The tag is for questions about the recording and playback of speech and music on your computer, but also for problems about the sound component of videos.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

6
votes
5answers
11k views

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 ...
6
votes
8answers
21k views

How to disable Windows system sounds - permanently - but not application sound

I prefer the sound scheme of Windows 7 HP to be set to "No Sounds" ALL the time. The problem is, when I switch themes, the themes switch sound schemes also. I know I can go in and disable/change to ...
6
votes
2answers
10k views

Tool to view video/audio file information [closed]

What is the best tool to obtain the media/codec details of any video/audio file? I use Windows, but feel free to suggest for your favorite OS too.
6
votes
4answers
15k views

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. ...
6
votes
1answer
19k views

Change Windows sound volume via the command line

Is it possible to change the volume in Windows XP via the command line?
6
votes
1answer
3k views

How do I replace the audio in an MP4 file without re-encoding?

I've got a video in an MP4 container that I would like to replace the audio track in (not add another audio stream to, nor convert the audio format of). Someone elsewhere online suggested to use ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
34k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
13k views

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.
6
votes
1answer
186 views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
11k views

Windows: How can I redirect sound coming in from the mic to the speakers output

Scenario - I want to use my mic plug as a "line-in" input that will get mixed with the other audio being output to the speakers. How can this be done on Windows 7 / Vista?
6
votes
5answers
7k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
126 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
11k views

Add audio to video using ffmpeg

I'm trying to add sound to a video using ffmpeg, but for some reason, when I play the resulting file, it doesn't have any sound. I also tried doing it with an aac audio file, as well as leaving out ...
6
votes
3answers
737 views

Possible way to determine which application generates certain sounds on my system?

Every now and then (e.g. twice a day) I hear a strange - brief - sound on my computer (Windows 7), that I believe to be from a background application like Windows Live Messenger, Teamviewer, Skype or ...
6
votes
4answers
801 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
25k views

How to get volume hotkeys in W7?

Windows 7 implemented new Win+X hotkeys. These took over the hotkeys used by Sound Volume Hotkeys http://www.softarium.com/soundvolumehotkeys, which I used to use in XP. I need software control of my ...
6
votes
3answers
7k views

Is it possible to switch between earphones and built-in monitor speakers?

When I plug my earphones into the front panel of my CPU, I get sounds from my earphones. When I unplug it, it goes to the default built-in speakers of the monitor. Is it possible to set through a ...
6
votes
3answers
15k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
5k views

How can I control the audio volume of a Modern-UI application?

I've been spoiled by my ability to control the volume (or mute) any individual program running on my computer. I just tried a Modern-UI game from the store and it was shockingly loud, so I did what I ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Possible to burn a music CD with additional files?

I've decided to burn a music CD, and was supposed to print out a paper, but the printer was empty on black ink. So I tried the obvious, to just drag 'n drop the .docx file over to the music CD. As I ...
6
votes
4answers
9k views

Poor Bluetooth audio quality and delays on Dell Latitude with Windows 7

I have been trying to use an LG Tone (HBS700) Bluetooth headset on Windows 7 with mixed results. The PC is a Dell Latitude E6320, and the Bluetooth adapter is the Dell Wireless 375 Bluetooth module ...
6
votes
5answers
42k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
4k views

How to compare mp3, flac audio data in a file, ignoring header data (ID3 tag) etc.?

I've backed up some audio files up in 2 places and added ID3 tags into one backup but not the other, since time has passed my own memory has faded on whether the backups are actually the same, but now ...
6
votes
4answers
14k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
19k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

Why isn't sox able to convert to mp3?

I installed Sox, i installed lame-398, but sox is not able to convert any file to mp3. It fails with the messages: ./../sox FAIL util: Unable to load LAME encoder library (libmp3lame). ./../sox ...
6
votes
4answers
22k views

Can audio go to both the speakers and a bluetooth headset simultaneously

I have a hearing impaired person in the house and want to equip her with a bluetooth headset while the rest of us listen over the speakers. I am able to connect the headset and get it to play by ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

How can I split the 5.1 audio channels from an AC3 file into individuals streams (preferably on a Mac)?

