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Ultra sparse music

I'm craving music that has as little sound as possible. I feel like the music that I've encountered all my life rarely has long chunks of silence. I want music that respects silence, tiptoes around it, and very, very rarely intrudes upon it. I want those intrusions to be perfect as well. Does anything come to mind? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 1, 2014 - 55 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

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

Looking for timestretching software that supports variable tempo curves

I'm looking for an audio timestretching tool that allows me to vary the compression/expansion amount over time. In other words, I'd like to be able to draw a tempo "curve" for the input file—say, starting at −8% speed and remaining there for the first minute and twenty seconds; then gradually increasing speed so that it reaches +12% at 5:33; then remaining steady at +12% for the remainder of the track. Help? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Using a 13" MacBook Air as an audio delay.

This is for live sound at a party. I need to add a delay to a set of speakers to synchronize them with the main stacks. I don't have a digital console or an effects box capable of this. Could I use something like Audiomulch to do it? How would I set up my 13" MacBook Air so it won't shut don't or cut the audio for several hours? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Rap song on bandcamp with Vanilla Ice sample - Alright stop

Longest of long shots but does anybody recall hearing a rap/hiphop song on bandcamp with a Vanilla Ice sample? The beat may have had a bit of the "under pressure" bass line and some hand claps. About 3 times through the song they'd throw the vanilla ice sample in from "Ice Ice Baby" and right when the sample said ".....alright stop" the beat would cut out for a few seconds and then start back up.
posted by cashman on Dec 17, 2013 - 2 answers

Whats wrong with my vintage audio receiver?

When I play records sound only comes out of the right speaker. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Dec 14, 2013 - 10 answers

How to turn up the good and turn down the suck with Nexus 4 audio?

I used to have an iPhone. You could listen to music with it. You could plug it into my basic USB car stereo and it would play music. I now have a Google Nexus 4. It will play for about 30 minutes, and then stop. If I'm lucky, it might deign to play a few songs in the car. I must be doing something wrong, right? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Oct 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Optimal OGG to MP3 encoding for quality vs. file size?

I'm preparing to revamp my digital music library, including re-encoding a lot of high-bitrate OGG tracks as MP3 to increase portability and cut down on file size. What are the best LAME encoder settings to maximize appreciable quality for the future without taking up too much space? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

NYC Recording Studio Tour?

I want to take my friend on a tour of a recording studio in the NYC area to take a friend on for his birthday. Google has come up surprisingly short. I'd prefer a recording studio that has come kind of historical importance, though I know that most of the legendary studios in NYC have moved or closed. If a historically significant studio isn't a possibility, I was hoping to find one that has recorded interesting artists in the alt/indie rock, power pop, or soul genres. [more inside]
posted by fructose on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Audio system for a cottage

We're looking to play music and other audio at a cottage. Do we want a mini system, powered speakers or what? [more inside]
posted by bonehead on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me figure out how to choose and set up an outdoor speaker system.

I would like to surprise my husband with an outdoor speaker system. Please give me advice about whether to go wired or wireless, which speakers to buy, other things I should know before I start this project. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 28, 2013 - 4 answers

More goosebump worthy audio pieces/ podcasts like the one below?

I recently heard this obscure piece and was blown away. What other similar audio work can you recommend? Poetry/short story read well with tight ambient sound effects? Are there any websites that aggregate those types of work? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I switch from music to my audio book quickly on my iphone

I listen to a lot of audio books on my iphone while driving and working. I also like listening to music in between for short periods, but still need to keep my place in the book. Right now I am using the bookmark app to keep track of the audio book, which seems to be the best app that I have tried so far. But the problem is that whenever I want to switch back to my playlist of music, the iphone music app defaults to the audio book that was last played. Is there any better way of switching back and forth so that the music app can remember that it is supposed to play a playlist and the audio book app remembers to start where I left off in the book? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How to Batch Convert using MAX or Fix XLD crashing on Bulk Conversion

