I've been using snippets and samples of sci-fi/horror/weird movies for station IDs on the weird late night radio show I do. I'm bored with the current crop... help me find some new stuff to sample! [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Can you recommend a sound system to hook up to a TV, our phones, and that also has a radio? [more inside]
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."
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
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.
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]
What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
Not too heavy but not too light [more inside]
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]
When I play records sound only comes out of the right speaker. [more inside]
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]
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
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]
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]
I recently heard this obscure piece and was blown away. What other similar audio work can you recommend? Poetry/short story read well with tight ambient sound effects? Are there any websites that aggregate those types of work? [more inside]
I'm looking to assemble a home stereo for dirt cheap. What do I need to know and how can I get the most ♪ for the least $? [more inside]
What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out the right sound system for my parents? [more inside]
Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
Help me find indie music with the sound of birds chirping in the background. [more inside]
Will something like the Porta-Booth Pro work well for recording instruments or other large noise-making devices? [more inside]
Physics/Sound Engineering/Speaker Setup Question. More = lower volume? [more inside]
Looking for a small "bookshelf" style hi fi unit. I have recently moved to the US from Australia and had to leave my great little hi fi behind. I am currently playing my CD's through a borrowed portable unit that sounds like a tin can and have been hunting for something better. [more inside]
Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?
There is a certain organ sound used in a lot of old prog music. A grindy organ sound. A perfect example is here, starting at 2:48. What is the instrument, and, if applicable, what is the setting / tone / whathaveyou (for example, if the instrument were a Hammond organ, what button would be pushed / levers flipped / etc. to get that sound? If a Moog, what dials would be turned, more or less?)?
Can you recommend a portable music/media player that has a built in sound recorder as well? Must be really easy to use. [more inside]
I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
How to identify the music used to close today's 15 Nov. program The Strand on BBC World Service. I've searched the BBC Website(s) but failed to find it.
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
Is there an objective way to measure audio fidelity? If so, what is it? In other words, what quality of headphones and speakers makes the differences in sound quality?
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?
How can I listen to music from my PC on a home theater while utilizing my sub woofer? I have my PC in a different room, hooked up with an optical cable to my home theater receiver. When I play music from iTunes on my PC, the sound only comes out of my main floor speakers and not my sub woofer. Is this possible with regular music tracks? [more inside]
I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
What's a good (and not terribly expensive) portable setup for adding AutoTune to live vocals? This would be in NYC, and the world needs to experience AutoTune karaoke. [more inside]
What's this synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
Most Halloweens I have a small Rocky Horror Picture Show party at my place. But this year I wanted to screen a different musical. Still, I want people to dress up, and I want the night to carry the same raucous, raunchy tone. How can I "slutify" The Sound of Music?
Can anyone help me find an audio version of the Singalong Sound of Music with the audience participation included in the recording? I am not looking for a short clip (the only things I've managed to find so far) but rather, the entire show. Thanks.
How do bands in cities practice? I've got the band, I need the space. [more inside]
Migrating from an iPod to a cellphone... was the awesome surgically removed though? [more inside]
Electronic music production. How, for example, were the sounds on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion made? [more inside]
Switched to Mac, looking for Adobe Audacity replacement. Should I go for Logic Express? [more inside]
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