The Media Center Studio is being converted into a staff and faculty recording space. It is no longer available to students. Exceptions can be made with a professor’s permission.
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WordPress is the most widely used content management system (CMS). More than 25% of all sites across the web is built on this platform. WordPress allows you to publish, manage and organize wide variety of contents including articles, tutorials, photos, videos, stores and much more. WordPress is very easy to learn and use as it doesn’t require prior programming knowledge to build and maintain a simple website. Also, it is very secure, reliable, and pleasant to work with.
Personally, I use WordPress to maintain my blog that contains programming tutorials and other general tech articles. I chose this over other CMS because it is flexible, fully customizable, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friendly, and highly interactive. Furthermore, WordPress allows programmers like me to use my programming skill to customize the website’s design and functionality. However, the skill is not a must. So personally I really suggest people to use WordPress if they want to build and maintain a website or a blog with little or no programming experience.
My first interactions with GarageBand and music editing began when I was in middle school, my father had just purchased our first apple Macbook to be used as the home computer. I remember that while we were setting up our user preferences, we just stumbled upon the GarageBand program and started for lack of a better terms “twiddling” with it.
After that, my brother and myself both began mixing our own tracks from the presets and loops, and then collaborating to make in our minds “albums”. Also, in part to a camcorder my brother received for Christmas, we began to record films and then add sound tracks and effects to these projects. As I have grown, I continue to enjoy mixing rhythms and melodies into my own creations for future enjoyment. Now that I play instruments as well, I am planning on seeing if I can integrate the tools for editing tracks from external devices (i.e. my guitar) into my hobby as well.
Using GarageBand; one can create, edit, synthesize, and share their created songs or tracks with a fairly user-friendly interface. Tools such as an equalizer, count in, gain control, and tuner are readily available in order to edit either already created compositions or your own, new creations. With proper equipment, namely an auxiliary cable connector and a sound board, you are able to connect an electric instrument to whichever device utilizing GarageBand and record a a new physical track into your songs. From this interface, instruments can have effects added to them and be synthesized as well as acoustic instruments or vocals can be captured in a similar fashion using a setup with microphones. For note: when implementing external recording onto GarageBand, make sure that the recorded audio is a “mono” track, as well as the sound intensity may have to be adjusted to agree with the parts overall role in composition. Make sure the loops you want to include agree in keys and timing. I have made some bad pieces because I was using the wrong key.
My name is Sophia Trueblood and I’m from Washington, D.C. When I was 12 years old, my parents joined the Foreign Service and my family moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. I lived there for two years and the experience had a profound impact on me. I learned how to speak French, and am now pursuing a French major at Dickinson out of my love for the language.
After Congo, my family moved to Kazakhstan for three years. In Kazakhstan, I became the website editor and social media manager of an online student-led school newspaper. I was seriously unqualified for the job, but I learned a lot about creating, designing and maintaining a website — especially after our school kicked us out for writing an article that criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin and I had to recreate our website under a new name in less than two days! I also learned how to use social media to spread content, which fundamentally changed how I view the role of social media in our lives. I’m really interested in how communication changes across different social media, and the implications of sending a message through one social medium versus another.
I spent my last year of high school in Vietnam, which is where my family still lives. I’ve really enjoyed living overseas and I hope to eventually work in a field that will allow me to work abroad.
Below is an unrelated picture I found on the drive.
When I was younger, I played Mario Kart with my brothers, Dylan and Daniel. Picture this: a cold basement, three gaming chairs, a 32-inch CRT television (remember those days?), and a coffee table with a liter of Mountain Dew and a bag of Doritos. To be honest with you, I learned two things that dreary, fall day:
1.) I will always come up with some excuse as to why I lost a game of Mario Kart
2.) I love video games and all things media-related
Flash Forward years later, and my passion and appreciation for video games – and media in general – has only proliferated. I am grateful to be working as a Media Center Assistant at Dickinson College. Currently a junior, I am an English major with a minor in Film Studies and Music – which encompasses all of my passions.
When I’m not working in the Media Center, you can most likely find me doing work in the Biblio or attempting to sing Phantom of the Opera in the halls of Weiss. If you ever need help with anything media-related, please let me know! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game on, my friends!
Major: Physics (engineering concentration)
I grew up in Northern Virginia for my entire childhood, even though most of my family lives in Canada and parts of Florida.
I enjoy being outside and music, and am an amateur tech geek and new innovations follower. One day I would like ti participate in a mission to Mars.