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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 - 5 answers

Books about setting boundaries

I'm looking for books, preferably audio books, about setting boundaries with people and learning when to say no/yes. I want something grounded in psychology, without any religious undertones (although I am open to wisdom from any religion as long as it doesn't get preachy).
posted by omar.a on Sep 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Longform Magazine Articles Podcast

I'm looking for podcasts where longform magazine articles are read aloud. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Read to me classic stories of horror.

This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Help with Freelance Audio Production Rates

I have been asked to produce audio for a business. The audio will likely be a :30 second commercial for radio, although the client is also interested in me creating audio content for their website. Is there a freelance scale for audio production rates that either includes the costs of pre-production, production and post-production or breaks out individual charges for consulting, idea development, scriptwriting, narration, adding music and/or SFX and editing?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Help my technophobe mom share individual audio files with her students

I need to set up a dead-simple method for my 75 year old mom to share individual, home-created audio files (tutoring content) with her foreign language students. [more inside]
posted by mosk on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

It's all in the name

I'm going from employed to being a freelancer. So now I need a name for myself. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by hz37 on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Is there a high quality audio album of this live television performance?

Yasmine Hamdan performed an hour set on Korsa Live, a television show on the Moroccan network 2M. Is there an audio album release of this performance that can be found? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Aug 26, 2015 - 0 answers

IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) to Audio Website?

Is there a website where you can paste in something spelled in International Phonetic Alphabet script (usually surrounded by forward slashes) and hear the audio pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 22, 2015 - 1 answer

Free audio software to automatically equalize different quality songs?

When I use Windows Media Player to bounce around songs in a playlist that basically consists of multiple full-length albums, the volume changes by song because of the audio quality/production of different albums. For example, a song from the '80s will sound fine on one volume setting but a more modern song will sound way too loud at the same volume. Is there a free, or even any such program, that can fix this issue while playing a playlist of different quality songs rather than manually adjusting the volume?
posted by atinna on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Spotify to bluetooth, but nothing else?

Can I send a spotify stream through my bluetooth speaker but keep other system sounds (e.g. email arrivals) coming through my computer? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 12, 2015 - 11 answers

I need a microphone

And I'm on a very tight budget. What do I buy? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Noise insulating headphones for my mutant ears

Noise attenuating headphones needed. Difficulty level: broad-brimmed hats and mutant ears. [more inside]
posted by Dreadnought on Jul 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Roland Demo CD?

In the 90's, I had an audio CD which was a demo containing an albums-worth of tracks done by various studio musicians on (what I remember to be) Roland products. Help me find it again! [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Jul 19, 2015 - 4 answers

MIDI controller question

Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
posted by PussKillian on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

What's that typing sound in the audio feed from my mixer?

Why was I hearing random, constant clicks when I ran audio thru my Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Mixer into my Macbook Pro? The clicks sounded very much like the sound of someone pecking at a typewriter in the distance. The feed left the mixer at the Main Right/Main Left Balanced outputs thru a cable that then combined both channels into a single unbalanced stereo mini. Unorthodox, granted, but I've never encountered that kind of "typing" noise before. Any advice on what was causing it and how to avoid it?
posted by Jamesonian on Jun 26, 2015 - 10 answers

What are some good choices for portable speakers?

I'm interested in getting some kind of WiFi based speakers for my apartment -- preferably something small and reasonably portable that I can move from room to room (or alternatively, something cheap enough to get a unit/pair of speakers for the kitchen, one for the living room, and one for my bedroom). There are a lot of similar devices on the market now and I'm not sure how to start combing through them. [more inside]
posted by mister pointy on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Splitting, speeding up M4A audio file on a Mac

Two part question: I have an M4A audio file that’s about three hours and 90 MB, and would like to split it into three tracks at specific time stamps. What’s the best or simplest way to do this on a Mac without re-encoding? There’s a bunch of stuff that Google returns, but I can’t tell what’s good and what’s not. After that, I’d like to increase the tempo of one file. Any recommendations for tools? Command line or GUI are fine. Thanks.
posted by jroybal on Jun 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Good USB headphone adapter - or other solution?

I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 9, 2015 - 13 answers

CD stereo system recs?

I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jun 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Cheapest way to get audio from my phone to my car speakers?

