I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
Is there an HDR equivalent for audio tracks? Can several low-to-reasonable quality recordings of a single event be merged into one high-quality recording? [more inside]
[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
So I was listening to the sound check for the upcoming U2 concert yesterday from my house, which is just over 2km from the stadium. I could tell that the sound was immensely loud at the source even though it wasn't rattling my windows or anything. How did I know it was a huge sound at a distance rather than coming from nearby? What auditory cues tell us this?
How to identify the music used to close today's 15 Nov. program The Strand on BBC World Service. I've searched the BBC Website(s) but failed to find it.
Could very old (16th Century) cannons be heard five miles away? This is pretty important for a story I'm writing. I know that later, huge artillery pieces could be heard for many miles, but these would be small iron pieces for a small military outpost. On a calm day, could their sound travel that far?
Mixer (Yamaha EMX 312 SC) is muffling the vocals. Awful sound. Help? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the name of an old short film (circa 70's-90's) about a Foley artist / showman performing Foley sound effects live to a film that is being projected in an ornate theater, with a number of props laid out in front of him. [more inside]
How did producer Gary Katz get those Steely Dan records to sound so much "cleaner" than the other popular music being recorded at the time?
Is it possible to use an all female 3.5mm splitter backwards to allow two inputs into one set of speakers? [more inside]
When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
Why does the sound system show negative db? [more inside]
I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
Please suggest a replacement podium microphone with two main goals in mind: Reduce or eliminate popping noise from close talkers, and increased sensitivity for picking up people not speaking directly into it. [more inside]
What could be causing sound issues on my Windows 7 laptop? [more inside]
How can I universally raise the volume of my Macbook Pro? My maximum volume frequently isn't loud enough. [more inside]
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!
Is there a term in linguistics for the residual accent a non-native speaker has when speaking English? [more inside]
Recommend a very decent sound card that's also affordable
How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
Problem with the audio driver on a Lenovo T60p. [more inside]
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!
How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
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]
Every few days there is a huge BOOM! that seems to emanate from Boston Harbor. It really echoes throughout downtown. What causes it?
Why do the pipes in my house make a groaning sound when the front sprinklers turn on in the morning? [more inside]
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]
Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
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]
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.
i need an airhorn for tomorrow (Saturday) - where can I buy one locally? [more inside]
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.
How can I block out unwanted sounds? [more inside]
How do I turn a noisy low volume DVD video into a flash movie? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone remember a downloadable bios patch to fix sound problems on an HP Pavillion PC? I need it! [more inside]
How do British Actors playing Americans sound to Americans? [more inside]
What language has the most phonemes? [more inside]
Where to find a timed bell for a factory? [more inside]
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?
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?
Digitial TV - why does it lose reception in distinct cycles? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help us identify our campsite intruder! Possibly a bobcat or Florida panther? [more inside]
I am having a bizarre tinnitus (ear ringing) issue. Please help give me ideas on how to solve it. [more inside]