Unlike other audio storm generators, Thunderspace adds synchronized simulated lightning. Even further, the 3D stereoscopic sound makes the storm seem as if it's all around you. You're not going to get this experience simply by playing the audio through your iPhone, so you should plug in some earphones. I tried with both earbuds and headphones, and the latter definitely brought out more of the bass, which is especially cool when there's a lot … Read more
Sleepy Sounds only does one thing--playing bedtime sounds on a timer--but it does it very well, providing a useful app for adults, children, and babies, alike. Including a number of options that will loop endlessly depending on how long you set the timer, Sleepy Sounds can serve many purposes, depending on who needs help sleeping--making this a versatile and easy-to-use app.
When you open Sleepy Sounds, you can start using it immediately with no log-in required. There is a quick start button, as well, that will play your last selection (including the timer you set), automatically--perfect if you use this … Read more
Our guest on today's episode is Alex Winter. You might recognize him as Ted from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," but you might not know that he's also a documentary filmmaker. His latest project is a story about the rise and fall of Napster called "Downloaded."
It traces the history of the file-sharing service but it also looks at the industry waves it caused in its aftermath, leading up to Spotify and iTunes as it exists today.
We'll talk with Alex about the road to making the movie, his introduction to Sean … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Tostilocos: Tijuana street food hits the mainstream.
- Sixteen San Diego Comic-Con exclusives that have the Internet talking.
- Microsoft pulls a 180, reverses Xbox One always-on DRM and used games policy.
- Microsoft on Xbox One reversal: Dude, E3 held us up.
- "Sound City" is a documentary directed by Dave Grohl about the fabled eponymous recording studio in Van Nuys, Calif.Episode 1,288
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For some people, an ordinary old giant flat-screen television and Blu-ray player just aren't enough.
How much would you spend for the best of the best? Some hard-core videophiles and audiophiles dump incredible amounts of cash on home theater equipment (and fancy home theaters) that can cost as much as the average car or house. … Read more
Fully utilized for voice recording, RecordPad Sound Recorder for Mac enables users to successfully record audio notes, interviews, announcements, or lectures. The application is available as free to try for 14 days with no apparent limitations.
During the installation of RecordPad Sound Recorder for Mac you will be prompted to download optional programs and an Internet browser toolbar, which you can easily opt out of. You should also uncheck the options to allow the program to change your default search engine and start page unless you would like it to. Once the program opens, you will be greeted with a … Read more
Great-sounding albums are becoming increasingly rare, so when I find noteworthy efforts I'm happy to share the news. The goal is highlighting new stuff -- or at least newly recorded/remastered music, and this time I'm going to make separate digital and analog lists. This one covers digital standouts on CD and SACD; next weekend I'll cover LPs.
The list is based on music that I played at home, so I'm sure I've missed some great albums. Share your finds in the comments section.Doug MacLeod, "There's a Time" (CD)
Bluesman MacLeod … Read more
If you've never heard of the Chladni plate experiment, the principle is very simple. Sound frequencies create patterns. If you can make a metal at certain frequencies, acoustic resonance will cause those plates to vibrate with those patterns.
Normally, you can't actually see this -- unless you sprinkle something granular over the top. Which is exactly what YouTube user Brusspup has done in his latest video. Using a metal plate attached to a speaker, he drove frequencies through it using a tone generator to create intricate configurations of sand. … Read more
Sharp makes some of the biggest TVs in the world, so it's not surprising that the company is applying its plus-size worldview to sound bars.
The Sharp HT-SB60 ($320 street) is a startlingly long sound bar, designed to pair up with TVs 60 inches and up. That length may give it a more balanced look under your own personal Jumbotron, but it also allows the HT-SB60 to produce some fantastic sound quality, surpassing that of smaller sound bars in the same price range. There's also enough space on the back for two HDMI inputs, giving you more flexibility … Read more
NICASIO, Calif. -- Growing up in the 1960s, Ben Burtt was such a big "Star Trek" fan that when he went off to college at a school where he had no TV, he had his father record the audio from each week's episode and mail it to him.
Sitting in his dorm room, Burtt would listen to the shows with headphones on, taking in each new episode with no pictures. But he didn't need the video to understand what was going on. "It was so vividly portrayed with excellent sound effects," Burtt said, "… Read more