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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

iPhone controlled Bluetooth Home Speaker system with multiple zones

Are there any good alternatives to the SONOS system that would let me control music across my entire house from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Oct 10, 2013 - 8 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

Help me fill our gym with music!

I'd like to set up an awesome DIY sound system so our entire (huge) gymnastics facility is all listening to the same music source at once. The size of the facility (about 600' by 100') is my stumbling block, and the technological specifications and suggestions I get from Google are making my head spin! [more inside]
posted by denimflavored on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

What's the verdict on bluetooth multicasting using Windows 7?

Mrs. Van and I enjoy watching movies at night using XMBC on our HTPC (which runs Windows 7)... But in a Manhattan apartment with two kids under the age of 2, we're usually stuck watching foreign subtitled films, using bulky headphones with a splitter, or turning the volume up and down constantly on a Hollywood blockbuster. I bought a couple of bluetooth headphones and an adapter a while back. I got one of the headsets to pair, and while that works beautifully, I don't think there's a way (using the normal Broadcom drivers) to pair two at the same time. Is there a software product or workaround that would allow us to pair *multiple* bluetooth headsets, allowing both of us to listen to audio coming from the computer? Thanks.
posted by BobbyVan on Oct 1, 2013 - 13 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

Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?

I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Good place to find earcons / auditory icons examples

Several years ago I remember there was a web site where you could find an assortment of earcons/auditory icons/station id's/etc. The NBC chimes, the Intel Inside tones, the jazzy Comedy Central stinger, etc. Now my Google-fu is failing me, and I'd like to find all of these to include in a presentation. I can find some of them on YouTube, but not all the ones the site I remember had. Failing this, can you recommend a good studio who creates these that has an online portfolio I could check out? I'd like to use the short jingles/earcons in a branding presentation for my students. Thanks.
posted by ferdinandcc on Sep 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Music Education Filter: "The History of Recorded Music" for Grades 3-8?

I'm brainstorming a volunteer presentation to give in schools on "The History of Recorded Audio". Probably 2 or 3 45-minute sessions. Has anyone written or presented something similar? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Sep 15, 2013 - 6 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

How do I adjust the sound sync on my TV?

When I watch TV, the sound is just a little bit off and it looks like everything is dubbed. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 24, 2013 - 12 answers

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV?

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV which includes bluetooth for my iPhone music, but does *not* include a subwoofer, and is under $200? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Good Lav Mic with Mini Plug

Can someone recommend a good lav mic to accompany a Sony PCM-M10? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Aug 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Better sound, less space

Are TV sound bars a good solution? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I dread to consider re-ripping to FLAC

My third 500 GiB Archos 5 IT just died on me. I'm out of the loop and I need a new mp3 player. What's the best large-capacity mp3 player for me to get? [more inside]
posted by turkeyphant on Aug 20, 2013 - 22 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

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

How to channel audio from Roku 3 through old receiver?

How do I connect my Roku 3's audio channel through an old AV receiver? I have an Onkyo that works fine, but it has no HDMI inputs. I just upgraded to the Roku 3, and there are no RCA outputs. I don't want to spend $250-$500 on a new AV receiver, and don't want to invest in a soundbar. I'm hoping I can still use my receiver. I was looking at this thing (http://goo.gl/SphLUa) at Monoprice, but not sure if and how I would use it. Thoughts?
posted by sholdens12 on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

How does one upload audio clips to YouTube?

For a while now I've been wanting to upload to YouTube audio clips of myself speaking . . . but I've no clue how to do this. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

BBC Documentary Earworm

I've heard this audio track on many BBC documentaries over the past few months, including multiple unconnected Panorama episodes and most recently on Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods. It seems an audio engineer is crushing on this track quite heavily, and now my brain is demanding to hear the whole thing and will replay it for me ad nauseam until it does. I've tried running it through SoundHound and Shazam to no avail, so I figure it might be from a production audio library instead of an actual song. Does anyone know the title and composer of this piece, and more to the point, where I might obtain a copy?
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics on Aug 1, 2013 - 3 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

Getting audio from my Android stick computer to my TV

Bought stick-computer that has HDMI, USB, and Bluetooth. TV only has DVI (and older) inputs. Can't figure out a way to get the audio hooked up. [more inside]
posted by wolfkult on Jul 20, 2013 - 11 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

How to record and transcribe all conversations

Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Requesting ideas for a voice audio recording project.

