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how is RMS sound level calculated

how is the calculation of RMS noise level done, from a data set of noise level vs frequency? i thought it could be done by working back to the set of pressure data, but now i think that is wrong. [more inside]
posted by edtut on Dec 10, 2008 - 6 answers

n00b htpc 3850 dvi to hdmi with audio

I've got a Gigabyte HD3850 w/dual DVI outs and 1 Svid out.I went n00b and got a dvi to hdmi 30ft cable to my 42" LCD TV. Help?! E6850 duo + 2GB all overclocked and running flawlessly. [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Dec 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Sounds out of Place

I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

How to record electric guitar noiselessly with minimal computer specs?

I'm looking for a decent USB-to-audio input adapter, like the M-Audio Jam Lab [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 5, 2008 - 7 answers

I'm Not Going To Pay A Lot For This Video!

Calling all East Coast video production pros! Price check. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Dec 5, 2008 - 1 answer

I know what I want to do, but don't know how to get there.

What major should I pursue and what college should I attend if I want to get into live sound/sound recording? [more inside]
posted by nokry56 on Dec 3, 2008 - 18 answers

Stock sound archive?

Stock sound? Is there a place on the internets where one can download freely or purchase sound samples- not CD collections. Like if I want thunder, or trains, or some other cheesy stuff.
posted by xmutex on Nov 23, 2008 - 11 answers

I'm trying to recreate a nuclear apocalypse

I need an audio clip of a nuclear attack warning. Double points go to 50s-style announcer versus EAS computer voice. Triple points go to clips that are free and easy to get. I've got the explosion part, I just need that foreboding warning before it happens. Thanks!
posted by ictow on Nov 19, 2008 - 10 answers

Controlling the volume of applications in Windows?

Is it possible to control the volume of individual Windows applications (or Firefox windows/tabs?) Also, is it possible to boost the volume of (e.g.) a YouTube video?
posted by callmejay on Nov 16, 2008 - 3 answers

The relation between temperature, ballistics and sonic booms

Need to get a double-check on some extracurricular science number crunching. A friend and I were wondering about how much effect cold temperatures would have on the speed of sound, and I had the idea to see if some handgun calibers could go from subsonic to supersonic at reasonably cold temperatures. After some extensive calculations, I think I have a pretty good set of numbers, but I want to make sure I'm not wrong. [more inside]
posted by Punkey on Nov 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Can we hear the sun?

A question from my five year old: What noise does the sun make? [more inside]
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets on Nov 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Help my MacBook make sound again!

Possible solution to getting sound back on my MacBook? [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert on Nov 8, 2008 - 8 answers

is it possible to change the sound of your voice?

is it possible to change the sound of your voice? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Nov 4, 2008 - 11 answers

PowerPoint cutting off sound files

Why does PowerPoint keep cutting off my very short (~1 second) WAV files during my slide show? (Using Office 2007, PC running Vista). [more inside]
posted by rebel_rebel on Oct 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Mac Mini Magically Misplaced Music

Mac Mini Sound Stops Working When I Push The Top of the Case [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Oct 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Neglect my ride

How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Oct 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Soundless

Laptop sound problems for a friend. [more inside]
posted by ihadapony on Sep 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording ?

Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording, which is supposed to be required for Dragon Naturally Speaking? [more inside]
posted by eebs on Sep 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me drop the bass.

Looking for a more in-depth audio controller for XP. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 31, 2008 - 4 answers

A sound board as an office desk toy?

Have you seen the Staples big red button you can press and you get a loud "That was easy"? A co-worker has one and uses it sometimes. But what about a programmable maybe 4 X 4 or 5 X 5 button grid that you can put sound bites on and play at will? Could potentially make a great office toy, given the right type of office environment, and some tact. Hasn't anyone created something like this? I'd like to buy one. (Everything I search for, like "Sound board", bring up the popular flash-based sound boards.)
posted by GenTso on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Crank it up to 11.

I have an idea for an art project involving sound but I'm stumped on the logistics. Help? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 22, 2008 - 10 answers

The Conference Room Is Too Loud

In my office there is a small conference room, 81"x96", maybe 18' ceiling. The walls are sheetrock. The echo is extremely irritating. In order to quiet the room a bit I want to mount squares of corkboard, 12"x12"x1/4". I will use 12 to 20 of these squares on one of the 81" walls. Will this be reasonably effective in lessening the echo? [more inside]
posted by ben242 on Aug 19, 2008 - 15 answers

Can gunshots be triangulated with sound analysis?

Pinpointing gunshot locations by triangulating sound waves: Would this be technically feasible? Would it be legal? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 10, 2008 - 18 answers

How do you make something that improves the acoustics of an auditorium?

Can anyone offer me some suggestions for how to make a relatively inexpensive sound trap (i.e. like those echo reducers that large auditoriums have). Info about materials, shapes, etc. would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by n8stew on Aug 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Does sound carry downwards?

