Questions tagged [audio]

features that require sound, such as playing music, Voice calls or speech synthesis. Often implies certain accessibility hurdles when audio is vital to comprehension or navigation.

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Is there an optimised UX for syncing sound to visual cues?

I'm building an (Android) app that displays realtime visuals of musical timing, which is supported by audio cues (metronome click). I'm looking to implement a mechanism for the user to correct for any ...
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Names used for Audio Visualization [closed]

Would like to know if there are alternate names for Audio Visualization or Spectral Analysis?
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What WCAG criteria addresses hearing-impaired users and the use of audio instructions?

We are working on a product for Kindergarten to Grade 2/3 level students learning to read that displays an activity with various mechanisms to students. The instructions for these activities are not ...
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Using audio files with Figma for mobile app, trying Protopie

We are building a mobile app in the mental health space. When we started we chose Figma without realising that it doesn’t have audio support. We have a lot of storytelling in our lessons where we want ...
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Should I have a cooldown time between audio notifications for a group chat? If so, how long?

Is there a standard or research on optimal cooldown times for audio notifications? I have a group chat application that can optionally make a sound for every received message, but it can get really ...
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Answer via video UX

How do we design a UX element or workflow on a browser or an app that lets a user answer a fixed question via webcam video or audio instead of text? User can replay what she recorded and re-record if ...
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Where should you place a "background sound play button" on an illustration site

I have a site which has many illustrations. I would like for there to be sound but the browser doesn't allow you to autoplay sounds. So at some point the user has to click. I also have a second sound,...
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Is a good idea to mute a video on scroll/tab change?

Lately, I see a lot this behavior and I hate it with all my strength. Say I'm watching a video (e.g. on Twitter) but the only thing that interests me is the audio. I keep going with my twitter (or ...
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Why do web podcast players never have a volume control? [closed]

I've noticed this trend with all web podcast players like overcast etc. It's annoying because I don't always want to load up itunes, or spotify etc just to listen and I often listen while I'm doing ...
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UX design guidelines for audio/sound feedback and interaction of UI

I came across a brief guideline that talked about how to do UX design for sound, and there were some very sensible advice that covered a number of points including: How to decide what type of sound ...
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Audio for testing purposes

I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I am developing an app where there are many screens that play an audio voice-over or a video. Think a training sort of scenario. The app is almost ...
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When is it necessary to have visual feedback if auditory feedback is primary?

Example: If a product's main feedback is auditory (ie. alarm clock, voice assistant) when is it necessary to give visual feedback (ie. LED indicator, display graphic)?
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Accessibility in computer games, and designing for them

This is not a recent video (at least it was more than a year ago), but I was very fascinated to watch someone with vision impairment (as the result of cancer) playing a fighting game by listening to ...
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Does any research exist on what makes one audible document better than another from a user's perspective?

One of my projects for 2018 involves scoping the possibility of reproducing a range of printed/visible work in an audible version. Some of these are actually technical in nature, so this got me to ...
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Why is music production software UI so skeuomorphic?

Why are music production and audio processing software so much more skeuomorphic compared to other user interfaces today? Most other computer UIs have shifted toward minimalism and flat design, yet ...
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Why is audio not treated like other browser permissions?

Web browsers have lots of per-domain permissions, like using location, access to camera and microphone, and notifications. Why don't browsers have a permission for audio? Audio is especially ...
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Buttons for slow- and fast-playback

I need to allow users to manipulate playback speed for audio; to do so, they can use three buttons: - to slow down the playback speed by 10%; + to speed up the playback speed by 10%; = to set the ...
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Which time best represents the true time for an audio file

I have an app that records online radio for a later playback. After programmatic recording, They are 3 sets of times(duration). I don't know which time will present the best user experience. For a ...
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What timing of visual emphasis paired with a spoken word provides the best cognition?

I am working on an animation in which there are three somewhat small font words (Environmental, Social, and Economic) together with three colored horizontal histogram bars on each side of the labels ...
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Audio ads during long breaks in GPS navigation

I am creating a GPS Navigation mobile app and have been struggling to brainstorm an idea to monetize the app. One route would be to have a paid and free version but I feel as though features should ...
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Can a Video/Audio Chat application get rid of its own volume control and depend on master volume control?

Designing a communication software with audio/video chat starts to have a lot of chat controls and the UI starts to get cluttered. I am wondering if getting rid of application's volume control and ...
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Why aren't dynamic phone ringtones more mainstream?

Considering that we are being yelled at by electronic devices at a high rate, why don't we have dynamic, synthesized notification sounds in our electronic devices? Our brains can pick up nuanced ...
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How to tell user about possible audio interruptions when tab loses focus

I have a webapp that plays audio and fails to play audio after some time when out of focus (i.e. that tab isn't open). How should I alert users of possible issues? A couple of solutions I am ...
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A mobile responsive website with an audio player and volume bar

I have a responsive site with an audio player function and a volume controller. On a desktop browser the volume controller make sense, because you can have multiple tabs on the browser and control ...
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Why do some mobile apps have mute buttons when the device has physical mute & volume switches?

