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Measure how noisily I sleep :-)

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 - 8 answers

 

What do you say we put on a record?

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 - 5 answers

Recording and editing Skype calls.

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 - 7 answers

Help me stereophonically multitask!

[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 - 7 answers

Buzz buzz buzz in the drum of the ear

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 - 11 answers

How does pressure transfer from eardrum to stapes?

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 - 1 answer

How do I go about creating some speech synthesized audio files of a handful of made-up words?

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 - 11 answers

No whining!

Why would a car be making a high-pitched whining sound? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Feb 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Almost saved by Linux

Help! Speaker sound on laptop, with Ubuntu for Panasonic CF-T8.. [more inside]
posted by lundman on Feb 3, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I make Blu-Ray work on a standard computer?

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 - 8 answers

Ding Dong!

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 - 1 answer

Why is my laptop whining at me?

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 - 12 answers

Help me make the next Avatar!

What is the best video editing software for me? [more inside]
posted by Brettus on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

I didn't know this album was recorded in a tin can!

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 - 4 answers

Surround Serious Ears With Sound

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 - 7 answers

Well, this sucks.

What are some good-sounding, relatively cheap TV speakers? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Dec 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Flash sound stopped working.

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 - 9 answers

Converting .SND Files

Need a cheap way to convert .SND to .MP3 files. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Dec 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Disappearing sound when I try to watch videos. Why is this?

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 - 8 answers

Where can i find a cheap dB meter?

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 - 4 answers

Champion Sound

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 - 10 answers

Sound Compression

Is there an audio plugin that will emulate the mono sound compression used by AM radio stations?
posted by Yakuman on Oct 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Creak-creak-creak

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 - 12 answers

Adding ADDITIONAL audio to an avi file

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 - 5 answers

How do movies fake party conversation noise?

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 - 13 answers

Sound advice

I am looking for recommendations for a recording interface and self-powered monitors. [more inside]
posted by Zenabi on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Car/Sound practical/meta (u choose) question.

What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Jiff_and_theChoosyMuthers on Sep 18, 2009 - 19 answers

Speaker Cables?

I have a Sonic Impact T-Amp 2 that works really well but I'm wondering what kind of cables I'm supposed to get for it. [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 11, 2009 - 6 answers

total immersion gaming question

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 - 4 answers

Magic Chord-O-Matic Machine!

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 - 8 answers

Turn Off That Loud Music!

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 - 22 answers

The Call of the Mole

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 - 3 answers

How to quiet my creaking loft bed?

How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÃ… Loft Bed? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 13, 2009 - 10 answers

I love Jay-Z, but autotune is still alive and well. For now.

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 - 5 answers

How can I duplicate this synth sound in Reason?

What's this 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 - 13 answers

How to make the Sound of Music sluttier?

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 - 20 answers

EV RE50N/D-B mic + Olympus LS-10 recorder = hollow, tinny sound

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 - 9 answers

no noise

Macbook pro sound problem. Some sounds only heard through headphones. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Jul 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Low Audio on Bootcamp Windows XP

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 - 11 answers

Hoping to listen to the Singalong Sound of Music with audience participating.

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 - 0 answers

Cockadoodle STFU!

I need some earplugs to block out rooster crows while I sleep. Help! [more inside]
posted by @homer on Jul 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Source of rising locomotive sound?

What is the MMM MMM!sound an idling locomotive makes every few minutes? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Jul 17, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the legality of making a site like www.instantboss.org or a movie sound board in the state of PA?

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 - 4 answers

Good WinXP sound recorder for bad eyes?

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 - 8 answers

Where else have I heard that?

Is there a site that keeps track of foley sound clichés in movies, hopefully sorted by the sound as well as by movie? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Jun 26, 2009 - 4 answers

What is wrong with my audio?

Sound trouble on Acer Aspire One netbook: Was working perctly, suddenly it's unlistenably lagging/stuttering. [more inside]
posted by kaspen on Jun 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Best gear for taking field recordings while traveling?

What compact gear setup is be best for taking general-purpose environmental audio field recordings while traveling? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

What is the origin of this sound effect?

The "ssshw-oonk" sound when Mario falls in the pit about 1:20 into this video. I swear I've heard this sound used in other places, as it's fairly distinctive; is this a stock sound effect of some sort? What can you tell me about this sound? I don't need it for anything, I'm just consumed by curiosity.
posted by NMcCoy on Jun 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Less Cops?

How do bands in cities practice? I've got the band, I need the space. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on May 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Best setup for an interview-style podcast?

What affordable equipment could I buy to have a simple, professional-sounding conversational podcast? [more inside]
posted by superbird on May 19, 2009 - 16 answers

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