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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
(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 -
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.
posted by univac
on May 17, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I've been thinking about building this little Altoid tin headphone amp kit
for listening with my Sennheiser 555s.
Granted, the point of building the kit is, well, building the kit--but given the limitations of a (cheap) kit-built design and the fact that I listen exclusively to mp3s on my iPhone or Mac, will there be a perceptible improvement in sound from the cans? Is there more to the sound of my mp3s that I might not be hearing just driving the Sennheisers with the juice from the iPhone's or Mac's headphone jack that would merit stepping up the signal with the little amp?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 28, 2014 -
A friend is trying to connect her PC (Windows 7) to a projector for video and a receiver for audio. The projector does not support HDMI, so she's using VGA. The receiver does have HDMI, so she's using that for audio. If she doesn't plug in the projector, the audio plays fine. As soon as she connects the VGA, HDMI audio is no longer an option in the Sound settings and audio starts playing through the laptops built in speakers. Is there a way to have HDMI for audio and VGA for video at the same time? [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Jan 25, 2014 -
I just bought a Lenovo T440s laptop, and the audio is skipping when streaming it to my bluetooth speakers, no matter what distance I sit away. I had previously been using my iPhone 5s for this, and it was wonderful
. Is this par for laptops, is it fixable, or am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by tintexas
on Jan 18, 2014 -
How can I make slightly muffled voices on audio conference calls sound sharper or crisper using Ableton? Is their an audio equivalent of "unsharpen mask"? Bonus points if I can do it over a specific frequency range. [more inside]
posted by stp123
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I work in a data center, and when amongst the racks the noise is pretty tremendous - gotta lean in towards the person you're talking to just to hear them, ear plugs are a must for any long-term work if you don't have other coverage. So I'm looking for good headphones in the 100-150 dollar range that have either active or very effective passive noise cancellation/reduction. The restriction - no earbuds, I hate 'em. Over-ear cans are the way to go. The Sennheiser 280 is a classic standby, but I can't find any specifics on how much white-noise type sound they block. The 429/439s look pretty swank as well, but once again, can't find any details beyond nebulous claims of 'sound isolation'. Anyone in a similar noise environment have recommendations?
posted by FatherDagon
on Jan 14, 2014 -
I have an aging stereo with decent speakers that I'd like to somehow convert so that I can stream music from my phone or computer. Is this possible? Details and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar
on Jan 8, 2014 -
We have a new Sonos Play 5 (just one for now) and are comparing the audio quality to a 40 year old small advent bookshelf speaker run from an equally old Luxman receiver. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S
on Jan 4, 2014 -