For Christmas this year, my 7-month-old daughter received a few electronic toys that beep or bloop, light up, and move. A couple purport to have educational value, and they're all relatively annoying (to dad). What's the view of the pediatric establishment of these toys? [more inside]
I live in Deerfield, MA, USA. These sounds are coming from a tree across the street. Both the whimpering-pup sounds and the louder squeals/screeches are coming from the same place. Any idea who is making these sounds?
Shortly after moving into a new area in Toronto, I noticed a high-pitched, electronic sounding noise outdoors. It's really putting a damper on my enjoyment of my otherwise lovely deck. Can you help identify it? (Recording and details inside) [more inside]
The birds are back in town, and I wake up early enough to hear their songs before the traffic drowns them out. I'm no birder--I don't think I can identify any bird by its call, and only the five most "identifiable" birds by sight (and I'm probably wrong). What apps (iOS) and websites do you recommend to learn bird songs? [more inside]
I have been hearing a sound in my ears for the past few years, which is definitely not tinnitus or blood flow. Can anybody give me any ideas as to what might be its cause? [more inside]
The sound of this animal or insect was captured a few nights ago. I live in the Northeast, this was at night and the noisemaker in question was clearly high up in a tree. [more inside]
I pretty much constantly have fragments of music, or bits of past conversations, or just random, repetitive noises playing over and over in my head. The problem has got worse in the past year or so, and now it's at the point where I pretty much can't bear it any longer. Is this normal, and how do I get it to stop? [more inside]
Why do police cars use different variations of their sirens? Sometimes it's a full on siren, but other times it's "woop...woop...woop" with a second or two in between. And other times they don't turn on the sirens at all but just haul ass down the street with the lights flashing. I thought it was about reducing noise to the neighbors if it's late at night, but that isn't the case. I haven't been able to figure out a pattern. Is it something about the urgency of where they're going to?
When you play SimCity 3000 and put down a police station this sound played. How old is it? [more inside]
Never been able to do it before; it never really mattered. Now I need to do it for a part... help! [more inside]
I'm looking for movies with a sound design that changes all of the typical sounds of the world. Something like replacing all of the "normal" sounds with something strange, like doors closing would all sound like "pew!" or footsteps would all be "bloop" or something. Does this exist? [more inside]
I'm working with a group of kids to help them learn the very basics of GameMaker. I'm looking for libraries of sprites, backgrounds, and sounds to help them in the creation process. Are there ready-made libraries for educators out there. If I have to cobble it together on my own, what are good places to get the basics for making simple 2-dimensional games? Also: are there any good premade game templates (shooter, platformer, puzzle games) that we can use to get their ideas down? We're more interested in the story-telling process of game creation, and not so much the learning to program part. [more inside]
I just found a list of common pronunciation mistakes English learners make depending on their first language background. What are typical pronunciation mistakes English speakers make when learning other languages? [more inside]
I need a simple program (an SWF preferably) that will let me assign locally-stored sound clips to my PC's keyboard. Something like the Jingle Keyboard freeware, or a flash soundboard, but will let me assign specific sounds to specific keys -- such as sound1.mp3 to C, sound2.mp3 to V, etc.. [more inside]
A coworker bouncing a ping pong ball on his desk today made me think, "There is nothing else that sound could ever be confused for." Are there any other sounds that are unmistakeable for anything else?
Compile me a list of all the small, unique things to see in San Francisco. [more inside]
A loud call like castanets clacking in a cattail marsh: who makes that sound? [more inside]
is was my electric dryer groaning? And what happened to it? [more inside]
What's the software or academic paper that isolates sounds by humming them? I remember seeing a demonstration video of this where the narrator removed a phone ringing by imitating its trill. He also removed the guitar from the AC/DC song Back In Black. I think the title was "Isolating Sounds Via Frequency Matching" but my google-fu has failed.
