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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Is there a workaround to enable streaming music to multiple speakers from iOS?

It is well documented that you cannot stream to more than one AirPlay compatible device through iOS. (In an early developer build of 4.0 the functionality was put in but was taken out in the GM). I ...
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How do I change the microphone input sensitivity on iPad 2?

Is it possible to change the microphone sensitivity (input volume) on the iPad? If so, how?
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An Automator workflow for extracting text as speech from PDF files

I get PDFs to revise course content which I want to convert to MP3 files and take with me as spoken audio. Automator offers 'text to speech' conversion and it's great. When I try and build a workflow ...
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Automator PDF text to Spoken Audio file: What's wrong with this script?

I have pages of PDF notes which I want converted to spoken audio to aid revision. There are several suggested workflows online, but I'm still not getting the results I want. I used this model from ...
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CD digital audio ripping tool for OS X that has accurate extraction, error detection, and verbose reporting?

I'm almost ready to say I have found a good OS X replacement for every piece of software I use on Windows (excluding some Windows development tools), but there's still this gap to fill: For CD ...
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Videos have audio on right channel only, how can I make it sound through both channels?

I've downloaded m4v videos (legally if you should ask*) and played them with Quicktime, VLC and MplayerX. They have the audio only in the right channel, is there a way I can equalize the output so ...
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Skype way too quiet. How to get louder Skype audio output on my MacBook Pro?

My girlfriend and I are getting really irritated with how quiet Skype is on my new MacBook Pro. Even with the volume turned up to the max, I can still barely hear her even with my air conditioning ...
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Can I get system sound along with QuickTime Player screen recording?

In Lion, Quicktime can do screen recordings. Is there a way to capture system audio also and then sync the two tracks into a movie with both system video out (The screen) and system audio out? I own ...
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Logitech C615 web cam sound control

I have a Logitech C615 web cam with a built-in microphone. I want to use a headset with earplugs and a microphone for more private conversations. There are phone out and mic in plugs on my Mac Mini. ...
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Modifying “User interface sound effects” with applescript

Good morning all, I would like to be able to turn the system sounds on my mac off (and back on) with an applescript activated as an extension for Alfred. I have little knowledge of applescripts but I ...
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What are the afconvert settings for the iTunes Plus AAC encoding setting?

The challenge I would like to convert a large collection of WAV files to AAC using the "iTunes Plus" setting in iTunes. iTunes describes this setting as: 128 kbps (mono) / 256 kbps (stereo), ...
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Audio setup for Macbook and XBox?

I have a one set of speakers, 2 macbooks (girlfriend and I), an iPod touch and a XBox. Now, I struggle with the audio because anytime I want to listen music or use the xbox, I have to switch the RCA ...
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'Matrix Mode' for surround sound output?

I recently invested in a digital surround sound system, and have been enjoying digital surround sound through the TOSlink port of my Macbook Pro (Mid 2010 and Late 2011 models). However, I've noticed ...
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How can I tell iTunes to stop playing a song?

I do mean stop, not pause. If one navigates to, say, the iTunes Store, the Pause button changes to Stop, but I want something that always works no matter my location in iTunes. Workarounds (such as ...
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How to Download to Computer a Voice Memo Received via MMS on my iPhone?

A friend sent me a Voice Memo recorded on their iPhone, to mine through MMS. How might I go about getting this audio from my phone to my computer? I've already tried syncing Voice Memos through ...
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Is it safe to play the Macbook Pro/Air speakers at maximum volume?

The Macbook Pro speakers have a very crisp sound. I like to play them at almost max. volume very often. Will the speakers suffer a loss in quality? Is this save to use on the long run?
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Does Mac OS X Lion support surround sound on optical audio outputs?

Does Mac OS X support running digital signals to multichannel audio systems beyond 2.1 sound systems via optical audio outputs. Eg 5.1 surround sound, 7.1, etc speaker systems? I have found a guide ...
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Is it possible to get digital audio output from a MacBook Air (2011), like on other Macs?

I know the audio line-out port on the MacBook Pro – and even older MacBooks and the Mac mini – sport a dual capability: in addition to providing the expected and obvious 3.5mm analog ...
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Can iTunes Match recognize songs recorded from analog sources (line-in, cassette, vinyl LP, or FM radio), or only digitally-extracted CD audio?

This question about converting cassette music for an iPod inspired me to ask: Can the iTunes Match service provided by Apple recognize songs recorded from an analog source, such as recording via ...
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How can .wav files be created on an iPhone or iPad?

How can .wav files be created on an iPhone or iPad? I want to customize the sounds that Outlook for Windows plays when certain events occur and it would be nice if I could make .wav files on a mobile ...
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Audio output and volume controls gone after updating to iOS 5.1

I have an iPhone 4 (Verizon, Model MD146LL) and I just upgraded from iOS 5.0.1 to iOS 5.1 (9B176) using Settings > General > Software Update. Immediately after completing the update, I noticed that ...
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What's a free or cheap text-to-speech program that is available for commercial use?

As I said in my previous question, I want to use an excerpt of a text-to-speech voice in a song. Where can I find a free or cheap service that'll let me do this without breaking their terms of use?
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Are the Apple text-to-speech voices copyrighted?

