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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

Latest and greatest in hands-free calling and other car niceties?

My husband's birthday is coming up! For work, he drives and talks on the phone A LOT. How can I make make it safer - and nicer - for him to make and take calls while driving? I would also love to hear recommendations for other car-life luxuries that make a difference. [more inside]
posted by rada on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I audiobooks?

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 - 17 answers

Audio compression of a broadcast TV signal causing problems?

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 - 8 answers

Download an audio interview from NPR/MPR

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 - 6 answers

Bluetooth Pony request...

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 - 2 answers

Recording Skype calls with Audio Hijack Pro

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 - 6 answers

Timeshifting streaming audio.

Is there a relatively painless* way to pull audio off of a site like this, without using the analog loophole? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Whats a cheap Turntable (record Player) if I just want to play vinyl?

(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 - 12 answers

USA seller of "twin screened audio cable" or "two core screened cable?"

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. Thanks!
posted by univac on May 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Premiere Pro CC: How to set max audio level to prevent peaking/redlining

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 - 3 answers

Which wall speaker mounts to get and how to install?

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 - 6 answers

What is that electronic noise in my audio system?

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 - 4 answers

Navigable audio version of the Christian Bible

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 - 4 answers

What's wrong with my Shure SCM810 mixers?!?

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 - 2 answers

Do you know of guided meditation audio that is realistic?

Hoping to find some guided meditations that are realistic. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Mar 4, 2014 - 5 answers

What poem and poet is this recording?

Who wrote this poem: "Blue Moon"? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2014 - 2 answers

High pitch pulse sound coming from stereo receiver

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 - 8 answers

Skipping Bluetooth Audio

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 - 4 answers

What audio equipment do I need to make a vlog/podcast?

Any ideas for a good, cheap audio/video setup for vlogging/podcasts? [more inside]
posted by Sarah Lund's Jumper on Jan 11, 2014 - 3 answers

SoundFilter: Can I make passive bookshelf speakers wireless?

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 - 7 answers

Audio quality of Sonos speaker vs traditional bookshelf speaker?

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 - 6 answers

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB.

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB. I'm thinking about buying a fridge, and the fridges I'm considering have noise levels ranging from 28dB to 47dB (according to the latest fridge assessment in Choice). Fridges with a 28dB noise level rating are too expensive for me, though, so I'm trying to find something I can afford but which won't annoy me too much (I'm sensitive to the noise of a buzzing fridge). What I can afford tends to be somewhere in the mid-30s dB range. But it's no use going into a noisy showroom and trying to properly gauge how a fridge will sound in my quiet home. So I'm wondering if there's a way I can test these different noise levels at home before I buy, to see what's the difference.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Any audio equivalent of "extract a person or object using Photoshop"?

I have a sound recording that ideally I would like to remove the background sound from. My recording has unfortunately captured the unwanted sound of an episode of Doctor Who being played from a TV in the background. Is there a way to filter that out? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Nov 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Sending an instant play audio file to a Lotus Notes e-mail address?

I need to e-mail a small audio file to my office in such a way that it automatically plays as soon as the e-mail is opened by the recipient. Can this be done and, if so, how? I can embed the audio into a graphic if necessary or create it in any format. The file wouldn't be larger than maybe 1MB. My office uses Lotus Notes v8.5 mostly on PCs but also a few Macs. Thanks in advance.
posted by Jamesonian on Nov 6, 2013 - 4 answers

I don't know how to google for the car stereo features I'm looking for

I want to buy a new car stereo, but have no idea how to google for the features I'm looking for. What I really want is a double din stereo that has a usb port on the front where I can plug in my iphone 5 and play it through the stereo. Now comes the hard part, I want to control the iphone from the iphone. Not through the stereo interface. In otherwords, I want to use the USB port as an Aux out. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn on Oct 21, 2013 - 10 answers

kick the cans

I'm looking for new headphones or earbuds. Sound quality isn't that important. Long-term comfort and build quality are. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Oct 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Need help with A/V components

I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

What makes a ringtone audible in an urban environment?

