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 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 ...
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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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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 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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typewriter effect to keyboard stroke

Is there any way to add (sound) typewriter effect to keyboard stroke?
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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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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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Is there a way to rename a sound card in Mac OS X?

I have multiple sound cards connected and would benefit from being able to rename them from their device name to something like "Headphones", "Surround system", etc. Is there a way to do this?
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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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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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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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Prevent auto-pairing for certain devices (Bluetooth)

I have a Early 2011 Macbook Pro 13" running OS X 10.10.1 (Yosemite). At work, I have a Apple Magic Trackpad and an Apple Wireless Keyboard, both which use Bluetooth. When I get to work, my Mac ...
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Disabling sound output devices (e.g. Internal Speakers) in OS X

Since my Cinema Display is both connected through mDP and USB, I can (stupidly enough) both choose “LED Cinema Display” or “Display Audio”. Also, I never use the internal speakers since they sound ...
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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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Volume control (sliders or keys) stops working after plugging into/out of headphone jack

I plug my machine into a projector/sound amplification setup regularly for teaching. Often, when I get back home afterwards, the sound volume controls no longer work. Neither the dedicated volume ...
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Sounds are not working on Mountain Lion Notification Center

Although I see an option in System Preferences > Notifications to enable applications to pop a sound on new notifications, Mountain Lion is not actually playing those sounds. Has Anyone run into ...
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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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Free or cheap software to boost volume of Macbook? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac? What software can I use to artificially increase the volume of my Macbook? I know Boom and Audio Hijack Pro are solutions ...
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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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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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What is sound drift correction on OS X and how should I use it?

On Audio MIDI Setup there is an option to to enable/disable audio drifting for any sound output device? What is this and how should I use it? I do want to enable sound output for multiple devices: ...
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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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How can I prevent iTunes from automatically opening the downloaded audio files?

When I download an audio file with Safari, it is automatically opened with iTunes. How can I do to prevent this ? I would like that nothing happens when an audio file is downloaded. My ...
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My iPhone thinks it's always docked — Volume slider disappeared with no audio output

EDIT3* I managed to fix this problem in a risky way, but it worked for me. Read below. Pin 11 apparently carries out the following function : 11 GND If connected to GND the iPhone sends ...
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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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How can I retain volume settings upon plugging in different speakers/headphones?

On the rare occasion that I would like to plug in some headphones to my Mac Mini, rather than speakers, I often turn down the volume before plugging them in, because the first "blip" is rather loud, ...
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Can I direct audio from a single app to a particular output?

For example, I would like for iTunes to play thru my iMac's speakers, but iChat's notifications thru my headphones.
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Is it possible to modify OS X default MIDI sounds?

I've been looking around to find out how to change MIDI sounds for the Built-in MIDI synthesizer inside Mac OS X, haven't found anything, is there a way to do that?
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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 ...
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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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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 to find the source of a sound on an iPhone?

In the last few weeks my iPhone occasionally makes some kind of notification sound. It's not any of the built-in sounds, and I've gone through all the "Sounds" settings just to make sure. It's a ...
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Has coreaudiod been fixed in Lion yet? [closed]

I tried Lion a few months ago, but had to revert to 10.6 because of the "coreaudiod bug" – where audio via QuickTime would stop working every few minutes, requiring a killall coreaudiod each time. ...
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Can I force external microphone detection after mic is plugged in

Background: I use a Henge Dock for my MBPr with a headset for things like Skype. Because the Henge Dock uses an extension cable to make the audio 'Combination Output' (TRRS) port accessible, the ...
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How can I get sound working on Bootcamp + Windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 isn't playing back audio on my 13" mid-2012 Macbook Pro. I only have a speaker with an x on my notifications bar. When I click on it, I get the usual "detecting problems" garbage. ...
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Starting airplay from command line, to send output of 'Say' Mac OS X command to airplay

Ok, Sunday question :) Trying to make a little joke... 1) if you open a terminal, and type "say -a ?", Mac OS X will give you the list of devices it can send spoken words to. On mine, it says: 39 ...
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How to share Mac audio over Skype with the microphone?

System: 2011 iMac, built-in microphone, Mountain Lion. This is a two part question. First the more basic scenario, second the more-niche scenario that I hope to ultimately solve. I want to share ...
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Keep the current audio output device, when attaching a new one

I have my TV connected to my iMac via HDMI and speakers hooked up to the iMac via the headphone port. Whenever I turn the TV on, the Mac starts playing audio through the TV instead of the speakers ...
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Noise canceling headphones make strange sound when I touch my MacBook Pro

I've got headphones plugged into my desktop, and a laptop nearby that I use for work as well. Whenever I touch my MacBook Pro with the noise-canceling on my headphones turned on, it makes my ...