I have a file that I've pulled from a DVD that is apparently in AC3 5.1 format. The extension is .AC3 and it opens an plays in QuickTime, VLC etc. What I want is each individual channel in a separate ...
6
votes
6answers
33k views

Can I increase the sound volume in my computer (Windows 7) beyond the volume control?

Can I increase the sound volume in my computer beyond the volume control without additional hardware or speakers? In Windows, I feel many video files sound very low even after increasing the volume ...
6
votes
3answers
17k views

How to disable sound in certain applications?

I hate it when games sometimes play music while being installed. Is there an easy way to ban selected applications from outputting sound on Windows 7?
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Centralized PulseAudio setup

I want to do a setup, so that all my computers and TV use one audio system. Like this: Where media server is connected to acoustics and TV is connected through sound-card input and other systems ...
6
votes
2answers
8k views

How do I amplify the volume of Windows?

In my laptop, some YouTube videos have a too low volume to hear anything. I'm forced to download the video and play it in MPlayer where I can use -softvol to increate the volume. Is there any ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

How can I normalize the volume of a single video file?

I have a video file that was recorded from TV. During recording, we changed the volume levels in between multiple times. Is it possible to (approximately) normalize the volume of the video track? ...
6
votes
1answer
6k views

Force downmix to mono on Linux

For personal reasons (I'm hearing impaired) I need my linux machine to produce mono downmixed sound. Downmixed, not just single channel. Is there any possibility to force such behavior in ALSA / ...
6
votes
3answers
7k views

Native audio capture for Windows 7

The traditional way to capture audio is to pick a "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" recording device and record in a program like Sound Recorder or Audacity. However that relies on your sound card ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Foobar 2000 change tracks title

I need to change my audiobook track titles. In new titles I need to have some constant name and variable track number. Is it possible to solve this in foobar? If yeas then how? If no then it there are ...
6
votes
4answers
5k views

Bluetooth headphones: great quality on iPhone, poor quality on notebook and PC

I recently got a new pair of Sony MDR-1RBT Bluetooth headphones. On my iPhone 4, they sound fantastic. But when I try to use them on my Windows PC or 2010 Macbook Pro, the sound quality drops ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

Previewing audio files in Windows Explorer [closed]

Is there any program that can play audio files by right click/mouse hover directly in Windows Explorer? *Update:*Please introduce other apps (if any).
6
votes
4answers
2k views

How to convert audio file of fax transmission to image in Linux?

I have a number of uncompressed audio files recorded from an analog (POTS) telephone line of fax transmissions. Is there a way to convert these files into images of the fax they contain (in Linux)? ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
7k views

how to listen to audio with HDMI on the TV on linux?

I am using linux mint 15 "cinnamon". I've got some videos that I want to play on the TV. I connected my laptop to the TV using HDMI. the video can be seen, but the audio is playing on my computer. ...
6
votes
1answer
6k views

accurate cutting of video (+ audio) with ffmpeg

I want my website to allow users to accurately create their own clips from a source video I provide. I have a source video file that I first want to convert to something suitable for a website: ...
6
votes
3answers
4k views

Volume control for Windows 7 not fine grained enough

I have a 5.1 surround system that doesn't have its own volume control, meaning it relies entirely upon the computer to modulate that. The speakers always give maximum output. This works great in Linux ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Win7 - mute sound in mixer for particular application by keyboard shortcut

I was wondering whether there is a way to mute / unmute a particular application in the mixer by a keyboard shortcut. So e.g. by CTRL M W to mute / unmute the sound of Winamp. I am not asking about ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

Normalize volume of all my computer hardware and software?

For my computer, there are a dozen different ways to adjust the volume in various ways and on various levels using both software and hardware. The following things have individual volume controls: ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

Sharing soundcard to network

Let's suppose I have a laptop (L) and desktop PC (D), both with Windows 7 onboard. It is SB X-Fi extreme soundcard with rather good 5.1 home theater connected. But it is not comfortable to watch ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

Real Time Sound Leveler

Lately I've been annoyed with Hulu as the commercials are significantly louder than the actual show. This has caused me to wonder if there existed any application either generic or specific to Hulu or ...