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Is it possible to amplify vocals in a MP3-format?

Hello, So i have a couple of songs that have very loud instrumental parts, but the vocals are hard to hear. Turning the volume up or down obviously doesn't work and I've switched between In-ear buds and normal buds which didn't help either. So is there a program out there which allows me to either amplify the vocals or reduce the instruments? Thanks, -AUG-5OM3-

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What effects are in this song? Answered

In the song "Barely Breathing" by the Hold steady, lead-singer Craig Finn does something interesting with this voice at around 0:19. After watching live versions of the song, I'm pretty sure it's post-production. If it  actually was a series of pedals, how would this be achieved? To me, it sounds like reverb with delay. What do you think? Thanks, Noahh

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Death metal Anyone? Metal?

So, i happen to listen to alot of metal and death metal. Anyone here appreciate the genre?

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I need ideas for a cheap drum booth or vocal booth for a band

I have absolutely no money and i want to build a vocal booth or a drum booth for recoding tracks. What can i do?

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Can anyone help me with this vocal canceller circuit diagram? Answered

1. I am a little bit blur with the Variable resistor part , must connect all three pin? 2. What about the left and right input's ground must connect to the ground in the circuit ?

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How do you set up a sound system for a small concert?

My band is going to play a show at a local park. How could we set up a sound system?

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how to get good vocal recordings through telephone without feedback noise?

I'm a producer and I'd like to know how I can record my daughter over the phone into my ProTools studio soundcard,I have 1 mic

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Anyone else want to deconstruct songs into layers they can mix and mash?

With all the technologies available today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break down songs into layers? Like the layers used to make the master recording. So you can create your own mash ups? Say I want the guitar riff from AC/DC and a trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie. Thanks-  Yellowshades

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"Good Time": The Joseph Ducreux Translation

It's been a while since I put one of these out. This one is a parody of Owl City's "Good Time." You can find the original lyrics here. Hope you enjoy! Favorable Circumstances I arose this morn in good humour. Wherefore doth a song authored by Prince reside verily within my mind. Elevate your hands if you favor dancing this eve. For the circumstances are perpetually favorable. I last night slept in my waking attire as if I cared not. I utilised a motorized stage, indifferent to the destination. I shall participate if you favor dancing this eve. For the circumstances are perpetually favorable. Good morn and good night. I shall arise at dusk. Events will yield acceptable outcomes. We need not even put forth effort, The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) We need not even put forth effort, the circumstances are perpetually favorable. I lost my composure, for I once again dropped my telephonic device into the natatorium. I abandoned my inn space and withdrew currency from an automatic teller. Let us spend time together if you you favor dancing this eve. For the circumstances are perpetually favorable. Good morn and good night. I shall arise at dusk. Events will yield acceptable outcomes. We need not even put forth effort, The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) We need not even put forth effort, the circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) We need not even put forth effort, the circumstances are perpetually favorable. It matters not the time nor date; The circumstances are perpetually favorable at that point. It matters not the location; The circumstances are perpetually favorable wherever we may be. It matters not the time nor date; The circumstances are perpetually favorable at that point. The circumstances are perpetually favorable! (Exuberant vocalization) The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) We need not even put forth effort, the circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) The circumstances are perpetually favorable. (Exuberant vocalization) We need not even put forth effort, the circumstances are perpetually favorable. Thanks for coming! Please leave a comment on your way out :)

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Music Mashup: Anyone else looking to deconstruct songs layers they can mix and mash?

Hello All. I am new to Instructables and would like to hear some feedback on my topic. With all the technologies available today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break down (deconstruct) songs into layers? As in break back down into the layers used to make the master recordings. So you can create your own mash ups? Say I want the guitar riff from AC/DC and a trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie and some singing from Madonna. Slow them or speed them up till it works for me. Not trying to steal others people stuff and publish it/ sell it, just mix and share for personal.  Please reply with your work if its in a studio, engineer, singer, label or software developer etc. Much Appreciated,  CoolKat AKA Yellowshades (Entertainment Marketing)

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Possible to turn an AC device into battery power?

Hi, Ive been searching the internet looking for a way or to know if it is possible to turn a device that plugs into an American outlet able to run off of batteries. The device I am talking about is this: http://www.guitarcenter.com/DigiTech-Vocal-300-Vocal-Effects-Processor-101559516-i1124234.gc from the picture it shows where to plug in the power source saying: 5V AC 1:3A Is this possible to make something to connect to it and run battery power? Sorry my knowledge of electronics is lacking!

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is there any good free audio editing software? Answered

I want to be able to take music I have (legally) and change it around like remove the vocals or take out the bass and all that jazz.

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Being a bird brain isn't so bad after all: Singing in the Brain...song birds n songs, people and speech...

Here is a bit of the article: ' Given the proper teachers and timing, most humans can learn to produce a seemingly infinite number of sounds and sound combinations. Such is not the case with most animals. In fact, only whales, dolphins, bats, and some birds are known to have the ability to learn vocalizations. Separate a kitten from its mother or other tutor, and its mew will be basically the same as that of its littermates--a pattern that holds true for the howl of a wolf, the grunt of a gorilla, and the whinny of a horse. The trait shared by song birds is even absent from our closest living relative: chimpanzees. Vocal learning has been repeatedly demonstrated in two bird orders, Passeriformes (specifically the oscine songbirds) and Psittaciformes (parrots), and is believed to occur in a third, the Trochiliformes (hummingbirds). By comparing brain structures in these three bird orders, which are widely separated from one another on the avian family tree, Rockefeller University biologist Claudio Mello and his colleague Erich Jarvis, of Duke University, have shown that the same areas that control song learning and production in songbirds and parrots are also present in hummingbirds, a finding that strengthens the case for vocal learning in the latter.'Singing in the Brain: the science of vocalization we share with song birds, but not with Chimps...