XLD was working fine unless I have too many albums (such as 30 folders/albums apiece). I am not figuring out the interface on MAX for a batch conversion with several subfolders. I basically am using VBR to compress my music to smaller mp3 format. On XLD, there is Preferences-->Preserve directory structure-->subdirectory search depth "0", which makes it work on a small scale, like 10 folders or so, before crashing. So, if anyone can tell me what I am missing on MAX's menu or if they had the problem with XLD and fixed it, I am good to go. I like XLD's interface but it won't process my whole iTunes at a go.
posted by chicaboom on Apr 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Why won't my Karaoke mixer mix mics?

I recently received a Arirang AR-36K karaoke machine. I have hooked it up to my TV and receiver, which has ports only for stereo sound from this input. It has two ports on the front for microphones, which I've plugged in; however, the sound input from the mics isn't mixed into the sound output. I know that the input is actually happening, because the on-screen display reacts to my (terrible) singing, but it just doesn't get mixed -- and the menu option to turn up the microphone volume simply doesn't work (it gives the "command not allowed" icon whenever I press any button on the requisite screen). The hardware microphone volume knobs seem to have no effect, either. Any ideas?
posted by sonic meat machine on Mar 20, 2013 - 0 answers

Multi-input external audio interface recommendations?

I want to buy an audio interface for home recordings. Specifically, I want to record onto (most likely) a Mac, and I need more than 2 simultaneous inputs, since I will often be recording drums. I would prefer to spend under 200€. Give me your opinion and experiences! [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Any replacement for RJDJ?

I recently found one of my favorite iPhone apps of all time RJDJ the reactive ambient sound generator and "world quantizer" was discontinued by the company and taken off iTunes. Damn! I never got a chance to put it on my new phone. Are there any other reactive music apps out there like it for iPhones? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Small audio mixer with mic in, line in, level meters?

DJ switching to controllers-only: What is a (very) compact audio device (most likely a mixer) that will give me a mic input, an audio input, and reliable, accurate level meters? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

crazy rockstar interviews

I'm looking for audio and/or video (or otherwise transcripts) of "outrageous" or "far out" interviews or non-music content that more "hard-core" fans of those people would know about, but general fans might not. examples: Noel & Liam Gallagher's "Wibbling Rivalry" or Bob Dylan's conversation with AJ Webberman
posted by mrmarley on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 answers

The halls are alive with the sound of muuusic!

I would like music in my home, and I'm gadget friendly and very geeky but not in the consumer audio space (more the computers and video gaming and mobile spaces). So I would like some advice on how to do this. Technical details and specific desires below. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Looking for software to aid with streaming via an unreliable connection

Is there a music streaming program that will continuously cache a stream while a connection is available and play from that cache on demand, in a first-in-first-out manner? [more inside]
posted by Nameless on Oct 10, 2012 - 2 answers

FM transmitter/iPod touch woes

Can I use an iPod dock extender cable to get audio from my 4th generation iPod touch to an FM transmitter with a male dock connection meant for the iPod mini? If not, what are my options for inexpensive FM transmission from my Touch? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Want a compact multimedia player

What is a good modern music player? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music?

Is there a basic online DAW that my friend in another city and I can use to collaborate on music? We want to do an album in 24 hours, and we're looking for a site where we can upload parts of audio tracks we are working on and do basic editing on them. [more inside]
posted by pantufla on May 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for blog and podcast networks

Looking for blog and podcast networks. [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?

I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Pimp my listening experience!

Audiophilia-on-a-budget advice needed: I want to upgrade my desktop listening experience for around $200 or less. Currently reasonably happy using Sennheiser HD-280 plugged straight into my Mac Pro, but borrowing a friend's Total BitHead has inspired me to look further. [more inside]
posted by supercres on May 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Properly compressed current jazz and blues?

What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Who owns photos, videos and audio of a musical performance?

