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Best way to signal a section change in an audio book?

In audio books, what's best-practice for signaling a section change within a chapter? [more inside]
posted by silusGROK on Sep 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you hear the wind blow?

Can wind affect sound waves? [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Oh internet oracle, in your dusty archives

Tracking down an old story about a person who was using some sort of method to detect the impressions of sound waves in objects in order to replay old conversations. Anybody got an inkling what it might be? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Sep 1, 2012 - 12 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

How to run 20 feet of 3.5mm to RCA cabling?

What's the cheapest/simplest way for me to run sound from my iPod/laptop (3.5mm jack) to a stereo (RCA) about 20 feet away? If it were a shorter distance I'd just get a standard audio cable, but I'm worried that something like this will lose a lot of signal/fidelity. [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Aug 14, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me troubleshoot my video playback

Online videos play with no sound. [more inside]
posted by jpdoane on Aug 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me equalize the TV volume.

Can I rig some sort of home-made equalizer between my TV, speakers and PS3? Other ideas as to changing the levels of frequency ranges also welcome. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 30, 2012 - 30 answers

My Mac Mini wants to be an extreme right winger

Please help me diagnose an annoying issue with the sound output in my Mac Mini. Upon every system bootup, the sound output manages to set itself 100% to the right channel. So far, I've not managed to find any search results for this issue. It's a simple fix to move the balance slider to the middle, but I shouldn't have to do this every time I turn on the bleedin' thing. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Reducing noise between doors

How to temporarily reduce sound through a shared door? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 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

Best cheap little wireless speakers?

What's the most portable, cheapest, best quality wireless/Bluetooth speaker(s) out there? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 24, 2012 - 4 answers

How does a tone relate to a frequency?

I have been playing around with Audacity recently trying to understand a bit more about sound in general. One question I'm having trouble wrapping my head around is: How does Tone and Frequency relate? For instance, the 2600 Hz is a high-pitched tone. Does that mean that anything that produced that same tone would be at 2600 Hz? And does it mean that for the entire range of human hearing -- all of those Hz -- that one tone corresponds to a particular frequency? I am looking for some basic explanation or even tools to play with...
posted by tcv on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Noisy enough for privacy?

Help me make our bathroom noisy enough for privacy in a small apartment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls?

Experiences and techniques for dealing with noise mitigation in an apartment with only partial bedroom walls? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Jun 8, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm looking for sound.

Tell me about sound effects for games. I'm designing the specifications for a mobile app, which will be a game. I need sound effects, preferably royalty-free, to accompany the game. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jun 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Bad Neighbor!

Neighbor is using an ultra-high-frequency device against us at very high decibels. It causes constant low-grade nausea and a long-lasting ringing in the ears afterwards. Problem is, it can't really be heard because its such a high-frequency. Cops have come to our house, felt the nausea and ear-ringing themselves, but refuse to do anything about it because they can't "hear" it and we have no way of recording it. My question is: Can you point me towards a device that can record high decibel sound in very high frequencies so we can show objectively that this is happening? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on May 28, 2012 - 51 answers

What is the screeching?

Computer/Electronic/AudiophileFilter: I just finished my first build of a computer. When I plug in my computer's onboard sound into my receiver through the standard 3.5mm audio jack and output to two KRK monitors and a sub, I get screeching/scrambling from the speakers that drives me nuts. It basically sounds like I can hear my processor. This doesn't happen with headphones. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by jwmollman on May 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Help with noisy neighbor's loud music.

Noisy Neighbors: Am I just a cranky old lady or are my neighbors inconsiderate assholes? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on May 25, 2012 - 35 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

What hardware do I need for recording and live mixing?

I need a USB interface to connect 2 mics, a midi keyboard, and an ipod to a computer, for both live mixing and recording. Hope? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on May 4, 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

sound mixing 101 in a crunch

I need help learning the very basics of sound mixing by Monday [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Apr 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Programmable Big Red Button?

Where can I get a programmable "big red button?" [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV.

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV. [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop?

