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Best Mic for Recording a Discussion?

I'm clueless when it comes to audio recording - what's the best way to record about 1-2 dozen people, in a larger room, having a roundtable discussion? [more inside]
posted by jeresig on Aug 27, 2005 - 11 answers

What's that noise??

Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
posted by dead_ on Aug 26, 2005 - 25 answers

I have two questions for MeFi audiophiles. Electricians might be able to help too.

I have two questions for MeFi audiophiles. Electricians might be able to help too. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Aug 25, 2005 - 22 answers

Good iPod car stereo adapter?

Why are the iPod adapters for broadcasting my iPod through a signal on the radio so crappy? Is it a law that the broadcasting signal can't be strong at all? And more importantly, does anyone have a recommendation for a good broadcaster for my iPod (For use in my car.) [more inside]
posted by aacheson on Aug 24, 2005 - 31 answers

Help with emailing large audio files

I need to receive emails containing lengthy audio. One mail account simply does not show the attachment coming in. My .mac email account gives the sender this message: "This message is larger than the current system limit or the recipient's mailbox is full. Create a shorter message body or remove attachments and try sending it again." My mail box is definitely not full. Does anyone know of any way to email larger audio documents? Or a (free, preferably) email account without such limitations? The sender is a city government entitity, so getting them to compress, etc., is unlikely. Thanks.
posted by rabbus on Aug 22, 2005 - 11 answers

SoundEdit 16 Redux

ObsoleteSoftwareFilter: Remember SoundEdit 16? Well, I need some help converting a few files. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Aug 22, 2005 - 3 answers

pandora's mbox

When I turn on the phantom power switch on my new Digidesign mbox, I get a warning that the device is pulling too much power from the USB port (and then it stops working). I'm using a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, which is one of the recommended systems on Digidesign's site. I have Win XP Service Pack II installed. What gives? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 21, 2005 - 26 answers

How to find cliche background music that sounds like fake old TV commercials

Audio Production filter: I'm looking for background music for an audio project. The problem is, I don't know how to describe it. It's what I would call '1950's americana marketing music' or maybe 'bouncy happy super-retro cliche music'. See inside for a link to an example... [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 20, 2005 - 19 answers

Streaming lots of audio

What's the best way to link to a lot of MP3s on one page? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Aug 19, 2005 - 5 answers

How hard are in-wall speakers to add to an existing finished room?

I'm thinking about moving to a more minimalist home theater -- in-wall speakers, all components in a nearby closet, nothing in the room except the TV attached to a wall. I'm not finding much in the way of resources for doing this in existing construction. Anyone ever try something like this? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Aug 17, 2005 - 12 answers

Old Tyme Songs about Revenge

Having recently fallen in love with the Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song" I'm inspired to create a mix disc of songs about revenge by modern groups with an old tyme feel. I've come up with a few other songs that are perfect, but need help completing the collection. [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper on Aug 14, 2005 - 24 answers

Combining .mp3 files

Simple audio question. I want to take several .mp3 files and combine them into one... nothing fancy though if I could get a fade between them I would be thrilled. Windows and free are the only prerequisites.
posted by cedar on Aug 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Equalizer Settings

Equalizer settings on audio devices: essential or pointless? [more inside]
posted by jgee on Aug 11, 2005 - 16 answers

seeking sound advice

What's a good book (or online resource) about audio editing for a beginner who is smart and wants in-depth knowledge? I'm working with dialogue mostly -- not music. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 8, 2005 - 5 answers

OS X MP3 player with good "shuffle" ability?

Looking for: OS X MP3 player with good ability to scroll through long files easily and accurately. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 6, 2005 - 7 answers

Is Sirius lifetime subscription a good idea?

Sirius subscription: Lifetime, month-to-month, or other? [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf on Aug 5, 2005 - 10 answers

DAT's All Folks - Any DAT decks left?

Audiofilter: with amazing speed, Digital Audio Tape (DAT) has become a legacy format. In the archiving community, talk is that no major company is actually producing a component level DAT deck anymore, and the portables are soon to disappear as well. Anyone know differently, or know of a retailer still sitting on a significant stock of (new) component audio DAT decks? Lots of linguists, musicians, and ethnographers are suddenly desperate to score one. [more inside]
posted by realcountrymusic on Aug 5, 2005 - 12 answers

Mac audio editing software.

