How can I listen to music from my PC on a home theater while utilizing my sub woofer? I have my PC in a different room, hooked up with an optical cable to my home theater receiver. When I play music from iTunes on my PC, the sound only comes out of my main floor speakers and not my sub woofer. Is this possible with regular music tracks? [more inside]
posted by dpollitt
on Apr 13, 2010 -
I have a soundcard with a MIDI port. Is there software out there that would allow me to change the tuning of my MIDI keyboard and play it in real-time through my speakers?
posted by archagon
on Mar 26, 2010 -
What purpose does the ball inside a whistle serve? My kid just got a clear whistle and watching him use it... the ball just sits there.
posted by Paleoindian
on Mar 20, 2010 -
I have a pretty bad case of night terrors. I am turning to the hive mind to help me identify a cheap and effective solution/device that will record the times when I'm audible throughout the night. I don't want to know what I'm saying as it sometimes freaks me out (nothing scary, I'm just weirded out by listening to myself yell/whisper subconciously). So a tape/voice recorder is out of the running.
In short, I need to know what time I make noise, and maybe a little squiggle or number on a piece of paper/read out screen letting me know how loud I was relative to the rest of that night (I'm thinking of the needle that scrbbles on rolling paper with a time stamp next to it like a seizmograph).
Any suggestions? This can be hand made or purchased as long as it's not too expensive :-)
posted by WhereAmI
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Looking for articles and essays concerning the early days of the phonograph and radio--especially the cultural impact. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler
on Feb 21, 2010 -
I'm going to conduct an interview over Skype for a podcast. What (free) tools are at my disposal for recording and editing? Any advice gratefully appreciated.
posted by Frasermoo
on Feb 18, 2010 -
[MacFilter] Anyone know of a piece of OS X software that will allow me to independently set the audio balance (L-R) of different applications? [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Feb 18, 2010 -
I record university lectures for podcasting, but I'm finding I can't rely on plugging in to the lecture hall audio system to get a clean recording. Given I have a digital field recorder with XLR inputs, what sorts of equipment (mics, mixer, etc.) could I pick up for $500 total that could allow me to make a decent recording of a lecture? [more inside]
posted by dw
on Feb 16, 2010 -
Ear anatomy filter: How come vibration pressure increased by 22 time as sound travels from tympanic membrane to the base of the stapes while tympanic membrane is only 17 time larger than the base of the stapes? [more inside]
posted by Carius
on Feb 5, 2010 -
I need to create about 8 gender-neutral, speech-synthesized audio files of variants of a made up word for a research project I'm working on. What program should I use to do this? Is there a really simple way to complete this task? What's a good resource or tutorial that I can walk myself through? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Feb 5, 2010 -
Going to buy a new computer and connect it to already-owned surround speakers and HD monitor. I want to be able to play Blu-Rays with nice HD sound if possible. I'm an HD, HDMI, Blu-Ray and recent-PC-hardware virgin, and will need to be led through this like I'm a kid. [more inside]
posted by paperpete
on Feb 2, 2010 -
How can I get Outlook and GMail Notifier to play different sounds for the new mail notification? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker
on Jan 26, 2010 -
Please help my diagnose a problem with my ageing laptop making high pitched noises at random intervals. [more inside]
posted by Solomon
on Jan 17, 2010 -
My new laptop has terrible speakers. Please help me make it better, or make the best of a bad situation. [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Jan 8, 2010 -
AudiophileFilter: Building a 7.1 monitoring system in a seminar room, for very discerning listeners. My question is mostly about powered monitor speakers, and it's long. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac
on Jan 3, 2010 -
Flash sound stopped working in both IE and firefox. I'm using windows 7.
This has been driving me crazy for the last week - I think, somewhere along the line, I was running a few anti-malware apps and something may have gotten deleted. There's no sound whatsoever from any kind of flash, be it youtube, lastfm, or a web ad. [more inside]
posted by brocklanders
on Dec 28, 2009 -
Disappearing sound on the computer. ONLY on Hulu, YouTube, playlist.com, but not mp3's. Complication: not having administrator privileges to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon
on Dec 7, 2009 -
Where can i find a cheap dB meter that can meter a low dB? (say 30-50 dB) [more inside]
posted by ilike
on Nov 5, 2009 -
Why does music on my MP3 player sound better with small earphones than with big headphones? [more inside]
posted by murtagh
on Nov 1, 2009 -
Is there an audio plugin that will emulate the mono sound compression used by AM radio stations?
posted by Yakuman
on Oct 29, 2009 -
What's this creaking sound my car is making and how long should I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by pised
on Oct 26, 2009 -
How do I add an additional audio track to a .avi movie file in OSX? I downloaded a full length movie, it had stereo channel audio, but one of the audio tracks was still missing, possibly the center channel that was lost from a surround sound mix when it was bounced to standard 2 channel audio. I now have the missing audio file and need to add it to the other two. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine
on Oct 25, 2009 -
I recall reading in a thread about a trick used in movies to simulate the background noise of a crowd engaged in a number of separate conversations - like a party - by having a small number of people repeat a few syllables out of sync with each other.
What were the details of this?
posted by srboisvert
on Oct 18, 2009 -
I am looking for recommendations for a recording interface and self-powered monitors. [more inside]
posted by Zenabi
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Has anyone heard of http://www.totimm.com/?
TIS recently offered me a position, but i can not find much additional information about them.
Please let me know of any experience you may have had with this company?
posted by konono
on Sep 10, 2009 -
I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
posted by phrontist
on Aug 31, 2009 -
I have a problem with hearing bass music vibrating through my windows and walls into my home. It literally echos through my every vein and makes me feel insane. Is this a sign of age? Is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by czechmate
on Aug 29, 2009 -
Where can I find a recording of the cry or call or shriek or squeak of the common European mole, Talpa Europaea
posted by misteraitch
on Aug 27, 2009 -
How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÅ Loft Bed? [more inside]
posted by raygan
on Aug 13, 2009 -
What's a good (and not terribly expensive) portable setup for adding AutoTune to live vocals? This would be in NYC, and the world needs to experience AutoTune karaoke. [more inside]
posted by anildash
on Aug 13, 2009 -
synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
posted by neilkod
on Aug 12, 2009 -
Most Halloweens I have a small Rocky Horror Picture Show party at my place. But this year I wanted to screen a different musical. Still, I want people to dress up, and I want the night to carry the same raucous, raunchy tone. How can I "slutify" The Sound of Music?
posted by Sully
on Jul 29, 2009 -
Recordings made using an ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B microphone with my Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder sound quiet, tinny and hollow. Why could this be? [more inside]
posted by BugsPotter
on Jul 26, 2009 -
I have a few Macbook Pro systems at work that we've installed Windows XP via Bootcamp on. We've done this with previous Macbook models in the past. This time, however, there is an audio problem: the audio on the XP side is so low it's close to non-existent.
Is anyone familiar with this problem? Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by strangememes
on Jul 22, 2009 -
Can anyone help me find an audio version of the Singalong Sound of Music
with the audience participation included in the recording? I am not looking for a short clip (the only things I've managed to find so far) but rather, the entire show. Thanks.
posted by Sully
on Jul 22, 2009 -
What is the MMM
sound an idling locomotive makes every few minutes? [more inside]
posted by Mapes
on Jul 17, 2009 -
What is the legality
of making a site like www.instantboss.org or a movie sound board in the state of PA? [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx
on Jul 14, 2009 -
What's a good Windows XP open source/freeware sound recorder that is easy for someone with vision deficits to use? Suggestions for a microphone also welcome. Details and... [more inside]
posted by de void
on Jun 29, 2009 -