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Silenced pistol sound effect?

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?
posted by clockworkjoe on Sep 18, 2005 - 15 answers

How to convert a drawn waveform into a sound file?

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?
posted by jammer on Sep 4, 2005 - 11 answers

Sound distortion in Windows XP

Sound distortion on Windows XP [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Sep 3, 2005 - 11 answers

Desk fan related hearing loss?

Can my desk fan damage my hearing? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep on Aug 31, 2005 - 6 answers

What's that noise??

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?
posted by dead_ on Aug 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Equalizer Settings

Equalizer settings on audio devices: essential or pointless? [more inside]
posted by jgee on Aug 11, 2005 - 16 answers

seeking sound advice

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]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 8, 2005 - 5 answers

The Quiet Mac

I've lost sound on a bunch of my OS X apps... very confused [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jul 15, 2005 - 11 answers

Narrow sound?

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?
posted by IndigoRain on Jul 14, 2005 - 6 answers

recording spoken audio

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]
posted by Evangeline on Jul 13, 2005 - 24 answers

Sound over ethernet in Windows

I have a laptop connected to my desktop by ethernet. The desktop has a nice soundcard that outputs to my stereo. Is there any software that allows any sound playing on my laptop to be spirited away over the ethernet and play on the desktop's soundcard? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jun 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Sound in Firefox

Is there a way to disable sound in Firefox, expecially from Flash? [more inside]
posted by andrewzipp on Jun 9, 2005 - 5 answers

sound not working

I can't get the sound to work on my computer anymore. [more inside]
posted by luser on May 21, 2005 - 7 answers

Video/sound artists

Do you know of any video and sound artists? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy on May 7, 2005 - 8 answers

Simple sound recorder

Simple sound recorder. I use Win 2000, and need a simple Sound Recorder that will let me easily overwrite a permanent WAV file with new audio from the microphone as needed. I'm having trouble finding a good replacement. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on May 6, 2005 - 7 answers

PA speaker replacement

I'm planning on replacing the woofer in my CSX-52 Community PA cabinet. I've never done it before... [more inside]
posted by hellbient on May 1, 2005 - 3 answers

Free sound effects

Are there any good sources for free sound effects? Preferably free in terms of both purchase and royalty costs.
posted by too many notes on Apr 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Is 128kbps AAC enough?

Do you think that 128kbps AAC files are good enough? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 31, 2005 - 19 answers

Looking for a better sound scheme for my PC

Ever since I've had a PC I've either had to endure the MS Sound scheme or some amatuer wavs that were horrific. What I'm looking for are pleasant sounds that say like, when you have a critical error, you hear a chorus vocal by Enya instead of "DING!" [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Mar 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Unusual musical notes

Neotones: As I understand it, a note is not a pure frequency but a combination of a prominent frequency and various overtones, which are multiples of the fundamental frequency, of diminishing contribution. Is there a device, that can generate alienesque tones, where one can freely manipulate the various overtones?
posted by Gyan on Mar 28, 2005 - 13 answers

trade or fix up piano

I have a 1950's Chickering piano that plays 'bright' Nice touch, etc but loud in it's current home. Piano tuner says 900.00 will voice it, fix hammers, etc. Piano store says that vintage not worth the money and should trade it. I am looking for suggestions. Others tell me to just put blankets, etc as sound absorbers. Not sure what to do. I play classical stuff.
posted by lag on Mar 21, 2005 - 2 answers

Bargain Stereo Component solution

I'm moving into a new apartment in a couple of weeks. It's completely wired for sound and has a rack in a closet for components. I know nothing about components, but think it would be great to hook something up. Help? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Mar 3, 2005 - 10 answers

Binaural sound generation.

I'm looking for some algorithms for generating binaural sounds. [more inside]
posted by Ryvar on Feb 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Looking to purchase or lease sound equpment for theatre

Attention sound peoples: I work for a non-profit that runs a historic theatre that's getting set to re-open. We're looking to lease or purchase sound equipment, as the primary use for the facility will be live music [MI]. [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui on Feb 14, 2005 - 5 answers

My laptop can't produce sound clearly

My laptop can't produce sound clearly, but last night it could. I know next to nothing about computers. What's with this?
posted by saysthis on Feb 10, 2005 - 12 answers

I have to reinstall the sound card drivers on my Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop every time I reboot.