I have a 2003 VW Passat with no aux in jack. I have been using a cassette adapter to get audio from my phone, but the tape deck has stopped working. (It beeps and says Tape error.) I have tried replacing the cassette adapter but the same thing happens, so I know it is the player. [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Syncronized music playback across multiple phones

I'm working on a fun project which involves multiple bicycles and multiple boomboxes. I am trying to figure out how to synchronize music playback on all of these boomboxes, using phones. I assume this would be streaming from the internet (3G/4G/whatever), but are there streaming services that ensure totally synchronized playback across multiple devices? [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Jun 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Best way to hook up speakers to sound card?

I have these speakers: link. I have a pc monitor with 2 hdmi and one vga. My ps4/xbox one are connected to the hdmi ports and my pc is vga. The speakers are hooked up directly to the monitor so that sound works for everything. I bought a xonar dg for the sole purpose of getting rid of the hiss from the onboard crap in the pc I have. I was wondering what the best way to hook up the speakers are? The speakers themselves have a headphone output so I just plug my headphones into them rather than on a case by case basis of whatever console I'm using. I just don't want to ruin my headphones in the process. 99% of the time I'm just watching youtube or listening to a podcast while playing a game of fifa so i don't feel like upgrading speakers right now. Headphones are hd 558 if that helps at all. Should i just hook up unused sony studio monitors to the back of pc and call it a day?
posted by mamamia88 on May 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Multi-channel playback from an iPad?

I'm helping a friend with an art installation that calls for 4-6 channels of spoken word audio, with speakers spread throughout the room. I could certainly drive this from a computer with an appropriate audio interface, but it would be nice to have a portable setup for the artist so I don't have to be there with a computer running a DAW to drive it. Is there such a thing as a 4-6 channel (output) interface for the iPad? I've seen plenty of 4-in/2-out options, but nothing with more than stereo output.
posted by zachlipton on May 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Motion/video jobs?

I want to do something involving motion, audio/video, interactivity, multimedia, and exhibits. What jobs should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Headphone recommendations to replace Koss TD-80s?

I have a beloved pair of Koss TD-80s that I now have to admit are ready for retirement - and of course they've been long discontinued. What should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Apr 12, 2015 - 12 answers

How to reduce audio distortion

I use my computer to play music via iTunes and my computer uses two BOSE companion speakers for output. In order to play music I am faced with a total of 3 volume controls each found separately throughout iTunes, Windows 8, and my Bose speakers. How should I adjust each volume setting to achieve the best sound quality?
posted by isopropyl on Apr 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Where to find some speakers and receivers in Reno, NV?

I recently went to the "Doctors' Wives" garage sale thing that was happening a couple of weeks ago and bought a nice pair of speakers for $20. They were a steal and although I have to do a minor amount of work on one of them, they're amazing! I hooked then up to my parents' amp and we've been having a great time with them. However, I didn't realize this garage sale was only once a year, and they had a lot of other nice, vintage speakers for $20. I want a pair for my room and a new amp so I can listen to music or the radio in bed. While craigslist has some good speakers and amps sometimes, and the SPCA also has some good stuff, I was curious if there was a store or another thrift store that sells that kind of stuff. Googling only returns Beat Buy and car audio places. Thanks!!
posted by gucci mane on Mar 17, 2015 - 3 answers


I am envisioning software that is like 2D+time animation-layout software, for placing audio sources onto a flat plane / stage, and editing them over time to slowly move around on that stage, instead of wrestling with the less-intuitive Left-Surround Right-Surround Center-Channel fader levels in ProTools HD/TDM. Does anyone on MetaFilter know of such a software tool? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Mar 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Best way to play audio wirelessly from Android to home theater system?

I use an Android phone as my main audio player (both music and podcasts). I'd like to use it to play audio wirelessly over my home theater system. The Bluetooth receiver I got for this isn't cutting it. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for an mp3 player with physical buttons (vs a touchscreen)

I need an mp3 player that I can control without being able to see it, using my fingers to feel and press the buttons. I currently have an iPod Shuffle, and I like it. The problem is that I need more storage. I'm looking for recommendations for mp3 players that have physical buttons for volume and skip/repeat, and 8+ GB of storage. Also, I need it to be available to buy new. I don't want to buy anything used. Thank you.
posted by atm on Mar 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Synchronizing a Spreadsheet to a Time Line

I am looking for a program that synchronizes movement through a timeline to identical times as successively displayed in a spreadsheet. Specifically, I want to play an audio file and as the file plays, I want unique elements in the audio file that I've identified at specific times to be highlighted in the spreadsheet. I want to show very detailed and subtle changes in B as they occur in A. Does anything like that exist or does it have to be built?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 21, 2015 - 8 answers

What should I name my company?