Even with the ringer set on maximum volume, I tend not to hear my phone ringing when I'm out walking on a busy London street. I'd like a ringtone that will be audible over traffic noise, but not be earsplitting or annoying when I'm indoors. Are there any acoustic properties (other than sheer loudness) that I should look for in a ringtone to help it stand out against a background of car engines and other street noise?
posted by yankeefog on Sep 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Need a remote audio performance set-up

I am a performer looking for some type of system to remotely control audio. And I have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Sep 19, 2013 - 8 answers

iPod amplifier for car

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive portable amplifier to use in my car so I can listen to my iPod? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Aug 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Electronic Alteration of a DIGITAL Sample as a Defense

i once heard a lawyer claim you can "fight" copyright claims by altering frequency and introducing manipulation to the audio samples. following text "SOUND SAMPLING PROTECTION AND INFRINGEMENT IN TODAY'S MUSIC INDUSTRY" claims this is null. can anyone clarify this?
posted by yosh on Aug 11, 2013 - 10 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

Best hard drive solution for mobile audio recording

Trying to decide what to get, here. I've got an interal 750gb 5400 rm drive in the MBP that very occasionally throws up the dreaded "drive too slow" dialog in Logic at only 6 or 8 tracks of 24 bit 44.1 kHz. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Jul 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Finding a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America

I'm looking for a particular recording of Alan Ginsberg reading America. It was on a mix tape I lost many years ago, and the particular moment that stands out is when he says "America I am the Scottsboro boys", someone in the (high as a kite and raucous) audience shouts out "you are the Scottsboro boys!" Any pointers would be helpful, either to purchasable media or to online video.
posted by pmb on Jun 15, 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

Who has a cheap A/V receiver that has not broke in the last 5 years?

If you have a low-end A/V receiver (less than $400) that has lasted without problems for 5 years or more, tell me the brand name. I won't buy the same model that you bought five years ago, but I may choose the same brand, and go buy the latest equivalent offering manufactured from them. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 8, 2013 - 31 answers

Retro-fitting MP3 input to 1970s record player?

I have a record player from the 1970s (a Garrard 2025 TC to be exact). How difficult (or risky) would it be to replace the sound input from the tape deck with a mini-jack input so that I can play MP3s (such as from an iPod) through the speakers? Is it just a matter of taking the back off, cutting wires and splicing them together?
posted by Grinder on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Is this legit or a bunch of hooey?

Can anyone tell me if Audio Visual Entrainment (AVE) actually does anything? Does it actually help with depression/anxiety, or is it all just a bunch of hooey? Is it worth the money?
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on May 22, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the best simple lavalier microphone setup to use with DSLRs?

I've been tasked with filming a series of seated "talking head" interviews using my DSLRs. What's the best way to create a minimal audio setup that will have acceptable quality, be reasonably easy to set up on location and to edit the final results, and also be reasonably cost-effective? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

The sound on my vintage receiver cuts out.

My dad recently gave me his mid '70s-era receiver. It's a Kenwood KR-5600 (here's a photo). I've got it up and running and it mostly sounds great to my ears, but the sound sometimes fluctuates (cutting/fading in and out) when I'm playing my turntable through it (a Toshiba SR-F770 direct drive...nothing fancy). [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Apr 29, 2013 - 7 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

Looking for under-$60 headphones with detachable cord

I'm looking for an under $60 set of headphones with a detachable cord/cable. Every corded headset I've bought has failed because of the cord, so being able to replace it is important. [more inside]
posted by shoyu on Mar 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Streaming audio player for Android

Anyone know of an simple, reliable audio player for Android that can stream audio from a regular URL, and will continue streaming with the screen off? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Mar 10, 2013 - 3 answers

What's wrong? jacking mic and headphones for Frankenstein headset

I really want to combine my headphones with my microphone so that I can use it as a headset on my home phone. So I got a 3.5mm splitter and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter so that I can plug the mic and headset together, then reduce it to 2.5mm so it can plug into my phone. It doesn't work. Why? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Could we hear the speaking voice of a six-inch-tall human?

I am considering writing a novel/story that involves the idea of people living among us who are somewhere between three and eight inches tall, but I don't know enough about the physics of sound to know if normal height humans would be able to speak to these tiny people. Would their voices be too high-pitched to hear at all, or just very difficult to understand? Would our voices be understandable to them? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Feb 15, 2013 - 18 answers

Remote audio in 2013

I have two sets of speakers on opposite sides of a room, connected to Windows boxes, that I would like to stream music to. AirPlay isn't working out too well. What's the best alternative? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Feb 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Fix my crummy 80s Hi Fi

Speaker and turntable both on the fritz. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I listen to music through my TV and it has to end.

My computer is connected via HDMI to the flatscreen TV in my living room. There has to be a better way to listen to my music than through TV speakers. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Nov 15, 2012 - 14 answers

What audio book would you want if you were stuck in a hospital bed?

Help me pick the perfect audio book to get my friend through hospital awfulness. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 11, 2012 - 17 answers

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