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What kind of scream is this??? ?

I really want scream like him : ))) and i don't know what kind of scream it's name for search'N Work !!Here is the Video : Scream part is 0:45 Please i really need ur help :)?

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Voice-cancelling earphones or headphones

Many brands compete with noise-cancelling technology, but all offerings seem tuned to mitigate frequencies other than voices.  I appreciate that on an airplane or gun range, but in an open office plan, the only common attempt at mitigating vocal pollution is to add white noise variants.  White noise systems have limited effectiveness and alleged health drawbacks.  My noise cancelling headphones cut the white noise, effectively enhancing voices that I want to shut out.  I can use "sound-isolation" instead of "noise-cancellation" but they are bulky and hot.  I'd think it would be possible to use noise-cancellation technology to target vocal frequencies.  Thoughts?

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How to program a neural network.

I am trying to create a neural network for the purpose of using it for vocal translation software which is currently completely inaccurate. There is a lack of actually code on the Internet about this and only abstract concepts. anyone wanna help me out?

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Is there a way to use my USB microphone with my PC acting as an amplifier? Answered

 I have a blue snowball microphone, and wanted to use it to amplify my vocals, but have no amp. I know how to record with it, but are there programs out there that will amplify its input?

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difference between monkeys nad human beings? isnt it nature or nurture that is creating the difference?

Good evening!!!! i am facing much difficulty in finding the differences between monkeys and human beings?isnt it nature or nurture that is creating difference? i-e vocalization of speed etc.... plz help me out in this work assigned to me by my instructor in university... regards!!! Lubna

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Music Stand Incorporates a PA Monitor Speaker Cabnet Project

I hope this is useful, I'm the bassist & singer in a country duo (with a guitarist) and I wanted to incorporate a PA vocal monitor & drum machine into my music stand (I run the PA too) to keep everything handy.   https://www.instructables.com/id/Muisc-Stand-PA-Monitor-Speaker-Shelf/

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how does a Calgarian find the local maker community to share resources and storage space?

So there's this thing I want to build. there's a lot more to it than I'm making it out to be, but all you really need to know at this juncture is that it would be a sound-proof booth for recording vocals or acoustic guitar and vocals. I currently don't have a long-term address (half of my existence these days is planning trips), but my idea would be to make use of shared tools and materials in exchange for shared use of the end result. in other words it would be made, but someone else would have it in their studio. they'd get use out of it, but I could also use it whenever I want. is this a pipe dream or is this the sort of thing that the maker community is about? FYI I'm in Calgary, and despite my upcoming travels this city is going to mostly be my homebase for quite some time and it's where I want to do this. thanks.

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Shure SM7 Cartridge.?

I would like to get an SM7 for my bands brutal metal vocals (its an ideal studio mic for them) And dont want to spend all my money... The cartridges are significantly cheaper. I was wondering if i could buy a cartridge, and solder it to an XLR jack, and mount it all in a PVC pipe or a similar project box. Want to help me out?Here is the cartridge link:http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/Accessories/us_pro_RPM106_contentThank you for your time!

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Where is the static comming from? Answered

I recently began experimenting with recording my guitar. I've tried plugging my guitar straight into the line in port of my laptop via a 1/4" cable and 1/4-1/8 adapter. I then record it in audacity with no added effects or gain or whatever. I liked it but it did not seem as good as it should have been. I tried connecting my guitar to my amplifier and connecting my amplifier via the headphone port and a 1/8" cable to the line in port. It sounded PERFECT except that there was a constant anoying string of static being recorded. I turned down the gain on my amp but then my laptop would not get a signal. I experimented with a bunch of different combonations of gain and volume but i cannot get rid of the static. I expect it's because my amp does not have any output other than the speakers or headphones. I'm just wondering if there is anything i can do other than get or borrow an amp with lower noise.

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Audio input switch

I need this simple device, because i have two audio interfaces (one for guitar recording and one for vocal recording) and when i change audio interface i need to disconnect output cable, of first interface, from my monitors and then connect output cable from second interface to my monitors. So with this I can choose between two different stereo audio inputs and send one of them to output. I am using TRS connectors, but i will also need XLR version of this. Check out this picture:

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Album Review: Timbuk 3 - Greetings From Timbuk 3 (1986) *****

Timbuk 3 - Greetings From Timbuk 3 (1986)NachoMahma's Rating: *****Pat MacDonald - acoustic, electric, bass and MIDI guitars, harmonica, vocals, drum programmingBarbara K. MacDonald - electric guitar, mandolin, violin, rhythm programming, vocals10 Tracks, total time 37:0301 - The Future So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades (3:24)02 - Life Is Hard (4:12)03 - Hairstyles And Attitudes (2:53)04 - Facts About Cats (3:22)05 - I Need You (3:59)06 - Just Another Movie (4:15)07 - Friction (3:46)08 - Cheap Black & White (2:55)09 - Shame On You (5:09)10 - I Love You In The Strangest Way (3:03)Timbuk 3's debut album is quirky, to say the least, but I love it. I think it's the harmonica that does it for me, but the lyrics are exceptional, also.Many of you may remember the opening cut from all the radio play it got (their only song to make the charts), but that's not the only gem here. I give all ten tracks five stars, even "Facts About Cats."

