Sunday, July 3, 2011

Loop Labs - Mix Your Own Audio Tracks for Free

Last week I posted a review of 7 Tools Students Can Use to Create Music Online. Shortly after that post appeared online I had numerous people Tweet me and email me to suggest that I also take a look at Loop Labs. Loop Labs is a free service from Club Create for creating your own music mixes using existing music loops and your own recordings.

To get started using Loop Labs select from one of nine sound loop libraries. Within each library is a selection of base instrumental sounds. Browse through your chosen library until you find a sound you like. When you've found a sound you like click the "+" icon to add it to your mix. You can continue to add sounds until you have enough for your project. To have a sound played in your track just click on its timeline to hear it. Wherever you click on its timeline that sound will be played. You can also add a voice recording to your track or import sounds from your computer by clicking on the "record" button.

Your finished project can be saved to your online Loop Labs account or downloaded as an MP3 file. In order to download your projects as MP3s you do have to Tweet or Facebook to your friends that you're using Loop Labs.

Applications for Education
The best way to avoid any type of issue regarding copyright or fair use is to have students create their own music for multimedia projects. To that end, Loop Labs could be a great tool for students to use to create music tracks for their multimedia projects.

Lee's Map of Gettysburg

Today's featured document from the National Archives is General Robert E. Lee's map of Gettysburg. The map includes the placement of troops on July 2, 1863. Download the high resolution copy of the map to see the details of the map. Lee's Map of Gettysburg is one of many Civil War documents, images, and maps available from the National Archives.

Applications for Education
Lee's Map of Gettysburg could be used as an image overlay for a tour of Civil War sites that you have students create in Google Earth. The map could also be used as part of lesson plan like CSI Gettysburg developed by Jim Beeghley and published on his site Teaching the Civil War with Technology.