I want to use an excerpt of an OS X text-to-speech voice in a song that I am recording. Is there any kind of copyright restriction for recordings of the computer voice I should know about, or are they ...
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Harmonic noise introduced when using an iPhone dock extension cable connected to a mic peripheral

I am using a Tascam iM2 stereo mic connected to the dock of an iPhone 4S. When the peripheral device is connected directly, there is no problem. Hoever, when I use a dock extension cable, a strange ...
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MacBook Pro creates soft hissing sound through headphones

Recently I got a quite nice pair of in-ear headphones which block noise very well (with a very tight seal, not noise cancellation). Before that, I used Apple earbuds. With these better headphones, ...
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Wirelessly play audio from an iPad to a Mac

Is it possible to send audio from an iPad to a Mac to make use of speakers connected to Mac? Either Bluetooth or WiFi will work, it doesn't matter to me. The problem is, it's much easier to play ...
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Can I get sound out of both iMac and attached Thunderbolt Display?

I have a dual monitor setup (iMac + Thunderbolt Display). The System Preferences > Sound > Output setup only allows me to choose between one or the other monitor. This causes the sound to come only ...
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How can I successively trigger an AppleScript very quickly?

Background For fine volume adjustment I use the following AppleScript: try do shell script "killall afplay" end try set currentVolume to output volume of (get volume settings) set volume output ...
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iTunes U: How can I extract audio from video lectures?

I download lots of lectures from iTunes U. The problem is, they usually come with video and there is no audio-only version for many. How can I, using any software available for Snow Leopard, free or ...
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Why does the iPhone 4S treat a generic 30 pin cable as a line out source?

I have an iPhone 4S, the original iPhone 4S AC to USB adapter, and a generic Dynex brand 30 pin cable. When ever this cable is connected to the iPhone sound will not play over the built in iPhone ...
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How can I convert AC3 audio files to AAC?

I had a friend with a BluRay drive extract the audio from my copy of a concert BluRay disc into AC3 files which he returned to me, but now I'm not sure what the best way would be to convert those AC3 ...
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Stop high frequency noise from iPhone dock's line out in car adapter

I am running an iPhone 4S through a Griffin TuneFlex 9865. After just discovering the line out jack I have helped uncovered another problem. Now, while then engine is on there is a high frequency buzz ...
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Is there an audio player with waveform seekbar?

I'm looking for a player with seekbar that displays the waveform of the playing song, like http://foobar2000.org + http://foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_wave_seekbar Specifically, a seekBar is an ...
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Bluetooth audio problems on a MacBook

I have a DR-BT50 bluetooth headset (they are headphones) that I want to use with my MacBook unibody. I didn't use to have any problems, but as of recently I am running into gaps/skips in the sound. ...
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Windows7 (through bootcamp) poor sound quality problem

I installed windows7 through bootcamp on my macbook air(2011). (and also installed windows driver from bootcamp) Everything is OK, but one problem - Sound quality is very poor. (maybe phone or radio ...
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Can I lower the minimum volume on my Mac?

Even when the volume on my MBP running 10.7.2 is set to only one bar - it is too loud for my use. When using headphones, the minimum and maximum volume configuration is just fine. This is not the ...
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No sound from speakers on MacBook Pro except the startup chime

After plugging my headphones out, suddenly there is no sound from the internal speakers. When I press volume buttons, I see a circle-backslash symbol below the speaker icon. Restarting doesn't help. ...
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Why does my iPod Classic cut off the end of certain songs?

I have an iPod Classic from 2007 (Generation 5.5, 80GB hard drive). Something that I've been noticing happening more and more is that some songs will play just fine but then at some point they'll ...
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Using iMac in Home Cinema

I am currently considering buying an iMac 27" to replace my PC, and also to have at the centre of my home cinema/media system. The iMac would be used to play DVDs, stream video, play CDs, MP3s etc. ...
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Output volume control isn't working

The sound volume in the menu bar and the volume button on my keyboard doesn't change the output volume when I connect headphones or external speakers on my MBP. When I go to System Preferences -> ...
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Free solution for multiple-source audio mixing

I'm looking to do live broadcasts of video games, which require mixing together the game audio as well as microphone audio. In the case of an actual game system being used, I have external hardware ...
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Change sound level when using earphones with iPhone dock

When using Music on iPhone the user is able to use a slider to change the audio output level. However, when the iPhone is docked in the official Apple dock, using the earphone jack in the back, the ...
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How do I play sounds from my iPad to my Stereo wirelessly?

Is this possible to stream the audio played on an iPad to a Stereo wirelessly ? My stereo is connected to my iMac via BlueTooth. So If I can play the audio from my iPad on my iMac this will do what I ...
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MacBook Pro not outputting audio

Yesterday I could play music and actually hear something, but as of today, my MacBook Pro speakers aren't producing any sound at all. Here is what I tried: rebooting (a cold reboot too) several ...
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Voice/vocals are really hard to hear on my iPod

I have an iPod Touch (4gen), and I listen to a lot of vocal music and spoken-word audio. Sometime in the past week or so, voice became really hard to hear. When I play music, it sounds like it's ...
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How can I force Mac OS X to treat my Mackie Onyx Blackjack as a mono input device?

I have a Mackie Onyx Blackjack audio interface, and my microphone is plugged into the first of two inputs ("left"). The other input doesn't have anything plugged into it. What this means is that ...
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Audio Line-In passthrough

Below is my home layout. I've got most things setup the way I want. To get the line-in on my mini to play through the speakers (the TV) I am currently using LineIn. This works and does exactly what I ...
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iPhone as 'headphones' for computer

I have been using headphones with an external USB sound card, but the sound card broke today, and my other audio ports are messed up. I have an iPhone, and I know that a computer with a wireless card ...
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How do I remove the “video” flag from a transcoded .m4a file?

I transcoded a bunch of music videos downloaded for free from the iTunes Store to audio only .m4as in the Finder, following the hint at ...
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Make iTunes song options stick on other devices?

When I set certain options for a song, such as a Volume Adjustment or Start Time or Stop time, it would be nice if those options were kept when the song is played on another device, such as an iPad or ...