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Album Review: ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (1973) *****

ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (1973)NachoMahma's Rating: *****Frank Beard - drumsBilly Gibbons - guitar and vocalsDusty Hill - bass and vocals10 Tracks, total time 33:3301 - Waitin' For The Bus (2:53)02 - Jesus Just Left Chicago (3:32)03 - Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers (3:27)04 - Master Of Sparks (3:31)05 - Hot, Blue, And Righteous (3:18)06 - Move Me On Down The Line (2:31)07 - Precious And Grace (3:10)08 - La Grange (3:54)09 - Sheik (4:05)10 - Have You Heard? (3:13)Third album by the Texas trio. After 1972's rather fractured "Rio Grande Mud" the Little Ol' Band From Texas is finally getting their unique, bluesy sound down. All ten songs are solid ZZ Top and rate four or five stars (out of 5) - definitely a recommended buy. This album is before they discovered the horn section - just three gringos cranking out the tunes. From the slow "Hot, Blue and Righteous" to the Top 40 "La Grange" to the hard-driving "Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers," there's something here for just about every rock and roll fan - especially those with a taste for white-boy blues.

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is it possible to build a fairly cheap in ear system for live gigs?

I find it easier to deliver a good vocal performance when i can hear myself singing.although gigs generally provide monitors, i have and often use an in ear system when playing in my local church band and the difference is incomparable,for obvious reasons. the only problems is these systems are extremely costly. for now i am just wanting to play some acoustic gigs so a simple transmittor and in ear system would do the job.do you have any diagrams of any such devices?many thanks

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Best Use of Autotune

By now everyone that listens to music has probably heard (or heard of) autotune. It's been used for years to polish up pitchy vocals. Now it's more recognizable for being used on a totally different level. Autotune is the effect that T-Pain, Hellogoodbye (and by now, way to many others) use. At this point most people agree that it's way over used and just plain annoying. I have a poll to take. What song do you think actually uses it well? What's your vote for the Best Use of Autotune in a song?Mine is Woods, by Bon Iver.

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Musical Parrot Toy

Serious request... my Parrot (African Grey) loves music. I would like to buy/build 'Parrot-proof' musical 'instrument/s' device/s that he can play, perhaps triggered by either percussive impulses from his beak and/or his vocal range. This would help him remain stimulated when I am out. All genuine replies welcome... :) The closest thing available is this, but it isn't very versatile (only pre set sounds) + not very musical  http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/bird-toys/jm-bird-babble-ball?pageSize=45&orderBy=1#

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Music Mashup: Anyone else want to deconstruct songs into layers they can mix and mash?

With all the technologies avaialbe today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break (deconstruct) songs into layers? As in break back down into the layers used to make the master recordings. So yu can create your own mash ups? Say i want the guitar riff from AC/DC and trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie. Not trying to steal and sell it, just mix and share for personal. Thank you, Yellowshades

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MIchael Jackson - "Human Nature" Cover By Michael Law

Michael Jackson - "Human Nature" Cover By Michael Law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7-pc9s4byo&feature;=youtu.be   Credits "Human Nature" - Music & Lyrics By Steve Porcaro & John Bettis "Human Nature" - Originally Performed By Michael Jackson (1983) Song Re-Arrangement By Michael Law Audio Recorded, Mixed, Produced & Mastered By Michael Law Video Recorded, Editing, Colourist & VFX By Michael Law Vocals & Guitar By Michael Law If you enjoy what I do, you can support me Support Michael Law Like My Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/michaellawltd Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/michaellawltd

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Strange Planet Part Two

Following along in the last post about the wild world of water, let's see what other natural oddities our Earth has for us. There's a strange sound coming from the ocean, they're calling it a "Bloop." The earth is known for whistling caves, and plopping mud puddles, thunder and earth quakes, so we know the earth is one vocal creature. But the bloop is new, and as of yet unknown. This is what we know: "Although the sound matches the profile of a living animal, it is much louder than any known creature can produce. Any creature that could produce such a sound would have to be many times larger than the largest whale."The story is here.What do you think it is?_BG\\via neatorama\\

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Bohemian Rhapsody on old computers & parts

Take 3 minutes from your busy schedule as soon as you can to listen to a collection of old computers and motors (a scanner, a hard drive, etc) playing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4From the intro: "No effects or sampling were used. What you see is what you hear (does that even make sense?)Atari 800XL was used for the lead piano/organ soundTexas Instruments TI-99/4a as lead guitar8 Inch Floppy Disk as Bass3.5 inch Harddrive as the gongHP ScanJet 3C was used for all vocals."There are a couple blips and missteps but it's an amazing achievement anyway. Go! Now! Watch & listen!

