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Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

cell phone networks

Does any cell phone network engineer perhaps know why you can't hear your own voice when speaking on a cell? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

ATTN SOUND ENGINEERS: Is Audio Technology School a Good Idea for Me?

I want to be a sound/audio engineer. I found a 9-month program in Audio Technology that's $24,000. Is this a good use of my time and money? [more inside]
posted by laswingkid on Apr 29, 2013 - 23 answers

Help with SOYA Torrent Download

I'm about to leave for a two-day long car trip and I thought I could listen to some podcasts to pass the time. I'm a huge Bullseye with Jesse Thorn (formerly Sound of Young America) fan and I saw a link on the Maximum Fun website to download a torrent of all of the old episodes. So I downloaded the .torrent file and opened it on uTorrent but nothing happened. Any help on my predicament? What am I doing wrong and what can I do to properly download the files?
posted by rmttws on Mar 13, 2013 - 7 answers

What's that "blerk!" sound the BBC uses in their night-time thrillers?

In Sherlock, and in Midsomer Murders, there's a night-time sound which I presume is either a recording of, or meant to be some kind of night bird. What is it? [more inside]
posted by nonspecialist on Feb 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Help on a building an audio experience to accompany a photo

For my job, I'm looking for some material to create an audio soundscape for this photo. I don't know much about hip hop or what might have been associated with hip hop culture in 1993 coastal Texas. What songs, ambient sounds, interview snippets, or other (very short) sound experiences would enhance your viewing of this photo?
posted by Miko on Feb 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Could we hear the speaking voice of a six-inch-tall human?

I am considering writing a novel/story that involves the idea of people living among us who are somewhere between three and eight inches tall, but I don't know enough about the physics of sound to know if normal height humans would be able to speak to these tiny people. Would their voices be too high-pitched to hear at all, or just very difficult to understand? Would our voices be understandable to them? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Feb 15, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I make my dormitory hallway's sound activated light stay on cons

How can I make my dormitory hallway's sound activated light stay on constantly? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Feb 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Improving webex experience

I'm looking for tips and recommendations to improve the audio/video quality of online meetings. We already have good connections/machines for online meetings - but as I'm doing more and more of those, I'd like to specifically improve experience of everyone - especially for sound & video. [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 on Jan 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Safe to update my iPhone 4S to the latest iOS6 version?

iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Dec 18, 2012 - 19 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

لَآ اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ ال

Where in the world has the most unique calls to prayer? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

The most watched digital content is... what?

Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I go with a wireless or wired sound system?

I'm wondering whether to go with a wireless sound system or in-the-wall wiring. [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Nov 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How to eavesdrop on your pets using technology

Rabbits may vocalize in frequencies humans can't hear. How can I record my rabbits talking and play it back to myself? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

"difficulty tolerating everyday sounds" is putting it mildly

Anyone else with hyperacusis ? Yesterday, I described something I though was just lack-of-sleep induced ear sensitivity and learned I was instead suffering from hyperacusia. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Baud on Nov 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Headphone pitch phenomenon

If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious on Oct 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How to restore default sound settings on new laptop?

Is there an easy way to restore ONLY default audio settings on a Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui on Oct 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Pat, I'd like a P, B, F, T, L, S... ?

In a story I'm writing, one character (an old lady) blows a raspberry at another character at the very end of a scene. I'd like to indicate this sound as a direct quote. What's the proper way to spell this?
posted by mochapickle on Oct 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Accidentally deleted audio driver on Windows XP machine. How do I get it back?

I accidentally deleted my audio driver software on my XP machine. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions?

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Sep 17, 2012 - 3 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

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

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