I am looking for a good, cheep/free sound editing program for my Mac. It needs to be able to produce files I can import to apple and adobe's video editing programs. Any suggestions would be great.
posted by iwouldificould on Aug 4, 2005 - 13 answers

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio to play in between songs during a live performance.

Need suggestions for "moody" and "provocative" audio/sources for said audio to play in between songs during a live performance. [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Aug 4, 2005 - 10 answers

Plant burns wood cabinet

A small round plastic planter has "burned" a white round stain into the rosewood cabinet of my audiophile tower speakers. How did this happen and what can I do? These are one-of-a-kind speakers (no longer produced and very expensive).
posted by omidius on Aug 1, 2005 - 6 answers

Long-distance Digital Audio

Audiofilter: What is the cheapest way to get pure digital sound from a computer 10~15 feet away from a surround sound system? [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Aug 1, 2005 - 5 answers

avoiding car stereo theft?

Our car was broken into today for the fourth time in about two years and the stereo was stolen for the third time. The car is getting pretty worn out overall, so we're probably going to sell it and get a newer one once we get the window replaced. What should we consider when shopping for a newer car and associated car audio, to avoid being a target? [more inside]
posted by xulu on Jul 31, 2005 - 19 answers

48 or 12 Volts for my condenser mic?

MicrophoneFilter: Should I connect my MXL 990 condenser mics to preamps providing 12V or 48V of phantom power? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 25, 2005 - 2 answers

Finding New Music Worth Listening To

How does everyone keep up with new music? Over the past year, blind luck and close reading of a few blogs turned me on to some music I'm glad I didn't miss (Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem). Work and other obligations prevent me from listening to KCRW, KEXP or some other "hip" radio stream all day, and I just don't have the time to read through x-amount of MP3 blogs a day looking for the next exciting thing. Pitchfork's 'Best New Music' feature is helpful, but I'd like something more. Ideally, I'd like a podcast of non-podsafe (i.e., whatever's new and good, signed or otherwise) music or a single blogger who posts frequently and writes well. I'm not looking for a bootlegging outlet, just a reliable source for direction on what's new and worth my time.
posted by boombot on Jul 18, 2005 - 34 answers

Can You Hear That Dog?

How can I generate an audio frequency only dogs can hear? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper on Jul 16, 2005 - 18 answers

Batch Processing of Audio Levels

How can I synchronize audio levels on hundreds of files in a batch process? [more inside]
posted by pandaharma on Jul 16, 2005 - 13 answers

Audio Drama on the web

AudioTheatreFilter: I was an avid listener of's Seeing Ear Theatre, but the site has been stagnant for years and I've finally decided it's time to move on. So what's out there in online radio/audio drama? [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Jul 15, 2005 - 3 answers

The Quiet Mac

I've lost sound on a bunch of my OS X apps... very confused [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Narrow sound?

Recently I read an article about narrow-band sound and the attempt to develop it. For example, a siren from an ambulance on the street would clear the streets, but wouldn't wake people in their homes because they wouldn't hear it. I can't find the article and Google's no help. I'm tempted to say I read it on one of Marshall Brain's sites, but searching there was fruitless as well. Can someone find it?
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Wow - that really hums

HumFilter: how do I stop the audio connection from my DVD player humming? [more inside]
posted by russmail on Jul 13, 2005 - 9 answers

recording spoken audio

My not-for-profit theatre company (run by me and grumblebee) wants to start producing audio dramas and releasing them as podcasts (and maybe on CDs). We have a limited budget (under $1000). What recording equipment should we buy for good quality sound? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Jul 13, 2005 - 24 answers

Unfair use.

How to capture audio from a DVD movie on MacOS Tiger? [more inside]
posted by dontrockwobble on Jul 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Home Stereo of the Future?

