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Noise cancelling headphones that can sound like open-backed headphones?

If I switch off the noise-cancelling feature on my noise-cancelling headphones, they become regular closed-back headphones. But I want them to sound like open-back headphones. And surely that's possible... [more inside]
posted by pablocake on Jun 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Looking for amusing advice podcasts

I'm looking for podcasts where the host and/or guests take listener calls or letters and answer them, but in a funny way. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Is there a forum or community dedicated to documentary audio recording?

I don't mean music. I might mean spoken word. I think I mean "sound effects" and I definitely mean documentary. I'm wondering if there is something analogous to Flickr or photography forums but for audio. Documentary audio, the way people do walkabout photography. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jun 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Name a film that includes a transition/mix between soundtrack elements?

Curious to know if there exists a film in which two songs (ideally not score material) are essentially mixed as though they were selected by a DJ. One or both of the music sources can be visible on screen (band, radio, etc.), but stuff like a live band segue or DJ set doesn't really qualify as what I'm looking for. Or maybe this is super common, and I just never realized it?
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jun 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Laptop speakers for a presentation to 200 people?

I'll be giving a presentation to an audience of approximately 200 people and want to show a video from my laptop. Venue has projector and screen but no speakers. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Recommendations on a small bluetooth speaker?

I'd like to get a little bluetooth speaker that I can keep in my bag, for all-purpose music listening. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 19, 2016 - 16 answers

How to set up a home entertainment system for n00bs

I'd like to set up a home entertainment system where I can watch stuff and listen to stuff, and I'd like to upgrade from watching everything on my 13 inch laptop screen with crappy computer speakers. I haven't had a TV since, oh, sometime around 2001. I have no idea what I need or what all the new doodads and gadgets and various streaming options are. Please explain this to me like I'm your mom, but internet savvy. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on May 17, 2016 - 14 answers

Too quiet!

I have a boot-camped Mac that suffers from a known issue which disables the onboard audio-out in the Win 7 config. I have a Scarlett 2i2 USB breakout box that I have been using instead as my audio source, mostly to a) listen to YT playlists while I b) play a flightsim. The flightsim audio can get as loud as a real plane in headphones, while YT audio is simply too quiet. The net result is that I damp the sim audio waaay down and crank YT, and it's mostly satisfactory. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on May 11, 2016 - 8 answers

Voice analyzing software that can differentiate people?

I am looking for voice analyzing software that can perform a rather particular function: one that can differentiate different people's voices as they have a conversation. Is there any commercial software that can do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Free online transcription software?

I have some interviews to transcribe- some audio only, and some video, each about 45 minutes long. Is there any free or cheap app or software that can take the whole file at once and spit out a reasonably accurate transcription?
posted by pseudostrabismus on May 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Help with better audio in videos

My computer records videos with terrible sound even with a microphone hooked up, what are some options to fix it? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Apr 25, 2016 - 9 answers

How to mimic what happens (chemically) to analog tape as it ages?

I'm a musician, working on someone's project where the sound needs to be very accurate to the recording techniques and sound of a specific time period in the early 80s. There are many steps in the recording process, but the sound of old tape is one of the more difficult ones to get right. Even if no one here has an answer, I would love to be in touch with someone who knows what happens chemically to analog tape as it ages (under normal storage conditions), and whether it's possible to mimic that process chemically with a new reel of tape. Thanks!
posted by dmalashock on Apr 22, 2016 - 5 answers

What's the best speech to text software?

I have lectures (around and hour each) that I'd like to transfer from recorded audio to text. I figure that my students are more likely to read than to listen. What is the best way to accomplish this?
posted by Fister Roboto on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

AudioFilter: Help me listen to podcasts in the car

I play podcasts from my Android device through an external-audio input cable in my car. The volume range gives me migraines. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Apr 20, 2016 - 5 answers

ISO of an iPhone app that can record sound decibel level

Is there an iPhone app that can record sound, date and time, and indicate how many decibels the sound being recorded is at? I have an iPhone 6S.
posted by invisible ink on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Have FM transmitters for ipods/phones improved in the past 10 years?

I've tried a few in that time, nothing seems to have improved. But I'm old, hardly tech savvy. Want something to use around an apartment/house. Willing to spend $100.
posted by larry_darrell on Apr 18, 2016 - 9 answers

wireless transmitter receiver set for home studio headphones?

I currently use a nice set of wired headphones attached to my audio interface in my home studio. The wire is a pain especially when playing guitar or drums. What's the best/cheapest way to get a transmitter attached to my audio interface and a receiver plugged into my existing headphones? I understand that the receiver will likely be battery operated but if the transmitter could be plugged into a power source that'd be a bonus. Specific product recommendations especially welcome. Thanks!
posted by merocet on Apr 17, 2016 - 1 answer

Bang & Olufsen sound-card is too quiet, what can I do to make it louder?

