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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How can I use an audio device's other channel for input to iChat and Skype?

I have an external microphone setup that I like to use for audio and video chats. My audio interface has four input channels, and my primary inputs to this interface happen to be its channels 3-4. ...
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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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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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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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Convert ALAC to aac 128k with all metadata intact

I have about 300 gigs of ALAC files (m4a container) with well groomed metadata, album art, etc. (Original source: CD rips with dbPowerAmp). I want to convert my music library to 128kbps AAC (still ...
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Multi-output MIDI device disables volume control

When creating either an Aggregate Device or a Multi-Output Device in Audio MIDI Setup and setting it as the default audio output device, the volume control is greyed out and locked at maximum ...
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Where can I find alternative alert sounds for my iPhone 4S?

There is a very limited set of Alert sounds in Sounds > New Mail > Alert Tones. Is there a way to add other sounds to this list? I would like something sort and subtle, not something that goes on for ...
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Piping audio from arbitrary program to Airport Express

What are my options for sending audio from VLC on my MacBook Pro to my Airport Express? (I know about AirFoil so far.)
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How to hide audio volume pop over?

How can I disable/hide this automatic volume level pop over that appears when changing the sound level. Is there switch or secret flag to not show this when I change the volume using the volume keys ...
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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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What is the filename of “New Messages Sound”?

I'm looking for the file which Mail plays when a message comes in.
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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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Adding MP3s to iTunes 10 Doesn't Work For Some Files

I have recently upgraded to iTunes 10. I had some MP3 files which I would like to add to the library. In the past I have dragged the folder into the iTunes "Library" section which has added all the ...
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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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typewriter effect to keyboard stroke

Is there any way to add (sound) typewriter effect to keyboard stroke?
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Round iPod connector

My car stereo claims to support my iPod touch, and has an iPod connector that is round. The car is second-hand, and no cable was supplied. It isn't the specific adapter shown below - nor indeed that ...
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Screen flash disabled but happens anyway

My Mac has started flashing the screen instead of beeping. It's exactly the same effect as you'd get if the Accessibility pref pane's "flash the screen" option was enabled, except that it's not ...
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Default volume too high for headphones

Is there a way to change the default volume setting for headphones/line out, i.e. the one you get after plugging a jack in for the first time since you've turned your Mac on and started OSX? I'm ...
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After market car stereos with iOS 4/iPod Out support?

I have an iPod Touch that was upgraded to iOS 4. I am sick of my FM transmitter, and am looking for an after-market car receiver for my 1998 Honda Civic with iPod support, but am concerned because of ...
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Selecting iPad As Audio Source When Mirroring to Apple TV?

I'm currently mirroring from my iPad to my Apple TV, but the audio source automatically sets to the TV. At night I'd love it if I could switch the audio source to my ipad so I could hook up some ...
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How to stream radio from the command line?

There is an iMac in our lab at university, running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It is never used, so we have taken to using it to play music, as we can SSH to it, and it does not require any permissions to ...
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Does lossless audio over Apple AirPlay have preserved audio quality?

AirPlay is very convenient to bring up the sound on my big stereo speakers, but I am wondering whether the AirPlay protocol preserves audio quality, e.g. bitrate? I understand that if the WiFi is ...
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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 to know which app is playing a sound?

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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Which Trans Music Manager equivalents exist for OS X?

I have a Denon DP-200USB turntable that converts analogue records (LPs) into MP3s (one MP3 per side) and stores them onto a USB memory stick. This lovely piece of kit comes with some software called ...
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Using an iPad as a car entertainment system

I am thinking about using iPads with headrest mounts to allow my toddlers to watch videos while we drive. I'd really like to be able to control the iPad from the front seat if at all possible, so that ...
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Alpine CDE-102 keeps iPod awake until battery drains

I have an Alpine CDE-102 w/iPod cable (professionally installed) with which I use with an old 5th gen iPod Video 30gb. My goal is to just leave the iPod in the glove compartment and only remove it ...
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OSX loud siren that starts every 1-5 minutes?

This one is very odd. My 2010 Macbook Air running latest Mavericks was working very well just yesterday and today it started to play a "siren sound" (sounds a bit like warning/alarm/police siren), the ...
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Sound on OS X doesn't work after Soundflower install

Because of missing native equalizer on OS-X (Snow Leopard) I had to use third party app Soundflower in combination with AU Lab. Everything was going right, but once I restarted OS X, the sound stopped ...
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How can I control sound from different applications?

I have a radio app that I listen to all the time. Then I want to visit a website which has sound (or a game). Is there a way to mute sound from an application?
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No audio on the right channel

I have 13" MacBook Pro (Late 2009) model that is refusing to play sound on the right audio-channel. Without any speakers connected it still plays fine but once I connect earbuds or a headphone, I ...
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Headphones Jack not pluggable into Macbook-pro retina socket

I tried plugging in my apple headphone's jack into the socket, but I wasn't able to. Barely 70% of it goes in and the rest doesn't. There is no red-light coming out of the socket, but in the 'Sound' ...
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What can cause the volume keys to not work but show the prohibitory sign instead of changing volume?

When i try to reduce my mac book volume it suddenly shows that this isn't possible, even the icon in the menu bar is (grey inactive) This happens sometimes since i installed lion os
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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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Is it possible to echo what your mic records to the speakers?

When I talk on my Blackberry with a headset, it echos what I'm recording back into the headphones. This helps me hear my own voice when I'm talking, so I can regulate my volume. I'm wondering if it's ...
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Pipe sound output to file?

Is there a way to either pipe the sound output of the computer to a file or record what the computer puts out? I know I could use a headphone to microphone cord, but I was hoping for a more elegant ...
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Why does streaming audio in Mobile Safari sometimes not have a scrubber bar?

Usually, if I click a link to an mp3 in Safari on the iPhone, it will look something like this: But sometimes, it looks like this, with no scrubber bar: What does this indicate about the ...
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Can't stream audio from OSX Mavericks to Apple TV

Once upon a time this was working... lately, when I click in "Apple TV" (trying to select it as default sound output), OSX changes it back to "Internel Speakers". Any idea?
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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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How can I alter the tempo of a song?

We have a dance competition approach and the song we've chosen is 3:54. The rules say the song cannot be more than 3:30. We have to provide copies of the song on a CD, a USB stick and an ...
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Is Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?

Is Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?
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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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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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How can I record sound in Mac OS?

Is there any simple application (or built-in in Mac OS) that allows me to record sound on a Mac? I'm referring not only to voice input through the mic, but also to sounds issued by the system.
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MacBook Air audio input/output, mic/headset

In perusing varying sources I have not reached a definitive answer on the ability to use a product such as the Headset Buddy on my MacBook Air. Apple states... Support for Apple iPhone headset with ...
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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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Why does my computer freeze when I unplug my headphones?

Whenever I plug in or unplug my headphones into my computer, it freezes for about 10 seconds before it is able to do anything which is rather annoying. This didn't use to happen though, would anyone ...
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ffmpeg arguments used for converting to mp4

I have been suggested two different ffmpeg commands for converting an mkv file to an mp4 while just re-encoding the audio (to aac) and leaving the video portion as is. Here are the two commands: ...
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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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Which iPhones support the apt-X codec for Bluetooth audio?

I'm shopping for a new Bluetooth headset for my iPhone 4 and noticed that some headsets support the apt-X codec for "CD-quality sound". Presumably this is better quality than plain old A2DP that I've ...