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]
Possibly NSFW question about the acoustics of peeing. [more inside]
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?
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.
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 :-)
Looking for articles and essays concerning the early days of the phonograph and radio--especially the cultural impact. [more inside]
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.
[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]
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]
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]
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]
Why would a car be making a high-pitched whining sound? [more inside]
Help! Speaker sound on laptop, with Ubuntu for Panasonic CF-T8.. [more inside]
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]
How can I get Outlook and GMail Notifier to play different sounds for the new mail notification? [more inside]
Please help my diagnose a problem with my ageing laptop making high pitched noises at random intervals. [more inside]
What is the best video editing software for me? [more inside]
My new laptop has terrible speakers. Please help me make it better, or make the best of a bad situation. [more inside]
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]
What are some good-sounding, relatively cheap TV speakers? [more inside]
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]
Need a cheap way to convert .SND to .MP3 files. [more inside]
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]
Where can i find a cheap dB meter that can meter a low dB? (say 30-50 dB) [more inside]
Why does music on my MP3 player sound better with small earphones than with big headphones? [more inside]
Is there an audio plugin that will emulate the mono sound compression used by AM radio stations?
What's this creaking sound my car is making and how long should I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
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]
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?
I am looking for recommendations for a recording interface and self-powered monitors. [more inside]
What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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]
Where can I find a recording of the cry or call or shriek or squeak of the common European mole, Talpa Europaea?
How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÅ Loft Bed? [more inside]
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]
What's this synth sound called and how do I make it in Reason? The sound in question begins at :14. [more inside]
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?