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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Which would be better for FCP and Pro Tools? Mac Mini 2.3GHz i7Quad or iMac 2.9GHz i5 Quad?

I apologize in advance if this is a dumb question. I've been a post production recording engineer and sound editor for 20 years, but for the last 4 I've been on disability because of arthritis and ...
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Hear ambient sound while listening to music with headphones on OSX

I don't want people to yell at me when they want to say something while I'm using headphones on my desktop computer. I'm thinking an app could just listen to the ambient sound and lower the volume ...
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Do any iPhone 5 docking stations offer both audio out and a lightning connector for charging?

What iPhone 5 docking stations are on the market that provide an analog audio out connection similar to Apple's iPhone 4 dock? I currently use the above dock with my 4S for charging at night, but if ...
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iPhone 5 USB Audio

I've been reading up on the Lightning cable, and there's been some debate over whether it transmits analog audio. I'm not sure how exactly the 30-pin connector works, or how the Lightning cable works ...
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iPhone 4 audio only works for a few seconds

I've had my iPhone 4 for a long time, and I don't really want to get a new one. I'm trying to find a solution to fix it. The alert sound, key clicks and lock sound still work, but sound through the ...
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Can I change sensitivity of line input level? (as opposed to setting the volume)

I'm connecting a standard stereo tape output to an iMac line input socket. Setting input level in System Preferences > Sound > Input > Line In requires the slider to be barely "off the stop" before ...
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How can I stream to Airplay and Bluetooth simultaneously?

I have an iMac with airport express and I also have a logitech bluetooth speaker adapter. Seemingly I cannot play through both at the same time. I have even tried going to the MIDI settings and ...
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Schedule Mic Recording

Is there a way (automator maybe?) or program to make an iMac record the microphone input on a scheduled time (start and finish). I need it like some kind of security webcam but for audio
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What is the best alternative to iTunes 11 on OS X? [duplicate]

There are some old questions surrounding this topic, but the landscape has changed a bit in the last couple of years. I'm looking for some fresh answers. Why I'm looking Over the years iTunes has ...
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How to get multichannel working on Macs? (for Vox especially)

I have a receiver, Denon AVR-1802, which is capable of doing Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. Now my problem really have nothing to do with movies and these high-end audio codecs. My problem is ...
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How to prevent from changing volume when using 2 to 1 RCA connector

I prepared scheme: (Amplifier I use is Pioneer A-307R http://www.pioneer.eu/eur/products/archive/A-307R/page.html TV Samsung UE40D6750 ...
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Apple TV to Projector via HDMI-VGA adapter works - optical audio-RCA converter to projector does not

I bought a digital optical audio to RCA analog audio converter to go from my Apple TV to get sound out of the Projector. The projector does not get sound. I also bought an HDMI-VGA converter to go ...
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Change audio output of Logic Pro 9

I have two Apple Cinema displays connected to my Mac Pro, System preferences sees both displays for audio output, however Logic is only sending audio out of my secondary display, not my main one, and ...
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Windows 8.1 poor sound quality

I installed Windows 8.1 on my MacBook Pro 13 (2011 late) using Bootcamp and everything seems ok except poor sound quality. It is just so impossible to listen to music. The quality is like a radio or ...
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Disable iOS messages in-app sounds/vibration

When you are in the messages app (this also happens on Facebook app) and you recieve a new message a sound will play even if you're looking at the thread where the new message came in. How do I ...
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Internal mic not working on 2008 iMac running 10.7.5

I just got my iMac back from Apple---they had to replace the video card for me---and the internal mic is not working. In System Preferences -> Sound, I can select "Internal Microphone" or "Line In" ...
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Directly switching (without pressing OPTION) between AIFF and mp3 iTunes libraries

I have two iTunes libraries, one for pop music in compressed and lossy formats and another for classical music (and sometimes for jazz) in AIFF. I maintain two libraries because I'm concerned about ...
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Mute Mac Sound When Idle

I like it when my Mac announces the time every hour. It keeps me focused or provides me with a reminder to take a break. I also like it when Mail makes a sound when new messages arrive so I can check ...
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Mac OSX microphone input volume level auto-adjusts - can it be disabled?

I've found this issue and various discussions online about this, but no obvious "just do this", so I'm wandering over here from ServerFault to ask this. Is there a way to disable or hard-set the ...
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Where can you buy Apple earphones?

On the Apple store there are EarPods. And there are In-Ear Headphones. But what if I want to buy the good ol' Earphones? I find these to be the most comfortable of them all. Apple appears to ...
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How can I “bind” two speaker outputs in OSX? (the feature is gone)

I used to be able to make music play out both my laptop speakers and also my monitor speakers. I did this in the System Preferences and "creating" a new audio device that composed of both my laptop ...
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Alternative Ways to Control The Volume Level Of My Mac In OS X?

Generally to either increase or decrease the volume level of my Mac, I always go to the volume menu bar and adjust the slider accordingly. I was wondering: What other ways exist within OS X to ...
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Playing alert sounds from terminal

Is there a way to play OSX alert sounds from terminal? The alert sounds that are listed in System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effect Tab
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Boot Camp and Intel HD Audio

I've recently encountered an interesting audio problem, using OS X with a Windows partition (via Boot Camp). Specifically, if the Windows partition is used, and then the computer is restarted into OS ...
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iOS Playing Two Sounds/Songs At Once

I would like to know, jailbroken or otherwise, if it's possible to get iOS to play two songs or sounds at once. My very specific goal is to play background white noise loaded from a website and ...
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A2DP from phone to Mac

Is it possible to use your Mac as an A2DP receiver with your phone as the transmitter? This way, I can get notifications from the phone while at my desk, without having to take out my headphones ...
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Why can't i hear anything on my macbook pro?

