Please help me with audio as if I'm a n00b.
I have a couple components from the mid-90s and a 2007 iMac and I want to do a few specific things. [more inside]
posted by bendy
on May 27, 2011 -
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet
on Mar 20, 2011 -
Primer on digital video codecs, containers, etc. While working with video on my Linux PCs, I am often confused because I just don't know much about all the different video formats (MPEG 4, h.264) "containers" (OGG, AVI) the different kinds of compression, how the audio and video stay in sync, what various terms like "muxing" mean, and so forth. I'm looking for a good document that explains all these things to someone with little knowledge of it. A web document, book, Wikipedia article, etc. would be good. I just don't know where to start to see how these things fit together. Thanks.
posted by massysett
on Nov 14, 2010 -
I have a Zoom portable digital audio recorder. I recorded a live band, but the volume level was too high, and now it sounds muffled. Is there anything i can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by foodybat
on Sep 20, 2010 -
I do occasional audio recording with GarageBand. I just recently upgraded from a G4 tower to an Intel iMac w/Snow Leopard. I settled for analog audio in through the mic input on the G4 but I think I want to step up to digital input. I have an analog mixer, tube preamps, effects pedals, etc. so I don't need to have them in the audio interface. Midi I/O would also be nice but not necessary. What are my choices in a basic 2-channel Firewire(800)/USB(2.0) audio interface?
posted by tommasz
on Aug 2, 2010 -
More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage? [more inside]
posted by mekily
on Jul 22, 2010 -
What hard drives can I use with a Fostex D2424LV MKII digital recorder? [more inside]
posted by setanor
on Apr 22, 2010 -
We have done some market research, and we are aware that digital audio recorders and Mac computers are not exactly friends or buddies. We want to do some reasonably priced field recordings, and mostly voice logging. An easy interface with iTunes would be a major plus. What have you used, and what do you recommend?
posted by ovvl
on Mar 11, 2010 -
I need to create about 8 gender-neutral, speech-synthesized audio files of variants of a made up word for a research project I'm working on. What program should I use to do this? Is there a really simple way to complete this task? What's a good resource or tutorial that I can walk myself through? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Feb 5, 2010 -
What's the best wireless audio bridge / networked digital audio receiver that works on the Mac? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj
on Nov 29, 2009 -
Posting for a friend:
"I own a Sony ICF-C113V bedside clock-radio that receives television signals from the soon to be obsolete VHF channels (2-13). Does anyone know if there is a clock-radio solution on the market yet that receives the audio portion of the DTV television signals in a clock-radio footprint? I have an iHome which I use as my primary clock-radio for alarms and music (iPod), but would still like the option to listen to television periodically."
posted by ThyroidBob
on May 28, 2009 -
These days a lot of movie viewing takes place from digital files sitting on a computer and downloaded from BitTorrent. In this environment, is it worth having a 5.1 type surround sound audio decoder? Do most of the movie files on BitTorrent come encoded as multi-channel surround sound these days? And to output 5.1 digital surround from a computer what does one need? A special sound card? Some kind of surround sound decoder separate attached to the computer via its optical out?
posted by skylar
on May 4, 2009 -
How would one go about creating a playlist akin to a mixtape (ie with specifically ordered songs), to share with a friend via thumb drive/zip file? [more inside]
posted by miss_scarlett
on Feb 25, 2009 -
I'm trying to record audio on my Mac Pro from a hardware source using the digital Line In on the Mac, but am only getting "digital noise" as the recording. [more inside]
posted by wubbie
on Jun 15, 2008 -
Anyone know where I can get the song "Ginny the Flying Girl" by Janis Ian, short of buying an out-of-print Sesame Street LP? [more inside]
posted by suimin
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Advice on a portable digital recording device. Mostly for recording phone interviews (and not for broadcast), but I'd like something easy to mic, Mac compatible, and not overly complicated or fussy. (Not the first time asked, I know, but the state of the art does change so fast.) [more inside]
posted by aaronwsj
on Jun 1, 2007 -
I'm looking for a sample pack of all of the words/letters/numbers/phonemes from a Speak n' Spell (and/or derivatives). I'm not looking for crazy circuit bent samples... just something I can piece together words/phrases out of. Surely someone has done this. [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Jan 20, 2007 -
Spoken-Word-Audio-Filter: What is the best way to get audio from tapes to my Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by plemeljr
on Oct 9, 2006 -
How do I best convert borrowed valuable audiotapes into a hiss and static reduced output? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister
on Sep 26, 2006 -
Anyone know how I can create an .mp3 of the audio from a .mov video file on the same pc?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket
on Mar 18, 2005 -
Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker
on Feb 4, 2005 -
My own blue thread
makes me want to know how I can record these concerts (Real media streams) to my hard drive and then
convert to MP3 and then
break them up into individual tracks. I'm on OS X Panther and prefer iTunes but will download whatever.
posted by dobbs
on Sep 19, 2004 -
How do I merge an .m2v video file and a .wav sound file into a single, coherent MPG2 file? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by scarabic
on Aug 11, 2004 -
I've just bought a CD-Burner from ebay. No maker's mark on it, so how can I tell what model it is? (lots of serial numbers all over it). Also, I need a good CD burning program. Can anyone recommend any free applications? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo
on Mar 31, 2004 -
I am trying to strip audio from digital video clips I've captured, and having no success. The captured clips are in .avi format, and my sound editing software is CoolEdit 2000. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by beth
on Feb 29, 2004 -
What's the best software for recording real audio streams and converting to mp3?
posted by echelon
on Dec 11, 2003 -
I'm thinking about doing a bit of home recording & have been pondering 4-tracks & the like for a few weeks. Lately, though, I've been thinking it'd make more sense to do it all digitally through my computer & not worry about tapes & stuff. Given the need for hardware and software, what can fellow MeFites recommend that might set me back less than, say, $300?
posted by zempf
on Dec 10, 2003 -