I'm embarking on a new stage in a family history project, in which I'll be interviewing my grandmother and great aunt for their knowledge and stories about our relatives. What is the best technology by which to do so - that is, how should I best record and preserve these conversations? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias
on Feb 3, 2012 -
I'd been using Voice Recorder
to make the occasional field recording. I finally listened to them - and they sound awful. Is something better available? [more inside]
posted by unmake
on Feb 1, 2012 -
How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite
on Jan 26, 2012 -
Humming sound through newly acquired amplifier when TV tuner is plugged in (even when tuner input is not active, even when amplifier is in standby mode). How to solve? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid
on Jan 25, 2012 -
What reasons are there for a video not play the Voice over part on some Macs and some PCs? [more inside]
posted by xetere
on Jan 25, 2012 -
Any experiences or recommendations for Bluetooth audio transmitters (3.5mm to Bluetooth)? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ
on Jan 14, 2012 -
Why is audio quality so lacking in consumer audio goods, when it is so easy to improve upon it? [more inside]
posted by krilli
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Fixing an HDMI connector: I broke the connector on one end of an in-wall HDMI cable. Is fixing it possible? This AskMeFi
thread proceeded with some of the answers I found on the internet until the poster realized they had a DVI cord.
So, I have an HDMI cable, one connector is broken, it runs 35 feet on a convoluted run through the walls and ceiling of an old house, so running new cable will not be as simple as just affixing a string to the old one and pulling it through.
Is fixing it possible?
posted by oneironaut
on Jan 9, 2012 -
What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
posted by stroke_count
on Jan 6, 2012 -
I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Dec 31, 2011 -
wireless speakers filter: So, coming down the home stretch for wireless music at my place. Thanks to good advice on a previous question, I have cool speakers, and Airport Express seems to handle iTunes quite well. But now I'm trying to get other audio sources (Safari, etc.) piping through the wifi, and there's a syncing problem, specifically with Airfoil.... [more inside]
posted by 5Q7
on Dec 18, 2011 -
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 -
I need TV speakers for my parents. How do I figure out which ones I need? [more inside]
posted by pmed
on Dec 17, 2011 -
I am planning a project for a new years party involving over a hundred speakers of assorted size and Ohm values , Basically the idea is to stack all the speakers to cover an entire wall of a room and wire them all up to an amplifier(s?) what would be the best way to wire them? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks
on Dec 12, 2011 -
Please tell me the best current method for embedding/displaying audio and video files into a website using simple HTML &/or CSS. [more inside]
posted by jammy
on Dec 8, 2011 -
Great mic, nice pre-amp, sound card completely incompatible with Linux. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Dec 8, 2011 -
How do I listen to Audiobooks faster? So I am an audiobook fanatic. Which means I was happy years ago to find out you coud listen to them 25% sped up using old ipods. That feature went away and then came back. Now Audible.com's iphone app lets you play them at "3x speed" which is in reality only double speed. The weird part is once you listen at that speed it becomes normal which makes me wonder if I can go even faster. Ideas? The fewer number of steps the happier I would be of course.
posted by monkeywithhat
on Dec 6, 2011 -
Despite taking several physics classes many years ago I don't think I understand how sound works. I was watching the excellent Behind the Sounds video about creating "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
and thinking about how all those instruments at different registers ultimately are just recorded as one wave (in mono) or at most two (in stereo) that hit the ear. How can one wave carry such a density of information (like the Beach Boys) yet only carry information based on frequency, wave length and intensity? How can I tell that there are all these instruments when I only hear one wave?
posted by 2bucksplus
on Dec 2, 2011 -
I need to find the best way to connect more than one microphone (probably two but it could be up to four) to a Mac laptop. I don't need studio quality but will be capturing voices and I'd like them to sound decent. The signal from the mics would need to be seen by Flash, for teleconferencing, and by the basic Apple OS applications (Quicktime, Garage Band, etc.) Is it possible to connect more than one USB microphone at a time, perhaps through a hub? If not, is there a simple external digital mixer that I can use? Is there an on-line store that specializes in this type of audio?
And is the a wireless USB option?
posted by Jamesonian
on Dec 2, 2011 -
[Synthesizer/Audio Software/DJ Filter] I need easy art sounds! I'm looking for a easy-to-use device or software that can make minimal music/sounds for my art video soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by Murray M
on Nov 20, 2011 -
Is there a Windows application that will search audio files for a clip? I'm not looking for a web search, but something that will take a short clip and look within larger clips for the same audio. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s
on Nov 16, 2011 -
What I have: a MacBook Pro running iTunes. What I need: some speakers and a way to get the music into the other rooms of a small house. [more inside]
posted by 5Q7
on Nov 7, 2011 -
I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore
on Oct 25, 2011 -
How can I set up a simple audio system at home that plays music from my iPhone and also acts as TV speakers? [more inside]
posted by pravit
on Oct 23, 2011 -
Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 21, 2011 -
Help an audio noob figure out what kind of sound system would be good enough to play music at a small party in a large space. Would a home audio system be sufficient? [more inside]
posted by zosime
on Oct 18, 2011 -
My MacBook Pro 2011 13" is making an odd noise through the speakers/headphones. Has anybody come across this before? [more inside]
posted by anaximander
on Oct 15, 2011 -
I have a Panasonic VT30 65" plasma and I'm excited about the release of a video game next week. I'd like to celebrate by cashing in some amazon gift cards and adding better sound.
*My bedroom is small, so this stuff has to be low profile.
*I only want to spend a few hundred dollars. Let's say $300-800. I'll upgrade some future day.
I think a standalone receiver is not a sensible option but I'll consider it. Maybe a soundbar with sub is the way to go? If a soundbar really can simulate surround, that's great. If I have to go multispeakers they will have to be low profile.
Thanks for reading. People probably ask this all the time but my search results were pretty poor!
posted by DesmondDoomsday
on Oct 13, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
Anyone know where I can listen to the Steve Jobs audio clip from the default NeXT welcome email? [more inside]
posted by zamboni
on Oct 7, 2011 -
I've recently discovered SoundCloud
(!!!1) and its mobile application. Since, I'm trying to figure out a way to make use of it for a blogging platform. Say, random street-reports, or such.
Do you know any Audio Blogs that don't deal with music, but with verbal audio bits? Reporting of some sort?
posted by lipsum
on Oct 2, 2011 -
Please help find more audio comedy for my 8-year-old son. Touchstones: Hitchhiker's Guide, Cosby, Nick Danger. [more inside]
posted by argybarg
on Oct 1, 2011 -
Background music and effects are way louder than voices in XBMC, so much so that I have to get up and turn the volume down every time theme song or music comes on during TV shows or movies for fear of disturbing neighbors (not to mention that they're uncomfortably loud). [more inside]
posted by Strass
on Sep 28, 2011 -