So I'm slowly building a company (audio and music software), and I'm starting to look at company name and branding. Naming is really hard. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Feb 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Web Cam Audio Source Question

I'd like to include some audio in a web cam broadcast, but right now all I can do is play the audio out of my speakers to the web cam mic, which of course sounds terrible. Is there a way I can stream the audio directly into the broadcast from, say, iTunes or some other application?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Feb 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Need a new hub for my living room 2.1 sound system. Audiophiles, help!

I'm simplifying my audio setup to a bookshelf speaker/subwoofer system in my living room, after a Peachtree Nova/Ohm Walsh MicroTall setup for several years. I'm looking to spend around $350-400 on an amp/receiver and have several requirements and questions about how to choose the right equipment. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Feb 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Bizarre behavior from landline phone...

I have a landline and it also has a cordless handset. When people call me, all is well. When I call them, they cannot hear me though I can hear them fine. The same is true for the corded and cordless handset. How is this possible and how can I fix it? I'm in Toronto Canada if that makes any difference regarding landlines.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Feb 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me record calls on an iPhone in Canada

Can you help me find the best hardware or software solution? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

HiFi Hell 2: Ground Loop Boogaloo

I can't seem to eliminate this hum/buzz in the phono stage of my stereo receiver. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Feb 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Simple HTML5 audio player

I'm looking for a very simple HTML audio player that I can customize with CSS. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Feb 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Online Audio Language Database?

I once read a language encyclopedia which had the Lord's Prayer printed in lots of different languages. I'm looking for the same thing (not necessarily the Lord's Prayer), but audio. I want to hear a passage translated into many different languages and real aloud. I've exhausted my Google skills. Anyone know of such a source?
posted by dmvs on Feb 2, 2015 - 3 answers

What's this song? Taped an hour of radio in 1983.

For the past thirty years I've been trying to identify every song on a cassette tape I made from the radio. I have now found them all, except one. Can anyone tell me what the artist and title of this song is? I have only two seconds of audio here. Here’s the backstory behind my pointless three decade old mission… [more inside]
posted by Italian Radio on Jan 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Most efficient way to translate audio to subtitles

I've volunteered to translate a few talks, from English to Spanish, so the translation can be included in video as subtitles. I was just given the audio to work with. I've only ever done text-to-text translation before, so I have no idea how to start on working with audio-to-subtitles. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Jan 23, 2015 - 4 answers

HiFi Hell

is it worth repairing/restoring my old NAD receiver, or should I just look for something else? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Best place to host audio files from a conference

I am trying to post a couple audio recordings of a conference online. I would like to be able to link to these recordings from our website, and possibly prevent download. What are some of the best options out there for this kind of file-sharing? [more inside]
posted by Rage-chel on Jan 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me buy a digital radio as a gift.

My partner has a birthday coming up and I'm looking for a gift. She is in the habit of listening to the radio on her phone while she does chores around the house or works from home, so I want to get her something a bit nicer to listen on. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Jan 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Make my TV a wifi jukebox (difficulty level: nitpicky requirements)

My personal music collection is divided between vinyl records (easily played over the stereo, no problems there) and over 70GB of music mp3s on my laptop. I almost never listen to my mp3s anymore because laptop speakers suck and I'm past the point of listening to my music on headphones only; and also because I still haven't figured out a way to wirelessly send/access (either via wifi, bluetooth or cloud storage) the music to my TV or to my amplifier directly. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Alternative to playing videos in VLC for audo volume correction

Right now, if I find a video I really like on youtube with subpar volume, I have to download it and play it via VLC. Kind of ruins the playlist experience. Are there plugins or extensions that will do the same thing, ie increase the level of the audio output?
posted by one4themoment on Jan 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Car audio acting weird since battery drain & jump

Hi MeFi, My lights were left running on my Honda Civic 2008 and the battery drained. After a jump from AAA, the car audio hasn't been the same. To clarify.. it sounds much much louder. For example, I used to be able to turn it up to Level 30, right now if I go over Level 5 it sounds extremely loud and bass is very distorted. What could it be? Did battery jump somehow fry my speakers/receiver? Thanks for your help!
posted by bostonhill on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Simple command line audio file concatenation task?

I have many folders each of which contains 125 or so brief wav files (1 - 4 seconds) with file names 001.wav, 002.wav ... n.wav. I want to create a long wav file for each folder that has the original files intercut with periods of silence equal to x times the length of the preceding individual source wav file. So, like, 001.wav + silence of length x times the length of 001.wav + 002.wav + silence of length x times the length of 002.wav + and so on. [more inside]
posted by bertran on Jan 1, 2015 - 2 answers

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