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Headset jacks-does the plug matter?

I am starting an on line class next week that requires a headset/mike with earmuffs and a USB connector. This is not as simple as I would like it to be. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Sep 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Docking car stereos - do they exist?

My beloved car stereo is becoming obsolete, help me find a replacement! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Sep 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking to buy camcorder for recording live music

I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

Can you recommend me a CD and radio component for a home stereo?

I recently bought a used "compact component system" home stereo. It had two parts - one is the volume/sound setting and cassette deck combo. The other half is a CD and radio combo. The CD part was busted though. Ideally I'd like to replace the entire CD/radio section. Can you recommend me a good replacement for that section or recommend a better way to complete my system which lacks CD capabilities? [more inside]
posted by atinna on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Need streaming audio info.

I'm looking for a good source of info on selling subscription-based streaming audio. [more inside]
posted by davebush on Sep 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Latest and greatest in hands-free calling and other car niceties?

My husband's birthday is coming up! For work, he drives and talks on the phone A LOT. How can I make make it safer - and nicer - for him to make and take calls while driving? I would also love to hear recommendations for other car-life luxuries that make a difference. [more inside]
posted by rada on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?

What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me, don't show me - your favorite audio documentaries

Somewhat-obscure-filter, but I'm looking to generate a list of compelling audio/radio documentaries that use no or little music, but lots of other kinds of sound, to tell a story. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 2, 2014 - 6 answers

I still want all of my music in my pocket

My nearly-full 120GB iPod classic just bit the dust. What are my best options for replacing it, given that an equal or greater storage capacity is required? [more inside]
posted by polymath on Aug 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Bring my stereo into the 21st century

My stereo mostly dates from the mid 90's. It was originally an Onkyo component system (tuner, amp, 6-CD changer, tape deck) with JBL speakers. About 5 years ago the amp gave out and I bought another Onkyo system on Craig's List, replacing the amp and adding a subwoofer. This system has served me well, but technology has progressed and I live in a 3BR townhome now, not a dorm room. [more inside]
posted by Horselover Fat on Aug 9, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I audiobooks?

I want to start listening to audiobooks on long hikes and drives. Specifically I'd like to start with an unabridged "Lord of the Rings," but eventually others. How do I obtain them as plain mp3s? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 8, 2014 - 17 answers

What's wrong with my rackmount effect box?

My Digitech Studio Quad 1u rackmount box gets unhappy over time (hours). As it warms up, the input levels drop and it becomes unusable. Turned off for a few hours, it comes back to life. Is this terminal or repairable? Should I get something new? Is there a comparable product (multiple ins/outs, flexible routing)? [more inside]
posted by erebora on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Hope me find training on an iPad, not how to use an iPad

I need examples of training courses that use HTML5 audio on an iPad. more below! [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Aug 7, 2014 - 0 answers

Audio compression of a broadcast TV signal causing problems?

Two of the broadcast channels in my area (think lower mid-market) have some serious audio issues described after the jump. Is it amateurish compression? [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Download an audio interview from NPR/MPR

There's an interview archived on mpr (NPR MN) that I'd love to download and be able to listen to "offline". I tried determining the url, but they seem to be using some tricky relay or switching servers or something. A search did turn up an "NPR Stream Recorder" by company called Abyssmedia, but couldn't find any reviews as to whether it works currently and is free from pesky adware or worse.
posted by dancing leaves on Aug 3, 2014 - 6 answers

swimmer's ear audio filter?

What audio filters and/or effects would best simulate the unpleasant stuffy sound of having water in your ears? I'm more interested in the impression of stuffy ears than a technically accurate simulation of what's going on in the ear canal.
posted by moonmilk on Jul 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Bluetooth Pony request...

So i have a bit of a weird one here. I'm aware that there are speakers that can pair to eachother so you can use two as a stereo sound pair, or just two at once(E.G. jambox mini, beats pill XL). What i'm looking for though, is sort of the reverse. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Best way to share audio + text content for viewing on iPhone?

I want to create multi-page content consisting of text + spoken-word-audio, viewable on iPhone. Content consumption would work as follows: 1. Page displays text and plays audio (additional tap to launch audio would be okay) 2. User taps something to call up next page. My first thought was Powerpoint, but I haven't found an iPhone app that handles audio embedded in PPT. I'm limited to working on my Windows PC, so I think Keynote is out. Any thoughts on a format to use for the content, and app to use to consume it? [more inside]
posted by bigjoec on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Learn Chemistry the fun way...via audio?

