Leave it to the Germans to find a way to remove the annoying sound of the Vuvuzelas from the World Cup:
Instructions to filter the Vuvuzela (using free Windows software):
Other things you could try if the Vuvuzela still annoys you:
- Download VSThost, unzip and run from the directory where you saved it (it doesn't come with an installer).
- Donwload a VST equalizer plugin like ReaQ or Electri-Q and run the installer .
- In VSThost, press Ctrl+N and choose the plug-in from step 2 (e.g. "reaeq-standalone.dll" or "Electri-Q (posihfopit edition).dll"). The resulting configuration should look like this:
If you're using an equalizer plugin, configure it to tune out the frequencies 235Hz, 465Hz,
930Hz and 1860Hz. Start by clicking on the plugin edit symbol (see arrow below):
Note: Bandwidth values above are very conservative, you'll probably want to increase them later (while listening to the results).
If you don't want to manually configure the equalizer, use the Electri-Q plugin and download and unzip Hendrick's preset. Click on the plugin edit symbol (as above) and then right-click in the "Presets" display, choose "Import Preset" and select the presets file:
- Specify the audio input and output ports in VSThost :
I) If the sound is coming from an external device (e.g. TV line out), connect it to your PC, then choose Devices>Wave from the menu in VSThost and select the corresponding "line in" as the input port. Depending on where you want to listen to the processed audio, choose "loudspeakers", "line out", etc. as the output port [the actual names are more complicated, like "MME: loudspeakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)"].
II) If you're watching streaming video in your browser, I currently don't know how you'd manage to get filtering to work without buying a second sound card or a software called Virtual Audio Cable (trial version available).
IIa) If you're using Virtual Audio Cable, set "Line 1 Virtual Audio Cable" both as the standard playback device in your Windows audio settings and as the input port for VSThost (in the Devices>Wave menu), then choose the desired output port ("loudspeakers" or something similar). This way, the original streaming audio is sent to the virtual audio cable, then runs through the filter before being output to the speakers.
IIb) If you're using a second sound card like the SoundBlaster Audigy 2 (available for a few € on auction sites), specify "Loudspeakers / Creative SB Audigy 2" as the standard playback device in Windows but don't connect any actual speakers to the card. Then go to Devices>Wave in VSThost and choose "What U Hear" as the input port and your regular loudspeakers (connected to the existing sound card or onboard chip) as the output port. Note: If you bought some stupid second sound card which does not have a "What U Hear" or "Stereo Mix" channel you'll have to run an actual cable from one card to the other.
- That's it. Make sure "Autosave PlugIn Banks" and "Autosave Performance" are selected in the File menu so that you don't have to redo everything the next time you start VSThost.
- Prosonic Vuvux is free and most likely better than equalizer-based solutions, too, but it only runs on Mac OS X.
- Darren posted a (partially) different set of frequencies.
- KVRaudio has a large database of plugins and hosts (in case you don't like the ones used here).
- Winamp can play SHOUTcast video streams and has an Electri-Q plugin, so you should be able to filter streaming video rather easily and without the need to buy additional software or a second sound card (though I didn't try this). The problem, of course, will be to find SHOUTcast stations showing the games. Winamp also has a "line in" option: Ctrl-L and type "linein://" which you might be able to use to filter audio from an external source, but this didn't work for me.
- I found just one stand-alone equalizer for Windows, and it's expensive (haven't tried it).
- I tried using AutoAudioDenoizer (trial version available) without much success.
- Filtering with GarageBand (in German, of course).
- Read a book, watch a TED talk or South Park, go out for dinner and a walk, make your own movies, educate yourself about the actual cause of the financial crisis...
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