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Where's That Noise Coming From

an application to seek out pesky noises
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The power of modern computers makes me a little sloppy with software. Right now, I have a whole bunch of programs open*. Every now and again my computer makes some noise, most often it's an ad, or a video attached to a news article I was sort of reading. Pinpointing it can be difficult. So, there needs to be a little application, possibly sitting in the audio system tray, that lets you know the source of any current noise. I could just keep it in the corner of my second monitor and refer to it whenever I start hearing an unsolicited noise. Then I should have option of muting/tracing the exact source.

*Word/Excel, Adobe Illustrator, ImageJ, Endnote, Origin Chrome (18 tabs).

bs0u0155, Jan 26 2015

I'll Tell Him I_27ll_20Tell_20Him
[theircompetitor, Jan 26 2015]

Browser Sound Tracker
[xaviergisz, Jan 26 2015]


       As long as your going to the trouble of monitoring audio outputs, might as well ban any sound not explicitly allowed.   

       or Maybe install mute dummy speakers as the main speaker. And only switch apps you wish to hear to a second set of speakers that actually speak.   

       " And coming up next just after the ad 'Monitors you can't see' Be right back"
popbottle, Jan 26 2015

       //switch apps you wish to hear to a second set of speakers that actually speak// Way too hasslesome. I'm with [bs] on this - just a little indicator somewhere to indicate which window(s) are generating sound.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 26 2015

       And a button to jump you right there. This happens all the time on FB that you can have two videos with sound and you cant find the first to turn it off because its too far up the newsfeed.
JesusHChrist, Jan 26 2015

       My personal pet hate (I think the English language needs a word here... oh, wait, goddit "1/favorite") is when two copies of a video are playing 0.3s apart.   

       Just as I was typing this, a weather report started playing in another tab.... you couldn't make it up.
bs0u0155, Jan 27 2015

       Google Chrome now says "This tab is playing audio" when you hover the mouse over it, thanks Google, we can file this under solved.
bs0u0155, May 27 2015


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