It's been many years since I've bought any home audio equipment and I'm now thinking of buying a new set of audio components for my home livingroom. So here's my question - I no longer use CD's, as all of my music is digital. I listen to internet radio all the time on my computer. I have an iPod. It seems that most of the audio components in Best Buy are still rooted in the past. What would you suggest I buy to create the "home stereo the future" that would leverage all of the new technologies that have come out in the past couple of years. What should my home audio set up look like? Any and all suggestions would be welcomed! Thanks, Marc
posted by marcschil on Jul 8, 2005 - 21 answers

Can't hear line-in in Win XP

Windows XP: Unable to hear sounds from the line-in jack on my soundcard: [more inside]
posted by MotorNeuron on Jul 7, 2005 - 3 answers

osx filter : Record sound out?

How can I record soundcard output on a Powerbook (10.4)? [more inside]
posted by 31d1 on Jul 6, 2005 - 6 answers

I need some help with home audio.

I need some help with home audio. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Jul 3, 2005 - 12 answers

speeding up quicktime videos

Is there a way to adjust the speed and pitch of a Quicktime (.MOV) video file, while keeping the video portion synched and viewable? [more inside]
posted by xulu on Jul 2, 2005 - 3 answers

burning need

I seem to be having a weird issue burning MP3s with itunes. [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Jun 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Cassette to CD Service

I possess a number of rare demo tapes (audio cassettes) from the 1980s Halifax music scene that I would like professionally restored and transferred to audio CD. Can anyone recommend a service that can do the work? [more inside]
posted by tranquileye on Jun 27, 2005 - 6 answers

How to get a car stereo fixed cheaply in SF?

I need to get my car stereo fixed in SF, looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Jun 23, 2005 - 4 answers

WinAmp playback volume

The volume of the songs played in WinAmp varies wildy. Is there some sort of volume equalizer for WinAmp? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jun 23, 2005 - 11 answers

Recording sounds played through the speaker in OS X

I'm wondering what applications (preferably free) I would use in OS X 10.4 if I want to grab and record audio on its way to my computer's speakers. A band I like has part of a song available through a flash player on their site, but I don't want to have to be online to hear it all the time. I tried playing it through the speakers and recording that, but the quality was terrible -- is there a way to record the sound directly?
posted by teem on Jun 20, 2005 - 8 answers

Laptop audio

What is the best option for having decent audio on a laptop? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jun 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Laptop Audio Hum

I use my laptop in conjunction with midi controllers as a live instrument. When running off the battery it sounds great through the PA system, but when I plug in the AC adapter I get a very loud humming sound. Is there any way to get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on Jun 16, 2005 - 20 answers

How to get an AVI file burnt to DVD with proper audio sync?

Ok, my google-fu has failed me. I'm trying to find a simple software program that will allow me to take an AVI file (or multiple AVI files - TV shows, mostly) and burn them to a DVD-R while still having the audio sync up properly. I've tried a couple of programs, and for some reason, the audio ends up being out of sync toward the end, although it's just fine at the beginning.
posted by gwenzel on Jun 16, 2005 - 8 answers

Sound over ethernet in Windows

I have a laptop connected to my desktop by ethernet. The desktop has a nice soundcard that outputs to my stereo. Is there any software that allows any sound playing on my laptop to be spirited away over the ethernet and play on the desktop's soundcard? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jun 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Earplugs for concerts

Has anyone had any experience with buying earplugs for use at concerts? [more inside]
posted by maledictory on Jun 9, 2005 - 27 answers

How to digitize audio cassettes quickly?

I've got a large collection of audio books on cassette that I'd like to digitize. I'd like to find a way to do this at faster than real-time speed (a good number of these audio books are 12 hours or more in length. Any suggestions for a simple, cheap method of doing this? Thanks!
posted by arathorn on Jun 8, 2005 - 10 answers

I'm looking for a portable amplifier for performing.

Can anyone recommend a small, portable, battery-powered voice amplifier that would work well for a street performer? [more inside]
posted by milovoo on Jun 8, 2005 - 6 answers

Why are CD/DVD releases always on Tuesday?

They're talking today about "Super CD Tuesday" on MSNBC...Why are CD/DVD releases always on Tuesday?
posted by clgregor on Jun 7, 2005 - 11 answers

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