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Album Review: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) ****

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson SchmilssonRelease Date: 1971Nacho's Rating: 4 (out of 5)Tracks:01 - Gotta Get Up YouTube02 - Driving Along YouTube03 - Early In The Morning YouTube04 - The Moonbeam Song05 - Down06 - Without You YouTube (hit single in 1972)07 - Coconut YouTube08 - Let The Good Times Roll09 - Jump Into the Fire YouTube10 - I'll Never Leave YouThe 2002 remastered version also has demo versions of all but "Early In The Morning". This is the album that first turned me on to music. I had been interested in music before I heard this, but Nilsson's wide range of styles and his goosebump-inducing vocals showed me that there was more to music than Top40 hits and screaming guitars.. For me, the album as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some of the songs don't stand alone very well, but sound pretty good when played together. I could do without "The Moonbeam Song" and "I'll Never Leave You" (having to follow "Jump Into The Fire" is a big disadvantage) but even they sound OK in context.. The album leads off with the rather goofy "Gotta Get Up" and follows with "Driving Along" - neither a great song, but definitely fun to listen to.. "Early In The Morning" gives a peek at what he can do with his voice and it's a good song, too.. "The Moonbeam Song" shifts into slow ballad mode. Nothing special, but Nilsson does a pretty good job.. "Down" is a nice bluesy song that starts to really show off his voice.. "Without You" is one of my all-time favorite songs. Nilsson takes a rather smarmy song and infuses if with FEELING. I still get goose-bumps when I hear the refrain.. "Coconut" is about as silly as a song can get, but Nilsson somehow makes it work. Another favorite for me. Wooo-oo-oo.. "Let The Good Times Roll" is another bluesy song with great vocals. Fits well between Coconut and JITF.. "Jump Into The Fire" is another favorite of mine. Not many singers can scream and make it sound good. And it has a bass line and a drum solo that will put a grin on Punkguyta's face as he blows out his speakers/amp.. "I'll Never Leave You" is a slow plaintive wail that is a bit of a let down after JITF. Great vocals, but I've never liked the song.. Not an album for every one. Check out the YouTube clips and see what you think.Links:Harry Nilsson at Wikipedia

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Are there any natural ways to make voice louder and clearer? Answered

I don't know if there's any way to increase the volume and clarity of my voice, is there?  My voice is too soft, it may sound cute! but, I'm having problems these days because of my soft voice :( When I'm with a bunch of friends or family members I feel like I'm invisible! I have to speak 2-3 times louder than my usual volume!, which ain't easy at all, so I remain quite most of the time. besides, In presentations, seminars I'm getting low grades. The teachers keep saying 'try to speak louder', but how do I do that??? I have good grades, but I'm afraid I'll lose it :( Please, I need help!

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James Haskin's talkbox voice modulator mod!

Www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-Talkbox/ Ok, so after watching James' video and looking through the instructable this is the nicest construction of a talkbox for almost no cash what so ever, for those of you that havn't seen it the link is at the top.. James uses a DPDT switch on the guitar.. For my purposes though have the switch on the amp.... well its not as user friendly as need be.. I was wondering how hard it would be to make a seperate footpedal to activate this talkbox...something alittle more professional than just longer wires to a small box with the switch there.... unless that seems to be the right way? I'm not sure maybe i just over anylized the situation, could it be that easy? i was thinking of adding a resistor and an LED (although) you will be able to know when this is running it would just add alittle touch to it you know?

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Vibrotactile Device

Hi, I am trying to build a portable device that takes vocal vibrations (from a piezo mic attached to the throat) and outputs them as tactile vibrations elsewhere (say at the sternum). I've found and built simple circuits for preamps that run off 9V like this one (https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Simple-Audio-Amplifier/?ALLSTEPS) but I'm struggling to work out how I can connect and power a vibrating device (e.g. another piezo mic) for the output.  I guess I will need to include a low pass filter too to prevent the device creating audible output (I just want low frequency tactile vibration). I've seen a similar project here https://www.instructables.com/id/Representing-audio-through-vibration-with-Arduino/?ALLSTEPS but it's using an arduino and I feel like that's unnecessary for my purposes.  Any ideas really appreciated, Oli

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Which program, application, or site is the best site for music making and mixes (I know it's opinion based)?

I've recently taken an interest in producing my own music to supplement my YouTube account. I'm very interested in creating techno, club, jpop mixes, hardstyle, and light dub step. I want to make music I can shuffle to. I also want to branch out in to other genres of synthetic music, including classical-inspired music. I want to be able to rip, warp, distort, and modify music clips. I'd like to be able to separate aspects of a song (vocal from instrumental) but I don't think free programs offer that feature. I thought I would use the previous paragraph to get past the usual "what are you using it for?" question. Which program, application, website, etc. is your favorite for making music and mixes? ~Kaddyshack

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bluetooth 4 transmitter to headphone latency reduction

Hey everyone! i'm seeking some advice about a system i've been trying to work out - a bluetooth audio headset from a PA system for vocal monitoring during band rehearsals. currently i'm running microphone -> PA -> bluetooth 4.0 AD2P compatible audio transmitter -> powerbeats bluetooth 4.2 headphones the connection is working fine, the only issue is latency between microphone and headphones (approximately half a second), which makes it very difficult to use as a monitor as i require very minimal latency to hear my voice in synchronisation with the rest of the band. a few questions; does bluetooth simply have an unavoidable lag due to data compression? is it possible for me to hack the bluetooth transmitter in some way to increase the rate of compression/transmission? what would you recommend as a cheap substitute in the event that nothing can be done? thanks very in much in advance, Austin

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Album Review: Black Sabbath - Remastered Early Albums (1970-1973) ****-*****