I'm using Navicat Lite to connect to my Oracle research database (Mac OSX). Much of my data is in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). These are unicode symbols. Is there a way to display the IPA/Unicode in Navicat? Or some other GUI? Or is there some addon/code/plugin/whatever that will show me the symbols? [more inside]
Where can I find where can I find ringtones/text message sounds made out of... tones (like the old school ones)? [more inside]
Do we know anything about why different languages sound fundamentally different? What started the people who would eventually become French going "zhoh" in the first place? [more inside]
I experience dizziness and nausea after hearing high-frequency sounds. Neither my wife nor stepdaughter do, so I'm beginning to wonder- is there something weird going on with my ears/brain? [more inside]
What are your favorite royalty-free sound libraries? [more inside]
What are some blogs/posts/videos that deconstruct the production of specific songs? [more inside]
Recommend me good sounds for an alarm clock. [more inside]
Rapper Edan uses an amazing spacey delay sound on some of his songs. How can I duplicate it? [more inside]
Is there a soundtack of sounds of Paris available online? [more inside]
If you were a hip-hop producer, what song(s), artist(s), or sound(s) would you sample? I am having a lot of fun creating beats on my computer and am looking for some inspiration. I am already making full use of Pandora, Last.FM, Sample FAQ, WhoSampled, and FreeSound but am hoping for something a little more serendipitous. Answers could range from a complete 4 bar rip of a favorite song, sound effects from an obscure sci-fi movie, or the sounds heard in a Tokyo subway. This is about your aesthetic taste, not mine. Bass lines, explosions, laser guns, piano runs, orchestral movements, movie quotes, kick drums, laughing babies, bring it!. Answers do not include debates on sampling as music, copywriting, or Fair Use. Help this bedroom producer find the next killer sound.
Auditory hallucinations at sleep onset wake me up. [more inside]
Recommend some good movies to LISTEN to. [more inside]
Where to get a great collection of prime classic synth / industrial -- think classic Moog meets Wax Trax -- samples in WAV format? I've found the free samples I've googled online to be lacking, and I'm willing to buy a collection. [more inside]
I sleep with the window open during the summertime to hear the sounds of my small town. Now that fall is here and winter is coming, it would be awesome to be able to do this even with the window closed. [more inside]
Help me come up with opening theme music/sounds for a geek-oriented radio segment. [more inside]
Is there a service where I can download the sound track (dialogue, not the score) for a movie? [more inside]
hey, does this sound like a "wow"?
Check Engine light is on and there is a ominous whirling sound coming from my engine? [more inside]
Every once in a while, my desktop computer emits a sound like a tricycle bell - the kind on the handlebars that you work like your thumb. It happens maybe once a day, maybe once every other day on an always-on Vista machine. I have been actually sitting at the machine when it happens and can detect not one single change. Curiosity is making me a little crazy. How can I find out what's making the sound? [more inside]
How do professionals handle sound effects? [more inside]
I've been trying to find recordings of an *electronic* clock tower chime, like in the first 5-10 seconds or so of this recording. Why an *electronic* version? I miss Japan. In Japan, you hear electronic bell chimes everywhere you go, from schools to supermarkets. I want to hear the "Japanese" version of the clock tower bells. I've spent a lot of time Googling "clock tower" and "clock bells" and haven't had too much luck. Any ideas? Bonus: if anyone could point me to inexpensive desk clocks that make these sounds, I'd greatly appreciate it!
I'm not from NYC, is there a street name that sounds like hugo? I got an address over the phone and clearly should have asked how to spell the name, anyone have an idea?
I want to remove the vibrato from MIDI playback in Sibelius. [more inside]
Ladies and Pilates - question about unintended sounds during class. I know it's normal but is there any way to clamp down to quiet down once in a while? This doesn't seem to happen as much during yoga, and it doesn't matter if I've had sex recently or not. [more inside]
There's a relatively recent(?) alt-rock song I've heard on the radio a couple of times in the last six months which sounds like I imagine Queen might sound if they were just starting out today. What/who is it? [more inside]
There is a sound often played when a character in a comedy does something stupid. I don't know what this is called and am hoping someone can tell me. Here's an example: In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer attempts to expose a plot to move the Isotopes to Alberquerque. He brings the media in to show them the closet full of merchandise that will reveal the conspiracy. When they walk in, they see a man dressed like a beatnik with a trumpet and some kind of cover. He plays the trumpet and it produces a ... waaaaah-wuuuuuh I've always wanted to know the name of that sound. I'd love to find examples online. It is perhaps my favorite sound ever. ;-)
What the heck is this darn sound in Windows? [more inside]
What is the name of the sound at the start of cassette tapes and where can I find one online?
Does anyone have these two old AOL/AIM buddy list sign on/off wavs? [more inside]
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