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Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:23 am
by Electroluver
I feel that the crying baby that lived next door somehow was picked up on the 1/4' cables and brought into my last song. It's really weird, I feel I can hear this wailing child in the song. Is this possible?

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:14 pm
by meatballfulton
If the family has a baby monitor you could have picked up the RF signal somehow.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:44 pm
by ninja6485
meatballfulton wrote:If the family has a baby monitor you could have picked up the RF signal somehow.
:agree:

I've heard of guitar pedals picking up radio stations before. The baby monitor hypothesis sounds extremely plausible! Otherwise, you're probably dealing with some sort of ghost baby that's trying to communicate.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:41 pm
by cornutt
When this happened, were you recording a synth, or something requiring higher gain like a guitar or a condenser mic?

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:46 pm
by garranimal
Baby monitor IS plausible. It's been a while, but I can remember picking up radio stations if conditions were just so.

I've heard some bizarre things seemingly layered into tracks this way, doorbells, dog barking, things that I didn't put there and not using any microphones at all. I think in that case it's a combination of gestalt and actual sound artifacts. Artifacts are a product of the process and medium. A lens flare in a camera to me is the perfect example, something that does not exist but the camera makes it so. Sound can mix together the same way, creating additions and cancellations in certain frequencies within our tape machines, digital converters, and even the way stereo sound waves meet in the air.

In Gestalt, basically our mind plays tricks on us and "fills in the gaps" for us. Best example there are all those silly optical illusion things floating around the internet. Only this phenomenon is not just limited to visual stimuli.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:08 am
by pflosi
Audio or it didn't happen :headbang:

In all seriousness though, cables can make great antennas in some circumstances.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:59 pm
by Hybrid88
Interesting, on a somewhat related note I happened to touch the metal faceplate of my amp with the end of my guitar cable the other day and perfectly picked up some random radio station, was amusing for a bit but glad it wasn't always there! haha

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:57 am
by Electroluver
Hybrid88 wrote:Interesting, on a somewhat related note I happened to touch the metal faceplate of my amp with the end of my guitar cable the other day and perfectly picked up some random radio station, was amusing for a bit but glad it wasn't always there! haha
That's crazy. I had a Paia modular that would sometimes pick up a radio station.
I can clearly hear the baby at 4:46 on the song Xact for about 3 seconds --->
https://soundcloud.com/dj-nameless/xact12345
But my new track looks to be an improvement --->
https://soundcloud.com/dj-nameless/synesthesia (No crying babies)

Perhaps it's the shapes in clouds or the things we think we see or hear.
My friend said this was a creepy picture which i took of what looks to be a girl hunched over.
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Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:23 pm
by cornutt
If you keep having a problem with this, a lot of the time it's a single bad cable in your setup somewhere. If you get one with a dodgy shield connection, it can do this. Unfortunately the only way to track it down is to swap out cables. You can try to see if it's isolated to one instrument or effect by turning down stuff on your mixer (assuming you use one) and turning things back up one at a time.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:22 pm
by Baus
I agree with what's already been said.

That being said.... did you try to reverse your recording to check if any other hidden messages are in there?

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:44 pm
by ninja6485
+1

Especially look for anything like: "all the nutrients your baby needs," "pediatrician's choice," or "abnormally strong fetus."

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:33 am
by Electroluver
I removed the song from Soundcloud. Thank you.

Re: Outside sound penetrating 1/4' cables

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:18 pm
by BlackGnosis
Synths and transmittable radios are very very similar in design(Going by schematics), not sure about implementation... They both have a source (modulation + a carrier) they use a VFA, a VCA and many of them seem to work like a signal processor in schematics...except there's a whole RF transceiver involved, and the signal is going back into the device... but they are similar.. but I wouldn't think it'd be simple to convert a synth into a radio without either some FCC violations(FCC is there to keep da gubbermintz from being a j**k and from you from being a j**k to everyone after all) or some unpleasant result in the signal chain.

You after after all trying to communicate on another part of the electromagnetic spectrum. .-.

<- Really should go back to learning radios and getting an ARRL cert and callsign. x.x