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Questions tagged [sound]

Accoustic signals or music used to communicate to the user of an interface.

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Ensuring appropriate sound volume

How do you set a sound volume or make the user adjust their volume setting in a way that the loudness of the soundscape in a simulation matches reality as closely as possible? Imagine: in an AR or VR ...
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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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For a sound on/off toggle, when should I play click button sound effect?

For example, suppose my app has some sound effects when click some buttons, and I have a sound toggle button, which clicks to turn on sound, and clicks again to turn off sound. My question is, when ...
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Why aren't all headphone connectors on the left?

Most every pair of wired headphones has the cable attached to the left earcup, probably for reasons similar to why most of the microphones are placed on the left. One would expect then that devices ...
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How to alert the user to open the app (after queuing)?

We have an app where in a user needs to queue for a call with a consultant. Their queue number goes up each time the consultant finishes a session. E.g. From queue no. 3, it will become 2, and then 1. ...
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What is the significance of the start-up sound of a system?

What is the significance of start-up sound of a system, like mobile phones, operating systems etc.? What aspect of user experience does it enhance?
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Reasons for preferring listening to “up to date” podcast episodes [closed]

Not sure this makes a good post for this site, but I am looking for use cases which would make the podcasting model still viable in nowadays times in view of the following considerations. I wanted to ...
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Why are applications so silent?

I'm developing an application and I am thinking of spending time to add audio feedback when users click on buttons, switches tabs/screens, etc. In my mind it will enhance the user experience as it ...
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Volume control and Pause/Play toggles are inconsistent, why?

I'm facing a UX struggle that I've never noticed before, and even though the behaviour is what everyone expects, feels right, and is fine, in the end, it's just not consistent. Let me explain. You ...
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How to help blind people feel the other emotion?

My team and I are currently making a program which use camera in the google glass to help blind people 'see' the interlocutor's emotion (happy, sad, angry, disgusted and so on). I need help in case ...
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Why is sound sparingly used on websites?

In an application like Skype for example, there is a thoughtful sound design that complements the user experience - for example, when an user logs in/out. There are multiple examples of such ...
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How do design a slider for a blind person

My question is related to this post IMHO the user sliding the finger off the screen can easily take the finger to a place where the slider is no longer available. So, they will move their finger back ...
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Acceptable use of a homepage background video?

I am developing a website for a new dance club. I am trying to decide if my idea for using a background video homepage would be acceptable from a UX standpoint. I know that videos are not generally ...
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How do I guide my users to input their silence threshold and vocal range

My game needs to know when users sing a high note, a low note and when they are silent. I tried using sliders (with energy level or pitch as background). I can use those to config the threshold and ...
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How to properly mitigate a user not being able to watch a video with the sound on?

"If a picture is worth 1000 words then a video must be worth at least a 1001 words"-myself Many phenominal user experiences and messages involve powerful videos. For example sonys this is how you ...
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Why does Android use the 'Bell' icon (for notifications) as its primary sound option when using the volume rocker?

Currently on my android device there is a bell icon used to signify volume when I used the rocker on the side of the phone which seems odd to me. Whenever it appears I feel like I'm looking at my ...
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Choosing sound and sequence for Timer Camera countdown in terms of UX

Interesting conflict. I'm developing Timer camera app(IOS). Generally , this app let set the timer to any number of seconds you want, when the time reaches 0 theres shutter sound and the image saves....
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Send/Listen to sound in a list

I'm presenting a list of different sounds in a list, on mobile (specifically iPhone-only) Each cell is rectangular and has a simple one-liner label (the name of the sound), and a button on the right ...
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Using sound effects on Mouse Hover / MouseOver

I'm building an application that is will mostly be used by "novice users". My team wants to add a sound effect to help aid the user understand that something is clickable when they hover over a button....
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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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The usefulness of home appliances sound notification?

In our homes we now have home appliances such as a dish washing machine, a microwave oven, a washing machine, a tumble drier. Every one of these appliances makes a little sound notification when it's ...
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Why did dial up modems have speakers?

In the days of dial up, everyone was familiar with the cacophony that was emitted from the modem as it was dialing up (if you need a reminder, listen here). I know that those sounds were all ...
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Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?

I've noticed that the mayority of the well-known brands (Sennheiser, Logitech, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, Audio-Technica, Phillips, etc) tend to make headsets with the microphone on the left, is ...
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Should the same sound be played for a valid and invalid touch?

I have a GPS device with a solely touch interface. From the beginning, I noticed I was having a hard time using it and I eventually realized why. Whenever the UI asks me to write something (like a ...
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Should I add sound effects to my web site?

I'm considering adding sound effects for interaction on my site. I'm fond of the quick, < 1/4s sound effects on iPhones when sending mail, messaging, etc. I'm thinking it gives a nice, positive ...
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Why don't most smartphones have front facing speakers?

It would seem to be most practical to have front facing speakers (other then for calls). I can think of at least one model that has this, and I know the iphone has "bottom" facing speakers, but why ...
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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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Should my app's volume control be synchronized with the system or have its own range?

If a volume control in my app changes value, should it globally change the system volume or just for my application?
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How to use repeatable alert sounds without driving the user crazy?

I'm making an app for a small business that alerts the user when they have a new order. It should play some kind of ding to get the user's attention. People will be using this app for eight hours a ...
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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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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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Which are some examples of digital applications using sounds to enhance the user experience?

Reading The design of everyday things I got to the section Using sound for visibility where Norman, the author, explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of using sound: Sometimes things ...
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Where are the most optimal places to put laptop speakers?

I got one of these computers for Christmas. Overall, I thought it was a pretty average laptop.... ...except for one thing, the speakers. The speakers are placed at the lower left and right hand ...
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Why can't I set a real output volume on radios and TVs?

You all know the story. We're watching some TV-series in the evening, and when the commercial break comes the volume goes up 10 dB, or at least it feels that way some times. The same on commercial ...
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Alerting a player that a game has started in another browser window

I have a web-based game for two players. When the first player enters, he/she has to wait for a second player to enter, which may take several minutes. I noticed that people get bored waiting, and ...
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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 there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for beeps?

Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for error or alert beeps? When I hear a ding or bing sound, I sometimes find that the frequency of the tone is too high or low (in my ...
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Why do some webmasters INSIST on having auto-playing music elements on their webpages? [closed]

Is there any positive reason why someone might implement an auto-playing audio feature onto a webpage? I seem to see it all the time, especially on band pages and so on. The frustrating thing is ...
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Does it make sense to put a prompt for sound or mute before a game is started?

I am building a game that is very sound-centric, but at the same time I recognize how annoying it is to be bombarded by unwanted noise. The problem with putting a mute/sound button in-game is that ...