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How to mimic what happens (chemically) to analog tape as it ages?

I'm a musician, working on someone's project where the sound needs to be very accurate to the recording techniques and sound of a specific time period in the early 80s. There are many steps in the recording process, but the sound of old tape is one of the more difficult ones to get right. Even if no one here has an answer, I would love to be in touch with someone who knows what happens chemically to analog tape as it ages (under normal storage conditions), and whether it's possible to mimic that process chemically with a new reel of tape. Thanks!
posted by dmalashock on Apr 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Bang & Olufsen sound-card is too quiet, what can I do to make it louder?

Hi MeFi, I recently upgraded my PC and snagged an i7 4790k / 4.00Ghz with 30GB of RAM. Much to my disappointment, I noticed that my new sound-card from Bang & Olufsen is super quiet and nowhere as loud as my previous Beats card that came bundled with my older HP machine. I record via Ableton Live/Reason and really miss the rich sound I used to get with Beats and no longer get with Bang & Olufsen. What are my options besides replacing the Sound-Card all together? Are there any headphone amplifiers for PC's that will give me more volume? Is there a stand-alone hardware I can buy and run via USB that will allow for richer sound? Thanks for your tips!
posted by bostonhill on Apr 10, 2016 - 4 answers

No sound after Windows10 upgrade. Help, please?

After its upgrade to Windows 10, my desktop no longer has sound. I had 8.1 until this afternoon, and had sound from the computer, NOT through additional speakers. Is it possible to restore this sound functionality under the new system? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Apr 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Wop-wop-wop laser sound effect?

Laser rifles in the game Helldivers have a distinctive 'wop-wop-wop-wop' sound that's very familiar, but I can't place it. I thought it might be from Dune or Terminator, but no luck. Anybody recognise it?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Mar 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Sur la terre, les animaux. Du plus petit au plus gros.

Another geeky field recording question! I live in L.A. and would like to spend Memorial Day weekend in a "primitive camping" situation, surrounded by noisy nocturnal wildlife, to make long-form field recordings (6-10 hours). Birds and beasts are a particular interest. I'd like as little human company and contact as possible. Where would you go within, say, a six-hour drive?
posted by mykescipark on Mar 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Speaker for damp noisy environment

Looking for a <$100 speaker that will play music loudly in a big greenhouse with lots of noisy fans (more than twenty regular fans for air movement and three giant fans that run the heating system). I'd like to either plug in or bluetooth a music source and I'm okay with plugging in the speaker. Do I want a portable bluetooth speaker or can I get something cheaper and better in terms of sound volume if I go the non-portable route? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 19, 2016 - 7 answers

What animal is making this night sound in northern Minnesota?

My parents recorded this sound at about 2:00 AM on a February night in northern Minnesota. I've boosted the gain in Audacity but haven't fiddled with the recording aside from that. It's in a heavily wooded area not far from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. What is the likely source? [more inside]
posted by theory on Mar 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Are mp3s (and mp3 players / decoders) all equal?

I've often heard people rate different mp3 players with statements like "the iPods have really poor bass" or "the sound from a Sandisk is really tinny" or "metal sounds awesome on my Zune" (a hypothetical - this has never happened). Obviously speakers and earphones and the ripping / recording of the original track can have a difference. Is there audio difference between players beyond that? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Feb 5, 2016 - 11 answers

Was it a Sasquatch outside my tent last night? It was, wasn't it.

One of the most horrifying sounds I've ever heard woke me up last night as I was sound asleep in my tent. I'm assuming a sasquatch but maybe y'all can help me come up with an alternative explanation. [more inside]
posted by bfootdav on Jan 31, 2016 - 42 answers

Dad (early 70s) is making weird sounds constantly. What could it be?

After some prolonged time with dear old dad in the car recently, I noticed he constantly makes weird little sounds and vocalizations when things are quiet. I don't think he has any idea he's doing this. What gives? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Jan 21, 2016 - 19 answers

Music to submerge in - rain / water samples

Please recommend music containing recordings of rain or moving water. Not vanilla nature noises, like Echoes of Nature (though I love those too), but music in which those kinds of recordings are incorporated as an intergral part of the piece. [more inside]
posted by protorp on Jan 11, 2016 - 35 answers

How to identify mystery "click-clock" sound on MacBook Pro (OSX10.11.2)

My 2011 15" MacBook Pro makes occasional "click-clock" sounds when I'm doing things. It sounds like the sound-effect of a radio button being changed or some other innocuous event, but it happens when I'm doing something else in another window (or even on another screen). It's not a sound I ever hear when I'm actually doing something that causes the sound. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jan 8, 2016 - 12 answers

In search of a sound system.

Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Help me efficiently count the heartbeats of shorebirds

I'm in search of some kind of BPM-detecting software to monitor recorded heartbeats of adorable American Oystercatchers over roughly 30-minute intervals. Medical software experts and DJs welcome! [more inside]
posted by Drosera on Dec 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Python or simliar to read wavs for tone onsets?

Is there a quick way, using Python or Ruby or whatever, to read a wav file for several tones and import the time of the onset of different tones? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Sound Masking

Our office has an open-layout plan with no cubicles. Lately I have been noticing other people's conversations are getting picked up on phone calls in the office. Is sound masking the solution to solving this issue? [more inside]
posted by banished on Oct 8, 2015 - 8 answers

windows 10 sound trouble

My sound stops working when I plug headphones or speakers into the headphone jack. I've tried troubleshooting but it says nothing is wrong. [more inside]
posted by pseudodionysus on Oct 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Screaming in my head

Sometimes, when I am tired and depressed, I hear screaming inside my head. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2015 - 14 answers

It's all in the name

I'm going from employed to being a freelancer. So now I need a name for myself. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by hz37 on Sep 2, 2015 - 2 answers

More Volume = More Detail

Is there a term (scientific or musical) for that thing where you turn up the volume on your headphones (or whatever) and suddenly you can hear something that you couldn't hear at all at the lower volume? Like, "Oh, there's bells in there. I had no idea."
posted by Etrigan on Aug 5, 2015 - 8 answers

2001 Space Odyssey music during landscape to water transition

During Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, during the smorgasbord of visuals and the aggressively modernist music, there is one moment of auditory consonance which I'd like to hear more of: as the red and blue landscape gives way to the false color images of open water, there's a fantastic sound: what is this sound, how is it made, and where can I hear more of it? 7:43 in: stargate sequence
posted by oonh on Jul 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Optimal speaker set up for a computer playing Spotify?

What is the optimal speaker set up for a computer playing iTunes and Spotify primarily (quality ~320 kbps)? I primarily listen to music on Spotify, and am looking for a new office speaker setup to connect to my iMac, but I'm not sure what the optimal plan is. Bookshelf speakers? Sonos? Computer speakers? DAC? Receiver? I'd prefer speakers to headphones, and am looking for the best sound out of those files.
posted by quickasfoxes on Jul 3, 2015 - 13 answers

The Sound of a Dial-Up Modem Connecting?

I'm working on a chapter for my new book and I want to describe, quickly and concisely, the sound that old dial-up modems used to make while attempting to connect to the network. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jun 14, 2015 - 24 answers

CD stereo system recs?

I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jun 6, 2015 - 7 answers

What was that terrible non-sound I experienced this morning?

What was the silent "bomb" of a cell phone alarm the couch surfer on the other side of the wall detonated this morning? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Jun 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Laptop speaker / soundbar

After years of use, my wonderful Logitech laptop speaker has finally broken; one of the two speakers is making a loud fuzzing noise. I'd like to find a replacement, and welcome your suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 22, 2015 - 2 answers

External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Headphone recommendations to replace Koss TD-80s?

I have a beloved pair of Koss TD-80s that I now have to admit are ready for retirement - and of course they've been long discontinued. What should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Apr 12, 2015 - 12 answers

It's an illusion, Michael.

At our next scout meeting I want to have my girls earn the Brownie Senses badge (omg it is the cutest!) by playing with some illusions, and I need some more ideas to round it out. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 9, 2015 - 18 answers

Help an amateur sound recordist

I'm recording a little concert tonight and trying not to botch it [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Mystery Forest Animal Sound

Can you tell me what animal is making this sound in the forest in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Any thoughts on more Bass?

I have a Bose 28 series home theater system. Before anyone starts jabbing me lets just know it was a gift and I am tryin gto work with it as best as possible. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Windows 8.1 freezes for a half-second periodically, why and how to fix?

