The audio tag is used for questions involving speakers, microphones, connections between them and computers, and applications for dealing with it.

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Where are the Mac OS X alert sound files located?

Is there any way I can access the files that are used for the alert sounds found in system preferences? For example, in OS X 10.6.6, there are different sounds for Funk, Glass, Hero, etc. Where are ...
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Application level volume control in OS X?

I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or ...
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Can I play audio out to both USB and Bluetooth on a MacPro simultaneously?

I'm running Snow Leopard on a Mac Pro- audio preferences seem to limit audio output to only one port at a time. Is there a way around this? Also the Bluetooth output from the Mac is really weak, is ...
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Sound and heat when lid is closed - MacBook Air

Can you damage screen or something because of: Playing loud music when lid is down? Running some processor/videocard-intensive applications that heat the laptop, while lid is down?
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How should I encode my music for preserving the sound quality and be able to play it on iTunes and iOS?

I have several CDs and other FLAC collections (classical music but not only). I want to add them to my iTunes library but I am looking for some recommendations regarding how I should encode them in ...
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Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter doesn't play audio on Sony Bravia TV

I have MacBook Pro with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter. I use the adapter to play images from the Mac to my Sony Bravia TV. Since it doesn't play sound, I have an audio that connects the Mac to ...
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AppleTV 2 HDMI no sound at start sometimes?

I have an AppleTV2 hooked up to a Vizio LCD TV via HDMI. Nothing between the ATV and TV other than the HDMI cable. I just got the ATV2 a week ago and it was updated with the latest iOS update shortly ...
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Multiple Bluetooth Speakers

1) Is it possible to output the audio over a2dp to multiple speakers simultaneously? 2) Is it possible to change the audio output to A2DP speakers directly from iTunes or do I have to change the ...
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MXL USB Mic on an iPad 2?

I am considering getting an iPad 2 because of the support for inputting an electric guitar in via an Apogee JAM device. However, part of my bigger picture is to take an MXL .009 USB Condensor Mic into ...
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How do I extract the audio signal from displayport?

I have a macbook pro with minidisplayport (MDP) out. It's plugged into an external monitor. Sometimes via MDP-to-DualDVI, and sometimes directly via MDP. I'd like to extract the digital audio ...
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Universal method to record calls via Bluetooth in OS X 10.6?

I am a freelance journalist who needs to record calls for accuracy and legal reasons -- I inform every person I record that I am doing so, so *PLEASE* do *NOT* post asking about the legality of ...
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Why are my Macbook's internal speakers not available?

My Macbook (the unibody aluminum version) has lost its internal speakers. When I open System Preferences -> Sound -> Output, all I see is "Digital Out". If I plug in a pair of headphones, this ...
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How can I make my Macbook Pro's headphone jack stop “humming”?

Switched recently from a Lenovo PC and one thing on my mac bothered me. Headphones plugged into my Macbook pro 13" (latest version) "hum" with static when there is no audio playing. Then after a short ...
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Is there a remote desktop solution that will transfer sound output to the client?

I'm looking for a secure and hopefully free remote desktop client that will allow me to interact with my Mac OS X 10.6 machine from a 10.5 machine that will also transfer sound to the client. At a ...
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How do the audio controls work on “The Daily”?

The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's new iPad-only app, has a narration feature where a professional actor reads the stories. I can't for the life of me figure out how it works. There is a headphones icon ...
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External sound card

I need a good external sound card mainly to record guitars and vocals. What options available? What would you recommend?
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MacBook Pro (6,2 - Mid 2010) Crashes During Graphics Acceleration

Ever since upgrading to 10.6.5 my MacBook pro seems to crash when graphic acceleration. The screen will go black and if audio is playing it will start to skip like a broken record. This occurs when ...
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Best audio converter for Mac

I'm searching for an audion converter for mac with wide capabilities. it should be able to Convert to flac (not from flac) Split cue files into separate tracks Grab audio cds Edit ID3-tags in batch ...
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How do I stream Mac audio to Linux computer?

is there any way to stream audio from my Mac to my Linux computer (my av receiver is connected to that)?
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iPhone 4 car kit for sound and video recording, and charging

I need a kit that I can mount in my car on the dashboard where I can do the following with my iPhone 4G: Use GPS Record Video from the forward facing camera (toward me) or the rear facing camera ...
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Stream All Audio to Speakers

I'm looking for a device that will wirelessly stream my computer (13" Macbook Pro) audio to my 5.1 speakers. I've seen that AirPort supports 2.0 streaming of iTunes music, but I'd like support for all ...
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How can I stop Finder from trying to 'pre-load' audio files?

I have a lot of audio in my storage devices. Finder for Mac OS X Snow Leopard tries to get a 'snapshot' of the audio whenever a folder is opened and this can take a while if there are lots of files. ...
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Use internal speakers with others plugged in

I have a set of surround speakers, connected to my iMac through the headphone jack. I use a switch to control what goes to the speaker set (iMac, iPod, or MacBook/aux). So that I don't have to be ...
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No sound from internal speakers on a Macbook?

I'm afraid I may have irreversibly harmed my internal speakers, or sound system in general. Yesterday, I was trying to find a way to hook up my electric guitar to the computer. I, logically, thought ...
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Which iPod has the best sound quality?

I'd like to know if an iPod classic is a better investment than an iPod touch? I am really more into music than apps and games. If you have some other suggestions about great-sounding mp3 players I'd ...
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Can I play audio from my iPhone on my Mac?

