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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

How do you travel by bike to Whidbey Island in Puget Sound?

I'd like to travel to Whidbey Island via bicycle from Seattle. What is the most efficient and direct route? A ferry ride would be extra fun, but I am confused by the different schedules etc. The trip will be in mid September. I'll be staying a few days on the island. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Nature-filter: What is this (bird?) call?

At my mother's house in central Indiana and she's been hearing this sound from the woods, all night, for several weeks. Who can identify this? http://clyp.it/rfyfb33n (@ 0:01 and 0:014)
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 10, 2014 - 3 answers

HDMI Cable Question (Laptop-TV with no sound)

Help me connect a Laptop to TV with an HDMI Cable AND get sound. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

trying to connect tv, laptop

I have a 2008 macbook pro and a sony flatscreen tv. the screen goes up to my tv, no problem. the sound, however, doesn't. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Mar 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Touch-screen app for sound file playback

Is there an Android app out there that would allow you to touch the screen (either a big icon or the entire screen) that would play back a selected sound file when tapped? The quicker the response time the better. And if it has options for multiple zones (like making a custom-made Simon), even better.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Feb 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Sound design of common objects

What are good resources to learn more about sound design of real (as opposed to digital) objects e.g. the sound of your keyboard when you type. Surely someone purposefully makes and designs those sounds, using a gang of engineers, psychologists, and who knows what else. I'd really like to learn more about this process. Any pointers?
posted by mateuslee on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

High pitch pulse sound coming from stereo receiver

I am getting a high pitch sound coming out of stereo in a pulse that would make a dog loopy. I do not have a sophisticated setup. The stereo is plugged into the wall. Apple TV is plugged into wall and TV. Router plugged into power strip along with DVD player. I switched out all RCA plugs and speaker wire. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Logic Pro and multiple microphones on separate tracks

In Logic Pro, is there a way to add two Shure SM81 microphones (connected via Shure USB-to-XLR adapters) as separate tracks for recording? Currently, the only way I've been able to bring them into Logic Pro is as a merged or aggregate input device, which means the signals from the two mics are merged before going into one track. I do not want this, but instead wish to feed the signal from the two mics into two separate tracks. Is there a way to do this in Logic Pro with the equipment I have? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Whats wrong with my vintage audio receiver?

When I play records sound only comes out of the right speaker. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Dec 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Coolest sound toys for young children?

My 1-year old niece was entranced by my bluetooth speaker last time I visited. What are some cool sound toys for kids? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Dec 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Do you know of any weird music/sound creation programs??

i've been scouring the web for free and weird sound generators, sequencers etc... i've found a few interesting things, and i know others exist. i will sample a few i've found below, can you share any you might've found? i would like to use this stuff for ambient/electronica music i create. :D looking for experimental and new ways of creating digital music. highc synth zone tune toys preferably for windows... :D
posted by modbom on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB.

Help me understand the difference between 28dB, 38dB and 48dB. I'm thinking about buying a fridge, and the fridges I'm considering have noise levels ranging from 28dB to 47dB (according to the latest fridge assessment in Choice). Fridges with a 28dB noise level rating are too expensive for me, though, so I'm trying to find something I can afford but which won't annoy me too much (I'm sensitive to the noise of a buzzing fridge). What I can afford tends to be somewhere in the mid-30s dB range. But it's no use going into a noisy showroom and trying to properly gauge how a fridge will sound in my quiet home. So I'm wondering if there's a way I can test these different noise levels at home before I buy, to see what's the difference.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 21, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I make my amp less bassy?

I own this amp. It works fine except for one thing: the sound is tremendously bassy. Currently, I have the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up and it is STILL too bassy. I only play distorted/high gain. What are my best options for getting a treblier sound?
posted by josher71 on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

How to turn up the good and turn down the suck with Nexus 4 audio?

I used to have an iPhone. You could listen to music with it. You could plug it into my basic USB car stereo and it would play music. I now have a Google Nexus 4. It will play for about 30 minutes, and then stop. If I'm lucky, it might deign to play a few songs in the car. I must be doing something wrong, right? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Oct 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Need help with A/V components

I have a planned A/V setup to add a receiver to my existing system, but I don't have the proper connectors to hook my existing equipment to a receiver. [more inside]
posted by elvendude on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

What TV has good sound?

I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Am I going temporarily deaf in the evening?

I constantly find myself turning the sound down in the morning - then turning it back up as the day goes on. It's particularly noticeable in the car: on the morning after a night out, I invariably find the volume of the radio is set way too high for my taste - even when a night out is just board games with friends instead of loud partying. Is this just confirmation bias, or some known physiological or psychological effect?
posted by Dr Dracator on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I hide a picture of a cat in a music file?

Thanks to this comment on the blue I've learned that hiding images in audio files is a thing. How do I make my own? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV?

What is the best soundbar for a flatscreen TV which includes bluetooth for my iPhone music, but does *not* include a subwoofer, and is under $200? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Better sound, less space

Are TV sound bars a good solution? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

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