Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
How can I effectively deafen myself [more inside]
Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I set up Google Voice to ring my computer speakers when I have a headset attached? [more inside]
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]
Why does my television's sound intermittently cut out? [more inside]
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]
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]
How does the Zoom H4N play with (Arch)Linux? [more inside]
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]
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?
Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
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]
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.
Safe, effective sound dampening options for a noisy gas furnace? [more inside]
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]
Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
my new brakes are squeaking. any quick fix? [more inside]
Hospice and palliative-care providers often tell patients' families and friends that as people die, hearing is the last sense to go. Is there any science behind the claim? [more inside]
Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
I want to casually amplify a speech outside and on the go—and without electricity present. Help me, fellow geeks, who are geekier than I! [more inside]
If I connect my computer to a set of speakers using several sound cables (1/8 inch) daisy-chained together, will the sound degrade? [more inside]
I'd like to be able to select my Linux box as my audio out device in my Windows 7 box. Is there a way to make that happen?
The stereo on my Toyota Aygo has an iPod jack, but the sound is AWFUL. If it's loud enough to hear, there's as much hiss as there is music. I've tried every possible volume adjustments between iPod/stereo. Will one of these headphone amps help? [more inside]
Where do I find a portable and programmable sound board-like thing? [more inside]
Help me get some powered, 2.1 speakers with an auxillary input for ~$200. [more inside]
Does software exist to automatically improve the sound of music recordings, similar to the auto-adjustment features of photo-editing software? [more inside]
My friends and I are interested in recreating some radio plays in podcast form. We need a lot of information! [more inside]
I'm a film editor and am looking to find a sound that will scare anyone and everyone. What is the scariest sound you've ever heard?
What am I looking for and does it exist? I'm working on art project and I need to create a soundboard. The MP3 Trigger comes close. Here's what I need [more inside]
Why does my pot of water sound like it's boiling, but when I lift the lid nothing's happening yet? What's making all the noise?
I want to record LP's using a Windows XP external soundcard. [more inside]
Give me your best machine-washable sound-dampening technologies. Curtains, mostly. [more inside]
My Klipsch S2 earbuds are worn out. Any suggestions for a replacement that has the best bang for your buck? I'm using them with an iPod Nano 6th Gen.
$300 Sennheiser 600's sound no better than normal iPhone headphones with iMac? Huh? [more inside]
The most awesome things for families to do in the Seattle/Tacoma/Peninsula area? [more inside]
When apartment-hunting, how can you tell if a place has good inter-unit sound insulation? [more inside]
My PC's sound gets muted, how can I know? [more inside]
The clichéed two-part catcalling whistle that is performed at the sight of a hottie -- almost exclusively a man whistling at a woman -- that sounds like this. Rising, then falling. Where did that particular "tune" come from? What is the earliest recorded instance of its use? How was it popularized?
I need to record two people at the same time. I can't follow them around with a boom mic and I don't want them to be attached at the hip with a splitter to one recorder plus 2 lapel mics. How do I record two people, walking around, talking to each other? Do I need two recorders? AND if I have two recorders, how much of a pain will it be to edit the material/will it sound weird? How is this normally done? It is for the radio. [more inside]
Noise-canceling headphones, or noise-cancelling earbuds, or earmuffs, or earplugs, or some combination? I need to protect my ears from both subway noise and loud co-workers. [more inside]
Help me (please) soundproof our new home against the trains that run right behind our house. Materials, strategies, tips: all are appreciated. [more inside]
What are some examples of classic movie dialogue which are instantly recognizable from sound alone? [more inside]
Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack?
Hey Audiophiles - Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack? I can't find any specs for the headphone jack on my speakers(is it just passthru?) but i can't find this speak on any others i shop for. I was looking to buy Sound Blaster X-Fi HD or just some nice < $200 computer speakers with a headphone jack? Any suggestions? Am I completely off? FYI - these are for a set of Sennheiser HD595
My USB Mic started picking up an omnipresent hum all of a sudden. It never used to. Any ideas what could have changed? [more inside]
What would an explosion sound like on the moon? Thought-experiment filter. [more inside]