So there is a red light coming out of my headphone jack. I can't hear anything, neither from my speakers nor from any headphone. I have checked the sound in system preferences and when I plug my ...
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Split audio and video into two separate files

Is there a way (I'm thinking using QuickTime perhaps) of taking a video+audio file and splitting it into two separate files, one of just the video, and one of just the audio? I know that in Finder, ...
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How can I disable ducking for all voice-overs in iMovie?

On my videos I always do voice-overs where I keep the other audio tracks at full volume (no ducking). I know how to set the ducking for individual voice-over clips, but this takes about six extra ...
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Keynote and Recorded Presentations

If you "Record Slideshow" in Keynote then it'll listen to your computer's microphone and make well-sync'd presentation you can save to .mov and share, but it's pretty damned big, even for a short ...
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How to clone an audio CD (including pauses between tracks) under Mac OS X Mountain Lion?

I need to clone an audio CD, including the defined pauses between tracks. Under Linux, cdrdao would do the trick for me, but I cannot get the version from MacPorts to work — it will not read ...
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macbookpro/wireless vlc/qt to a projector

Airfoil, connects nicely to my speakers and the 3 macs + pads/phones in the studio connect nicely to it but what about wirelessly sharing the projector? is there anything (NOT an apple tv) which can ...
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How do I convert a 24-bit/96 kHz FLAC to anything else?

I have some FLAC files I want to convert to AAC, but I can't because my go-to program, Max, throws an exception (The call to ExtAudioFileSetProperty failed.) when it tries to convert 24-bit/96 kHz ...
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High pitched noise. Macbook pro retina

The problem is - high pitched noisy tiny sound that u can hear only using more or less quality headphones. I use yamaha rh-5ma. And it's not the problem of headphones because I have different ones ...
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Choose Default Out CHANNEL for OS X Audio

I need to get my default audio output to outputs 3/4 of my audio interface. What is the easiest way to do this? Do I need Soundflower (and will it even work)?
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Speed Up Podcasts on iPod Classic

I'm looking for a way to listen to podcasts at 2x on my iPod classic. I know this is not supported out of the box. Is there an alternative firmware like rockbox, that supports syncing with iTunes ...
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Internal Mic Option Disappears when using Apple Earbuds

Does anyone know of a way to use my macbook pro's internal microphone while using my Apple "Earpods" for sound? When I look at the Sound Prefpane without my earbuds in the internal mic option is ...
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iPhone 4 movies won't play in Quicktime, no sound in VLC

I've taken many videos with my iPhone 4, but when I uploaded them to my Macbook and try to play them in Quicktime, they only show one frame and they don't play. When I try to play with in VLC, ...
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Converting FLAC into Apple Lossless [in Windows] [closed]

Like many people I have a few albums in FLAC format that I've picked up over the years. I'd like to retain their auto fidelity, but also have them in my iTunes and on my iPhone. There's another ...
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Use Mac OS X dictation on a file?

In Mountain Lion, Mac OS X can use its dictation/voice recognition to turn your speaking into text. Suppose I have an audio file of my voice speaking. Is there a way to use this dictation ability to ...
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How can I troubleshoot no audio via Thunderbolt HDMI connecting to HDTV?

I have a 13" late '11 MBP OS X Lion 10.7.5 I am trying to hook up to my LG HDTV with a Thunderbolt HDMI cable. Getting the display onto the TV is a snap. The audio, however, is not working. The ...
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Is there a way to determine what program is calling a sound randomly on my Mac?

I'm currently having an issue with my Mac running Mountain Lion making the "lockOpening.aif" and "lockClosing.aif" sounds apparently at random. I'm looking for a way to narrow down what program or ...
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How to play AAC 5.1 audio through S/PDIF on Mac OSX?

I've gone through a bunch of tutorials as well as video players (QuickTime, mplayer, VLC, MPlayerX, Movist) and haven't been able to figure out how to get AAC 5.1 to play correctly on my Mac mini or ...
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Can I listen to just the audio of a movie on an iPhone?

I downloaded a movie (live concert) to my iphone 4g and would like to listen to it thru my car stereo via the 3.5mm mini jack to aux port? just want to hear the audio stream, not see the video stream ...
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How can I stream audio to multiple computers at the same time?

I'm trying to stream music to different computer's speakers simultaneously. Currently I'm doing this by physically timing the start of the song on each computer. Are there any built in utilities or ...
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Routing Bluetooth audio in and out of headphone/mic jack on iPhone

I would like to be able to route the audio from a Bluetooth headset out of the headphone/mic jack on an iPhone. That is, to be able to send the mic input from the Bluetooth device out the jack and ...
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Coreaudiod spams system log: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive

I'm getting my system log virtually spammed with: May 13 23:56:36 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive May 13 23:56:37 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: ...
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What does a 2012 Mac Mini need for microphone input?

I need a simply jack Mic unamplified physically connected to my Mac Mini (late 2012 model) through Audio-IN and it doesn't work. I also tried the original iPhone's headphones to no avail and I wonder ...
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MacBook Pro (mid-2012) Microphone Input

Here, it says how to use the audio jack as in input. On my MacBook Pro 13" (mid 2012), It doesn't seem to have the option in settings. Is it not possible with these computers?
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Use a bluetooth headset JUST as a microphone?

This is hopefully a pretty simple question. Is it possible to configure a bluetooth headset to act as only a microhphone? I am using OSX Mountain Lion. I would assume the process would be something ...