I have a decent microphone and I like recording audio for Librivox and some language learning sites. I would like to extend this into some other areas. Either reading foreign news, blogs, covering a local issue or any type of suggestion one might have. I have some plans for starting a podcast in the future but for now I would like to commit to recording something and posting it regularly for a while. Can be as dull as the conet project or repetitious as David Lynch's weather reports. Ideally content would be public domain, creative commons, or other permissible copyright.
posted by andendau on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Need live streaming software with a delay

Is there a live streaming audio player for Windows that will add a predefined delay? I actually need a delay of 5-10 minutes and preferably the ability to vary the delay as I listen. I saw a delay option in VideoLAN but the stream never starts; I guess the delay is much too long for it to deal with.
posted by crapmatic on Jul 5, 2013 - 1 answer

Are there still car stereos with decent knobs?

How can I find a decent replacement stereo for my 2005 Audi TT roadster? One with real knobs and no laser light show? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jun 30, 2013 - 8 answers

How to downsample quality on many .wav audio files?

I have several hundred recordings of research sessions which are .wav audio files, and they have nearly filled my external hard drive. How can I reduce the file size while preserving quality? [more inside]
posted by supramarginal on Jun 27, 2013 - 13 answers

feed my ears, my eyes are busy

I need recommendations for TV shows, audiodramas and audiobooks that I can really sink my teeth into. I'm asking for both in the same question because I need to be able to listen to the TV and still catch most everything; this is stuff I want to have on while I'm doing stuff with my hands. I'm a fan of fantasy, science fiction, drama and snark. More information and a list of favorite things after the jump. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 24, 2013 - 18 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

Going from RCA to Bluetooth and back again.

Is there a bluetooth bridge that will work between a set of RCA jacks? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Audio / tone generator for classroom demonstrations

I'm teaching a college section on audio perception, and I'm looking for (preferably free) tone generation software for classroom demonstrations -- in particular, something that will let me control the level of the individual harmonics independently. It would be great there was also the capacity to control the ADSR envelope, but that's less important. I'd also be interested to hear about anything else that people have found useful for a class like this. Thanks!
posted by svenx on May 23, 2013 - 6 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

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

Looking for pronunciations of US city names

I'm looking for a source - either paid or free - that can provide pronunciations of US city names. [more inside]
posted by zorm on May 7, 2013 - 8 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

car audio in Durham/Chapel Hill - where to buy?

_Other_ than Best Buy, how/where would one obtain a replacement car audio system near Durham, NC? I have no idea where to shop. I'm OK with installing it myself if it's not too involved, but installed is good too. [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

How to fix the LOUD and the quiet on my TV?

When I watch a movie on my TV, the audio is very LOUD and the dialogue is often quiet. I have to turn up the volume--way up--to hear dialogue and then BAM! An action scene with lots of explosions and heavy music forces me to turn it way down. The constant switching drives me nuts! [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 30, 2013 - 9 answers

ATTN SOUND ENGINEERS: Is Audio Technology School a Good Idea for Me?

I want to be a sound/audio engineer. I found a 9-month program in Audio Technology that's $24,000. Is this a good use of my time and money? [more inside]
posted by laswingkid on Apr 29, 2013 - 23 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

USB interface for vinyl conversion with a mac?

What device do I get to connect from preamp out to Mac via USB for better sound quality in converting cassettes and vinyl to digital media using my existing stereo and existing Mac mini? I don't want or need to buy a new sound system or computer. [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Apr 25, 2013 - 9 answers

What software can be used to crowdsource a transcription?

I am looking for an online service in which a group of volunteers could use to transcribe an audio or video file into text. Is there anything that will allow 10-15 volunteers to simultaneously log in and do this? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Apr 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Easy ways to improve sound quality on voice recordings?

I have some digital audio recordings of interviews conducted by telephone that I must transcribe. The sound quality of the responses is very poor. In the past, I have been able to get through the poor quality and make out what was being said. However, these are particularly bad. I know very little about audio editing. I have tried using tools like Audacity to manage the sound levels and remove background noise, with some success. However, I wonder if there are other quick fixes that I could try?
posted by Grinder on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

realtek ac97 sound controller doesn't work

Hi, my computer isn't making any sounds at all. win7. The control panel shows the realtek ac97 sound card (or maybe it is a built in piece of the motherboard?) but won't make any noise.. the speakers work, have tested them in another machine.
posted by Mistress on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

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