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (1970)01 - Black Sabbath02 - The Wizard03 - Wall Of Sleep - Basically - NIB04 - Wicked World05 - Sleeping Village - Warning06 - Evil WomanBlack Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)01 - War Pigs - Luke's Wall02 - Paranoid03 - Planet Caravan04 - Iron Man05 - Electric Funeral06 - Hand Of Doom07 - Rat Salad08 - Fairies Wear BootsBlack Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)01 - Sweet Leaf02 - After Forever03 - Embryo04 - Children Of The Grave05 - Orchid06 - Lord Of This World07 - Solitude08 - Into The VoidBlack Sabbath - Vol.4 (1972)01 - The Straightener02 - Tomorrows Dream03 - Changes04 - FX05 - Supernaut06 - Snowblind07 - Cornucopia08 - Laguna Sunrise09 - St. Vitus Dance10 - Under The Sun - Every Day Comes And GoesBlack Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)01 - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath02 - A National Acrobat03 - Fluff04 - Sabbra Cadabra05 - Killing Yourself To Live06 - Who Are You07 - Looking For Today08 - Spiral Architect. Arguably the original Heavy Metal band, Black Sabbath - Ozzy Osbourne (vocals and harmonica), Tony Iommi (guitars), Bill Ward (drums and vocals), and Geezer Butler (bass) - brought death, drugs, occultism, and all sort of things your Mother doesn't want you to know about to Rock 'n' Roll with 1970's self-titled album (released, appropriately enough, on Friday the Thirteenth). Following quickly on its' heels was Paranoid, then Master Of Reality (with the stoners' anthem, "Sweet Leaf"), and Vol. 4. For Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, they brought keyboardist Rick Wakeman onboard.. With controversial lyrics and song lengths that regularly ran to five and six minutes or more, you weren't likely to hear much of them on the local Pop radio station (shortened versions of "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" managed to get a bit of mainstream airplay in 1972), but they were a staple for Album-Oriented Rock stations and 8-track players everywhere during the '70s. Almost every song here is on my medium- or heavy-rotation list (four or five stars).. I bought the original CD reissues back in the early '80s and was impressed at how much better they sounded than the vinyl/tape I was used to - not great, but definitely better. A friend recently loaned me a set of 320k MP3s from the remastered CDs issued in 2004 by Sanctuary UK. I really wasn't expecting much from the early '70s recordings (and it _is_ Heavy Metal), but thought it would be a good excuse to sit down and have another listen. Was I ever in for a treat! The remastered recordings remove a lot of the "mud" from the recordings and really bring out the instruments, especially the drums - "Children Of The Grave" really benefits from the remastering. The title cut from the self-titled album sounds even more evil (count the number of bell tolls in the intro). Can't really say that the vocals sound any better (or worse, it's still Ozzy at his best) and, at times, there is still enough hiss to be distracting, but overall I was very impressed with the quality.. I'll call these discs a Must Buy for all Black Sabbath fans who have the vinyl, tape, or original CD issues - I'm shopping for my set. Any of the first four CDs would make a great introduction to their music for Heavy Metal fans (1972's "We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n' Roll" is a 14-cut (two LPs, originally) Best-Of collection that has also been remastered and might be a better choice, even if it doesn't include "Rat Salad"). IMNSHO, Wakeman, although great with Yes and on his own, really detracted from the Black Sabbath sound, so I can't recommend Sabbath Bloody Sabbath for new listeners. -- nacho

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I play in a band with some seasoned musicians. We played our first gig last saturday and we sounded like )(*?

I play in a band and we have practiced and perfected a lot of material, however our first gig, (last Saturday) did not sound as good as I thought we would sound.  He hooks up stuff to the new mixer and runs it through the The key word here is "sound". Here is a quick overview of our resources. We had a lot of cracking (distortion) going on throughout our performance, thus taking away from our actual abilities and capabilities. *I think we are overloading our poweed mixer. WE have two powered mixers. One is an older model (6) channel mixer and the newer powered mixer has approx 16. The band member who owns all the equipment makes the decisions as to how everything is hooked up. I do have experience and have had college courses on mixers, but am reluctant to say anything about how things should be hooked up. I was thinking maybe we should run vocals through one and all other equipment should run through the new mixer.

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Yin or Yang? Which is going to be the easiest transition for my Dauschund, Millie?

I have a miniature Dauschund hound, Miss Millie, who is 3 years old. This is only my second ever dog, so bare with me please. Like any other wiener dog, she has personality up the wahzoo. Never have I nor my husband ever heard such a vocal canine. she's got spunk! But then I digress, sorry about that. Anywhoos, we run our business here at our house, actually out in the garage and basement. Millie will have nothing to do with either structure /room, so she ends up sleeping a lot inside the house. The last thing we want is for her health or well being to suffer, so alas....my question : When bringing another dog around an established territory of another (especially a Dauschund! Lol) Will the relationship develop better with a female pup or should we become looking for a stud puppy? Any help would be appreciated. My husband wants another girl, but I think it will make things harder for everyone involved. Please just confirm my answer, LOL, and I can be on my merry way. But seriously ,HELP!!

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(newsletter) Nintendo Arcade, 5-Minute Pie, Drum Smoker...

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Good Soundproofing and Deadening materials and any other tips?

