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Miniaturization. Like this: Scientists create the world's tiniest 'ear'. Pick up sound from stuff that we can't even hear with our own ears. Or (self-powered, wireless) mics that are so small that you can put them literally everywhere. 2D Microphone arrays Like this: New super microphone can hear you in a crowded stadium So you can focus on sound, even ...


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The sound of children playing outside. Extremely endangered in many established countries.


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I would like to see something along the lines of a version of the laser microphones that many intelligence organizations use for surveillance made for audio applications with a focusable field. I can think of many potential uses, one being as a long distance contact mic for capturing source from things that are too dangerous or physically difficult to get to ...


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Well, I'm not sure about a few years exactly, but I've always thought of this question in terms of wildlife. The first thing that comes to mind are species lost from environmental destruction. One example: whale song is changing. One theory is that they can no longer communicate as they did because marine traffic overwhelms their language. Bernie Krause ...


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i'd say pre-70s technology sounds are an endangered species. things like printing presses, tube televisions, rotary phones, dial up modems, film projectors, film cameras, etc.


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I think/hope we'll see support for digital mics expand in recording devices, and hopefully some additional models beyond those offered by Neumann and Schoeps. I'm also hoping that we'll see more in the development of more affordable higher-order microphones using techniques like "beam forming." Something like a microphone with the built in electronics to ...


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Wow, "Irreversible" I'm curious and want to go back and pay attention to the sound that you are talking about but I really don't want to see that movie again. I was really surprised with the sound design of the show HANNIBAL, specially that first episode on the first season.


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Some props will also become scarce over time; keeping typewriters functioning is getting challenging. I use my library of thick phone-book hits for all sorts of stuff, which also causes them to get duct-taped together and often nearly destroyed. What will I use when everyone stops publishing thick pulp softcovers? Resort to punching interns in the stomach?


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On the technology front, when was the last time you heard a dot matrix printer? Same goes for a typewriter.


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Phone work ups. Now everyone uses a smart phone in films. flip phones, antennas, function beeps, and key clicks I can see being endangered. I feel like I haven't heard a wilhelm scream in ahwile either.


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This is probably a sound already in someone's library, but I remember my parent's old 50's era (or prior to that?) electric coffee percolator. When it is left to perc for 30 mins. to an hour (adding additional water here and there) it has quite a vocabulary.


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I miss being able to sit out in the woods and not hear any signs of human life beyond my own breathing. Can't really find that many places anymore.


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Fun question! True - you can find many of these sounds in sfx libraries. We have recordings of NASA space shuttle launches at Pro Sound Effects, and recently have been making 'sound a day' audio posts about sounds of endangered species. www.prosoundeffects.com/blog/2012/09/sound-of-the-day-endangered-species-week


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To my great dismay: space shuttle launches. Supposedly one of the (if not THE) loudest man-made sounds. I know the Transformers 3 sound team was able to record the last launch—quite a priceless recording if you ask me. Of course NASA and private companies will be launching other forms of rockets for years. I doubt many would be able to tell the difference. ...


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I really think wireless power and wireless signal will be the future. Imagine loading in for a show or gig and not having to do those 300+ foot cable runs... Imagine a boom mic that has no cable. I keep dreaming of my little hovering boom mic much like the practice droid Luke Skywalker used to drill with on the Millennium Falcon, thus not having to use ...


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Woody Norris is doing some amazing things with directional sound. Yes it is a playback technology, but I imagine the same principles could be applied to hyper-directional recording.


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what will be the next physical form of sharing sound if it ever will, what do you think? It will be the same as for other data, just as CD and analog formats (to a certain extent) were. There's already Digipak, which although is almost the same as "a CD". But apart from that, USB sticks or flash memory cards or just distribution over a network, just ...


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