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 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, I'...
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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 http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/16/convert-video-to-audio-mac-os-x-...
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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 ...
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Do I need to do something special to get toslink input to work?

I want to record some audio from my A/V receiver. It has Toslink output, so I want to use that. I plugged a Toslink cable into that (I can see the red light!), and plugged the other end into a ...
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Is there a way to combine sound settings on iOS?

I have discovered that iOS (5) has two sound settings: "Sound effects" and just "sound" with no title. Due to this I often have sound effects muted but not other app sounds, and it's not easy to mute/...
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Is using my iPod touch always plugged in an OK thing to do?

I recently added an iPod interface to my Accord: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JT5G4G/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details It has two connections: the regular Apple 30-pin iPod dock cable which plays ...
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iPhone 4s only producing mono sound

Related to: iPhone 4S stereo sound This is strange. I know people with the iPhone 4 (not the 4S as I have) who are getting audio from both "boxes". In addition, I don't get stereo with headphones ...
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How to know which app is playing a sound? [duplicate]

There are a couple of sounds that my mac makes, which annoy the heck out of me. However, I don't know which application that's running is making these (perhaps it's the system itself) Is there a way ...
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System sounds “queued” up

Occasionally, when I've had my mac on mute for a period of time (eg., several hours), and then plug in a set of headphones, I get a backlog of system sounds played to me. (chirps, new email sounds, ...
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How can I set output to internal speakers after I've set the 3.5mm jack as input on 13" MacBook Pro?

I have a 13" MacBook pro, which has only one 3.5mm jack. I've set it as Sound Input in the System Preferences -> Sound dialog This way I can record directly from my piano audio output. The problem ...
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Why isn't the mute key working for an external output device?

I have an external sound card (Line6 Studio GX) connected through USB. I have selected this device as the output device in sound settings: Now, when I press Mute (F10), the mute overlay is shown: ...
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Send audio output of MacBook to iPhone for remote listening

Is it possible to send audio from music in iTunes, or from movies on Netflix, or video game sounds, etc., from my MacBook and receive and listen to the audio on my iPhone? I'm thinking of this working ...
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Why is the audio volume level at 0 every time I start my Mac?

I don't know if this is a bug or a feature in Mac OS X 10.7. Every time I (re)start my Mac the volume of my audio device is set to zero and doesn't remember the last level I set. I think this started ...
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macbook 13" and the audio jack for sound input

I've followed the instructions at this link to set the audio port for input, yet nothing changes as described in bullet 6. Any idea what I could try next?
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How can I limit the headphone max volume on OS X?

So I hurt my ears from excessively loud music last week at work. I'm well aware of the volume down key of course, but I tend to crank it up too much throughout the day without noticing it. I need a ...
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iPhone 4S stereo sound [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: iPhone 4 - sound only comes out of one speaker I finally got my iPhone 4S! But when playing a song, I noticed the sound isn't stereo. The right box is doing all the hard ...
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Does this Mini DisplayPort to HDMI connector output audio?

I'm trying to find a relatively cheap Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable that also supports sending audio to an HDTV. Cables from Monoprice are out of the question, since they don't ship to Romania and I'...
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Macbook Pro won't play any sound

This was working earlier today, but suddenly didn't work when I tried to play music in iTunes. I open iTunes, select a track, click play, the track doesn't play. The play button toggles between pause ...