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How to get one audio source for 2 separate screens connected to 1 comp?

I have my computer connected to two separate screens in different parts of one room. Strangely, if I want to play sound from the computer, I have to change source on my AV receiver depending on which screen I'm using: If using the monitor, then I need to use 'Line In 1', if the TV, then 'Optical'. Why is it not just using Line In 1 - which is what connects my computer to the Yamaha receiver? What do I need to do to only use 1 source with both screens? Thanks :) [more inside]
posted by McFizzle on Jan 17, 2017 - 6 answers

Can I connect wireless headphones to this receiver? If not, then what?

All my music is on CDs. I want to get wireless headphones so I can listen to music while falling asleep. I play CDs on this receiver, which has a headphone jack but doesn't do Bluetooth. Is there any way I could use wireless headphones with it? If not, what's a good alternative solution? Also, gear recs please. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Jan 12, 2017 - 7 answers

best software to record computer tutorial?

I would find it enormously helpful to be able to record computer tutorials to show users how to upload files to a specialized system, where to click, what to include. What is the most user-friendly program for recording such materials? [more inside]
posted by a fiendish thingy on Jan 9, 2017 - 8 answers

Can I generate an audio timecode track in After Effects or Premiere?

I have a client who has requested delivery of a video with timecode in the audio track. I know there are cameras that record timecode on an audio track, but I haven't found a way to generate such a track in post with Creative Cloud applications. The source video didn't come with an audio track. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Jan 7, 2017 - 2 answers

Google Maps and iOS podcasts not getting along

The behavior of Google Maps and iOS podcasts over bluetooth has changed recently for unknown reasons (maybe iOS 10.2) and I want it to change back. [more inside]
posted by obtuser on Dec 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Award-worthy fiction in audio?

I have occasionally enjoyed audiobooks, but it's been hit and miss. My attention isn't 100% with audio, so books that are relatively simple to follow seem best, right? And of course a great reader is crucial. I usually read recent books classified as "literary fiction," and I have a huge to-read list. Which ones should I pick for audio and which should I save for paper? [more inside]
posted by Frenchy67 on Dec 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Help me maintain my terrible sleep habits

I just got an iPhone 7 plus and remembered OH YEAH, this thing doesn't have an audio jack anymore. That's a problem since I like to listen to movies on my phone while sleeping, and thus need to use the Lightning port to keep my phone charged. What is the best solution here? Is there some dongle that will give me power AND audio via the Lightning port at the same time? Are there bluetooth earbuds with >5 hours of battery life? Halp! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Dec 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Mute all but music for iPhone over Bluetooth?

I recently bought a Bluetooth speaker that I use for my living room stereo. I connect my iPhone (6 if it matters) to play music or podcasts. I also like to play games on my phone while listening to music, but don't want the game sounds to play through the speaker at all. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Dec 3, 2016 - 3 answers

I hear voices. Please make them stop.

I'm getting radio interference on my desktop monitors, and am assaulted by some sports talk show constantly whenever I'm not playing anything that would drown it out. As a result, I am reluctant to turn them on, and do so only infrequently, and am missing out on the full experience of shrooming dog videos on Facebook. They're Yamaha HS50s, connected to a Behringer mixer with 1/4" cables, and the power in my apartment is not grounded. Every time I try Googling this issue myself, I have a confused. Please tell me what to do to to fix this before I learn something about sports and/or throw the speakers through the window!
posted by univac on Dec 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Why are some of my exported tracks from Logic Pro distorted?

I use Logic Pro to record (and edit) my podcasts, and twice in the past two months I've gotten distorted tracks that can best be described as sounding like the Breen from Star Trek. Why is this happening? Garbled track here. [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Nov 24, 2016 - 9 answers

voicefail

I received a voicemail via email through our office phone system. I double-clicked the attachment to play it in iTunes (Mac) and it's a legitimate voicemail. However, there is a lot of background noise (coffeeshop ambience, some singing). After the voice message finishes playing, the background audio continues and doesn't stop until iTunes is closed. Has anyone experienced this or knows what is causing it? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Nov 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Will my waterproof iPod Shuffle electrocute me?

I bought this waterproof iPod shuffle so I can listen to music while I swim laps. Sadly, I don't understand all the science involved. What is the likelihood this thing will electrocute me? [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Nov 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Toddler car trip audio options?

I am one day and 6 hours into a 4 day, 1200 mile, 18 hour experience alone in the car with my 16 month old. We have listened to (and I have sung along to) the same Raffi album (singable songs for the very young) roughly 11 billion times. Please share some additional downloadable options for toddler friendly audio that will help keep dad sane. She only has about a dozen words, so she won't be doing that much in the way of engaging, but she does find singing along by me to be entertaining.
posted by rockindata on Nov 11, 2016 - 31 answers

Non-middlebrow podcasts

It seems like every podcast I listen to shares the same aesthetic. Sort of a Slate/Vox/NPR white college educated late 20s creative professional thing. Same aesthetic as "oral histories" and contrarian thinkpieces about TV shows. What are some good podcasts that aren't in this bubble? Leaving this deliberately broad. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Nov 7, 2016 - 54 answers

What this place needs is some jawas

Here's the plan—we get pairs of red LEDs, battery powered, with little speakers that make jawa noises. Then we disperse them throughout that space in back that's just piles of old office equipment. What's the best way to achieve this critical mission?
posted by bigbigdog on Nov 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Where should I control volume from in a series?

