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Converting camcorder internal microphone to external pluggable via jack [migrated]

I am trying to convert excellent microphone from sony vx1000 camcorder to external one pluggable via jack. I removed the microphone and was able to find schematics I tried connecting jack directly ...
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Combining speaker drivers due to damaged component

I would appreciate some loudspeaker expertise. Knocked over a speaker, magnet broke off of the tweeter. Now I'm stuck in a DIY situation with the following components: One set of 2-system custom ...
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How can I get a stereo Bluetooth signal converted to a mono one?

I am trying to build a small singe driver full range active bluetooth speaker using some of those cheap class D amplifier boards you can buy everywhere on eBay etc. Many of them comes with a build in ...
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Advice on Building a Portable foley stage/pit

I'm starting prep on building a portable, decent sounding, foley stage/pit. I'm not yet based in a space,just a home studio, so the design needs to be something that can be folded away and/or renting ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

Specifically speakers for tablets, phones, and laptops. I purchased a tablet in 2014, I got a tutorial on how to perform a modification of the system audio file which me very grateful when comparing ...
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At home deconstructable vocal booth in apartment [duplicate]

Moving in to a new apartment next month and looking at building a vocal booth so the neighbours don't hate me. I'm quite loud (focusing more on screams than singing), so the goal of the booth is to ...
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Splitting mono RCA plug to stereo

I have a VCR that I am using along with the Elgato video capture device to digitize old tapes. Unfortunately the VCR only has a mono audio output, so when I capture a tape the audio only comes out of ...
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How does a cardboard paper towel roll amplify the sound?

My daughter and I did a project and made this: http://osxdaily.com/2014/07/28/diy-iphone-speakers-paper-towel-roll-plastic-cups/ We hypothesized that the sound was "amplified" because it directed ...
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How can I change bass reflex tube from 80mm to 75mm?

Hi I'm creating a pair of these: https://issuu.com/pali_tl/docs/beyma_enclosure/c/smei4qs. However I have a hard time finding a tube of diameter 80mm. The closest I can find is 75mm. What ...
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Speaker fabric cloth

What's the name of the fabric that's used for covering speakers or what's the closest fabric with similar characteristics that I can use?
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what is the purpose of the internal volume of a speaker cabinet

I've been reading a bit about speaker design but I haven't been able to find what purpose the internal volume of a speaker cabinet serves. From what I've read, having an internal volume causes extra ...
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Building a high-powered bluetooth speaker, need input on components

I'm trying to build a high powered Bluetooth speaker that would be comparable or better in volume and response range than the Brookstone Big Blue Party speaker. Would two of these: http://www.parts-...
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Shielded microphone cable for instrument piezo or magnetic pickup

This may seem like a stupid question, and probably is. Please bear with me. I have 1/4in. tip/sleeve connector jacks and 2-wire shielded audio cable, from which I intend to make an instrument audio ...
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Using a crossfader in a passive circuit

I'm trying to build a really simple passive summing circuit for combining two line-level stereo audio sources (iPod + laptop or iPod + iPod), and I really want to be able to fade between the sources. ...
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DIY Portable Anechoic Chamber

I would like to perform some measurements of the microphones (i.e. frequency response, SNR, etc.). First and best option would be to use the Anechoic Chamber- obviously this is not an option because ...
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over my head: looking for an inexpensive way to mic both my flute and violin for live performance with mic'd acoustic group?

The more I look at microphones and amplifiers and PA systems and pickups (oh my) the more I am realizing that I have no idea what I am doing. (sorry the question is so long, it's kind of a stream of ...
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DIY Christmas SFX - any ideas?

I'm putting together a guide on how you can make your own Christmas SFX using common household objects. I've got a list of ideas going already, but I'm still looking for ideas for making various ...
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DIY Aquaphone material selection

First I would like to say that I really love this place. As a sounddesign student, social sounddesign has been invaluable and a great inspiration! Thanks to all of you for that! Now, on with the ...
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What is everyone doing for contact mics?

I just read an article, that I wish that I bookmarked, but he was talking about doing contact mics on pipes and things like that. The shit sounded amazing. Completely otherworldly, and it was just ...
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DIY mics for field/fx recording?

