The rise of voice control

These days it seems impossible to go anywhere without encountering technology with voice control embedded in it. It’s in our phones and tablets, on our laptops, in our cars and now in our speakers. Banks are allowing you to make payments by voice , and even law enforcement agencies using recordings made by them to…

What is a Sonic Boom?

‘Sonic Boom’ is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object travelling through air faster than the speed of sound. Perhaps the easiest way to visualize what is happening is to look at an object moving through a more viscous material than air – let’s use water for our example. As an…

What is Spotify Connect?

What is Spotify Connect? Spotify has a tonne of features, though some of the fancier ones, such as Spotify Connect, are limited to users who pay up. Spotify Connect is a relatively new feature (or rather a new button in the Spotify app) that enables you to play tunes from Spotify’s catalogue – but through Wi-Fi-connected speakers, TVs, laptops, and other…

Sound Pressure & Volume

Sound Pressure and Volume The human ear hears pressure – not volume. The difference between the two is that the closer to the source of the sound you are, the more pressure you will hear, and conversely the further away you get from the source of sound, the lower the pressure. As you increase the…

Wireless: Choosing the System for You

What you need to know about wireless speakers, and how to choose the system that suits you best. Selecting a new speaker system to purchase has become an increasingly complex and sometimes confusing process. There are a lot of decisions to me made when it comes to finding the right combination of features and connectivity….

Selective Hearing

Selective Hearing (or selective auditory attention) is a form of selective attention involving the hearing part of the nervous system. It is typically characterised by focussing the attention on a specific source of sound, and thus blocking out the noise of the surrounding environment. A typical example of this could be a person watching a…

Listening to Music

Many articles have been written describing the process of how to listen to music – they tend to focus on how to understand the music. I’m not going to go over these things again (or at least not in the same context of trying to understand the technicality of how the music is created by…

Auto Tuning

The process of altering pitch in vocal and instrumental music explained…