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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

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

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

More goosebump worthy audio pieces/ podcasts like the one below?

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]
posted by Sentus on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me rock out with the minimum possible financial outlay.

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]
posted by Scientist on Dec 5, 2012 - 17 answers

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

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]
posted by ch3cooh on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Sound system gonna bring me back up

Can you help me figure out the right sound system for my parents? [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Aug 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me not be an ass when applying sound to moving/interactive images.

Would you please suggest literature that deals with the theory or practice of scoring music and sound to moving images. [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Jun 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Songs with birds chirping

Help me find indie music with the sound of birds chirping in the background. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on May 8, 2012 - 33 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

Best way to maximize sound system setup?

Physics/Sound Engineering/Speaker Setup Question. More = lower volume? [more inside]
posted by conifer on Mar 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Do they still call them HiFi's?

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]
posted by wwax on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Home Electronic Music Studio - DA signal paths and other questions.

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]
posted by erebora on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Spectrum Lasso?

What is the spectrum lasso tool being used at 4:00 in this video?
posted by phrontist on Feb 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Help identify this instrument / sound.

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?)?
posted by Bugbread on Jan 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Best PMP with a voice recorder?

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]
posted by bluefly on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Trying to locate a Sound Effects recording

I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me pick out good computer speakers!

[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the modern-day music composition process like?

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]
posted by matticulate on Nov 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Help Identify Music Used on BBC's The Strand

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.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Nov 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Yamaha mixer muffling my vocals.

Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Nov 1, 2010 - 7 answers

How did they get that Steely Dan sound?

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?
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Audio careers in film and television

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!
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Sep 20, 2010 - 2 answers

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Audio Fidelity?

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?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on May 2, 2010 - 7 answers

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

How to listen to music from PC to home theater while utilizing sub woofer?

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]
posted by dpollitt on Apr 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Magic Chord-O-Matic Machine!

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?
posted by phrontist on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

I love Jay-Z, but autotune is still alive and well. For now.

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]
posted by anildash on Aug 13, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I duplicate this synth sound in Reason?

What's this synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Aug 12, 2009 - 13 answers

How to make the Sound of Music sluttier?

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?
posted by Sully on Jul 29, 2009 - 20 answers

Hoping to listen to the Singalong Sound of Music with audience participating.

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.
posted by Sully on Jul 22, 2009 - 0 answers

Less Cops?

How do bands in cities practice? I've got the band, I need the space. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Make my Nokia sing like my Apple...

Migrating from an iPod to a cellphone... was the awesome surgically removed though? [more inside]
posted by trinarian on Apr 21, 2009 - 2 answers

How was Merriweather Post Pavilion made?

Electronic music production. How, for example, were the sounds on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion made? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Adobe Audacity vs Logic Express

Switched to Mac, looking for Adobe Audacity replacement. Should I go for Logic Express? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 9, 2009 - 6 answers

my Sennheiser HD595 leak sound. is this normal? my coworkers are going nuts.

my Sennheiser HD595 leak sound. is this normal? my coworkers are going nuts. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Apr 3, 2009 - 16 answers

Best Sound Card for my PC?

What is the best audio card for my "old" PC? I'll be using it for home recording. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform?

Is there a (hopefully free) Mac app that will let me draw (and listen to) a waveform? I just switched to a Mac 4 months ago, and I remember there being all sorts of little audio tools that did stuff like this, but now I need one that will allow me to simply draw a waveform. Now, ideally I'd like to paste in graphical or vector shapes (photoshop or illustrator) and use those as the waveforms -this is really what I'm looking for - like a line to waveform ability. Would an oscilloscope-type software be more what I'm looking for, and would that allow me to "dial" between the drawn waveforms? Thanks!
posted by itchi23 on Jan 16, 2009 - 7 answers

St-st-st-st-ut-ut-tut-tut-tut-errrrrrrrrr

I'm looking for music that features really good stutter processing of vocal sounds (any really good stuttering of other sounds is welcome too, but I'm especially interested in vocals). Benchmark tracks would be Trentemoller's Moan, Modeselektor's 2000007, Funkstörung's Fat Camp Feva, Ellen Allien's Sehnsucht, and Look at Me by Villeneuve. [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jan 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Stock sound archive?

Stock sound? Is there a place on the internets where one can download freely or purchase sound samples- not CD collections. Like if I want thunder, or trains, or some other cheesy stuff.
posted by xmutex on Nov 23, 2008 - 11 answers

What song was used in the .wav, wiglgirl.wav?

What song was used for the wav called wigglgirl.wav (or something similar to that)? Several years ago there was a .wav that was very popular on the internet, IRC especially, that sounded a lot like a Shaggy song. However, after listening to a lot of different Shaggy songs, I was never able to find any of his songs with the same music or lyrics. Anyone remember the .wav I'm referring to and do you know what song this was? I have been trying to figure out the name and artist of the song that was used in the .wav for over a decade now. If anyone knows, it'll probably be a mefite.
posted by GlowWyrm on Jul 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Help improve my sound!

Help improve my sound! After listening to some pristine, rich & dynamic music at a friend's studio, I've decided to improve my own setup. The catch? I don't want to spend thousands and have no interest in audiophile snake oil. Recommendations? Details on my existing gear inside. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jul 9, 2008 - 13 answers

How to setup a mixer at FOH

How do you setup an audio mixer when mixing from FOH (front of house)? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jul 9, 2008 - 7 answers

What IM client makes this sound?

What IM client makes this sound? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Apr 22, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I upgrade my home sound system & radio to a 21st century solution, without breaking the budget?

How can I upgrade my home sound system & radio to a 21st century solution, without breaking the budget? I have CDs and an old boom box that plays CDs & analog radio. What's the best system to upgrade to for the next 5-10 years? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Mar 12, 2008 - 13 answers

I want it loud... but my neighbours don't!

Please help me find the best music solution for my new but badly insulated (UK) flat. I like my music loud - but my downstairs neighbour doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Feb 12, 2008 - 12 answers

I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. With recording capabilites.

I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. In other words, I want to load MP3s onto it by just plugging the device into my machine and the copying files over. I do not want to use a specialized program like Itunes, and I want to use a standard USB or Firewire cable to plug the device into my computer. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 24, 2007 - 32 answers

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