Can I attach my iPhone 3GS to my Mac Pro so that the iPhone's audio plays through the Mac Pro's speakers? I can easily attach my Bose headphones so that the music from the iPhone plays through them… ...
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Temporarily disabling the startup sound

Is it possible to disable the startup sound on an iMac G5, or at least decrease its volume? The obvious way to do this would be to put a script in the shutdown folder (OS X 10.4.11) that mutes the ...
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OS X 10.6: Applications crash when sounds play

Most of my applications crash whenever a sound is played -- but not if the machine has been recently rebooted. For example, Mail.app crashes when I send email, because of the whoosh sending sound. ...
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HDMI audio doesn't work through DisplayPort adapter on OS X but works on boot camped Win 7

I recently purchased this Dynex DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with the understanding that it would support audio out. However, it only works on my boot camped Windows 7 install that way. Video and ...
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Can I set up an Apple TV to receive content from a Synology NAS?

I have a Synology DS210j NAS. My music and movies are served from the NAS by its built-in iTunes server. The content is then available on my MacBook in iTunes / Sharing Library. I am looking for a ...
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Can I use Apple Earphones with Mic on Mac Mini?

I read on Apple website that Mac mini audio port supports the apple earphones with mic. Does it support the mic as well? Can I use the mic for Audio input on applications like Skype? I tried plugging ...
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Why doesn't my headset microphone work?

I got a SteelSeries headset for Christmas and I plugged it into my MacBook Pro. The audio output works fine, but I am having issues with the audio input. I saw this post which talked about some power ...
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Can I record a phone call on an iPhone?

Nothing more to say than "Is there an app to record the current phone call ?" :-)
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Why is the input level of the external mic so low?

I try to use an external mic to make some audio recordings. But the level of the input is really low ! In fact, the internal build-in mac has a better input level than the external one that is closer ...
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iPod Touch 4th Gen dock with AC or USB power and audio out?

I have scoured the internet looking for a dock that will allow me to charge an iPod Touch 4th Gen which includes a jack to connect it to an external stereo system. I understand this can be ...
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How can I extract the audio from a video file?

I have a video of a music performance that I downloaded online, and want to extract the audio so that I can store it as a music file. It's a MOV file with the Codecs - "XVID, MPEG Layer 3." What ...
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Can I transmit audio from iPhone to Mac via a Bluetooth A2DP profile?

Is there any way to connect my iPhone 4 to my Mac Mini via Bluetooth so that I can play music on my iPhone and hear it on the speakers connected to my Mac? When I try to connect to my computer via my ...
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How can I make VLC output its sound through USB headphones?

Whenever I plug-in my earphones with a round connection into my MacBook Pro, the sound automatically switches to them. Whenever I plug my headphones with a USB connection (Logitech USB ClearChat ...
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Mute specific program

Is there any way to mute a specific program? I want to be able to mute Firefox.
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How does the volume control work on my iPod touch? [closed]

OK, I'm going to sound like an idiot for asking this, but... How's the volume control work on an iPod Touch (iOS 4)? I always seem to surprise myself when I discover that the volume is up when I ...
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Set default input/output sound

I have a mac that is hooked into a sound board, I have external sound card that interfaces between the computer and the soundboard, this works great. However, whenever the computer restarts it sets ...
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Quick Look won't play sound of .avi files

When I want to use Quick Look to quickly check if an .avi file is corrupt, or if the quality is alright, it does not play the sound anymore. Is there a way to enhance Quick Look with "proper" divx ...
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Equalizing volume of different songs in itunes

I have enabled the option to equalize volume but it doesn't seem to do anything. Neither does it work for itunes, nor for the songs on my ipod. Is there some option/setting I am overlooking?
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Trigger an Automator action with a sound

Is there any way to trigger an Automator action with a sound? I'd like to be able to record a sound and trigger an action every time my computer's microphone receives the sound.
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Can I use my Mac to re-create an inverted audio noise cancellation effect?

I would like to use my Mac as an audio cancelling device, like headphones that reproduce the outside noise in inverted form, so it cancels out (typically found in airports). With a normal pair of ...
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How to disable sound when switching Firefox tabs with ⌘1-⌘9

I use the keyboard shortcut ⌘1-⌘9 to switch to tabs in Firefox. In OS X every time I do this there's a sound, which can become annoying when the volume is turned up. I looked in about:config for ...
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Can I use the sound output on both my late 2009 iMac and my Cinema Display?

I purchased a 27" Cinema Display to go with my late 2009 iMac. What I would like to do is use the speakers on both displays. This doesn't seem possible using System Prefs -> Sound. I can only set ...
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Audio book just becomes silent on iPhone after a few hours, no issue with desktop player

I built an Audio Book (an M4B) file from a set of MP3 files. The result lasts 18h30, and was encoded using Free MP3 to Audio Book Converter. The resulting file uses AAC version 4 - LC - SBR. When ...
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Recording the sound of my Mac

Is there a way to capture the currently playing "sounds" ? For instance, If I want to copy (to an audio-file) the noise I make while playing a flash game, is there a way to record what is currently ...
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How can I reduce the volume of music on my iPhone?

Some songs on my iPhone are quite loud. I've got the volume on the lowest step, but it's still too loud. I'm using Apple's in-ear headset; perhaps it's simply louder than the regular one. At least I ...