Does sound carry downwards? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Aug 8, 2008 - 11 answers

I'm not a DJ, but I'd like to play one for a little while

I'd like to overlay audio (spoken word) from a DVD which I own over the music of a CD, which I also own, to create a new CD. Is this doable? Is it doable for someone who has no idea how to start with a task like this? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Aug 5, 2008 - 7 answers

What song was used in the .wav, wiglgirl.wav?

What song was used for the wav called wigglgirl.wav (or something similar to that)? Several years ago there was a .wav that was very popular on the internet, IRC especially, that sounded a lot like a Shaggy song. However, after listening to a lot of different Shaggy songs, I was never able to find any of his songs with the same music or lyrics. Anyone remember the .wav I'm referring to and do you know what song this was? I have been trying to figure out the name and artist of the song that was used in the .wav for over a decade now. If anyone knows, it'll probably be a mefite.
posted by GlowWyrm on Jul 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Can you hear me now, you horny bastard?

Good examples of heterosexual audio erotica or porn, please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2008 - 11 answers

Help improve my sound!

Help improve my sound! After listening to some pristine, rich & dynamic music at a friend's studio, I've decided to improve my own setup. The catch? I don't want to spend thousands and have no interest in audiophile snake oil. Recommendations? Details on my existing gear inside. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jul 9, 2008 - 13 answers

How to setup a mixer at FOH

How do you setup an audio mixer when mixing from FOH (front of house)? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jul 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Will my old speakers work with a new receiver?

I'm interested in buying a stereo receiver, but I want to make sure it will work with the 17 year old speakers I have. [more inside]
posted by paulus andronicus on Jul 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Why do flip flops go flip flop?

Why do flip flops go flip flop? As opposed to flip flip or even flop flop? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 4, 2008 - 28 answers

Audio Technician Gear?

What is included in a typical sound technician's kit when recording scenes for TV or Movies? [more inside]
posted by AltReality on Jun 19, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I learn to sneeze softly?

How do I learn to sneeze softly?
posted by riffola on Jun 18, 2008 - 27 answers

I have no idea what I just saw

What was this guy on the street doing with a black iron pot on a spit that produced a gunshot-like sound? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Jun 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Lado A / Lado B

Where can I find recordings of a voice saying "Side A" and "Side B" in Spanish, to reuse on a tape I'm making? [more inside]
posted by kowalski on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Hush Puppy

Why doesn't my puppy make a sound? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof on May 15, 2008 - 20 answers

Can my 360 use my laptop speakers?

How do I get my Xbox 360 to use my laptop speakers? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on May 9, 2008 - 5 answers

How to get the Adobe Audition cursor to stay still?

How can I make the cursor stay in the right place to mark something in Adobe Audition? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel on Apr 30, 2008 - 7 answers

What IM client makes this sound?

What IM client makes this sound? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Apr 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Rain Whitenoise

Free Ambient Rain/Storm Recordings To Use As Working Whitenoise? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Apr 20, 2008 - 14 answers

What did I do to my computer to make it squeal?

What did I do to my computer to make it squeal? I unplugged and unhooked up my computer to clean the carpets in my office. Now all my soundcard does is squeal at me in a high-pitched tone although it looks like it's connected correctly. Can anyone give me any trouble-shooting suggestions for figuring out how to fix this?
posted by katyjack on Apr 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Film work in the US of A

Working in the US film industry as a foreigner. Please explain... [more inside]
posted by mooza on Apr 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Sound card recommendations?

[SoundCardFilter] What are your recommendations for a PCI-based gaming sound card on Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by trokair on Apr 4, 2008 - 5 answers

We take you now, to Washington!

This is a recording of the CBS radio announcement of the Pearl Harbor bombings. I remember having a longer version of this exact clip, and right where this one ends an announcer with a classic American radio accent says "We take you now, to Washington". Where could I find that again? (I've googled, and all I can find is the abridged version). [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

How do MacBook speakers stack up?

How do the on-board speakers on the new MacBooks compare to the ones on the MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Mar 20, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I upgrade my home sound system & radio to a 21st century solution, without breaking the budget?

How can I upgrade my home sound system & radio to a 21st century solution, without breaking the budget? I have CDs and an old boom box that plays CDs & analog radio. What's the best system to upgrade to for the next 5-10 years? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Mar 12, 2008 - 13 answers

Theatre Sound Cue Software?

Media Player / DJ / Theatre Sound Cueing software which allows looping a segment of the file indefinitely and then continuing playback? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Mar 9, 2008 - 4 answers

What movie's characteristic sound effect was caused by using a tube to blow bubbles in a toilet?

What movie's characteristic sound effect was caused by using a tube to blow bubbles in a toilet? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Mar 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Windows XP sound control question: How can I get the icon for device volume to stay in the taskbar?

Windows XP sound control question: How can I get the icon for device volume to stay in the taskbar? [more inside]
posted by anticlock on Feb 28, 2008 - 9 answers

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