Can you give me recommendations for portable, yet powerful speakers for a laptop? Audio quality not necessarily the #1 priority. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Mar 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find new computer speakers

I need a new pair of computer speakers. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Mar 12, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the origin of the Brazilian laser swoosh sound?

What is the origin of the "golazo de brasil" sound that is played on Brazilian TV when the national football team scores a goal? (Also used in Formula One when a Brazilian wins a race, and really any sporting context where Brazil succeeds at something). [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Mar 10, 2012 - 3 answers

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

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Make me Deaf

How can I effectively deafen myself [more inside]
posted by Query on Feb 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly?

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Raindrops keep fallin' [in] my head

Sometimes when I sit at a strange angle or practice bad posture I hear a faint dripping sound, like a leaky faucet, coming from inside my throat, slightly to the right of my windpipe. It dissipates after a while on its own. Now what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 19, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I stop a hardware beep in my desktop PC?

My IT Help Desk is stumped - can you help me? My computer is making what I can only describe as a hardware beep that I can't turn off. Muting Windows and disabling all system sounds doesn't work. Yet the beep only happens when I do certain things with the software - at first, it was only when trying to save a document into my virtual system in Word, but recently it's every time an email arrives in Outlook, which is just awful. This didn't used to happen, but once, many months ago, I accidentally pressed a random combination of keys and it started. I have no idea how to turn it off - and neither do the IT people. System details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Feb 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How to have speakers ring when a headset is plugged in.

How do I set up Google Voice to ring my computer speakers when I have a headset attached? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Feb 10, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I disable a pitch cancellation feature?

When I record myself singing a single note in Audacity, it records fine for a while. Then after about two seconds it cancels out that pitch as if it were background noise. (It will then record other notes, although the quality is severely affected.) It does this with both the built-in mic and my headset mic. How do I disable this feature? [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Feb 5, 2012 - 3 answers

I don't like rattling noises.

Can you identify this bike noise? [more inside]
posted by dd42 on Feb 3, 2012 - 14 answers

I never thought I'd be complaining because I couldn't hear the commercials, but here I am.

Why does my television's sound intermittently cut out? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Limited sound card?

How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jan 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me identify the clich├ęd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.

Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jan 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Zoom H4N Linux

How does the Zoom H4N play with (Arch)Linux? [more inside]
posted by beshtya on Jan 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Bad sound at Dragon Tattoo

I tried to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, but ran into sound problems on two different screens at the same theater. The symptoms were fairly specific, and I was curious if anyone familiar with cinema sound systems could tell me what the problem was. [more inside]
posted by yorick on Dec 26, 2011 - 6 answers

My pet Sound question

Despite taking several physics classes many years ago I don't think I understand how sound works. I was watching the excellent Behind the Sounds video about creating "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and thinking about how all those instruments at different registers ultimately are just recorded as one wave (in mono) or at most two (in stereo) that hit the ear. How can one wave carry such a density of information (like the Beach Boys) yet only carry information based on frequency, wave length and intensity? How can I tell that there are all these instruments when I only hear one wave?
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for wireless computer speakers

Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 30, 2011 - 3 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

Ring ring BUZZZZZZ

I'm looking for an android sound profile app that won't crash my phone. Ideally, I would be able to create a profile that had my alarm and ringer at full volume while disabling all other sounds. The last one I tried made my phone run really slowly and freeze intermittently, and a few of the other ones I've looked at don't seem to distinguish between notification types - I need the alarm to be a different control from email alerts and stuff. I'd really appreciate a recommendation! My googling has failed. Thanks in advance, MetaFilters.
posted by prefpara on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

How to fix a noisy gas furnace?

Safe, effective sound dampening options for a noisy gas furnace? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation

Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive?

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Where does the Bell Tower ringtone come from?

What is the source the bell tower ringtone on my iPhone 3G? [more inside]
posted by swift on Oct 6, 2011 - 2 answers

my new brakes are squeaking. any quick fix?

my new brakes are squeaking. any quick fix? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 3, 2011 - 11 answers

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