Yesterday, I started noticing that Windows is freezing for maybe a half-second every minute or so. Ordinarily it's not noticeable, but during videos or games it causes sound to catch for the duration ("...and so the solution to the pRRRRRRRoblem is..."), and sometimes video playback to glitch. Anyone have an idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Seeking audio of Septa Regional Rail conductors' calling the next stop

"This is the R-5 train to Páólí. Néxt stóp, Ò::vèr::bróók! Tickets, please!" The Regional Rail train conductors in the Philly region will forever be associated with formal, stentorian, prosodically elaborated station announcements. Where can I find a recording of these? [more inside]
posted by rschram on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 answers

how to get the incubus sound

in the incubus song "wish you were here" the guitar over the top has a delightful tone. it is mellow and full but kind of sharp as well at times. is that fullness from putting a hollow body through distortion or is there something else to it?
posted by edtut on Jan 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Car audio acting weird since battery drain & jump

Hi MeFi, My lights were left running on my Honda Civic 2008 and the battery drained. After a jump from AAA, the car audio hasn't been the same. To clarify.. it sounds much much louder. For example, I used to be able to turn it up to Level 30, right now if I go over Level 5 it sounds extremely loud and bass is very distorted. What could it be? Did battery jump somehow fry my speakers/receiver? Thanks for your help!
posted by bostonhill on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Can the sound change in fixed earphones?

I had my Brainwavz M3s fixed but now the bass is kinda heavier. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Jan 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Why do press photographers leave their film advance click sound on?

Why do press photographers at press conferences leave their film advance click sound on their digital cameras turned on? No one is using film these days but all you hear sometimes is click click click.
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Can an animal understand a rhyme

Can any animal understand a rhyme? Different animals can process different things that we consider part of normal cognition. What about rhymes? Have there been studies done to see which species agree with humans that certain human words rhyme? Can my cats appreciate that I rap for them
posted by Greg Nog on Jan 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Comms. reading material over the holidays

Not too heavy but not too light [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Using in-ear monitors as the frontman/person for an indie band

I'm the frontman for a band and I recently had a come-to-Jesus moment using in-ear monitors for the first time, as opposed to monitor wedges. But some of the pitfalls scare me and I'm interested in your experiences. [more inside]
posted by Sportswriters on Nov 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Is it worth trying dampen sound through a hollow door?

My bedroom door exits into a hallway leading to living room/kitchen, and a fair amount of sound can leak through the door. There is a 1 inch gap at the bottom of the door and a tiny air gap around the sides/top of the door. Given that it is a hollow door, is there any value in trying to "plug" those gaps or should I save up for a more solid door? [more inside]
posted by sputgop on Nov 4, 2014 - 12 answers

I don't really want to be this aware of my own blood.

I sometimes like to use earplugs, but I always end up just listening to my blood loudly pulsing around in my head. This is not ideal. Does anyone have recommendations for earplugs that actually make things quiet, instead of just replacing ambient noise with the noise of my heartbeat? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Recording setup for 2 people in an office

We want to capture eight hours at a time of conversation in an office, for editing later. There are two people at separate desks. What equipment is needed, within the sweet spot between "sounds good enough" and "affordable"? The end result should be 2 separate audio files, editable in Audacity. Paint me a picture of the setup you'd use for this.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Ultra sparse music

I'm craving music that has as little sound as possible. I feel like the music that I've encountered all my life rarely has long chunks of silence. I want music that respects silence, tiptoes around it, and very, very rarely intrudes upon it. I want those intrusions to be perfect as well. Does anything come to mind? [more inside]
posted by neil pierce on Oct 1, 2014 - 55 answers

Which portable recorder for an oral history project?

I'm a researcher with no film experience, and am beginning to think about an oral history project, which best case would become a short film. The theme is regional accents, so audio quality is important. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Sep 27, 2014 - 25 answers

Suggestions on reducing traffic noise in a high rise apartment?

Anyone have any suggestions for sound dampening in a high rise apt near a freeway? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?

What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me, don't show me - your favorite audio documentaries

Somewhat-obscure-filter, but I'm looking to generate a list of compelling audio/radio documentaries that use no or little music, but lots of other kinds of sound, to tell a story. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 2, 2014 - 6 answers

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