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Limping_Pylon
2008-12-23, 16:24
Hi

had my Transporter and SB3 for some time now and very happy with both. Poking around the menus the other night I came across the sound effects menu and (not for the first time)I wondered why and what for?

How did this feature come into existence?

Some I can almost see a reason for (forest noises, rivers running etc) but some of the others leave me totally baffled as to their function. Playing some of these noises would substitute for caffeine if you wanted to stay awake I suppose.

I guess these go waaaay back to SB rev 0 but can someone tell me why and what do you use your sound effects for anyway? :-)

Siduhe
2008-12-23, 16:29
Some I can almost see a reason for (forest noises, rivers running etc) but some of the others leave me totally baffled as to their function. Playing some of these noises would substitute for caffeine if you wanted to stay awake I suppose.


The "non-relaxing" sounds are great for alarms - I also use them as a "come and get it" or similar when people are in other rooms. As I recall, the history is that SD licensed the whole set of sounds as a single package. There are a couple of threads where new parents have expressed their eternal gratefulness for the "relaxing" sounds - apparently babies like the white noise effect of some of the sounds.

andyg
2008-12-23, 16:41
Yep, Sound Effects are best used as alarms with Boom!

iPhone
2008-12-23, 18:21
Hi

had my Transporter and SB3 for some time now and very happy with both. Poking around the menus the other night I came across the sound effects menu and (not for the first time)I wondered why and what for?

How did this feature come into existence?

Some I can almost see a reason for (forest noises, rivers running etc) but some of the others leave me totally baffled as to their function. Playing some of these noises would substitute for caffeine if you wanted to stay awake I suppose.

I guess these go waaaay back to SB rev 0 but can someone tell me why and what do you use your sound effects for anyway? :-)

Natural Sounds under Extras/Sounds & Effects/Natural Sounds, are great to go to sleep by playing on a BOOM. Just pick your sound and then set the sleep timer for however long you need to fall asleep!

Mark Miksis
2008-12-23, 18:31
Yep, Sound Effects are best used as alarms with Boom!

Too bad there still aren't any actual alarm clock sounds. ;-)

ChrisNY
2008-12-23, 18:36
Well, my 3 year-old son thinks they are quite a fun way to pass the time. He asks me to "Put on the sounds" and then he happily clicks away at them. The trains/motorcycles are a favorite, although he's also keen on the nature sounds...

pfarrell
2008-12-23, 18:53
ChrisNY wrote:
> The trains/motorcycles are a favorite

All boys like trains and motorcycles.

But the motorcycle sounds like one Harley to me. Where are the Ducatti,
Yamaha TZ, Honday CRX or other sounds. Blubba Blubba is not the only
motorcycle sound....

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

Dogberry2
2008-12-24, 07:06
But the motorcycle sounds like one Harley to me. Where are the Ducatti,
Yamaha TZ, Honday CRX or other sounds. Blubba Blubba is not the only
motorcycle sound....Surely you mean "Potato Potato" (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb5553/is_200306/ai_n22200721) for the Harley, right?

moley6knipe
2008-12-24, 07:10
All boys like trains and motorcycles.

You're lucky. My little lad's Grandma introduced him to "Morningtown Ride" by The Seekers, and I stupidly stored it as a favourite and then showed him how to play it. This was an error.

If only I could hear the sound of engines through my hi-fi. Or road-drills, dentist's drills, nails down blackboard. Anything but the %$^&!$% Seekers...

bobkoure
2008-12-27, 11:42
But the motorcycle sounds like one Harley to me. Where are the Ducatti,...
I worked in a motorcycle shop for some years (Triumph and Vincent).
The nice thing about the old bikes was that each one had a very distinctive "sound. And it wasn't just architecture - Ducs sound different from Guzzis (both 90 degree twins), Gold stars different from Velocettes, different from 441s (all singles, approx same displacement), Vincents different from Harleys (different angle, but otherwise both V-twins).
And, of course, the different architectures were really different, aurally (no confusing square fours and BMWs - ever).
After college, I lived at home for a couple of years. I had a 450cc Ducati Desmo single (bevel head dirt racer I'd turned into an almost-legal cafe racer). My dog could tell I was coming home from far enough away (and not some other bike) for her to "announce" my impending arrival long before my family could hear it.

lapusey
2008-12-30, 11:35
My wife and I have, for years, played nature sounds on our alarm clock to go to sleep. I am hoping to do the same with the Boom. My problem is that I am bandwidth limited (i.e. if I exceed 200MB/day I get throttled back to intollerable speeds - no options on this point).

Rather than 'waste' my daily ration on nature sounds, is there a way to play loop audio on my local machine, through squeezecenter?

andyg
2008-12-30, 11:45
Sounds & Effects are downloaded only once and looped within the player. You won't waste bandwidth with them.

badbob
2008-12-30, 14:14
Why no nails down blackboard, Vulcan afterburner or concrete paving slab cutting relaxation sounds?

andyg
2008-12-30, 14:19
Heh, send me a royalty-free sound that loops cleanly and maybe we can add it. :)

Mike Meyer
2009-07-23, 13:39
I'm going to hi-jack this thread because it deals with Sounds & Effects.

Any chance that a Bar & Pub Ambiance sound effect could be added? Just some bar chatter or something like that. It would be fun to play that downstairs in the bar area if I ever finish it. :P

Thanks.

SuperQ
2009-07-23, 14:27
Hrm, sounds like I need to bring my mics around town and do some recording. I would love to have a sound loop called Zeitgeist. :)

Mnyb
2009-07-23, 14:46
I want more birds , why not a separate bird category.
I use "meadowlark" on sundays as alarm,
Would be nice to have a set of different birds and shuffle that.

Thinking of simply DL some bird sounds and do me a bird playlist.
Maybe not include crows ravens seagulls and bickering vultures :)

andynormancx
2009-07-23, 15:06
I want more birds , why not a separate bird category.

http://www.ilovewavs.com/TV/ChilShow/Sesame/BigBird/SSBB10.wav ?

Keymaster
2009-07-23, 15:20
Maybe not include crows ravens seagulls and bickering vultures :)

God bless the "SqueezeRooster". This blessed animal ensures that I am NEVER late :)

andyg
2009-07-23, 15:31
If you're interested in cool sounds, I would encourage everyone to visit http://faculty.virginia.edu/fieldrecording/

Someday I want to have all those sounds as loops within Sounds & Effects.

Mnyb
2009-07-23, 21:25
Thank you andynormancx and andy now I have two sources of interesting sounds.

Big bird ? V for work , that goes on weekday alarms ;)

MikeekiM
2009-07-23, 22:14
Too bad there still aren't any actual alarm clock sounds. ;-)

I agree with this... I do wish there were a few sounds that just sounded like your typical alarm clock beeping, ringing and/or buzzing... I am currently using the local newsradio about 30 minutes before I really need to be up and about (and the rooster sound about 15 minutes before I have to be up and about)...

This gives me 15 minutes to get up with the news...and then Mr. Rooster comes out of his eBarn to cock-a-doodle-doo :)

d_c_h_w
2009-07-24, 05:41
Too bad there still aren't any actual alarm clock sounds. ;-)

I use an mp3 recording of my old sony bedside alarm clock radio, which I have used on all of it predecessors, Pure Bug, Roku Radio, and now Squeezebox Boom.

I like a bit of continuity when waking up in the morning :-)

gonk
2009-07-26, 14:21
My daughter age 12, has the "rain and thunder" effect running every night on her SB. Every night since I showed her this feature, more than 1 year ago...