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Audio Editing with Hindenburg
 


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers. It’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and designed specifically for audio documentary, which is why it’s become the app of choice for classes and intensives at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing, and exporting audio files, along with a quick primer on audio recording techniques. (8 hours / All levels)

Marc Maximov is a freelance audio producer/recordist, writer, and filmmaker. He has taught audio classes at the Center for Documentary Studies since 2013. He's an associate producer of Audio Under the Stars, the monthly outdoor listening festival that’s held at CDS each summer; before that he worked for many years as a sound designer with several local theater companies. Maximov is the former coordinator of the CDS Courses program, and has worked at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in various capacities since 2011, serving on the selection committee since 2012. He’s also a sporadic contributor to Indy Week, the Triangle area’s alternative weekly newspaper.

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Maximov 4/11 - 4/12 Sa Su 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM $200.00 View

Audio Editing with Hindenburg (Online)
 


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers. It’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and designed specifically for audio documentary, which is why it’s become the app of choice for classes and intensives at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day online workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing, and exporting audio files, along with a quick primer on audio recording techniques. (6 hours / All levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Marc Maximov is a freelance audio producer/recordist, writer, and filmmaker. He has taught audio classes at the Center for Documentary Studies since 2013. He's an associate producer of Audio Under the Stars, the monthly outdoor listening festival that’s held at CDS each summer; before that he worked for many years as a sound designer with several local theater companies. Maximov is the former coordinator of the CDS Courses program, and has worked at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in various capacities since 2011, serving on the selection committee since 2012. He’s also a sporadic contributor to Indy Week, the Triangle area’s alternative weekly newspaper.

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AU113oSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Maximov 3/14 - 3/15 Sa Su Varied $190.00 View

Audio Projects
 


The Audio, Photography, and Video Projects courses provide documentary artists the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in small group settings. Each term, CDS invites three established artists to teach the Projects courses, which are designed for individuals who are working on projects in a particular medium and seeking creative guidance. The courses are designed around the specific needs of participants, who share excerpts from their works-in-progress.


Students may take the course for credit more than once. Certificate students are required to take a Projects course in their chosen concentration before enrolling in the Final Project Seminar; in this case, the objective is to emerge with a nearly finished version of their project, ready for a final polish. (12 hours / Advanced)


Aaron Smithers is a folklorist living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was chief audio engineer for the Austin Music Network before continuing his studies in folklore at UNC–Chapel Hill. Since 2002, Aaron has worked as an engineer and archivist on numerous digitization projects at the Southern Folklife Collection, and currently serves as assistant to the curator. He is the music editor for Southern Cultures, the journal for the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC.



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AU301SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Smithers 2/3 - 3/9 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $368.00 View

Hearing is Believing: An Audio Documentary Intensive
 


In this weeklong, morning-till-night immersion in making audio documentaries, you’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries; and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll collaborate with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound-gathering to the final mix. The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Shea Shackelford and a guest lecturer to be announced later. Examples of last year's student projects can be found here. (40 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio intensives and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award. In 2015 he launched CDS's biweekly podcast Scene on Radio.


Additional information:
Students will edit on desktop workstations using Hindenburg audio editing software. Students who have their own field recording equipment (recorder, microphone, and headphones) should bring it; equipment will be provided for those who don't. No experience in audio production is required.

The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the intensive are:
Sunday, July 5: 1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Monday–Friday, July 6–10: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 3 p.m.

See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.

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Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/5 - 7/11 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su Varied $975.00 View

Make That Audio Doc (Online)
 

With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using recorded interviews. We will begin with the basics of recording, learn to edit sound using Hindenburg, learn from some of the masters of the craft and discuss all works in progress. (12 hours/Beginner)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions. Access to a recorder and microphone (including smartphones) is required.

Meg Lindholm grew up in New York City, so being curious about people from all walks of life is in her DNA. After college, she was hired to produce the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC (still going strong after 25+ years). In 2002, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where she works as an independent documentary journalist. She has produced stories for NPR and multimedia projects for the regional Midwest public radio network. She has won awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association and RTDNA/Murrow for radio documentaries she reported, wrote, and edited.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.



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AU101oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Lindholm 10/29 - 12/3 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Making It Sing: An Audio Documentary Intensive
 

This intensive six-day workshop for producers with some experience—or a lot—gives you a chance to focus on a challenging project or to stretch and try something new. You’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound, and you’re ready to construct a six- to twelve-minute audio piece. You’ll bring your own recordings, logged, transcribed, and ready to go. You’ll get instructive sessions and personal, small-group guidance from seasoned radio producers (and from your peers) as you structure and script your story, record your narration tracks (if any), and mix your piece on CDS’s Hindenburg workstations—or, if you prefer, on your laptop with your own editing software. Saturday morning, we listen! The intensive will be led by John Biewen, along with a guest instructor. (35 hours)

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio intensives and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award. In 2015 he launched CDS's biweekly podcast Scene on Radio.

Additional information:Please bring your own recordings to the intensive. Students can edit on their own laptops or on our desktop workstations, which have Hindenburg and Adobe Audition audio editing software.The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the Intensive are:

Monday, July 20: 2 p.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday, July 21–24: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 25: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work ending at 3 p.m. See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.AIR stipend: Members of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) can claim one of five $100 stipends to attend Making It Sing. Recipients are asked to communicate to AIR's membership, via tweets or a post to AIRdaily, about their experience, and to write a short evaluation afterwards. Stipends are first-come, first served.

See the application form here, and contact [email protected] for more information.



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AU535SU20
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Biewen 7/20 - 7/25 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Varied $950.00 View