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Noisli - Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise
Improve focus and boost your productivity.
Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.
sound  sounddesign  psychology  work 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
Linux Digital Audio Workstation Roundup - Freedom Penguin
In the Linux ecosystem, there is no shortage of Digital audio workstations to chose from. Whether you wish to create minimalist techno or full orchestral pieces, chances are there is an application that has you covered.

In this article, we will take a brief look into several of these applications and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. I will try to provide a fair evaluation of the DAWs presented here but at the end of the day, I urge you to try a few of these applications and to form an opinion of your own.
linux  tools  music  sound  sounddesign 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
CLASSIC TRACKS: The Bee Gees 'Stayin' Alive' |
"Then Albhy and I came up with the idea of finding two bars [of real drums] that really felt good and making an eternal tape loop." In fact, the engineer's initial intention had been to take two bars of the four-track drums from 'Night Fever', re-record these about 100 times and then splice them together in order to create a new track. It was only while he, Galuten and the band listened and listened and listened to the song over the Auratones in order to find the best couple of bars that Richardson then decided to copy these onto the half-inch tape of an MCI four-track machine and create the aforementioned loop.

"The drums from 'Night Fever' basically consisted of two bars at 30ips," he says. "The tape was over 20 feet long and it was running all around the control room — I gaffered some empty tape-box hubs to the tops of mic stands and ran the tape between the four-track machine and an MCI 24-track deck, using the tape guides from a two-track deck for the tension. Because it was 4/4 time — just hi-hats and straight snare — it sounded steady as a rock, and this was pre-drum machine. For the tempo I used the varispeed on the MCI four-track, so the drums that ended up on the 24-track were at least third-generation, and because the tape heads were so badly worn I brightened the tracks that were already Dolby A-encoded with high-end EQ from the API console."
music  technology  sound  sounddesign 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
DIY: build your own podcasting booth - Innovation: Education
What you’re aiming to do here is cover all the hard plastic surface inside the box with the sound-absorbent foam. We did it by cutting out a piece to line the bottom first, then two longer strips for the sides.
For the record (ha!) that’s a 13″ MacBook Pro with a Blue Microphones Snowflake USB mic. And the recordings at the beginning of this post were done directly via, where you can record and store up to two hours free or — and this is kind of awesome — you can record and download unlimited sounds. (And in fact, the first time I recorded in the box, my Henry V voice was just way, way too loud and I had to tone it back a couple clicks.)
sound  tools 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Adobe demos “photoshop for audio,” lets you edit speech as easily as text | Ars Technica
VoCo works by ingesting a large amount of voice data (about 20 minutes right now, but that'll be improved), breaking it down into phonemes (each of the distinct sounds that make up a spoken language), and then attempting to create a voice model of the speaker—presumably stuff like cadence, stresses, quirks, etc., but Adobe hasn't provided much detail yet.
sound  sounddesign 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Cheap earbuds that outperform $1,000 alternatives / Boing Boing
Wired recommends the Mrice E300 earbuds, a cheapie ($17-25) option that outperforms many headphones that cost over $1000 (!).

I've done this sort of review work for Wired before -- I used to do annual roundups of multitools and other gadgets -- and I found this kind of thing to be true all the time: a manufacturer, by luck or skill, hits on a combo that makes a cheap product much better than it has any right to be.
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
What will cities sound like when they're filled with electric vehicles? | The London Sound Survey
Unfortunately, a close reading of the European Union directive mentioned by the Fuzzy Logic Project suggests tight constraints which won’t leave much room for cars playing tunes like ice cream vans. Article 8 of Regulation (EU) No 540/2014 requires that manufacturers start fitting an ‘Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System’ or AVAS to all hybrid and electric vehicles from 2019. The kind of sound is further defined in Annex VIII:
The sound to be generated by the AVAS shall be a continuous sound that provides information to the pedestrians and other road users of a vehicle in operation. The sound should be easily indicative of vehicle behaviour and should sound similar to the sound of a vehicle of the same category equipped with an internal combustion engine.
sound  driving  sounddesign 
september 2015 by juliusbeezer
ML: About the Macaulay Library
Scientists worldwide use our audio and video recordings to better understand and preserve our planet. Teachers use our sounds and videos to illustrate the natural world and create exciting interactive learning opportunities. We help others depict nature accurately and bring the wonders of animal behavior to the widest possible audience. It is an invaluable resource at your fingertips.
sound  archiving 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer - help - Frequently Asked Questions
Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse. Freesound provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to:

browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more
upload and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license
interact with fellow sound-artists!

We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research. Many audio research institutions have trouble finding correctly licensed audio to test their algorithms. Many have voiced this problem, but so far there hasn't been a solution.
sound  archiving 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Watch out for data caps: Video-hungry cord cutters use 328GB a month | Ars Technica
The average cord cutter—a person who watches online video instead of subscribing to a cable TV package—isn't all that far away from going over the typical data usage limits enforced by Internet service providers... cord cutters "consume on average 212GB a month, more than seven times the usage of a typical subscriber. These 'cord cutters' consume an average of 100 hours of video a month and account for 54 percent of total traffic consumed each month."