Is there a way to learn chemistry that is 1) fun/funny/in some way entertaining 2) via audio? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jul 1, 2014 - 5 answers

How can one make an DVD MP3 disc?

My brother's only means of listening to MP3s is with a DVD player. I've many spare DVD-Rs and would like to put them to use by making him DVD MP3 discs to listen to when we get together. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Is there a way to add background music to a Google Hangout?

I'm running a Google Hangout-based D&D game and I was thinking that certain scenes might be nicely enhanced with some background music. [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jun 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Audio interface x 4 channels?

Looking for an audio interface to take 4 analog line inputs and allow me to record them digitally. [more inside]
posted by BillMcMurdo on Jun 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find the right multi-zone audio setup

I'm looking for a way to implement multi-zone audio in my house but I'm getting a bit lost in my search... [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Recording Audio from a Theatre Show

We run a small improv theatre company. Potential sponsors and clients always ask about videos of our shows, so we're looking into recording our shows. We're okay on the video side but we can't get good quality audio. What kind of setup should we use? [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on Jun 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Recording Skype calls with Audio Hijack Pro

As part of my doctoral research, I will be conducting interviews with Skype for transcription and analysis. I've heard good things about Audio Hijack Pro as a tool to record audio from Skype -- both from online reviews and from faculty mentors. I've installed the latest version of Skype on my MacBook Air and am currently using the trial version of Audio Hijack Pro (I expect to pay for the full version if I can get the demo working). It works, BUT, I am consistently hearing a horrible echo and feedback when I am hijacking the audio on my Skype test calls. Help! (help...help...help...) [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Jun 11, 2014 - 6 answers

You Say Headphones, I Say... "What? I Can't Hear You?"

Is there some sort of setup using both wireless headphones and stereo receiver with surround sound whereby two people can watch TV together at different volumes? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on May 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Timeshifting streaming audio.

Is there a relatively painless* way to pull audio off of a site like this, without using the analog loophole? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Whats a cheap Turntable (record Player) if I just want to play vinyl?

(1) What's a cheap just plain record player that can output via rca cables? (2) Anyone know any good software or apps for doing that on a PC or mac? Just figuring something might already exist to detect different tracks. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on May 23, 2014 - 12 answers

USA seller of "twin screened audio cable" or "two core screened cable?"

I need basically this. I'd rather order it from closer to home. My searches for this type of cable in the US haven't turned up anything, and I don't know enough about electronics to figure out what other names it might go by. I think it's a common type of cable so there must be something I'm missing. Thanks!
posted by univac on May 17, 2014 - 5 answers

How to make my Tivoli (1) get better FM, (2) hook up with my iPhone 5?

This must be straightforward, but somehow I can't seem to figure this out as someone who's just not very familiar with audio equipment of any sort. (Sorry!) [more inside]
posted by flyingfork on May 5, 2014 - 5 answers

What do I need to tell my contractor about networking my house?

Piggybacking on/not hijacking betelguese's question, which is over my head, what do I need to tell my contractor about networking the house we are currently building? Please explain it like I am a 5-year old/your mother. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Apr 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Premiere Pro CC: How to set max audio level to prevent peaking/redlining

Need help figuring out a way to eliminate audio redlining in Premiere Pro CC without also compromising audio lows. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Apr 24, 2014 - 3 answers

Which wall speaker mounts to get and how to install?

I'm not sure what wall/ceiling speaker mounts are appropriate for my system or how to install them in the type of walls I have. Suggestions welcome! [more inside]
posted by droplet on Apr 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Give me the amazing travel podcasts

I have a recently renewed thirst for travel, having read a couple of fantastic travelogues recently. I also have a regular hour-a-day walk to and from work, plus several opportunities to listen to good audio during the day. I'd love to listen to some podcasts on travel, food, language and discovering the world. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Apr 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Get the microphone out of your pocket!

I've been asked to write summaries of some recordings of meetings. Problem is, whoever recorded it had the microphone in his shirt or his pocket or something, and there's impossible rustling preventing me from hearing what they're saying half the time! Especially when someone asks a question and they start explaining details. Is there any software I can run these sound files through to reduce some of that?
posted by saysthis on Apr 5, 2014 - 7 answers

What is that electronic noise in my audio system?

