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What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop?

What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 2, 2010 - 2 answers

The roof is only mildly warm

How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Sep 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Audio careers in film and television

I'm looking for information about careers in audio, sound and music within the film and television industries. Info like how to find an entry level job/internship, size of the industry, average income, etc for jobs like sound designer, audio editor, production sound mixer, dialogue editor, composer, foley etc. Thanks!
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Sep 20, 2010 - 2 answers

That's a funny accent you have there...

Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Need a very decent sound card that is affordable. Name that brand.

Recommend a very decent sound card that's also affordable
posted by watercarrier on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

How good can a mobile phone speaker be?

How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping?

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60P.

Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60p. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Aug 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me figure out what this summer sound is - frog, insect??

I'm trying to figure out what this sound is: specifically heard in the summer, in the woods - either a frog or some sort of insect I think (not crickets though). Could be described as "cheet-cheet-cheet-cheet" repeated. An exact example can be found in the very beginning of the R.E.M. song "You Are Everything" from the album Green. Super bonus question: would love to find a recording of this to purchase/download. Thanks!
posted by staveitoff123 on Aug 4, 2010 - 16 answers

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

What happens when digital audio is pressed to vinyl?

More and more bands these days are releasing their albums on vinyl, which I think is really cool. However, isn't most recording these days digital? In that case, does the vinyl copy provide any auditory advantage? [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jul 22, 2010 - 22 answers

Big baadda boom Leeloo Dallas multipass

Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2010 - 18 answers

What's up with the noise?

Why do the pipes in my house make a groaning sound when the front sprinklers turn on in the morning? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jul 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What is this buzzing/vibration in my house?

What is this recurring deep, loud buzzing sound (and vibrations) in my house? It only happens in one spot, and many members of the family have heard/felt it. (No, getting it checked out is not an option currently on the table, I'll explain below). [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jun 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work?

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Are Bose speakers worth buying at a significant discount?

I'm considering purchasing a pair of Bose Companion 3 speakers at a local retailer where I receive a hefty discount. I should be able to leave with them for roughly $175 as opposed to the retail $250. Is this a justifiable purchase? [more inside]
posted by vmrob on Jun 21, 2010 - 14 answers

Ecotune Duet Power Consumption?

Has anyone done a Killawatt (or similar) analysis of an EcoTune Duet sound machine? I am trying to find average running costs for this. Our current white noise machine of choice is a fan that runs at 38 watts. I've priced the rotary fan motor-based Marpac Sleepmate but at 13 watts max volume by Killawatt there just isn't enough delta between this and an actual fan.
posted by meehawl on Jun 20, 2010 - 3 answers

need airhorn

i need an airhorn for tomorrow (Saturday) - where can I buy one locally? [more inside]
posted by denaps on Jun 18, 2010 - 4 answers

One. Ding. Only.

Ding! Who said that? I'm looking for a Windows (XP) utility that logs which apps send sounds to the speaker, so I can tell where random little dings and stuff come from.
posted by Myself on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

How to block out unwanted sounds?

How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Jun 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Soon to be a major motion picutre.

How do I turn a noisy low volume DVD video into a flash movie? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Jun 3, 2010 - 9 answers

One Shing Only.

Was the "shing" sound in this logo animation created with a synthesizer? If so (or if it could have been done that way), how? I have the typical audio FX software installed and would like to know how to create a nice synthetic SHINGGGG! sound. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 1, 2010 - 3 answers

*&^*!@* Sound Problems Again!

Does anyone remember a downloadable bios patch to fix sound problems on an HP Pavillion PC? I need it! [more inside]
posted by Eicats on May 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Do Brits sound American?

How do British Actors playing Americans sound to Americans? [more inside]
posted by Biru on May 8, 2010 - 116 answers

Most phonemically diverse language?

What language has the most phonemes? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on May 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Where to find a timed bell for a factory?

Where to find a timed bell for a factory? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on May 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Audio Fidelity?

Is there an objective way to measure audio fidelity? If so, what is it? In other words, what quality of headphones and speakers makes the differences in sound quality?
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on May 2, 2010 - 7 answers

His master's voice

What, besides the volume, distinguishes the sound ("timbre") of a string quartet and chamber orchestra? Put another way, if I took a recording of myself singing, and overlaid 100 copies of the track on top of each other, would I sound like a choir section?
posted by Busoni on Apr 24, 2010 - 11 answers


Digitial TV - why does it lose reception in distinct cycles? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Apr 21, 2010 - 8 answers


I want to record/create/find the kind of groaning/sudden pinging/twanging noise you get when a large metal structure is under a lot of stress. Suggestions for how to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Apr 14, 2010 - 7 answers

How to listen to music from PC to home theater while utilizing sub woofer?

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 - 11 answers

Help us identify our campsite intruder!

Help us identify our campsite intruder! Possibly a bobcat or Florida panther? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Odd tinnitus problem

I am having a bizarre tinnitus (ear ringing) issue. Please help give me ideas on how to solve it. [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Apr 5, 2010 - 16 answers

I've got an idea for a new instrument...

Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Mar 29, 2010 - 5 answers

MIDI retuning software?

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 - 9 answers

ball inside a whistle? Why?

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 - 4 answers

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

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