Why does white on a TV screen cause audible buzzing noise? It's obvious more on an all-white screen, but even small amounts like captions. It seems like it's been this way for decades, through CRT and on to plasma HDTV screens. [more inside]
How do White Noise machines work? Are white-noise sleep machines really made up of a mosaic of tiny repeating patterns?
How do White Noise machines work? Are white-noise sleep machines really made up of a mosaic of tiny repeating patterns? [more inside]
I am looking for recommendations for DIY synth kits. I recently built the Weird Sound Generator and Voice of Saturn kits and am now looking for more to build. Does anyone here know of any similar noise-making PCB kits, or something else in general I should look into? Thanks.
How can I make the best out of an upcoming meeting between myself, my landlord, and my noisy downstairs neighbors? [more inside]
Is there a computer headset that has a very limited range of pickup to avoid ambient noise leaking into my Skype calls? [more inside]
I need to mask the noise that comes from my office. What's a simple way to do this? [more inside]
Any way to reduce audible traffic noise from my high rise condo? [more inside]
I am looking for someone to test noise levels from a neighbour in a new condo in Vancouver, Canada. I need a professional opinion and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
My 2005 VW Golf 1.9 litre TDI has started making an odd noise. It doesn't start until maybe 5 seconds after having started the engine and appears to be loudest around the area near the alternator. [more inside]
Why did my oven make a loud banging noise? Is this dangerous? [more inside]
Should I go through with this house purchase? I'm worried about the noise from next door. [more inside]
How can I effectively get my neighbor to stop harrassing me about the reasonable amount of noise I make?
I am having a conflict about noise with my downstairs neighbor, and he has agreed to meet. What talking points should I bring up, how should I start this conversation, and what kinds of body language can I practice to make it effective? [more inside]
How do I stop my bag from squeaking? The canvas (or nylon) strap on my bag is attached to a coated metal ring that squeaks when they rub against each other. [more inside]
YANMD: Ear crinkling sounds, teeth grinding, and more fun. [more inside]
I moved in above a bar. The soundproofing is great, except for the vibrations from the lower bass frequencies. They're using wall-mounted speakers placed pretty close to the ceiling. Is it possible to soundproof against those? And what are some of the things the bar could do to help me? [more inside]
Assuming a grasp of college algebra, what maths would one need to understand the entirety of the wikipedia entry on white noise. Which order would be the most advisable way to learn those maths and which books might be good for a self study on those topics?
A few years ago I bought a vinyl soft-filled cable car toy for my nephew. All it had was a pull-cord on the side that when pulled would make the toy gently shake or rattle until the pull-cord ring was back at the side of the toy. It was great! It made zero noise! It's been discontinued! Help me find something like it that I can order over the internet for a very nice three-year-old's Christmas present. It need not be a cable car but trains or other mechanicos would be awesome! Thank you so much in advance.
How can I deal with the noise from a nearby school?! [more inside]
Help me diagnose my (probably user-induced) intermittently crackling tube guitar amp! [more inside]
My work area is noisy; often there are several competing conversations going on at once. How do I deal? (Yes, I read the question a week ago.) [more inside]
I have a Motorola KRZR phone. It keeps taking pictures of my pocket and spontaneously starting the MP3 player. How can I fix this? [more inside]
I work as a web developer in an open space, and unfortunately, I am the type of developers who needs silence in order to concentrate on my code. This is a small startup, where people leave their music, ringtones, and other noisy devices, open. There's noise through the whole day, and I'm having difficulties to be productive. I've informed my managers about this, but since they are quite happy with background music, they've disregarded my requests and needs. How do you cope with such a situation? Are you aware of any good corporate "noise policy"? What do you think I should do?
Why do computers often make a sort of grating noise when they are working? [more inside]
My next door neighbor is a very loud talker/yeller and seems mentally unstable. How do I handle? [more inside]
I live in an oldish (1920s) apartment building, in a studio. A while ago I tried the time-honored "scream and rant to an empty room" method of anger management--and got a visit from a dozen cops my neighbor called, and who went through my place to check that I wasn't axe-murdering someone or anything like that. This is, of course, not sustainable, but if I can't rant at home, where can I rant? [more inside]
Is it common for Air Shows to have military aircraft fly low over the downtown of large urban cities? [more inside]
How to quiet down our AC window unit that seems to make an entire wall resonate? [more inside]
If money were no object, what are the best noise canceling headphones I could buy? [more inside]
What is the fastest and least expensive way to get from Seattle to a beach with reasonable surf (at least 3')? [more inside]
My 8 month old daughter is a light sleeper. How can I help her sleep more soundly? [more inside]
Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
I'm looking for a simple blender that is strong enough to transform various foods into goo, but not make me deaf or give me a headache to start my day. [more inside]
Need advice for ways to mitigate workout noise. Specifically looking for a work out pad. Other advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
Three rambunctious cats in a condo. Laminate floors. How can I not annoy my neighbours? [more inside]
I just moved into an apartment (rented) and am having issues with unexpected noise problems. I'm sensitive to sound and didn't realize this would be such a big problem until I've moved in. I would like to ask for advice how to handle this problem. [more inside]
Where should I publicize my weird-ass music? [more inside]
What is this noise coming from the apartment upstairs? I'm being driven slowly insane. [more inside]
I am looking for some New York (City) laws and statues regarding public assembly. Specifically: is there any recourse against a group that stands around with a megaphone and screams? There has to be a decibel limit to how loud you can be in public, right? Less specifically: Do you need a permit to assemble if you have a certain number of people? What is the legal status of noise complaints? Anything related to this would be helpful. Thanks!
How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
How do I turn a noisy low volume DVD video into a flash movie? [more inside]
Recommend me music without pulse or rhythm. [more inside]
I am an introvert and the recent stimulation is making me miserable. How do I approach my boss for an office?
I am an introvert. The situation/stimulation at work has escalated to a painful level. What is the best way to approach my boss to get an (available) office? [more inside]
Loud, annoying neighbors: what to do? Our next door neighbor's (19ish? maybe 20?)-year-old spends all summer out in the Party Garage with ALL his friends, making noise til all hours of the night. [more inside]
How to promote my weird noise and improvisation workshop/event in San Francisco? [more inside]
How do we minimize noise from the backyard of the bar downstairs, given that the back area acts as an echo chamber? I'm looking for management or technological/physical solutions. [more inside]
Weird MacBook Pro behavior... It seems to fart when I move it. [more inside]
What type of bird is this? It seems to chirp frequently all day and all night. How can I pinpoint where the sound is coming from? [more inside]
I have a pretty bad case of night terrors. I am turning to the hive mind to help me identify a cheap and effective solution/device that will record the times when I'm audible throughout the night. I don't want to know what I'm saying as it sometimes freaks me out (nothing scary, I'm just weirded out by listening to myself yell/whisper subconciously). So a tape/voice recorder is out of the running. In short, I need to know what time I make noise, and maybe a little squiggle or number on a piece of paper/read out screen letting me know how loud I was relative to the rest of that night (I'm thinking of the needle that scrbbles on rolling paper with a time stamp next to it like a seizmograph). Any suggestions? This can be hand made or purchased as long as it's not too expensive :-)
What kind of boom mic equipment should I use in a noisy room? [more inside]
Can I train myself to not to obsess about some (slightly) pesky barking dogs? [more inside]