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A Good Tone is Hard to Find

Why is the source of 1khz tone hard to track down? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Feb 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Tips & tricks for capturing the 'voice' of a piece of fiction?

How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Need more Zappa-esque guitar.

After 40 years of ignoring Frank Zappa, I recently bought his "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar" and I'm in love with his playing and tone on that album - especially the tracks featuring his SG copy, which sounds fantastic. What other instrumental guitar albums/players have a similar rich warm tone?
posted by davebush on May 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Persian speakers: help translate words and tone please!

I tried putting this into google translate, but the output didn't make any sense to me. Could anyone please help me translate the conversation and the tone, please? Thank you very much. Followup questions will most likely come after. [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Mar 8, 2013 - 8 answers

The Paranthetical Voice

Is there a word for the change of tone of voice used to express a paranthetical phrase? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Feb 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Voice and words don't match

What do you do when someone has trouble hearing and moderating their own tone of voice? They often come off harsher and more hostile than they intend when they are frustrated. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Headphone pitch phenomenon

If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious on Oct 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your default voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words?

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your natural voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Oct 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How does a tone relate to a frequency?

I have been playing around with Audacity recently trying to understand a bit more about sound in general. One question I'm having trouble wrapping my head around is: How does Tone and Frequency relate? For instance, the 2600 Hz is a high-pitched tone. Does that mean that anything that produced that same tone would be at 2600 Hz? And does it mean that for the entire range of human hearing -- all of those Hz -- that one tone corresponds to a particular frequency? I am looking for some basic explanation or even tools to play with...
posted by tcv on Jun 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Vintage Touch Tone Won't Dial

Vintage touch tone phone receives calls but won't generate tone. [more inside]
posted by chococat on Nov 29, 2010 - 6 answers

What is the looooong high-pitched tone in old techno songs called?

In older techno tunes, it was common have a single high-pitched note held for a really long time in songs (sometimes through the entire song). Electronica has a ton of terms, from "amen breaks" to "acid", but is there a word (or are there multiple commonly used words) for that note?
posted by Bugbread on Jun 24, 2010 - 18 answers

This is not the right side of the bed.

What are some good strategies for fixing things when you started out on slightly bad terms? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on May 31, 2010 - 19 answers

What are the technical and scientific reasons most pop music is structured so there're 3 or 4 verses and a repeated chorus?

What are the technical and scientific reasons most pop music is structured so there're 3 or 4 verses and a repeated chorus? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Mar 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me get a gorgeous upper body

Help me fix my ugly back and upper arms. And gosh why are these pushups killing my lower back? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Mar 7, 2010 - 16 answers

Whistling tea kettle that doesn't destroy my hearing?

Where can I find a tea kettle that plays a melodic sound when the water boils, rather than the common high-pitched screeeeee? I heard one once, so I know they exist, but I'm having zero luck finding one. Even when they claim to be pleasant, they aren't, and buying and returning tea kettles (especially online) is getting old fast. Do you have a lovely sounding kettle? Please tell me all about it.
posted by kestralwing on Feb 16, 2010 - 15 answers

How to produce specific audio tones?

Is there an instrument or gadget that will allow me to produce multiple tones of specified frequency simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by shazzam on Jul 30, 2009 - 12 answers

The voice of me.

I want to produce a continuous synth tone from a sample of my own voice. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

Need a way to train my ear to recognize tones accurately so that I can improve my transcription data.

Looking for a flash exercise/game or some way to train my ear to recognizing tone so that I can be a better transcriber. I'm currently researching two tonal languages and I need a way to practice/improve on my skills so that my data is more complete. I don't want to devote a lot of time to this, maybe a few hours. Are there any tools out there that can help me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Jack Bauer's Ring Tone

What is Jack Bauer's cell phone ring tone? [more inside]
posted by miraimatt on Mar 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Conveying emphasis & tone in text

Does formatted text convey a certain tone of voice to you? My not-really-thought-out take is that bold text is loud, italic text is clearly enunciated, & ALL CAPS TEXT is slow, loud, & monotone. Am I alone?
posted by Pronoiac on Jan 30, 2009 - 31 answers

Change gchat tone?

Is it possible to change the message notification tone in gchat? [more inside]
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] on Jul 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Alban Berg Violin Concerto

12tone Music: I need a little help regarding Alban Berg's Violin Concerto [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Apr 22, 2008 - 1 answer

home fitness

What can I do at home to improve my butt and thighs in a very short time? Even slight improvements are better than nothing... [more inside]
posted by ohdeanna on Nov 6, 2007 - 21 answers

Does anyone know what Arthur Russell is singing at the beginning of "Tone Bone Kone?"

Does anyone know what Arthur Russell is singing at the beginning of "Tone Bone Kone?" I love the sound of that opening and feel a strong attachment to it but I have no idea what he is saying. [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Oct 6, 2007 - 3 answers

My ears! My ears!

Some sound design questions to follow up on this golden moldy oldie... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 17, 2007 - 14 answers

Generating pure tones...

Generating pure sound tones at a specific power level, for recording to a CD... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 17, 2007 - 17 answers

Is there a slot-machine ambient tone?

Any information on the ambient tone that seems to emanate from many casino slot machine halls? It seems to be consistent from casino to casino, and I can't tell if it comes from the combined sounds of the machines, or if it is an underlying tone.
posted by pt68 on Mar 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Why does NPR sound so unique?

Why do people's voices on NPR sound so dramatically different from those on any other radio station? [more inside]
posted by kaytwo on Feb 19, 2007 - 33 answers

Focused workout to deflabbify?

I'm looking for a simple, focused set of exercises I can do to tone up and reduce flab in my chest, arms, and stomach. [more inside]
posted by medpt on Oct 9, 2006 - 16 answers

Why do people's voices lower as they age?

Why do people's voices lower as they age? [more inside]
posted by Ms Snit on Jun 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Touch Tone Type?

TypeFilter: What specific typeface is used on most touch tone phone buttons? Is there a comparable free version out there? [more inside]
posted by linklog on Jun 1, 2006 - 3 answers

How to muffle a drum?

What is the best way to muffle the tone on my drums? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Apr 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Whats the word for...?

What is the word for...when someone speaks in a different accent or tone to depict the fact that they are not totally committed to what they are saying (either for amusement or fear of reprisal)? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Mar 28, 2006 - 20 answers

Unusual musical notes

Neotones: As I understand it, a note is not a pure frequency but a combination of a prominent frequency and various overtones, which are multiples of the fundamental frequency, of diminishing contribution. Is there a device, that can generate alienesque tones, where one can freely manipulate the various overtones?
posted by Gyan on Mar 28, 2005 - 13 answers

CRT whine - how to stop it?

My CRT monitor puts out a high-pitched whine that changes tone depending on certain conditions of which I'm not familiar with (in other words, the tone fluctuates). It's not overly loud but it's definitely noticeable - it's quite irritating. It used to do this about a year ago then stopped only to start again last week. Anybody know why it's happening and how to stop it?
posted by ashbury on Nov 18, 2004 - 10 answers

Upgrading from Stratocaster to ???

Gearheads and axe-masters, hear my plea: I want to go from a standard Strat to an ideal guitar in an affordable and sensible manner. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 6, 2004 - 13 answers

Crunch! Crunch!

I want to tone my abs. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on May 14, 2004 - 8 answers

So I am in a band...

So I am in a band, and I usually play through a Carvin DC-127T guitar, through a Zoom1010 effects processor and then directly into a PA system. I need help with the tone, however. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 8, 2004 - 13 answers

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