I pay the band to play, I shoot the video and photos and record the audio. But who actually owns the media? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Feb 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Drum sampling options?

I'm a drummer in an indie-rock band with a 5-piece kit who is looking to expand my setup to include a drum sampling pad. I want something that has unique percussion sounds (not just cheesy electronic beats), built-in effects, plenty of storage space to upload my own samples, and the ability to record and loop live drumbeats. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by jonnyalvarez on Feb 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Music all over the house

What devices/components do we need to store our music library centrally and access it throughout the house? Also, what's a good wireless speaker solution? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Problems with music over Bluetooth

I'm having problems playing music in my car from my iPhone via Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Nov 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me become a bedroom musician

I'm a professional musician, but specifically a classical musician with essentially no experience with sequencing, recording, amplification, or anything to do with electronics. Can you tell me how I become a bedroom musician? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Oct 9, 2011 - 18 answers

Is it smart to run both my computer and record player audio through an amplifier?

Is it possible to use the same set of speakers/studio monitors with both my computer and record player/amplifier? Is it possible/smart to run both the computer and record player audio through the amplifier? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Converting musical audio to data?

Is there software capable of analyzing the note-to-note event data from a melody played on a solo acoustic instrument (live or recorded), and then generating a text file containing said data in a list form? [more inside]
posted by jamjames on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Broken buds ain't my buddies

I need a pair of sturdy earbuds. Can you help me find a pair that will survive my pocket? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 15, 2011 - 19 answers

I want to see music

Is there any relatively agreed-upon audio visualization standard, or are all visualizations of audio just interpretations of the sounds? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Can Mp3tag do this?

Mp3tag-filter: Can the program fill empty Title fields with the Filename? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Creating simple audio tracks

How can I edit simple music tracks on a PC laptop without spending a fortune? I have pretty good working knowledge of music notation software (mainly Sibelius) but am looking for something that I can use with my Zoom H2 Digital Recorder to multi-track ideas using live instruments and have absolutely no idea what I need. HELP?! [more inside]
posted by joboe on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Zombie Eaters, now 100% more grim

Help me recreate this bizarre Xbox 360 music streaming glitch! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jul 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there any VERY simple audio editing software for an amateur?

Can anyone recommend a basic (and free) audio editing software program for Windows that is easier to use than Audacity? [more inside]
posted by Curious Artificer on Jun 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Music makes me feel like...

I'm looking for audio of people saying interesting things about making or listening to music -- movies, youtube videos, hip-hop albums, tv shows, doesn't matter. I'm especially interested in people talking about how music or dancing makes them feel or why they make music, more than details of how they make it.
posted by empath on Jun 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Is this audio set-up worth the money?

Can I find a better home audio setup then this one for the money? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on May 18, 2011 - 3 answers

What software extracts sounds by humming them?

What's the software or academic paper that isolates sounds by humming them? I remember seeing a demonstration video of this where the narrator removed a phone ringing by imitating its trill. He also removed the guitar from the AC/DC song Back In Black. I think the title was "Isolating Sounds Via Frequency Matching" but my google-fu has failed.
posted by Monochrome on Apr 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Copy-right free hip-hop beats and loops?

Where can you find copyright free high-quality hip hop beats and loops to be used for rapping over? Something that could be used in an iPhone application that will be submitted to the appstore. Prefereably high-quality wav format and fresh!
posted by EricBrotto on Feb 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me identify a bit of sound

Could someone please tell me the original song that features the breath sound with delayed effect that you hear in this sample (check at about 0.06). This is a snippet I recorded from a recent mix by MJ Cole. Perhaps it's even one of Mr. Cole's songs.. but which? And if it is do you think the breath sound was created by him or was it sampled from older material? I'm almost certain I've heard it elsewhere.
posted by concourse on Feb 18, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm out of the loop...

What audio editing software should I use if I want loops to be automatically detected? This seems like a fairly simple task - all the program would have to do is identify repeating waveforms. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

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