Across all US Internet subscribers, about 6 percent use more than 200GB a month. The top 5 percent of online video watchers are hitting an average of 328GB a month, Sandvine said. This number represents total data usage, including both upload and download on fixed networks; the data does not include cellular Internet.
internet  video  streaming  sound 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Commission welcomes Parliament vote on decreasing vehicle noise
So-called 'Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems' requirements shall ensure that only adequate sound generating devices are used which will also lead to a harmonisation of the applied technology. The fitting as such will be mandatory for all Electric and hybrid electric vehicles after a transitional period of 5 years. This will increase road safety and undoubtedly help avoiding road-accident injuries.
sound  sounddesign 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
BBC News - Electric cars must make noise under new EU rules
Under the revised rules, new models of electric and hybrid vehicles will have to make a noise by 2019 and all new electric and hybrid cars must be audible by 2021.
sound  sounddesign 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
pyradio player
handy commandline radio player. Fast!
radio  sound  python  freesoftware  git 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Rolling interviews | The Bike Show - a cycling radio show and podcast from Resonance FM
For the technologically-minded out there (and there have been several requests for this information), Jack conducts rolling interviews using an ElectroVoice RE50 reporter’s microphone and an Fostex FR2-LE solid state recorder. The ElectroVoice has amazing wind resistance and is very ruggedly built, so can be dropped without much risk of damage. The Fostex was a big upgrade from an Edirol R-09 which served valiantly for three years until it started falling apart.

For anyone looking to make a start in audio recording, a couple of recommended recorders are:

Olympus LS-5 – Excellent value, good sound, very portable, long battery life.

Sony PCM M10 – Very good quality sound, particularly on low output dynamic microphones and super-long battery life.
cycling  gronkulator  sound  sounddesign  radio 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
Bible Talks | Lee Gatiss
"I am a great fan of listening to Bible talks and theological things, especially since so much is available now for free online. Here are some of the best places I have found on the net for downloading and listening to good stuff in MP3 format."
Vicar dude's top online auditory experiences
religion  sound 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens Message Board: John Le Carre on the Iraq War and Corporate Power
We stopped. We were all wedged together and looking into Downing Street, where the Prime Minister’s residency is. And nobody seemed to speak, but a kind of feral roar of popular will rose. And I tried to imagine what is must have been like for Blair sitting inside that building and hearing that sound. It was like a huge cry that goes up at a football game or something like that, where you actually — it is no longer verbalized. It’s just this animal seething noise.
politics  sound  iraq 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
Podcast: The Correction of Taste | Virtual Memories
My new found Dirda fascination fails thanks to podcast of interesting content and shockingly poor audio quality.
sound  jbcomment  literature 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
Pop Up Archive is open-source software to help producers preserve sound, painlessly » Nieman Journalism Lab
help radio producers archive and organize their raw tape with simple web-based software
To dump raw material onto a hard drive is effortless, thoughtless. To delete it — what if you need something again some day? — is harder. And to find that something again some day is, often, excruciating.

Anne Wootton and Bailey Smith are building open-source software and partnering with the Internet Archive to streamline the entire workflow of a radio producer — from ingestion to cataloging to eventual distribution.

"It’s actually easier to lose your material that’s digital than it is to lose something that was on a tape,” Smith told me. Data gets corrupted, or just lost. Thousands of files called 000001.WAV become meaningless to humans.

Omeka, the open-source archiving and publishing software. Once the user drops raw audio files onto an FTP site, she can tag those files in Omeka with rich metadata (record date, air date, location, interviewer, interviewee) using a web-based form. Their software normalizes the metadata using PBCore, an emerging standard in public media. (For example: Is it called a story, feature, or piece?) The user could also upload copies of the audio to the Internet Archive and SoundCloud.
archiving  sound  opensource  news 
september 2012 by juliusbeezer
 Passport to Dreams Old & New: A Musical Souvenir of Walt Disney World
"What I sought to do here above all else was to give a stronger sense of both history and memory than the typical fan audio project. Besides cross-referencing all of the historical material and my supplemental research, I've included dozens of ambient sounds recorded in-park - all the streams, waterfalls, and incidental sounds which make up the textural landscape of the Magic Kingdom of our memories." --it's the distribution method that is most interesting here: just a big curated mixed media tarball lobbed into various channels for those that wish to share the sensations.
music  sound  sounddesign  internet 
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
Museum of Endangered Sounds
nice tech sounds of the late 20th century
june 2012 by juliusbeezer
Acoustic Trauma : Bioeffects of Sound
Serious dissertation on sound as a weapon (via Google 'William Burroughs voice instrument weapon')
Attali, Jaques, Noise — The Political Economy Of Music, Manchester University Press, UK, 1977.
music  sound 
january 2012 by juliusbeezer

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