Hello. Here’s the lowdown: I’m the senior sound designer / managing director for a leading international sound library company who’s been successfully running a company that doesn’t belong to me for 6 years. I’ve exhausted this opportunity, as the company is limited in its ability to grow due to the owners methods. In short, although I still have my job (and could have it forever, so to speak), I need to get out. I’m striving to create an opportunity for myself (and potentially for some of the other amazing employees I’ve hired who are looking for better opportunities) by starting a new company, and I must act now as I am not getting any younger.. I’ve been thinking this through for almost 6 months now, and something seeming great has just happened. Can you help me make the most out of it? [more inside]
I've got a similar situation to the American Idol runner-up: My right ear is fully functional, but I am 90% deaf on my left ear. However, my left ear was deformed at birth, so my earbuds don't fit in it. [more inside]
Laptop power supply interfering with PA speakers. [more inside]
What is this subtle sound that I keep hearing while using my computer? [more inside]
My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
What's the best surround sound solution for my Mac Mini? [more inside]
What makes the older recordings of Indian music sound so distinctive? [more inside]
In this interesting fpp about the 2005 National Recording Registry, 'audio experts' are quoted as saying "too few people have the skills to preserve many at-risk analog sound materials." Where would one obtain these skills? [more inside]
Movies wanted to show before gigs. [more inside]
If sound were to travel closer to, say, the speed of light than the speed of sound, would we still be able to determine its horizontal direction? [more inside]
I’m trying to learn Italian and I’d like to find some software to help me with pronunciation practice. [more inside]
stupid question/geek-filter: is there a repository out there for old video game sounds? [more inside]
I'm going to be teaching about sound and hearing to some 12/13 year-olds next week and I'd like to show them how it's impossible to talk if your speech is relayed to your ears (by headphones) half a second or so late. How can I implement this in software? [more inside]
What is the sound first heard in Lazy Lover by the Brazilian Girls (heard at a later part in the song in samples found here)? I saw them live last night and it was, as I expected, sampled/synthesized and possibly hawaiian in origin.triggered via keyboard... It may be a unique sound, but I could have sworn I've heard it somewhere else, and that it's a real instrument, and I associate it with hawaii for some reason.
Can an external sound card bypass a non-working internal audio controller? [more inside]
Windows stuttering sound problems - codec issues? [more inside]
I have terrible microphone interference probably because my computer runs very noisily. If you approach the back of the tower where the sound card is plugged in, you'll hear lots of humming. [more inside]
What is the best soundsystem in NYC in terms of bass? [more inside]
Having upgraded to 5.1 speakers, I find my sound occasionally dying and requiring a reboot... [more inside]
Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5. [more inside]
I am working on a student short and I am need of good sounding 'punch' sounds for my film. Are there any good leads on the web where I could find some that don't sound cartoonish? Thank you.
SOUND QUESTION - What are best drum machines, analog preferred, for about one hundred or two hundred dollars new/used? Alesis? earlier versions of the Groovebox? What about great old vintage ones? I know nothing about this topic and would love some guidance. Glitchy sound or authentic drum sounding, preferably with no midi, just straight knobs and buttons with RCA out - thank you for your nerding!
i just bought a tivoli system (kloss model 2, extra speaker and cd) and have it on the bookshelf but some questions: [more inside]
How do I clean up a voice recording? [more inside]
Mastering audio for broadcast television. [more inside]
Need mp3/MIDI/any audio for an old Christian song by Jon Byron called "We Are the Family of God" [more inside]
Is there a widget or other worthwhile utility out there that can give me slightly easier, and better, control of the "Sound" settings on my Mac? [more inside]
I’m looking for sound files from trains and buses in specific cities of Europe. [more inside]
I'm at a loose end with a sound installation project for Uni. I've been having a really bad year, I can't get enough sleep, I've got tons of other work to do, I'm sick of being a student, and I'm just not feeling inspired enough to even come up with a decent idea. The "idea" that I have come up with is laughable and is probably going to cost me a fortune, not to mention my degree. So any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
I have two Dell 2405fpw monitors (24") and they make a horrible high pitch sound when the screen saver runs or any extended graphics run. I am running OSX, fyi, and want to know if this can be rectified? Why do the monitors make this high sound, and can it be stopped?
I currently use the standard 3.5mm jacks on my Powerbook and would like to upgrade to a nicer set of inputs and outputs. [more inside]
SeattleFilter: I'm new to the city, an I'm looking for a way to commute from Everett to Auburn every day. [more inside]
Fun sound toys. [more inside]
What are some rock albums/songs that introduced ground-breaking production/engineering techniques (along the lines of The Beatles' song Tomorrow Never Knows or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon)?
I'm transcribing a speech and the speaker just did that thing where you simulate an explosion noise with your throat. What should I write?
I'd like to buy some reasonably priced, accurate studio monitor speakers. [more inside]
Firefox pet peeve: whilst using the otherwise brilliant "find" feature, and typing in some text that isn't found in the page, there's this "bonk" sound, which is offputting at first, then progressively passes through annoying to maddening, especially at 4am when your wife is sleeping and you forgot to turn of the speakers. Is there a way to turn of this "bonk"?
does anyone else hear ultrasonics? (high pitched sounds generally considered outside the range of the human ear) on a thread yesterday, some MeFites said they did, and i always thought it was just me. [more inside]
I'm editing a low budget movie now and I need the sound of a silenced pistol shot. The only place I can find it is in extremely expensive CD collections. Where can I get this single sound, preferrably high quality and .aif format?
A friend of mine is looking for an application (Windows XP preferred, but other platforms might work) that will allow him to freeform draw a sound wave, and have it exported as an AIFF of WAV. Does anyone know of such a utility?
Sound distortion on Windows XP [more inside]
Can my desk fan damage my hearing? [more inside]
Why, when a TV is turned on--even in another room--can I detect some kind of buzzing/electronic noise, that many other people around me can't detect?
Equalizer settings on audio devices: essential or pointless? [more inside]
What's a good book (or online resource) about audio editing for a beginner who is smart and wants in-depth knowledge? I'm working with dialogue mostly -- not music. [more inside]
I've lost sound on a bunch of my OS X apps... very confused [more inside]
Recently I read an article about narrow-band sound and the attempt to develop it. For example, a siren from an ambulance on the street would clear the streets, but wouldn't wake people in their homes because they wouldn't hear it. I can't find the article and Google's no help. I'm tempted to say I read it on one of Marshall Brain's sites, but searching there was fruitless as well. Can someone find it?
My not-for-profit theatre company (run by me and grumblebee) wants to start producing audio dramas and releasing them as podcasts (and maybe on CDs). We have a limited budget (under $1000). What recording equipment should we buy for good quality sound? [more inside]