Where should I control volume when I am listening to music on a device with a volume control through one or more devices with their own volume controls? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

What's my best HTPC receiver/amp option?

What should I use to send sound from my HTPC to my speakers in two separate rooms? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Oct 19, 2016 - 2 answers

A Hertz, an Iphone and Crackerjack GPS?

Once I had a Garminfone, and when I’d rent a car, I’d plug the phone into the car’s USB outlet, run the GPS, and listen to podcasts, the radio, or just sit in silence. Now I have an iPhone 5s running on OS10, and I recently rented a Hertz, and found much of that impossible. Worse, Applemaps led me the long way round the Northeast recently, adding several hours to my trip. Soon, I’ll need to drive home. Please suggest a new mapping program. Without GPS, I’ll never get home at all. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Oct 14, 2016 - 23 answers

Airplay puzzle

Why can't I select a given local Mac as an Airplay playback device? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 13, 2016 - 0 answers

Audio 101 filter

We've just demolished our kitchen/dining room and now decided that in-ceiling speakers for music, and a tv would be a good thing. Short on time, and audio isn't my thing, help! [more inside]
posted by nobeagle on Oct 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Guitar to Mac to Amp (2016 Edition)

What's the best way to plug my electric guitar into my Mac to record (I'm using GarageBand) and what's the best way to output from my Mac to an amp/PA (say if I'm using GarageBand's virtual effects to play live)? [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Oct 5, 2016 - 11 answers

How to stream audio to a Raspberry Pi from Windows?

I want to set up my home stereo to stream music from my Windows box to a Raspberry Pi, which is then hooked up to my receiver. I think I have all the necessary parts, but what software do I use in which configuration to get it to work - MPD, or something else? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Sep 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Brain the size of a planet, and you want me to play "Louie, Louie"

Is there an Android mp3 player that can crossfade songs without fading-in the incoming track? [more inside]
posted by Devoidoid on Sep 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Inexpensive, nonpermanent way to reduce room echo in recordings?

I've been recording myself reading poems. I have a nice AKG P220 condenser mic which works really well in situations where there isn't a lot of room echo. My apartment is not such a place. If I can find a solution that costs less than buying a new microphone, I'd prefer it. I'm assuming that if I can deaden the room a little the problem will be fixed. Any suggestions for a cheap, nonpermanent way to accomplish this?
posted by eustacescrubb on Sep 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Best way to wirelessly connect two sets of headphones to a phone

I like to listen to the same podcasts as my girlfriend while going for walks, but using a cable splitter and wired headphones is pretty frustrating. Is there a good way to either connect two pairs of headsets over bluetooth and/or listen on one set of plugged in wired headsets while the other person listens wirelessly over bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Sep 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Tube amp replacement question

I purchased the Monoprice Hybrid Tube Amp with Bluetooth recently and want to upgrade the tubes. Please help! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Sep 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Running TV Audio Through Stereo, Can't Mute Sound Via Cable Remote

I have a 10-year old Samsung HDTV (LNT4661F). I run audio out via RCA cables into my 30 year old stereo amp, keeping the TV's volume at zero. Problem is when I hit "mute" on my cable (Verizon Fios) remote control, it doesn't mute (oddly, when I hit the virtual "mute" button on the virtual remote in my FIOS iphone app, the sound DOES mute!) there a way to make the cable remote (one of these mute the volume?
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 31, 2016 - 22 answers

Headphone recommendations

Help me find the perfect bluetooth/wireless headphones for my picky needs. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 30, 2016 - 10 answers

Best (Free, Maybe?) Software for Computer-ish Voice?

I have a video in which I'd like to feature a computer-ish sounding voice. I don't want to spend a bunch of money on software, and anything online that allows you to download an mp3 looks sketchy to me. Anything that people have used? Text to speech is fine, or uploading an audio track to switch would be okay, too.
posted by xingcat on Aug 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Oh the audacity!

Why did Audacity distort a recording? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 19, 2016 - 15 answers

What to buy for a sweet PS4/general entertainment setup?

I'm gonna be coming up on some money soon. Hooray! In order to save money I plan on buying a PS4, but I'm starting from nothing. What sorts of things do I need to have a really fun experience? [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Jul 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Best slap-back vocal echo on Garageband

How do I use Garageband to get the same slapback vocal effect of this Fleetwood Mac song? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jul 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Pick a Protest PA system for ~500 people

I'm sick of attending rallies and protests where the speakers are talking into an under powered megaphone and no one past the first row can hear. I'd like to purchase a nice, powerful, somewhat portable PA system to share with progressive groups in my city. I need your help since I know a fair amount about electronics but not much about audio. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Jul 10, 2016 - 10 answers

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

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