Is there a recommended UX reason for including a Mute button in a mobile app for in-app sounds? It seems redundant since the mobile device itself (e.g. iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet) has a ...
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For what reasons would you not include a volume control in an audio player?

Both Bandcamp and Soundcloud, two popular audio streaming services, don't have very accessible means of controlling volume. Bandcamp doesn't have a control at all, while Soundcloud only provides one ...
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Delayed Auditory Feedback, reduce stress if not your own voice?

I am working on an app to provide Auditory Feedback to users to help speech fluency, comprehension, and pronunciation. Essentially trying to create a digital version of this product: Toobaloo (I have ...
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What are some clear and aesthetic ways to display information about speech signals?

I'm developing software for forensic linguistic research. One of the things that I'll need to do is show if a person is nervous or worried. Or if a sentence is a statement or a question (the ...
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Why don't commercial products use Logarithmic Volume Controls?

Would a logarithmic volume control surprise or shock users? The lowest volume settings on a Mac, or on a YouTube video control the volume in a very heavy handed manner, and once you've turned the ...
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What is a good way to word the warning 'audio device not found'?

We have an application which needs an audio input device, or at the very least an audio output device to do anything useful with it. Our user base will include people with limited English ability, or ...
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Why does every website seem to use max volume level for sound?

I don't know if the title is clear but whenever you visit a website which has a video or audio on the page, the player's sound level is always set to max. I never see it set to a conservative level by ...
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Why are censor bleeps so loud?

Why is the censor bleep (or beep) commonly implemented the way it is. Usually on the radio or TV (at least in the United States) if a word is used which is deemed to be undesirable for whatever reason ...
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Audio player repeat button behavior

I'm creating an audio player for Android and I would like it to have repeat function (apart from simple play/pause functions). However I'm not sure how should the repeat button behave. I see two ...
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Demonstrating that Audio and Video can't play at the same time?

I will have a screen with a Video in the lower right corner that is playing. One the screen behind the video there will be an audio channel that can be played. Only one of these streams can play at ...
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Is it recommended to play a sound for warning and error messages?

When you quit an application and it shows you a dialog box asking if you want to save or when you open a file and an error is encountered, some applications play a sound. By sounds I mean short, but ...
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How to inform users that they need to make sure that their system audio is on and/or that its volume is up?

In an online flash project, I need a way to inform users that they need to make sure that their system audio is on and/or that its volume is up. I am thinking about using a speaker icon, but since ...
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Using audio vocals in iOS app tutorials in onboarding

I'm working on designing an onboarding tutorial for a audio based app. I've come up with a carousel with visuals and text to better describe what the app is, and give quick insight on top actionable ...
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For a web radio website, should it play it in an external player or in an internal player?

We're currently re-building faubourgsimone.com website and we're facing a ux challenge: should the player be in an external pop-up window or in the website? Today, it plays in an external window, so ...
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How to replace the "beep" in software running of modern computer

I'm working on a legacy system written in C++ with MFC. This system was build on 486 and one of the best way to let know the user that there was something that didn't work without using a modal ...
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Is a grid layout for a music/video player bad ux?

I'm working on this app for a music festival @ http://www.acl.fm - we don't have much traffic so I can't test my assumptions, but the bounce rate is high. I'm curious if this type of layout is a bad ...
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Should a mobile media app lower volume or pause?

When designing mobile media apps (specifically audio-only ones), what should they do when a notification comes in and phone volume is on? I noticed two different behaviors on my phone - Spotify will ...
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How should I handle playing multiple alarms?

I have a web application that monitors a service (polls) every 30 seconds or so, and displays any new records (notifications). Each one of these must be acknowledged by an operator. The customer has ...
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What is the use of a play icon with line next to it

We got a few general music player icons for playing and manipulating playlists. > = play tune >> = hold to move backwards in tune (or skip to next tune) << = hold to move forward in ...
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Do users need 3 ways to change sound volume on their computer?

Virtually every video/audio software has volume controls. Why is software control needed if there exist two other controls: operating system and hardware volume controls? Is it better to remove ...
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Difference in audio level for speaker and headphone?

On all the computers (running Windows) that I've used, it only requires 10% volume to get a "loud enough" level on my headphone, but if I use the speaker I usually set it to >50%. On my smartphone (...
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Is voice over to re-enforce text a good idea?

We have an e-learning module that has some nice video animations and graphics, but also some text. It was been suggested that to "jazz" up the module, a voice over be used on the text pages to keep ...
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Should we use a sound/jingle when users arrive on our site or open our app?

What is your opinion on having a sound jingle when starting the website or the app? Imagine hearing the brand name spelled out or sung out just once (5 seconds). The intention would be: evoking ...
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Is User Triggered Background Audio Acceptable?

We're designing a web presentation for a client, and the subject of including "white noise" background audio (crowds etc) after a video has finished to enrich the presentation and tie the different ...
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What is the best way to represent audio visually?

I've only taken some basic signal analysis courses, so I might be missing some things. Purely theoretical question: What methods exist for representing audio? What methods could be made for ...
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Which term seems more appropriate for a playback system, "player" or "device"?

Working on a site that allows users to listen to audio through some means of playback. Whether it is on their desktop (software), smart device (app), or special hardware, they can choose one of those ...
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