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I have multiple sound cards connected and would benefit from being able to rename them from their device name to something like "Headphones", "Surround system", etc. Is there a way to do this?

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The Sound Card’s name comes from the Device itself, which “publishes” its name. The operating system reads the name from there. I don’t believe you can rename it, but you can definitely go to /Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup and create an Aggregate Audio Device (with the names you want) and select the input/outputs of each.

For example, you can create your headphones like this: alt text

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That's what I suspected. Thank you for the answer though, it seems to be the closest to a solution of this. –  kolizz Aug 20 '10 at 12:29

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