) type) type) Compose World .CW .MID .CW Junior App - Compose World Junior FL Studio . FLP .MID .MID .FLP .WAV, .MP3, .WAV App - FL Studio Cubase SE .CPR .MID, .MID, .CPR (Music Station only) .WAV, .WAV, App - Cubase SE .MP3, MP3, .AVI .WMA, .RM Sibelius 3 .SIB .MID, .MID .SIB (Music Station only) .WAV, .MP3 App - Sibelius 3 Audacity .WAV, .MP3 .WAV, .MP3 .WAV (Multiple layer Sound (.MID to Wave Recorder / Editor) come) Windows Media .WAV, .WMA Player .MP3, .WMA Windows Media Audio .AVI, .MPEG Real One .WAV, .MP3 .MP3, .WMA MPEG layer 3 .AVI, .MPEG Quicktime .MOV .MID – Midi Musical Instruments Digital Interface Sound Recorder .WAV .WAV .MOV Quicktime Movie Textease .TXT .WAV .WAV, .AVI .WMA, .MP3 Video file Kar2ouche .K2 .MOV .WAV, .MP3 .AU (Layer 0 dual layer DVD9 disc) Powerpoint .PPT .WAV, .RM .MP3, .WMA Real Audio Media .AVI, .MPEG 5
  • 6. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 Getting Started with Compose World Junior From the START menu, follow Creative Arts and load Compose World Junior There are many tune files to select from. Click on File > Open > Compose tune files and select a file. Creating a tune 1. Each picture across the top of the screen has a Phrase of music associated with it. 2. To Listen to the Phrase double click on the picture. 3. To select a Phrase of Music drag the picture into the empty squares below to begin creating your own tune file. Changing Instrument / Sound 1. Each Phrase has an instrument type associated with it. 2. To change the instrument / sound, click the right mouse button on a picture and select a new instrument / sound. 3. To change the instrument / sound for whole tune file, every picture needs to be changed in this way. Playing a tune 1. To listen to the tune click on the first picture of your tune file and then on the Play arrow 2. You can Pause the tune 3. You can Stop the tune 4. You can also Loop the tune to play it continuously. 5. The other arrows allow you to speed up or slow down the tune. 6. The Tune menu can be used for the above functions. Saving a tune file 1. From the File menu you can choose Save as to save your file. Do this if you are continuing to work on the tune further. 6
  • 7. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 2. If you would like to play your tune in a muliti-media presentation such as Textease, from the File menu select the Make a Midi file option. 3. The tune file will now play in Media Player and is software independent. The View menu 1. This allows you to view Phrases to show both Pictures and their Names. 2. It also allows you to view Sequences to show both Pictures and their Names. 3. There is also an Options menu which allows you to alter the number of squares a tune plays in across the row and the number of rows a tune has. 4. It also allows you to select whether your tune pictures are large or small. Audacity Features This is a list of features in Audacity, the free audio editor. For more information on how to use these features, go to the help pages. Recording Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio. • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources. • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings. • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware). • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording. Import and Export Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats. • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files. 7
  • 8. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad. • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library. • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD. • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile. • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command. Note: Audacity does not currently support WMA, AAC, or most other proprietary or restricted file formats. Editing • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete. • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps. • Very fast editing of large files. • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks. • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points. • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool. Effects • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa. • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises. • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects. • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects. • Other built-in effects include: o Echo o Phaser o Wahwah o Reverse Sound Quality • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples. • Record at up to 96 KHz. • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and • Audacity will convert them automatically in real time Plug-Ins • Add new effects with LADSPA plugins. • Audacity includes some sample plugins by Steve Harris. • Load VST plugins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler. • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language. Analysis • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies. • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis. Free and Cross-Platform • Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). • Runs on Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux. 8
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  • 10. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 2Simple Music Toolkit Software 6 applications exploring sound and music 2Explore Simply click pictures to play sounds and music. These can be built up into short sequences, that can be stored. 2Play An easy to use on screen keyboard with 12 different sounds, developing concepts of pitch and melody. 2Beat A tool to develop rhythmic patterns, explore the effects of tempo and introduce basic concepts of notation. 2Sequence Build up sequences of sounds by simply dragging and dropping to make your tune. Layer sounds to enable children to explore pitch and harmony. 2Synthesise Synthesise over 50 musical instruments. Performances can be recorded and played back, exported to 2Sequence, or can be used in a presentation or web page. 2Compose A very easy to use introduction to traditional musical composition. Create Compositions and export as midi files to be used in web pages or presentations. How the 2Simple Music Toolbox supports the QCA ICT Scheme of Work 10
  • 11. Guidance overview- Network Music software April 2005 How the 2Simple Music Toolbox supports the QCA Music Scheme of Work 11