Hey guys, so I'm involved in the biggest project I've embarked upon yet.  Shack studios.  I do some work with a sound company, the owner of which is a good friend, we're building a recording studio, along with practice rooms, photography/graphics dept and CD printing etc. Essentially a one stop shop for bands and musicians to go from songs on paper to an album...  Anyway, we have pretty much all the recording equipment and all the amps, PAs etc for the practice rooms.  However the construction work, which consists of walling off two sounds booths (small dead rooms, one vocals the other for drums/amped instruments) and walling out two large practice rooms, the front of which is the main recording area, overlooked by the control room has to be done on a shoestring budget, we've just got in the boards and supplies for framing up the walls and though we've culled good dense foam from some industrial generator packaging and elsewhere we need good suggestions for cavity filling.  The cheaper the better - No practices will be going on while recording, it needs to be deadened to the outside world and sound proof enough for practices to go on simultaneously.  We've been looking at different ideas but it's more just good sources of material anyone can think of...  Oh and while that's going on I'm trying to get a ton of things off the ground as well, while being what can only be described as embarassingly broke... 

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Bike Powered Dog Treadmill

There are some days which my husky and I are unable to run outside. For those days, I use my exercise bike. But my husky is out of her mind with boredom if she cannot run. While I use my bike, I am wishing that it could power a treadmill for her to run on. I am aware that dog-powered (manual) and electric dog treadmills are available for purchase. I have visited sites that give instructions on how to make a dog-powered treadmill. And I know that a regular treadmill for humans can be used for dogs (with training). But I have a few reasons for leaning towards the idea of a bike-powered dog treadmill: 1) We workout together. Dog-powered treadmills usually require that the dog be constantly motivated to run, whether it be vocal cheering or physical nudges (or both). I do not think I will be able to exercise alongside her if I must stop to do this. 2) I do not want to use more electricity than I have to. We are all trying to save energy for whatever reason. So electric treadmills are a bit much. I am mechanically inclined, but I cannot produce plans of this scale. I am hoping that I do not need to do anything more than soldering or welding. Incorporating manufactured parts would be ideal. Any and all (practical, safe, and realistic) help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, everyone! P.S. The use of any bike will do for this project. It does not have to be an exercise bike, though that would be nice as well.

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UK Government Wants to Build a Database of Every Phone Call and Email

This just crossed my News ticker this morning: 10:20 AM on Tue May 20 2008By Adam Frucci The plans for the new database are currently being drafted up and may be proposed for inclusion in the draft Communications Bill later this year. While many of the types of politicians you'd expect are behind it, a number of others are, thankfully, vehemently against it. They're against it not because of the basic violation of citizens' privacy that would come from such an action, however. Instead, they point to the UK government's lousy track record with data security as a security threat great than whatever threats they'd be stopping by being able to look up those emails of you flirting with the girl you met at the office Christmas party. It's another really strong argument against giving governments overreaching powers to spy on their citizens.Hopefully, the people of England will get properly angry and vocal against this plan, keeping it from ever becoming a reality. The next step, after all, will be the thought police, and at that point it's really too late. {BBC via Boing Boing }Big Brother IS watching, everywhere......"If you wanted a sure sign that the Orwell-ization of Great Britain is underway, then look no further than this. Lollipop ladies, those kindly old women who man the main roads next to school, similar to the US crossing guard, have been issued with video cameras to record lollipop rage as school-side road rage is known.The cameras, which record traffic coming from both the front and the back, mounted on the lollipop lady's cap, and attached to an Archos portable DVR, have been developed by a British firm, Routesafe. Several local authorities have invested in the technology to counter the increasingly aggressive behavior on British roads."CCTV cameras everywhere

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How can I Scavenge/Salvage a crystal+audio transformer from an old radio (or anything!) for an AM transmitter project? Answered

Hi! My name's Bashu, I'm 18. My electronics skills are pretty feeble but I think I'm trying to get a better idea about how they work.. by making projects! old homeschooler reflex. So my brother has an old 1982 lovable Toyota Tercel named Humphrey. Humphrey was passed on to my brother the way God or Toyota made him.. with an AM radio. This is pretty rad if we want to hear Chinese/Spanish/Italian radio jockeys (they have really nice vocal rhythms), except usually we don't for some reason. So I wanted to make an AM transmitter. I found a project on here. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-simple-AM-transmitter/ Looks pretty simple. Requires an approx 1 mhz crystal and an 8-1000 ohm audio transformer, which I was prepared to buy, except then I heard about salvaging them from cheep radios! VERY EXCITED WAS I! I love reusing old things that were once very incredible (taking songs out of the air? Magic) and would otherwise go to the dump. Alors, I bought an old clock-radio from a thrift-store, opened it up and looked inside, and realised I had no freakin' idea what the crystal or audio transformer would look like. I then decided to enlist the help of the only community I thought would know. You! My question is, if I wanted to find a 1 Mhz Crystal and a 8 into 1000 ohm audio transformer, without buying them, where would I be likely to be able to salvage them, and what will they look like? Pictures of the radio I bought and opened up are attached, in case they are on there and easily spottable. I don't mind digging. Thank you very much for any advice you have! I am also thinking it would be really cool to have an instructable dedicated to salvaging components from various equipment. I found a wiki on it, but it's somewhat incomplete and has no photos whatsoever.