Hi MeFi, I recently upgraded my PC and snagged an i7 4790k / 4.00Ghz with 30GB of RAM. Much to my disappointment, I noticed that my new sound-card from Bang & Olufsen is super quiet and nowhere as loud as my previous Beats card that came bundled with my older HP machine. I record via Ableton Live/Reason and really miss the rich sound I used to get with Beats and no longer get with Bang & Olufsen. What are my options besides replacing the Sound-Card all together? Are there any headphone amplifiers for PC's that will give me more volume? Is there a stand-alone hardware I can buy and run via USB that will allow for richer sound? Thanks for your tips!
posted by bostonhill on Apr 10, 2016 - 4 answers

What was this SF short?

Trying to track down a short science fiction story involving compromised (in the infosec sense) wireless audio implants. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Apr 8, 2016 - 0 answers

How do I integrate a record player into my digital setup?

I recently inherited a collection of interesting vinyl records, and I want to buy a record player so I can enjoy them. The rest of my audio setup is very digital, and I'm not interested in buying an analog speaker setup. I want to both listen to the records live and record them to digital audio. What kind of record player/turntable should I buy? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Apr 3, 2016 - 7 answers

Can't hear anything on Google Hangouts

I'm using a new MacBook Air. Audio works fine on every other app, but when I try to use Hangouts I can not hear anything. Other side can hear me. I've gone through the troubleshooting checklist. I've shut down Skype. I've tried Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I can pick up my phone and join the same call and hear just fine, so it's not a firewall issue. "Don't use Hangouts" is not an option as I have a weekly call with a bunch of partner and the call is via Hangouts. Any Mac experts have an idea of what else I can try?
posted by COD on Mar 31, 2016 - 17 answers

I know nothing about audio editing and need to clean up a file

Ok, I have a 50 minute audio file, MP3 format, of one of a talk. Here's a short clip. It was recorded with an iPhone 5s in a hall, so the audio sounds distant and small. I'ld like to make this sound better, but have no idea how to do it. I've downloaded Audacity, any pointers on what I should do? Is there a particular effect I can apply to the entire file to make it better or is more involved work needed and if so, what?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 31, 2016 - 4 answers

Floating audio widget for recording comments in OS X

I'm responding to student papers that are stuck inside our school's LMS. The software has a recording feature, but it is clunky and sluggish. What I would like to do is leave audio comments as a read the paper, hitting record and pause until I reach the end, then save the recording as an mp3. Quicktime would work perfectly for this if I could get the recording window to stay in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 31, 2016 - 5 answers

I want to add surround sound using just my headphone out of my tv. Can?

I have a very new tv above my fireplace. I have speaker wires from near it to behind me so speakers behind are not a problem. The problem is I want to control the volume with the tv's remote which is why I want to use the headphone jack. SO.... How do I get surround sound or the illusion of it being to split the stereo and have it not too loud behind me?
posted by usermac on Mar 25, 2016 - 7 answers

loop help me loop help me loop help me

I just inherited a Boss RC-3 Loop Station! But how do I get it to interface with my violin? [more inside]
posted by iNeas on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Audio engineers: What makes 1960s narrators sound the way they do?

In the recent FPP on early computing the voiceover has a beautiful subtle fuzz to it, that isn't apparent in the sound of the people being filmed. The sound is consistently heard in narration of 1960s films - how is it created? [more inside]
posted by cogat on Mar 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me find a replacement power cable for my receiver

I have a Marantz receiver that uses a C17/18 power cable. I just got a new media cabinet and it is shallow enough that the door will not close due to the clearance required for the reciver's power cable. I would like to find a replacement cable with a right angle at the female end. Please help! [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Feb 26, 2016 - 7 answers

How are basketball games audio engineered?

I'm curious about two aspects of live sound engineering basketball games: 1. The actual sounds you hear at a game in person. 2. The engineering for broadcasts. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Feb 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Surround me in sound

I'm moving into a new apartment that, although built in 1790, seems to have hookups for speakers in the living room, dining room, and kitchen. I don't know anything about speakers or stereos, but I would like to take advantage of this set up. [more inside]
posted by thefang on Feb 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me find a loud portable speaker for sweet jams

I am looking for a portable speaker to use with an iPhone that has excellent volume and moderate sound quality, in a price range of $100-200. Please help me find one! [more inside]
posted by beware the frog person on Feb 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Recommendations for Non-Noise-Cancelling Headphones

I'd like to replace my trusty, very worn-out "sound-isolating" earbuds with something that lets the rest of the world in a bit more. [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor on Feb 9, 2016 - 15 answers

More audio comedy for my 12-year-old son

4+ years ago y'all gave my son a treasure trove of audio comedy, some of which he's listened to hundreds of times. Now he's almost 13 and needs a recharge. Help? [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Feb 9, 2016 - 21 answers

Is there a forum where I can reliably find eclectic music suggestions?