Oohlala - first question ever on SSD! So: I'm wondering if anyone here has experience building and using diy electret mics for field recording purposes? I am thinking of building one of these: http://...
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How to display video via audio from a computer

Is there a sound which will create a stable image on a normal television? I ask this because I want to fool a television into playing audio. The problem is that it will not play audio at all without a ...
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I want to add line out jacks to a digital piano with built-in speakers

I have a Casio Privia PX575r Stereo Piano. Both the left & right channels have their own onboard [LF]woofer AND [HF]tweeter. On each L & R stereo channel I intend to install an onboard 'line ...
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Trying to build a cone for omni mics to make them directional

Hey everyone, i'm currently working on a project where I make a small object move towards a sound source. The object will be on a rail and only moves in 1 dimension (left or right). At the moment i'm ...
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plug in creation

Any people out there developing their own plug ins for bespoke use? What tools are you using? Theres something about just using xcode which is un appealing :P, and although I would prefer to develop ...
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DIY Foley Stage / Pits

Hello SSD World, I'm currently in the process of putting together a plan to build my own foley stage w/ corresponding pits to live under the surfaces. I'm wondering if anyone has any plans lying ...
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Can you fit two microphones in a Rycote Zepplin for MS Setup?

Hi, I'm wondering if it's possible to fit a MS pair of Microphones (cardiod/shotgun + figure8) inside of a Rycote Windshield Kit. After purchasing a Stereo System, and hoping it could be doubled for ...
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DIY - Countryman B3 wired for Senn g2…how to mod to xlr?

Im trying to make the things I have work for a new purpose. I want to try and take my 2 Countryman B3's which are already wired to work with Sennheiser G2 units and make an adapter cable that way I ...
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Mid Side monitoring on PCM-D50

Hi, I've been recording M/S since a year or two and am very happy with my setup so far. My MKH's feed into a SQN4iia and i record on my PCM-D50. Unfortunately, the D50 doesn't have a MS matrix so i ...
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DIY sound booth…is it worth it?

Hello all, so my room is terrible for sound, and i am thinking about building a sound booth something similar to this http://youtu.be/6UzkFmfTzhk . Basically i need a sound booth to record sfx at ...
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DIY Zeppelin/Blimp

Hi I have designed a low cost blimp (not yet constructed one) and it uses PVC pipes and a mesh...but i need some info. regarding the extendable pole...a friend suggested an outdoor umbrella's ...
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Making my own furry windscreen

So I've seen things about making your windscreens and such. Usually they pertain to constructing a zeppelin or something. I have a shotgun mic with a foam windscreen on it, but it just isn't cutting ...
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Can you use an MBOX or other Audio Interface without a computer? Also, make your own portable recorder or mixer or both?

Can you use audio interfaces as mixers if you connect them to a USB portable power device? And say recording into a portable recorder ie. zoom H4n? Has anyone had any success with this or tried ...
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DIY Studio Furniture Computer Iso box

By the end of the summer, I should be moving most of my "studio" out of my house and into a place not in my house that I can actually call a studio. Yay! progress. I plan on making one of the ...
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Binaural Dummy Head [DIY]

I want to build myself a dummy head. I found a tutorial: http://digdagga.com/dummy/ using these silicone ears: http://www.binauralears.com/. Has anyone tried it? Or has other easier/cheaper options? ...
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Guitar pickups as a “microphone”

I've been thinking about this a lot, since I saw this video link text in fact. As far as I can tell, there's nothing going on with the strings -- he's muting them with his left hand -- which means ...
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A Patchbay for Anyone Who Is Broke.

I picked this idea up from some blog or another. Go to your work and nab a few of those cantilevered paperclips (the ones that really, really hurt when you stick your finger in and let it close). ...
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So I dropped my recorder in a wheelbarrow full of water…

(I should get a gold medal just for the title alone!) So anyway, I'm out recording the deluge of rain we're getting in Los Angeles last night and I tripped over something and half-submerged my Tascam ...
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CAT5 UTP for Audio?

It is possible to get good performance when sending line level or mic level balanced signals down a lengthy piece of CAT5 UTP? I assume that 4 wires would be used... hot wrapped around ground, and ...
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How do you make fairly portable Foley surfaces?

I want to start practicing foley walking, since it's been a while since i did it.... (And being able to do it for short projects wouldn't hurt either) I was thinking of using suitcases, but they ...
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Polymer Film Microphone

Just picked up some polymer film transducers. Haven't hooked them up yet, but I'm told they make great contact mics. It's the same stuff used in many guitar pickups. Hopefully I'll have some time to ...
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DIY contact microphone

Hi! Using a contact microphone for field recordings seems to be popular and there's loads of tutorials for building one on the web. I bought the parts and am thinking of the adapter and ...
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Really weird DIY shotgun mic (old, yes, but I just found it again…)

Anyone ever seen one of these or played with one before? Its been floating around for quite some time now. I found it a few years ago and just stumbled upon it a few days ago. I'd imagine if you ...