The Inquirer-Home

Vuvus are a no no

How to tune out the World Cup horn(et)s
Wed Jun 16 2010, 15:23

THE WORLD CUP has not been with us long, but almost as soon as it started people were complaining about the noise coming from the omnipresent Vuvuzela horns.

Already, judging by comments on sites such as the BBC, people would rather be faced with the horn of a rampaging rhino than the Vuvu equivalent, which are blown, blared or driven through your ear hole during each game.

The BBC has already had over 500 complaints about the noise caused by the horns during its broadcasts and is thought to have been working on a technical solution to its horned woes. In fact, according to a report on the BBC's own news site, it is considering offering a 'without Vuvezela' option through its interactive red button services.

"If the Vuvuzela continues to impact on audience enjoyment, we will look at what other options we can take to reduce the volume further," a spokeswoman told the Beeb, presumably around the coffee machine.

If you can't or don't want to wait for Auntie to solve the problem, then maybe you could try this hack, which offers to filter out the sound of the horns with a little soundcard tweakery.

Because the horns play one tone, one long annoying continuous tone, users can filter its range out without having too much of an impact on important things like commentary and inter-player swearing, according to the German firm that came up with the idea to flush the TV sound output through a computer.

Although we are loathe to quote the Google translate version of the page, it blogged, "For the Vuvuzela-killer, we need only a high-slope band stop filter that takes out the entspechenden frequencies".

Curse those entspechenden frequencies. µ



Share this:

blog comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to INQ newsletters

Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ

Existing User
Please fill in the field below to receive your profile link.
Sign-up for the INQBot weekly newsletter
Click here
INQ Poll

Microsoft Windows 10 poll

Which feature of Windows 10 are you most excited about?