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What’s That Buzz? The Vuvuzela Drone!
Okay, the first time I heard it, I thought it was the transmission. After all the rainy season had just hit us and it brought with it the usual problems of power outages, telephone and internet connectivity problems and visual and sound disturbances on TV. Then I noticed that every other channel was perfectly all right. So it was just the FIFA transmission. I wondered why – aloud - and didn’t get an answer. I didn’t expect one actually. I also wondered if my sporty husband and daughter even heard the drone – they were too immersed in the game. Now tennis and football are two games I love watching but definitely not to the accompaniment of bee songs. But it was the first night and I sat through it, trying to look like I enjoyed it – and went to bed with a headache. So it had to be pretty bad – the sound, I mean because I am not a headache kind of a woman and I can’t remember when I last had one!
The next day we had friends over – the football fever is catching and much better enjoyed in a group with beer flowing and plenty to eat. And of course, the vuvuzela was the hot topic of conversation. Some were convinced it was a weapon of destruction – deafen the enemy and vanquish him, kind of thing. Some felt it was a great accompaniment and some didn’t even notice the drone – so engrossed in the games were they.
Then came the news that it might be banned – but can anyone ban a national stadium sound? You might have a riot on your hands. And what about the drums, the boos the whistles all over Europe during the football season? Will that have to be banned too? Too sensitive – so no ban. The networks however are trying to figure out how they can filter the sound out and then transmit the games.
There’s a recording engineer from Munich, Clemence Schlieweis who claims to have an anti-vuvuzela filter. He’s made an MP3 file with an inverse sound and when it’s played near the TV, it will cancel out the sound of the vuvuzelas, he claims. Of course, you can always mute your TV – but then you’d miss out on all the excitement of the commentary and that’s not something football fans want!
Today, a new solution presented itself – and I’m going to be trying it to see if it works. This is for those who own a Samsung TV – yes, we do! All we need to do is to go to the Sound Settings of the TV, drop the 300 Hz channel, then raise the adjacent levels. This has to be saved as a Custom Set-up. Every time you switch to the FIFA channel, just turn this setting on. If it works, you’ll hear from me tomorrow. No more buzz – what a wonderful thought!
Well, that change in the settings helped a bit – but the buzz just doesn’t want to go away! With the BBC and ESPN saying they are going to mimimise the sound, here’s hoping the FIFA days ahead are easy on the ears. Pity the poor players though – must be torture!