Question by Poogle    |  last reply


Edward Tufte - Our experiences in moderating a forum

Here's an interesting point of view for moderating a web forum. Our "be nice" policy is similar, but doesn't reach this level. I have spent long periods of time thinking about and debating how to value the contributions of essentially anonymous authors. Anyone can contribute an Instructable, forum topic, or comment, and their value varies wildly. Would Instructables be better if we aggressively pruned contributions deemed to be low value? How would we do so in a scalable way? Catching swear words is a good first step, and maybe misspellings are next, but reviewing content is really best done by humans. Should each Instructable author be able to moderate the comments on their Instructables? We've been loathe to do this because the potential for abuse seems to outweigh any benefit. Democratic systems are good in theory, but in practice a vocal minority tends to dominate the conversation. Moderating a forum is fairly straightforward: knowing what you want, deleting entire threads that aren't going anywhere, correcting the spelling of the word "it's," fixing URLs, deleting individual contributions that fail to advance the thread. It helps to have experience writing and editing (and reading student papers, refereeing journal articles, reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals).As clearly indicated to potential contributors, we do a lot of deleting--only about half of all submitted contributions survive for more than a month. This doubtless hurts a few feelings but substantially raises the quality of the board. Very few published contributions are edited at all, other than silently to correct spelling, update an URL, or to delete a sour note in an otherwise good answer. Our view is that every contribution to Ask E.T. should advance the analytical quality of the thread. We particularly seek to avoid the chronic internet disease of "All Opinions, All the Time." The idea is to have an interesting and excellent board on analytical design that serves the content and the readers, not a board logging every attempt at publication. We also are ruthless in deleting contributions with incivilities, rants, taunts, and personal commentary on other contributors....For some boards, a bozo filter may prove useful by automatically deflecting certain trigger words. My friend Philip Greenspun constructed a filter at photo.net which bounced all those who misspelled the word "aperture," on the grounds that they did not know much about photography.Our experiences in moderating a forum: What's best, not what's newThanks to Nivi for the find.

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Yuri's Night 2008!

Calling all cosmonauts, inventors, dreamers, and explorers ...tickets for Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 arenow on sale!http://yurisnightbayarea.netYuri's Night is back! We're bigger and better than everand we need your help to spread the word!Yuri's Night Bay Area2pm - 2am, April 12th, 2008NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CAThis year the San Francisco Bay Area will be home to the largest Yuri's Night celebration ever. At the NASA Ames Research Center over 8,000 people will join astronauts, artists, musicians, scientists and engineers to learn, celebrate, and pay tribute to our global space heritage; and to celebrate the anniversaries of the first human spaceflight and the first space shuttle mission. Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 is a one-of-a-kind local community event: a perfect fusion of celebration and tribute, technology expo, Maker Faire, art exhibition, and music festival; all rolled into one. Yuri's Night Bay Area 2008 includes:- A mind-expanding series of speakers, including world-renowned video game designer WILL WRIGHT, creator of SimCity, SimEarth, The Sims, and many other games including his exciting upcoming game of life, evolution, and exploration: SPORE; NASA astrobiologist JONATHAN TRENT, leader of the new NASA G.R.E.E.N. team for green technology research; and SAUL GRIFFITH, head of an innovative new company seeking to harness high-altitude wind energy as a cheap alternative to coal: MAKANI POWER.- A TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE featuring leading Bay Area green technology companies including CALCARS and TESLA MOTORS. Plus, dozens of art and science installations spanning everything from NASA research ROBOTS to the unveiling of the newest fire sculpture by the FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS.- DISCUSSIONS and FORUMS where event attendees will get the chance to take on some big questions surrounding Space Exploration, Radical Sustainability, and the Future of Humanity in our Festival of Ideas.- A world-class lineup of musical artists, ranging from the electronic breakbeat sounds of AMON TOBIN, TIPPER, and JOHN TEJADA to rockin' live performances by FREEZEPOP, PARTICLE, and the very special debut of TELSTAR, featuring PHIL LESH of the Grateful Dead.- Live performances of all kinds, from dance and acrobatics by CAPACITOR (San Francisco's ground-breaking interdisciplinary dance company) to aerial demonstrations featuring Yuri-Gagarin-era AEROBATIC AIRCRAFT.- ...and much, much more! Browse the partial list below!Tickets are available on-line for $40 (plus applicable fees). A limited number of tickets may be available for $50 at the door -- check the website for status. If you are interested in helping out at the event, please fill out the volunteer form on our website.We hope to see you there!- The Yuri's Night Bay Area TeamYURI'S NIGHT 2008 LINE-UPTALKS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES- NASA SCIENTISTS and ASTRONAUTS- A do-it-yourself SHOW AND TELL by INSTRUCTABLES- WILL WRIGHT, creator of SimCity, SimEarth, and the forthcoming Spore- NASA astrobiologist JONATHAN TRENT, leader of the new NASA G.R.E.E.N. team for green technology research.- A CUSTOM MUSIC INTERFACE CONTEST by CreateDigitalMusic- Leading Bay Area minds including SAUL GRIFFITH, head of MAKANI POWER- ...and MUCH, MUCH MORE!ART AND SCIENCE INSTALLATIONS- The unveiling of the newest work by the FLAMING LOTUS GIRLS- A variety of NASA RESEARCH ROBOTS AND AIRCRAFT- MASSIVE SCULPTURE by MICHAEL CHRISTIAN- VIDEO PROJECTION by KOSHO, CELESTINE STAR, and many others- Amazing water vortex effects by SUFFICIENTLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY- Large-scale kinetic art by SWARM- An art in space, space science, and sustainablity-themed S.T.E.A.M. DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM- A space- and sustainablity-themed DOCUMENTARY SCREENING DOME- ...and MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE!LIVE PERFORMANCES AND DANCE- CAPACITOR: Live aerial performance and dance- BAD UNKL SISTA: breathtaking costumes and dance-inspired performance- THE VONSTILT FAMILY: Gravity-defying stilt performances- A LIVE AEROBATIC DEMONSTRATION, featuring three unique Yuri-era airplanes flown by three of the best aerobatic pilots in the world.- ...and more!LIVE INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL MUSIC- TELSTAR (feat. Phil Lesh, Steve Molitz, and John Molo)- FREEZEPOP (Boston): indie synthpop / new wave- PARTICLE: instrumental space-disco-dance- BLVD w/ SOULEYE: hip-hop, house, & breaks- ZOE KEATING: avant garde looping cello- MJ GREENMOUNTAIN vs. YOSSI FINE: global fusion and afro-tribal funk- CHRISTOPHER WILLITS (12k, Ghostly Intl.): processed guitar soundscapes- GAMELAN X: the intergalactic 17-member percussive melodic marching troupe- LULACRUZA: Argentinan percussion, guitar, and vocals- THE SWEET SNACKS: Ghettotech and big beatELECTRONIC MUSIC- AMON TOBIN (Ninja Tune/Montreal)- TIPPER (UK, special twilight downtempo set)- JOHN TEJADA (LA/palette recordings)- LUSINE (Ghostly Intl., Seattle) : live set- SCUBA (Hotflush Recordings, UK)- DIGITONAL vs. POSTHUMAN (UK): with live violin- [A]PENDICS.SHUFFLE (LA): live set- DERU (Merck, LA): live set- TYCHO (Ghostly, Merck): live set- RANDOM RAB (El Circo): live set- MR. PROJECTILE (Merck): live set- DR. TOAST (False Profit) vs. GANUCHEAU: live