Having sound card/driver issues. MI [more inside]
posted by LouReedsSon on Jan 21, 2005 - 4 answers

What can I use to smash 3 sound cards together to go into the speakers so I don't have to swap cables? I'd like to hear all 3 at once

I have 3 computers, each with sound cards. I have one set of speakers. What can I use to smash 3 sound cards together to go into the speakers so I don't have to swap cables? I'd like to hear all 3 at once. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by cmm on Jan 19, 2005 - 11 answers

iPod speaker recommendations?

I want to buy some speakers for an Ipod. Altec Lansing and Bose have both made speaker sets that use the docking port, so that's kind of cool, but are the speakers worth it? The Bose ones in particular are $300, which seems really high. Anyone have any experience with these? Or is it just better to buy some regular powered speakers and plug them into the earphone jack?
posted by jasper411 on Jan 4, 2005 - 26 answers

Winamp lowers the volume after every song.

Winamp lowers the volume after every song. So, I'm constantly turning it all the way back up. How do I get it to stop that? They may be trying to save my ears, but my headphones are dying and I have a slight hearing problem. I listen to a song, and the next one is suddenly just a whisper. So frustrating.
posted by FunkyHelix on Dec 21, 2004 - 6 answers

iBook sounds terrible on my home stereo.

When I plug my iBook into my home stereo, it sounds horrible. Way bass-y and mumbly. I can tweak it - setting the iBook volume way low and messing with bass and treble on the stereo - so it's passable, but I'm wondering if I'm doing it wrong. (I plug it from the headphones jack into the Phono input.)
posted by booth on Dec 21, 2004 - 13 answers

Recording audio from Flash movies

I was inspired by this great post to make some of my own songs, using Harry Partch's virtual instruments, and record them into ACID Pro 4.0. How do I make those Flash movies my audio source? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt on Dec 14, 2004 - 3 answers

How do I slow down sound playback without changing its pitch?

I'm looking for a software that will allow me to take a passage of music and slow it down but not change the pitch. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Dec 6, 2004 - 12 answers

good wireless headphones to buy

What set of wireless headphones should I buy? Bonus points if it's feasible to carry the transmitter in my pocket for use with my iPod. [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Nov 28, 2004 - 4 answers

CRT whine - how to stop it?

My CRT monitor puts out a high-pitched whine that changes tone depending on certain conditions of which I'm not familiar with (in other words, the tone fluctuates). It's not overly loud but it's definitely noticeable - it's quite irritating. It used to do this about a year ago then stopped only to start again last week. Anybody know why it's happening and how to stop it?
posted by ashbury on Nov 18, 2004 - 10 answers

Clever uses for a receiver

What to do with a Receiver? Someone in my building left a decent Pioneer receiver near the dumpster, obviously hoping that someone would put it to good use. I believe I might be that person, but am not sure what to do with it. I've already got a reliable radio that I enjoy listening to, my record player has it's own pre-amp, and I don't feel a need to add surround sound to the TV (in part because it would mean buying a mess of speakers). But I'm betting someone out there in MeFi land has a clever and novel idea for how it might be employed. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Nov 5, 2004 - 11 answers

Why is my wall buzzing?

The Tell-Tale Buzz, or: This Wall, It Vibrates? For the last several weeks (nearly a month now), a buzzing/vibrating noise has been coming from the wall between my apartment and the next one, driving both me and my neighbor crazy. What on earth could be causing this? (more inside -- literally) [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Sep 25, 2004 - 14 answers

Multimedia Resources

I need help finding some good content! I am putting together a course on Sociology of Religion using Powerpoint (in the David Byrne stlye), and I am at an almost total loss on finding short video clips, sound bytes, cartoons etc. to add to the classes.

What I am looking for is along the lines of the way that The Simpsons skews religion all the time (ie funny, not trying to sell you anything), though I am open to anything thought provoking.
posted by Quartermass on Aug 16, 2004 - 8 answers

sound card issues on a pc

['PooterFilter] So I've put Win 2k Server on my laptop, and now the sound card clicks/skips. I'm not getting anywhere with this problem. Any ideas? [mi] [more inside]
posted by dodgygeezer on Aug 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Is there a way to separate music from sound effects and dialogue in a film, starting with a DVD?

