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Digital Media Production Guide : Digital Media Life Hacks Music & Sound Effects

This guide highlights various software and tools you can use to create digital video projects

Digital Media Guide Life Hacks Music & Sound Effects

Music and sound effects can enhance your digital media project by conveying and creating the appropriate mood and atmosphere to tell the story. Music and sound effects can be used to transition between ideas and emphasize particular points.

Step 1
Find appropriate music that fits the tone and style of your digital project. Make sure you have permission to use the music for your project. Search Podsafe Music for Finding Music to Add to Your Digital Productions and find music that provides copyright permission for free public use.  

Step 2
Using a video editor, add music to your digital project. Most video editor’s will provide assistance on how to do this in their help sections or you can find text/video examples on Google or YouTube.

Step 3
Decide where the music will be most effective and have the biggest impact. Use the sound editing fade in and fade out features to incorporate music into your project. Use multiple songs if necessary to create the appropriate mood. Avoid having a single song play at the same volume throughout the entire digital project 

Step 4
If music is overlaying dialog or narration, use the video editor to reduce the volume of music so it doesn’t overpower what is being said.

Step 5
Video editors often have sound effects you can add to enhance your project. You can also find free sounds at www.freesound.org. Choose appropriate sounds. Avoid adding excessive sound effects.  A minimalist approach is often more effective.

Step 6
You can create your own sound effects. Use a sound editor program like Garageband or Audacity (free) to record, enhance, and modify sounds you want to incorporate into your project.