Music Tech – Friday, October 5th (Day 42)

8th grade. Sign up for the programming and electronics class here.

Found Sound Beat (Final Project)

Due October 8th (Today)

Click here for instructions.

Mix down your project before turning it in.

  1. Share -> Export Song to Disk
  2. Wave 24 bit
  3. Where = “Desktop”
  4. Name doesn’t matter
  5. Drag the wave file back into GarageBand
  6. Label this track “Mixdown”
  7. Listen. The mixdown track by itself should sound the same as everything else.
    1. There should be no plugins/effects on the mixdown track
  8. Save your GarageBand file with all 6 tracks
  9. ZIP up your work
  10. Upload it to the shared folder in OneDrive.





Music Tech – Thursday, October 4th (Day 41)

8th grade. Sign up for the programming and electronics class here.


You need to find and record a sound to use for the Found Sound Beat project. Mr. Willingham provided a small selection of found sounds for you to use. They included paper ripping, doors closing, a pencil breaking, scissors cutting, tapping metal, and a few others. At home, in the park, on the bus, or any other place you happen to be there are other sounds that can be used as part of your beat. When you find a sound that will work well with the beat you are creating, record it with your phone. Any free app that can make sound/audio recordings will work. Search “recorder” in your app store. When you have a recording you like, upload it to the cloud (OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, etc.).

I recommend OneDrive. Cobb County School District pays for you to have an account with storage on OneDrive. Login with your Office365 account ([email protected]). Your password is your regular school password.

Found Sound Beat (Final Project)

Due October 8th

For this project, you will use “Found Sound” to create a drum beat. Found sound is common noises which have been recorded. Ripping tape, crinkling paper, plucking a pencil, running the water, animal sounds, and other common noises are frequently used for this purpose. Listen to this example.

Audio Player


  1. Create a new project titled “8-2.Last.First.FoundSoundBeat”
  2. Download the samples here (option 1) and/or here (option 2) to use in creating your drum beat. Watch this video to get started (click here) and follow its instructions to create the kick drum portion of your drum beat.
  3. You must also provide a sample of your own creation. Use your phone to record a sound and bring the recorded sound to school to use in your beat.
  4. When you finish the video, continue working on your drums. Repeat the steps in the video for your snare drum, metallic, and other sounds. Here is a step-by-step video that explains the process.
  5. Your “Found Sound” drum beat should meet the following requirements.
    1. Be rhythmically appropriate & interesting.
    2. Last 4 measures.
    3. Replicate the sound of a 1. Kick Drum, 2. Snare Drum, 3. Metallic Sound, and two additional sounds of your choice (Sounds 4 & 5).
    4. Sounds must be well balanced (not loud, not quiet)
    5. Rhythms must be in time (placed precisely on the grid)
    6. You muse use plugin effects that modify the recorded sound (EQ, reverb, delay, etc.)
      1. Click here to review how to do this.

What does a bass drum, snare drum, and metallic instrument sound like? Click here to find out.

Having trouble with rhythms? Here is a helpful file that demonstrates how to make 1/4 note, 1/8 note, 1/16 note, and other rhythms.