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How do I get Realtek HD Audio 5.1 working on Windows 7?

I have problem with Realtek 5.1 driver for Windows 7 x64. I've installed newest drivers for Realtek HD Audio, but 5.1 still doesn't work, the only thing that works is front stereo. However, when I ...
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Synced audio ouput on multiple machines? VLC? hardware solutions?

I'm wondering if there is any software or hardware solutions to synced audio or audio and video across multiple computers or devices on a network. I've seen Sonos, and it might be a good solution, ...
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Ubuntu: how to get audio to work in both Spotify (under Wine) and Flash (in Firefox)?

I'm running Spotify on Linux using Wine. Sound worked great (even though the sound test in winecfg failed!), until I installed alsa-oss package yesterday to get Flash sound working in Firefox. Now ...
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Good Text-to-Speech solution for Windows [closed]

I am running Windows 7 and I know it has the ability to read me text in my applications, but I am looking for a good utility to save chunks of text as a wav file or mp3. It may already be built into ...
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External speakers make buzzing noise when laptop is plugged in

Any powered external speakers I connect to my laptop make a buzzing noise when my laptop is plugged in. I also have battery-powered noise-canceling headphones that make the buzzing if noise canceling ...
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How to play a video with a different audio track?

I want to connect the output of my laptop to a projector and beam a movie on the wall. The movie has video and audio, but I would like to be able to play different audio tracks while the video is ...
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Windows 7 laptop's volume with headphones way too loud

I have two headphones, neither has any amps or volume control, and both have the same problem with this computer. I normally have the volume on 10%, and that is optimal. I'm still very afraid that ...
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How can I set my headphones to mono in Windows 7? [duplicate]

I have this series of lectures on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NxCUVltVoZ8 … which I hear using headphones, but only the left side is working, and it's ...
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Change Spotify's sound output device

Spotify does not have changeable sound output device, it uses the default device. But I want it to use Line1, a custom sound device I've added. Does anyone know how I can assign Line1 as output ...
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Mixing stereo audio signal into one headphone can. For computer games [closed]

Hello I'm deaf in one ear but I love to play competitive FPS pc games. The problem is I can't pinpoint where people are in the game. Which makes it hard to shoot them in the face before they shoot me ...
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Setup for a live (low-latency) audio video broadcast over Wi-Fi?

The Upgrade We are capturing audio (from mixer) and video (from a camera) from a main auditorium and passing it to separate rooms within the building. We used to have done this via manual ...
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Sound goes through speakers eventhough headphone is plugged in on HP notebook

I have a HP Pavilion dv4-1101tu notebook. Currently it is running on Windows 7. All devices are installed correctly with their driver softwares. When I make a call over Skype with my headphone ...
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How to increase the volume in an m4a file?

I have an m4a file. When listening to it on my iPod Touch, the volume is too low, even when I turn it all the way up. I need to increase the volume in the file so that I can hear what is being said. ...
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Speech to text software (audio transcribing) for mac [closed]

What is the best speech to text software for mac? I have an hours worth of audio that I need to transcribe, and I'd really like to not have to do it manually :-). I prefer free options and I like ...
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How to kill volume when headphones pulled out

I often use headphones in order to listen to music in work time. However my chair tends to occasionally have the tendency to yank the headphone cable from my laptop. Now with my Android phone this ...
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How do I adjust the Windows 7 volume control over a smaller range?

I am currently using the Microsoft High Definition Audio driver provided with Windows 7 rather than the Realtek driver. When playing sound through my computer speakers (plugged into the rear panel ...
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Search audio file for pattern?

I want to split a very large audio file at certain points. At certain points a radio announcer comes on and says something like “deux radio” and it always sounds exactly the same (it’s a recorded ...
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How can I play my MP3 files through my stereo system?

Here's the situation. Like many others I have my entire CD collection ripped to my PC, along side other music I've acquired through iTunes or Amazon MP3. Also like many others the speakers at my PC ...
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How can I play .ram audio files without installing the Real Audio Player?

I want to listen to an audio file on this BBC French language learning site. However, the problem is that the audio file is a .ram file and from experience I don't want to install the Real Audio ...
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Cap maximum volume on Windows XP

Is there a way to cap the maximum volume on a Windows XP machine? I would like to regulate the volume so even if the user adjusts to the loudest volume, it will only be as loud as I want it to be.
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Windows 8.1 sound stutter

Since I installed Windows 8.1 I have had audio issues. On any given system load the sound will occasionally stop for one second, and then just resume. This happens while watching videos, listening to ...
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How to restart audio without rebooting (USB soundcard) - the nasty case

I have a very similar problem to this: Is there a way to restart audio without restarting windows 7 computer? I've got a USB external sound card (Line6 UX1, the older one), the OS is Windows 7 x64. ...
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how do I make my computer only play through my speaker even if headphones are plugged in?

My mini-jack input is broken, so my computer(HP pavilion dv6 Notebook) thinks there is headphones plugged in at all times. If I physically press lightly on the headphone intput location, speakers ...
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Which Bluetooth Stack supports APT-X on Windows 7

I'm thinking about buying wireless desktop speakers for ease of use with different audio sources (Notebooks, Mobile Phone etc.). For higher audio quality over the standard A2DP protocol there are ...
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How do I change the audio output device for a running application in Windows 7?

This post is close to my question, but not quite the same. What I'm trying to find out is, if I'm running an application and want to change which device it's using for audio output without quitting ...
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Is there a way to play iTunes U files at 2x speed?

