Everyone hates vuzuzelas, the plastic trumpet that has become so
ubiquitous at World Cup matches that it's drawn international
. The endless drone has, in the opinion of many viewers,
become an infuriating and inescapable presence at World Cup matches
and their global TV broadcasts. German inventor and programmer Tobias
Herre has a solution.
Herre has devised a way to filter the audio
from World Cup through his computer and, using software he says should
be cheaply available to any Mac user, drastically reduce the annoying
vuvuzela sound. Herre says that he stumbled onto the idea for his
"Vuvuzela-killer" when he realized that all vuvuzelas buzz at about the
same frequency: B flat, vibrating at 233 Hertz. His explanation from
there of how the "vuvuzela-killer" works is a bit unclear--partly
because it was Google-translated out of German, partly because your
Atlantic Wire associate editor finds technology confusing--but Herre
posts "before and after" audio samples and there is no denying his trick
Read his full description and hear the audio samples here
. The English translation is
The Daily What.
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