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Headphone pitch phenomenon

If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious on Oct 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Will a Portabooth work for instruments?

Will something like the Porta-Booth Pro work well for recording instruments or other large noise-making devices? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Apr 28, 2012 - 1 answer

His master's voice

What, besides the volume, distinguishes the sound ("timbre") of a string quartet and chamber orchestra? Put another way, if I took a recording of myself singing, and overlaid 100 copies of the track on top of each other, would I sound like a choir section?
posted by Busoni on Apr 24, 2010 - 11 answers

I've got an idea for a new instrument...

Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Mar 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Multiple sources of background noise "harmonizing" -- who's studied this, and what did they find?

Heard an NPR story 7(ish) years ago about a guy who measures the pitch of various sources of barely-audible workspace/home background noise (eg. harddrive spinning, refrigerator compressor running, and the flyback transformer on your television) and seeing what chords they made. He contested that different chords would affect peoples' productivity, attitudes, etc. I have some questions about this. [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Apr 9, 2009 - 14 answers

How do you make something that improves the acoustics of an auditorium?

Can anyone offer me some suggestions for how to make a relatively inexpensive sound trap (i.e. like those echo reducers that large auditoriums have). Info about materials, shapes, etc. would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by n8stew on Aug 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Does sound carry downwards?

Does sound carry downwards? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Aug 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Simple, spooky sound semicircles.

What is the name of the simple dish-shaped device used to project and receive sound across a large room? [more inside]
posted by UnnotciedTypo on Jul 3, 2007 - 10 answers

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