I'd like to keep my iTunes U audio files organized in the iTunes U category in iTunes; however, I can't seem to do that AND find a way to open the option to play at variable speeds for these audio ...
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Installing a fake microphone on Windows Server

My application, that is running on Windows Server (which is an instance on Amazon EC2) requires Skype to be able to make phone calls. The server, of course, does not have a microphone installed and I ...
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Software bass boost

I'm wondering, does anyone know why software bass boost solutions (like equalizers in various media players or that come with sound card) are really awful? I mean, you can boost max. 3-4dB without ...
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Automatically change system volume when audio device plugged in?

I have this notebook that I use both at work and at home. I often watch a movie at home with my headset plugged in and the volume high enough to be able to hear it well. At work however I listen to my ...
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Is there a way to control bass and treble under Windows 7?

My volume control device for my speakers recently decided to stop working so now I am forced to control the volume through purely software means, but my sub-woofer is still a little too loud. Is ...
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What can I do to enhance MacBook Pro internal mic sound quality in iMovie?

After using MacBook for two years, I bought 17'' MacBook Pro. I'm pretty happy with it, performance and all, but I also was going to record some music videos for YouTube. I play guitar and sing. ...
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Disable Sound Effects in OSX Lion

How can I disable that annoying buzzer sound in OSX Lion that I get when, for example, I'm at the terminal and press delete on an empty line? I tried to modify the sound settings by unchecking "Play ...
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How can I remove noise from an audio recording?

I used to record important technical meetings and demos using Camtasia Studio, using a Mic to capture the speaker voice. Sometimes we invite attendees by asking them to call us in the meeting, and ...
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Split MonkeyAudio (.ape + .cue + .log) of whole audio CD into MP3 of individual tracks

I have a whole audio CD ripped to single audio file in MonkeyAudio (.ape) format, together with .cue and .log files (using Exact Audio Copy, from comment in .cue file). How would one split this one ...
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Suggestions for cutting/clipping videos on Mac OS X (iMovie produces very large files)?

I need to cut out parts of a video (+ the associated audio, of course) to make a short clip. For example, take 2 minutes from one location, 3 minutes from another part of the video, 30 seconds from ...
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My keyboard has no volume control keys; how do I assign shortcuts to control the global sound volume? [duplicate]

My keyboard lacks any "multimedia" keys but I really want to have keyboard shortcuts for the global Volume Up, Volume Down, and Mute actions. What's the easiest way to program custom keyboard ...
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How do I stop VLC from stealing my volume buttons

when I press the volume buttons on my laptop, usually the system volume is changed. However, when I do this with VLC it "steals" the presses and adjusts it's own "volume" instead. The system volume ...
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Join Audio and Image -> Output as Video using FFmpeg

I have 1 image (jpg) and 1 audio file (MP3) and I would like to output this as a video file (say AVI for example). Does anyone know how to use FFMPEG to join the two? I'd like to show the image for ...
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How can I configure dual headphones under Windows 7?

Some laptops - in particular my Dell Studio XPS - have two headphone ports. Under Windows 7 currently the last pair of headphones plugged in begins to accept the output. Is there something special ...
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Macbook Pro - Sound doesn't work and there's a red light coming out of my headphone jack

How do I get my sound working again? It works with Headphones, but when I unplug the headphones a red light is coming out of the headphone jack and I can't adjust the volume on my Macbook Pro.
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Audio capture tool

I'm looking for a free audio tool for capturing the audio that's playing on my computer to a wav/mp3, etc. I've been messing around with http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix and would like to ...
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Is there a way to raise/lower the volume in Linux without using a graphical tool?

Is there a way to raise/lower ALSA's volume without using a graphical tool? I am currently using MPD along with MPC mapped to hotkeys to change the volume, but I recently switched music players and I ...
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How do I force Windows 7 to play only through headphones?

Okay to make things clear; I'm going to give a step by step of what happened. I've got a brand new laptop, and while installing stuff everything was fine. When I'd plug in headphones in the 3.5mm ...
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How do I remove one audio stream from an AVI file?

I have several AVI files that have dual audio in Russian/English. The default audio is Russian, and I want to change the default language or remove the Russian language from these AVI files. How ...
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How do non-realtime OSes capture audio without dropouts when sample rates are so high?

If I plug a line or USB microphone into my PC, I can record audio at 44.1kHz. That's one sample of audio about every 23 microseconds. The audio wave must be sampled and played back precisely or it ...
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How to extract audio from mov, or directly convert mov 2 ogg, on OSX

I have a number of sound-only mov files that I need in an audio format, preferably wav or ogg. What are the options to achieve this conversion on a Mac? Thank you!
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How can I find the program making a harmonica sound?

A friend has a Windows XP SP3 machine that plays a harmonica sound for about 5 seconds throughout the day at what seems to be random intervals (every couple hours). My question is how can I find the ...
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ffmpeg: isolate one audio channel

How can I use ffmpeg to isolate one channel from an audio file? I have a stereo audio file, and I need the output to be the contents of the right channel in a mono audio file. While I'm sure it's ...
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Routing sound in Windows 7 to separate devices [duplicate]

When I'm running games through Steam (for example Skyrim), I like to use my Razer USB headset and I would like to have devices such as Google Chrome or VLC etc. playing through my speakers at the same ...
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How to make Windows 7's volume mixer save individual volumes again? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored? Windows 7's volume mixer is normally saving the volume levels for individual programs, as long as the exe file ...