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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

How can I loop a sample continuously on an iPod?

I have a 1G iPod Nano with 4 gigs of space. I'd like to play a sample in a continuous loop in order to get a constant stream of white noise, without breaks/gaps/clicks and taking up as little space on the iPod as possible. Is this doable and if so, how?
posted by scrm on Feb 28, 2008 - 3 answers

Do famous people hate their own voice?

Do people who hear their own voice all the time (famous people, presidential candidates, singers, James Earl Jones) think that their voices sound odd? [more inside]
posted by madh on Feb 20, 2008 - 18 answers

Any good, detailed articles on sound design in movies?

I really enjoyed this NYT article on sound design in No Country For Old Men. Does anyone have any links/references to any similar articles about sound design in other films, past or present? Ideally they'd be a little longer and more detailed than the NYT piece, but I'd rather not read a book on this (unless it's brilliant!)
posted by caek on Feb 20, 2008 - 10 answers

and while we're at it, can you help me run the Talking Moose?

When we were in college, the lovely Mrs. Haddock professed her love in several sweet sound files that I'd like to be able to hear again. Please help bridge the gap between a PowerBook 520 and a Quadra 650 running System 7 and a MacBook running Leopard. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 18, 2008 - 9 answers

I want it loud... but my neighbours don't!

Please help me find the best music solution for my new but badly insulated (UK) flat. I like my music loud - but my downstairs neighbour doesn't. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Feb 12, 2008 - 12 answers

health effects of low frequency sound

What are some reputable resources on the deleterious health effects of low frequency sound / vibration? [more inside]
posted by fleetmouse on Jan 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Good production mixers for a podcast?

I am looking to get a mixer for my podcast, 300 bucks or less. I would like to get the Alesis IMULTIMIX8USB but I'm not sure if the recording to ipod is worth the extra 100 bucks. Can someone recommend a good usb or firewire mixer? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 1, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound?

How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Dec 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Why won't my Remote Desktop server forward sound?

I recently reinstalled Windows XP Professional on a "headless" machine—that is, one that I access only via Remote Desktop. Each time I've previously set this machine up, Remote Desktop has properly forwarded sound to the client computer; this time, however, sound doesn't work with Remote Desktop sessions. The hardware's the same as it's always been, and I'm using the same drivers and software. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by cmyers on Dec 28, 2007 - 2 answers

I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. With recording capabilites.

I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. In other words, I want to load MP3s onto it by just plugging the device into my machine and the copying files over. I do not want to use a specialized program like Itunes, and I want to use a standard USB or Firewire cable to plug the device into my computer. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 24, 2007 - 32 answers

How can I match the sound qualities of Quicktime and Itunes?

How can I match the sound quality of Quicktime and Itunes? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool on Dec 20, 2007 - 7 answers

Ridin' the Rails Lah

I'm trying to find audio recordings of MRT Stop landings (Singaporean) for a Christmas present. [more inside]
posted by TetrisKid on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

OS 10.5: Why can I hear my headset's microphone now?

Mac OS X 10.5 dumps the microphone feed of my headset into my ears; can I shut it off? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Dec 6, 2007 - 8 answers

Anyone know a simple and cheap solar panel setup to run a small boombox about 9-12V DC?

Anyone know a simple and cheap solar panel setup to run a small boombox about 9-12V DC? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Dec 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Record sound from Quicktime Movie

Record sound from a Quicktime movie in MP3 format? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Nov 28, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I say "raison d’etre" without sounding like an idiot?

How do you say the commonly used phrase "raison d’etre"? Anybody have a sound file I could listen to?
posted by survivorman on Nov 26, 2007 - 33 answers

Deep in-the-ear earbuds that don't leak sound.

I'm looking for cheap, deep-in-the-ear earbuds for listening to audiobooks. The sound quality doesn't have to be great, because I won't use them to listen to music. I want cheap ones, because I inevitably break headphones, and I don't want to have to spend $100 every month. On the other hand, I'm willing to spend $20 a month if I have to. In-the-ear, because I don't want to keep my wife awake with "leaking" sound. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Stuka raid on my telephone.

Why does my phone, instead of a dial tone, make a descending sirenesque sound when I pick it up? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor on Nov 19, 2007 - 6 answers

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