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Thanks for a Great Summer!

Hey everybody, I've been kicking around here for a few years now, posting some instructables and the occasional forum topic, building some things and drawing inspiration from other members, but I'm usually pretty quiet outside of the comments sections of my own 'ibles. I want to take this moment to thank everybody here for teaching me how to Do It Myself and not be afraid to void a warranty or two.  It has absolutely changed my life and the very way I look at the world around me. This summer I was sitting outside with a friend of mine and a lady walked by with her dogs.  Like several other people have, she commented on how much she liked the thirty or so sun jars I've got scattered around the front lawn.  I thanked her and handed her the business card I've made for my alter ego (depotdevoid:  Inventor, Tinkerer, Maker, Mad Scientist!).  I mentioned that I build all sorts of things, do computer repairs, etc.  She thanked me and walked off. A couple of days later I got home from work to find a message on the machine.  It turns out she is the volunteer coordinator for the Science Factory, our local childrens' science museum.  She wanted to talk about having me visit a couple of their summer camps, themed "Insane Inventions!" and talk about being an inventor and a maker.  She said, "That's what you get when you put Mad Scientist on your business card!" So in exchange for time and materials, my daughter was able to attend a couple of summer camps there and our family got a membership to the science factory so we can go play with all the toys and see shows at the planetarium.  I spent an afternoon and a morning hanging out with eight year olds and building sun jars, talking about the things I'd built, and being told how awesome I was over and over again.  There are some pictures below, sorry there are none of the kids, I was really busy after everything got set up and didn't have time to snap any pictures. None of this would have happened if I hadn't come across this site all those years ago.  I thank each and every one of you for contributing to and helping build this community.  I know I'm not as vocal as some of the members here, but I want you all to know that I love this website and consider it my second home. Thank you, Ian (depotdevoid)

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Contest discussion

Hi everyone,This is a discussion that started on the list of Laser Cutter Contest Finalists that I wanted to make its own forum topic.I am really happy with the entries to the Laser Cutter Contest. The quality, depth, scope, and professionalism of all of the entries is simply amazing. I am also really happy with how the contest brought out the best of the Instructables community, and how it encouraged a bunch of new members to make the jump and post their first project. However, it seems we screwed up, as many of you are unhappy with the list of finalists. Since there's no quantitative way to rank projects in a contest that spans two months (ranking by pageviews and ratings alone give a huge advantage to projects entered early, and in some ways just turns the problem over to the editors and readers of sites that link to us such as Digg, Boingboing, and Make), we ranked them qualitatively. Everyone has their own opinion, and coming to a consensus is very difficult, which is why we increased the number of finalists from 10 to 15. When the contest accepts entries on any subject, judging becomes nearly impossible. In the end, we only have one laser cutter to give away. So, we will choose one winner, and this may be the root of the problem. I thought that a single, high-end prize would make for a better contest than a large number of lower-end prizes, like many of our previous contests. The number of entries, the quality of the entries, and the number of people encouraged to make their first post all support my theory that quality of prizes yields better results then quantity, but if the community is genuinely unhappy, than I am wrong. Perhaps this feeling is simply being expressed by a small but vocal group, and the community as a whole thinks the Laser Cutter Contest was great and will be happy for the finalists and the winner. Getting a community to express itself is tough, but we're here listening and we take what each of you has to say very seriously. To me, the value of posting an Instructable is not in the chance to win a laser cutter, it's when someone makes a comment saying that I taught them something new, changed the way they looked at things, or inspired them to make something themselves (even if it's something totally different than my Instructable). That's why I am so passionate about Instructables, and why I see contests as just a small part of the reason to post. We're always trying new things, and if they don't work, we try to make corrections, learn from our mistakes, and try something else. I think contests, if done properly, can invigorate, excite, and build community. So, I'm listening- what can we learn from this experience? Should we run more focused contests? Would you prefer lots of prizes to a single high-value prize? Do you have any other suggestions? We want to run the best contests we can, and work with our community to ensure their success. Please tell me what you think.

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