Is there some general music forum where I might ask things like "Suggest me some music that sounds desert-themed" or "What are some good songs with lyrics that aren't about love and dancing?" or "Suggest some songs that include a violin solo." [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Feb 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Are mp3s (and mp3 players / decoders) all equal?

I've often heard people rate different mp3 players with statements like "the iPods have really poor bass" or "the sound from a Sandisk is really tinny" or "metal sounds awesome on my Zune" (a hypothetical - this has never happened). Obviously speakers and earphones and the ripping / recording of the original track can have a difference. Is there audio difference between players beyond that? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Feb 5, 2016 - 11 answers

What's the name of this type of dongle?

I have speakers in my living room driven by an amp with one input. I want to plug both the TV and the media centre PC into the amp. What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex on Jan 29, 2016 - 11 answers

What model is this speaker?

I saw a pair of these speakers at a bar and I'd love to know their make and model. Here's a photo: https://imgur.com/pDIO9fJ It may not be that clear, but there's also an array of four horns below the main enclosure.
posted by mazarov on Jan 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Trying to recall an obscure audio ios app involving cartoon characters

I just remembered an iPhone app I had that had different audio 'games' that could be downloaded. Very cartoony with weird characters. Often times involving live audio processing via a microphone (At the time I bought a chord that enabled me to input any other instruments/sound devices into 1/8" jack). [more inside]
posted by pbeans on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

In search of a sound system.

Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Comfortable headphones for large ears?

I've been using my headphones more lately (an old pair of AKG K-44), and the cups are not quite large enough for my ears. I'd like to buy a nice pair that's comfortable for larger ears and won't pinch/press. These are used for listening to music and playing games on my laptop, but I'm not much of an audiophile so I don't need these to be absolutely "YOU CAN HEAR THE UNIVERSE"-level quality (although I'm curious as to what that might be). Any recommendations for brands or particular models I should try?
posted by curious nu on Dec 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Best option for converting irreplaceable cassettes to digital format?

I have about 80 cassette recordings of interviews dating from the early 1990s that I need to convert to some kind of digital format. What are my options if my priority is the preservation of the tapes? Is there a "gentle" tape deck on the market? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Dec 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Help my friend hear her mom!

Outdated-tech-filter: need help possibly restoring two micro cassette tapes. It sounds like there's just nothing on them... are they degraded? Demagnetized? Is that even a thing, and can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Upping my audio fidelity - tiny apartment edition

I've been listening to CDs on a crappy thrift store boombox for years now, and would like to buy some equipment to get me to a higher level of audio quality. The complication is that I live in a small apartment with small children, and don't have the space for a standard component stereo system. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Is there a text editor that will record a time code for each line typed?

I'm learning Japanese with a tutor via Skype and recording my calls. At the same time, I'm taking notes on a text editor. It'd be super handy if my written notes had time codes next to them, so I could use them to figure out when in the recording my tutor said a given sentence. Does this exist?
posted by sirion on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Identifying a techno song that featured Carl Sagan's "Contact"

In the late 90s to early 2000s, I found on Napster a techno (possibly trance?) song which had a quote from Carl Sagan's "Contact". It was not a sample from the movie. This dialogue does not appear in the movie. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Play music from NAS to desktop speakers via…what?

I have a Synology NAS with all my MP3s on it. I also have some older speakers that I would like to put somewhere in my house (e.g., the kitchen) so my wife can listen to music, which she selects via her iPhone. And I would like to do it cheaply, natch. Right now she turns on the TV and uses the Roku's Pandora or I (heart) Radio apps, which take a lot more power than some dinky speakers. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Happy Owl-oween! Outdoor microphone for listening to bird sounds indoors

My elderly dad would like to listen to bird, owl, and nature sounds that are going on outside of his house from inside the house. Is there an outdoor microphone and indoor receiver (amp? speaker? I'm not quite sure what I am looking for here) system that will do this for him easily? [more inside]
posted by ohohcyte on Oct 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Home karaoke set up recommendations?

Looking for recommendations for a home ipad/computer driven karaoke set up! Considering all in one packages (Singtrix) vs. home brew. [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Oct 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Audio tracks or MIDI tracks

If I want to try to do a fair amount of editing, is it better to record audio tracks or MIDI tracks? [more inside]
posted by gt2 on Oct 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Apartment + Projector + Chromecast + wireless speakers = possible?

At the age of 32, I've finally become an adult with my own apartment. Now I need an adult-sized audio/visual set up. Is it possible to have Chromecast (or other) plugged into a projector, and somehow getting the audio to go to wireless speakers? Also, when the projector is turned off, I'd like to be able to use those wireless speakers with Spotify. How do I set it all up? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Oct 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Using a Zoom H4N as the external mic for my Sanyo Xacti HD1000 videocam?

I want to plug my Zoom H4N audio recorder into the external mic jack on my Sanyo Xacti HD-1000 camera but I don't know what connecting cable to buy [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

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