I watched Donnie Darko again recently and I thought it was a damn shame that Tortoise didn't do the soundtrack. I became ever-so-briefly obsessed with the idea of replacing some of the musical sequences with Tortoise music, but I wouldn't know how to do this without completely removing any sound effects and dialogue from those scenes. Is there a way for a non-audio-geek to separate these audio elements? Assume I'm starting with a DVD.
posted by scarabic on Jul 17, 2004 - 17 answers

SSSH, Flash!

Any way to disable sound from Flash? I'm running Mozilla 1.3.1.
posted by punishinglemur on Jun 27, 2004 - 3 answers

CBC Max Ferguson Show - Dave Dunston Air Traffic Controller Talk?

His name is Dave Dunston. Or possibly Dunson. Or possibly some other variant that sounds similar; I've never seen it written. He is, or perhaps was, a British air traffic controller. Many years ago he gave a talk on air traffic control, and commercial aircraft in general, to a group of British bankers. Somehow it got recorded, and was broadcast on Max Ferguson's show on the CBC. It is definitely one of the funniest things I have ever heard. I managed to tape it, but the old cassette technology is dying a speedy death. I want another copy, preferably on a more dependable medium. Has anybody heard of this guy? Does anybody know how, or if, this air traffic control talk recording was released? Somehow it got into Max Ferguson's paws; I want it in mine.
posted by DrJohnEvans on May 11, 2004 - 8 answers

Microphone to use with a computer, a guitar, and djembe; budget $50

I've $50 to spend on a microphone. What's a decent choice for a girl with a computer and a guitar--and occasionally, a djembe? [more inside]
posted by precocious on May 5, 2004 - 15 answers

Looking for speakers with optical digital input

I want to buy these speakers, but it seems they are only available from Japan, and other far-eastern countries. Does anyone know of anywhere I can buy some that will ship to the UK (Amazon JP don't), and have a site in English? (Or be easily decipherable by a stupid Brit?) Alternatively, can anyone recommend any 2.0 or 2.1 speakers available to the UK that have optical digital input? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Apr 22, 2004 - 5 answers

What's the best way to nuke noise from single coil pickups while recording my guitar?

Guitar recording question: What's the best way to nuke 60hz hum and monitor noise from my single coil pickups? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by arto on Apr 21, 2004 - 8 answers

Whose voice do you enjoy hearing?

Whenever I hear Garrison Keillor tell a story, I get this warm fuzzy feeling. And there are a few other people whose voice seem to have a subduing effect. Whose voice affects you, in a positve, warm-fuzzy way? Is this anyway related to the brainwave/sub-auditory post?
posted by grefo on Apr 9, 2004 - 47 answers

PC sound interference

This is my first AskMe question: I've been annoyed for months by a sound problem with my PC. Simply put, my speakers pick up noise from the processor and hard drives that really offend my audiophile sensibilities. I think the cause is an IRQ sharing issue, but I'm not sure how to resolve it in Windows 2000. More inside... [more inside]
posted by Jonasio on Mar 17, 2004 - 9 answers

Car speaker installation hassles

Say you have two holes in your front car doors where the speakers should go. And say that even though you can wire them up, you have no way to attach them, because the geniuses that can design a car to drive 300,000 miles can't make interior door panels that don't shred like cardboard after a quarter of that. What would you do? [mas adentro] [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 8, 2004 - 3 answers

Trillian monkey emoticon sound?

To all Trillian users: Does anyone else remember that the monkey emoticon used to make a sound? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by MsVader on Jan 12, 2004 - 7 answers

Can I fix my guitar amp myself?

I have a Marshall Valvestate 20 (8020) practice guitar amp. The built-in reverb has stopped working, producing just noise when you turn it up and a sort of wobbly sound if you bump the amp. Also the amp itself has a lot of hum, which goes away when I touch the strings. I'm too cheap/broke to get it fixed but know how to use a screwdriver and a sodering iron. Suggestions?
posted by signal on Jan 6, 2004 - 13 answers

Fix for Audio Being Out of Sync with Video on Nikon Coolpix 4500

When I record video on my Nikon Coolpix 4500, the sound is a fraction of a second out of sync, which is enough to turn every family video into a kung foo movie. Any suggestions on what might be causing this?
posted by oissubke on Jan 4, 2004 - 2 answers

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