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.

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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 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?
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How to convert 3gp audio file to mp3?

I have a 3gp audio file recorded with my Android cellphone. I would like to convert it to mp3, preferably on Linux, but Windows also an option. Any recommendations?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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).
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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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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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is it possible to convert .nmf audio file to .wav format

Can audio files in "nmf" format be converted to "wav" format? If so, what is the appropriate tool to do so? If it cannot be converted, then what is the workaround? Some sites on the net say that ...
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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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win7 headphone jack not working

I don't remember what happened, but I realized my asus laptop has no sound coming from the headphone jack when I'm on windows. I remember it working a month ago. I have an Asus laptop with realtek ...
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How to connect my front audio panel?

My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3. So due cleanning I had to disconnect front audio panel wires. Then I installed Windows 7 on a new hard drive. But now I don't know how to plug the wires back. ...
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Run 10 sets of headphones from a pc via 10 separate channels

We have a PC application that runs on Windows 7 platform that is designed to play sound to up to 10 different MP3's to up to 10 separate sound cards (ie. 10 different inputs playing to 10 different ...
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Monitoring the microphone level with a command line tool in Linux

I am looking for a tool that will tell me, in less than half a second, if the microphone is picking up any sound above a certain threshold. (I plan to then mute the Master channel with another command ...
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Audio issues during KVM switch

I currently have two computers connected to a KVM. One of the computers is connected to a spare display. Both computers are connected to an audio mixer. The KVM has DVI for video, and USB for the ...
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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: ...
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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 amplify the audio in a video file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to increase the volume for an avi file What is the simplest way I can amplify the audio in a video file (.avi, .mpg, .flv, etc)? I transfer these videos and watch ...
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How to tell what is using an audio stream?

I've noticed that my computer doesn't want to stay in standby or go to standby after x minutes (as set in my Power Options). Running powercfg -requests tells me that my audio driver is keeping my ...
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How can I prevent volume changes by the playback manager?

The problem is that starting a Skype call in the Modern UI app lowers the volume of anything else I have running, including other apps that are running in the foreground alongside it. I already know ...
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How do I listen to my microphone through my speakers in Windows 7?

I've looked around for the answer, and before you say it, I've used the "Listen to this device" feature built into Windows. The issue is that I have a USB microphone and there is a second delay before ...
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Can the volume change when I plug in headphones?

I want the volume to change when I plug in headphones, because my netbook's speakers are really quiet but the earbuds I have are really loud when I plug them in. I'm running Ubuntu Lucid Netbook ...
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How to watch Youtube downloading only the audio stream? [closed]

I would like to save bandwidth when watching youtube, can I get only the audio?
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How do I make my “Fn + Volume Up/Down” keys adjust my headphone channel in Ubuntu Karmic?

I solved this problem in Jaunty, but the Sound preferences menu has extensively changed in Karmic. What is the new way to do this? Original question: I always have my master channel muted, and I ...
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I want to run two audio sources through my headphones

I have a gaming headset that I use with my PS4 and would like to run music from my laptop into the audio line while using it with the PS4 as well. The headset just plugs into the 3.5mm jack in the ...
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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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Why would my PC no longer be able to play audio files that it was able to play yesterday?

I'm having a very specific problem, with no idea as to what may be causing the issue. Here is a description of what I'm seeing: I have a CD of PDF/Audio files that are generated by a third party. Up ...
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Per-application sound balance in Windows 7

I like the new volume mixer in Windows 7, but it lacks balance controls. I know of the master balance control in the device properties, but what I really want is control of stereo balance per ...
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Is there software that can visualize all sounds from the sound card?

I'm looking for a solution to this problem: When I'm working at my computer, sometimes I'll be using noise-isolation headphones connected to a source other than my computer (e.g., an iPod). I would ...
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How do I voice-chat with my friend on PC, sharing my screen and game audio without mixing in their voice?

I consider myself a tech-savvy person, but this audio-related problem I don't know how to solve. Imagine the following situation: You're chatting with a friend using Skype to show them what's on your ...
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Disable audio output to DisplayPort device

I'm on OSX 10.9.2 using a Samsung SA850 Display connected to the display port of my MBP 15" Late 2012 Model. All seems fine, but there is a problem with audio. Generally, whenever the display goes to ...
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Is there anything like Microsoft Sync for the home or media center computer?

I just returned from a business trip where my rental car (A free upgrade to a Lincoln MKZ!) had the Microsoft Sync system built into it. You know, from the commercial: 'Play artist, Right On ...
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Is it safe to keep speakers behind a monitor

Currently my Computer is kept on a small table. The Speakers are kept behind my monitor (LCD). So is it safe to play a song or something on high volume (with high bass) ? Will it affect my LCD ? My ...
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How can I normalize the sound levels in several different audio/MP3 files?

I have a given set of MP3 audio files of varying audio levels. I would like to know how I can automatically normalize all of these files, so the volume is amplified/raised on the quieter files, and ...
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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.
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MP3 vs M4A (AAC): what is the audio codec for portable devices which gives maximum independence?

A couple of years back MP3 was the most supported format for portable devices. Then Apple came along and wiped the floor of all the portable devices with the iPod as well as the iPhone. They clearly ...
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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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Restart Ubuntu sound processes via command line

I tried to hibernate Ubuntu (which fails, but thats another issue) and resumed my system. After this, the sound doesn't get played. What command can/should I run to restart the ubuntu sound system.
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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 ...
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Disable “ding” sound when changing volume on Windows 7

Every time I change the audio level via Windows 7 Professional x64's Task Bar's audio control to up or down, Windows does a ding sound, which is quite annoying. How do you disable this?
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Audio cable “joiner”? [duplicate]

Is there something available that will enable one pair of headphones to get input from two or more sources? If yes, what is it called (so I can search for it on New Egg and the like)? I'd really ...
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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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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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How to play the sound from the microphone?

I would like to amplify my voice using the computer. My Windows won't play the audio from the mic by default. How to configure it to do so? Should I use some app? Which one?
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Switch speaker configuration between stereo and 5.1 using shortcut

I'm trying to find a console command or utility that will let me quickly change speaker configuration between 5.1 and stereo in Windows 7. Anything that I will be able to make a shortcut of on the ...