I'm hearing some odd noise in my office audio system and I'd like an opinion on what it could be. It appeared right after I replaced three old Shure SCM810 mixers with new versions of the same model. They are usually soft, as heard in this short clip here) but the occasionally sound much louder and become quite noticeable. It reminds me of the interference from Blackberry devices but it's clearly different. Could this be interference from some other device or is something else going on here? Thanks in advance.
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Navigable audio version of the Christian Bible

I'd love to have an audio version of the Christian Bible that allows you to pick a specific chapter or specific verses and listen to them -- ideally in a recorded voice, not not a text-to-speech generator. I have a Kindle version of the Bible that I really like -- it's easy to navigate to a specific chapter and verse through the Kindle table of contents and menus. It's an NRSV translation from Harper Bibles. Are there any audio versions of the Bible that have similar functionality?
posted by OrangeDisk on Mar 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What's wrong with my Shure SCM810 mixers?!?

I have three Shure SCM810 mixers, #1 linked to #2 linked to #3, and each is about 15 years old. A few weeks ago the mics on #2 began not working until around noon when they would work just fine for the rest of the day. This seemingly random occurrence has now become predictable in that the mixer won't work in the morning but works just fine later in the day. The feed from #1, which passes thru #2, was seemingly unaffected and continued to work regardless. In addition, the mics from #3 will sometimes exhibit problems gating on in the morning, requiring a much louder speaker volume than normal, but this also seems to resolve by later in the day. Any ideas? Is this a hardware failure inside the unit? Is this something else? And why the hell does it only work later in the day?!?
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Fun with Impedance

I have some fancy new stereo speakers. I'd like to be as correct as possible when wiring them up, which has led to some possibly-unusual questions about speaker impedance. Halp! (Inside: Series or parallel?) [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Do you know of guided meditation audio that is realistic?

Hoping to find some guided meditations that are realistic. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Touch-screen app for sound file playback

Is there an Android app out there that would allow you to touch the screen (either a big icon or the entire screen) that would play back a selected sound file when tapped? The quicker the response time the better. And if it has options for multiple zones (like making a custom-made Simon), even better.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Feb 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Replace radio with aux-in only?

My car radio was stolen last night, and I'd like to turn this tragedy into something awesome. I've always wanted to have a custom setup that consisted only of a volume knob and an aux in. I don't know how to design circutry, but I can follow instructions. What do I need to do to make this work? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Press a button, hear a random recording. How do I make one?

I have an idea for a sculpture that would have a button on it. When the button is pressed, a sound recording would play. There'd be about 10-20 recordings, each about 2-4 minutes long. I know it's possible to do this -- I just don't know how, exactly. What should I be googling? [more inside]
posted by xo on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Naughty Star Trek TNG audio

At some point in the mid-to-late 90s, I found an audio file (might even have been a .wav because MP3s weren't huge yet) that I'd like to find again. It was a fan edit of vocals from episodes of Star Trek:The Next Generation that strongly implied that Jean-Luc Picard and William Riker were lovers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2014 - 3 answers

A Good Tone is Hard to Find

Why is the source of 1khz tone hard to track down? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Feb 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Etiquette about audio recording meetings with customers using Evernote

How would you feel about having a meeting recorded, where you're discussing your business and the problems you'd like to solve? How would you feel being asked if I could record the meeting? [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jan 31, 2014 - 23 answers

Pick an amplifier for me, please?

I just moved into a new house, and the kitchen has a built in set of Niles OS3 speakers wired in. I'd like to drive them from my computer (headphone output). What's a good reasonably low cost amplifier to drive them with? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Jan 31, 2014 - 3 answers

What poem and poet is this recording?

Who wrote this poem: "Blue Moon"? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

High pitch pulse sound coming from stereo receiver

I am getting a high pitch sound coming out of stereo in a pulse that would make a dog loopy. I do not have a sophisticated setup. The stereo is plugged into the wall. Apple TV is plugged into wall and TV. Router plugged into power strip along with DVD player. I switched out all RCA plugs and speaker wire. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

What's the best, most efficient workflow for making a screencast?

I want to make a series of instructional programming videos. I'm reasonably happy that I have all the moving parts lined up - I know what I want to cover, I have the examples and material ready, I've figured out how to make high-quality video recordings of my desktop and I've got a nice USB microphone. But if there's one thing that my brief forays into video editing have taught me, it's that it can be incredibly time-consuming. Given that I plan on making ~10 hours of content for my first batch of videos, I'd like some advice on doing this efficiently. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 28, 2014 - 9 answers

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