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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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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Do multiple AirPort Expresses keep iTunes audio synchronized?

I have family members planning a party for next month, and they're looking to get a single audio track/playlist streaming across the house. Their current solution is to pick up another AirPort Express ...
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Can I transmit audio from iPhone to Mac via a Bluetooth A2DP profile?

Is there any way to connect my iPhone 4 to my Mac Mini via Bluetooth so that I can play music on my iPhone and hear it on the speakers connected to my Mac? When I try to connect to my computer via my ...
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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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How can I adjust the music in imovie for part of a movie?

I have a imovie project that I am creating and I have video clips and an audio track which plays a song. I see that I can adjust the volume level of the song for the whole song but I want to lower ...
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Soft switch for Mac sound output

When I'm alone, I unplug my headset and let the sound output from the load speaker of my iMac, and when there are other people around, I plug in the headset in order to not bother people around me. I ...
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Left headphone have significantly lower volume than right one - Macbook Pro 2012

After upgrading SSD and traveling with my Macbook Pro and traveling while low temperatures outside (I don't know if this is relevant). When I connect headphones the sound on the left one is ...
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Headphones not detected when connected to MBP

When I plug headphones into output of MBP (15-inch Early 2008) with Mavericks - nothing changes, sound comes from internal speakers, nothing in System Preferences too. SMC reset, NVRAM cleared, ...
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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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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 ...
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Master volume control is grayed out

on my Mac 10.6 (MacBook Pro Late 2009) master volume control for both Line-In built and for external USB Microphone is disabled (grayed out) Nobody really wanted to help what is the reason and how ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any car chargers that will turn my iPod off when the car is turned off?

My car has an auxiliary input, which I connect my iPod to with a stereo patch cable. The problem is when I get out of my car I forget that the iPod is still playing and when I come back I'm not at ...
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Calendar alert sound on the iPodTouch isn't loud enough is there some “mobile” way to make it louder?

Calendar alert sound on the iPodTouch isn't loud enough is there some "mobile" way to make it louder?
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Set default input/output sound

I have a mac that is hooked into a sound board, I have external sound card that interfaces between the computer and the soundboard, this works great. However, whenever the computer restarts it sets ...
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How to disable sound when switching Firefox tabs with ⌘1-⌘9

I use the keyboard shortcut ⌘1-⌘9 to switch to tabs in Firefox. In OS X every time I do this there's a sound, which can become annoying when the volume is turned up. I looked in about:config for ...
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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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StartupSound.prefPane on new iMacs?

Inspired by this question to which I thought I knew the answer, does anybody know how to make StartupSound.prefPane work on a new iMac? I just got the computer last week, and installed SS.pP (v1.1b3) ...
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How to run Say “something” in background in AppleScript

I would like to have AppleScript code like this: row 1 say "some long text here" row 3 When it starts to speak text, it same time continues to row 3. I create my scripts in AppleScript Editor and ...
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Can I use a Macbook (or an iMac) as a Bluetooth Player?

We all know that iPhone, iPod, and iPad cannot act as bluetooth players since they only have the hardware to act as a Bluetooth server. My question is if Macbook and iMac are similar. If not, I like ...
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Can I watch a video on my Mac but have the audio go through my iPhone?

I would like to get the sound from my MacBook Pro to play on my iPhone. For example if I watch a video on my Mac I would be able to view it on my Mac but get the audio through my iPhone. Is this ...
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missing safari-plugin for audio/midi

I am using Mac OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks) on a late 2012 27" iMac, running Safari 7.0.1 and I always install all new software updates. But now I have a problem with midi-files that are embedded in ...
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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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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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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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Does OS X process sound in any way other than volume adjustment before outputting it?

Some Windows systems have various "sound enhancer" functions enabled by default (depending on the audio driver). This changes all sounds that are sent to the speakers by applying equalisation and ...
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Can I stop the optical audio out from entering 'time out' when idle?

In my office I have a surround-sound receiver, and I have my MacBook Pro (6,1) hooked up via a TOSLink cable and adapter, and it works beautifully, except this: if there are no sounds playing for a ...
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No sound and volume icon

I have a Mac mini and the sound has disappeared. I have also lost the sound icon off the toolbar. I went to preferences for the sound and see that mute is checked. I can't un-check it because it is ...
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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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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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How can I get my MacBook Pro's sound back?

Sound isn't playing on startup or any other time. I'm not seeing the red glow from the headphone jack that I've seen mentioned in certain cases of this failure. Though I have noticed an awful lot ...
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Can volume automatically decrease during communication activity?

A feature of Windows 7 that I really like that it can decrease the volume of system sounds/music by 50%/80%/mute entirely when it senses communication activity, ie. Skype call, Google Voice call, etc. ...
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How can I delay audio in an mp4 file?

How can I delay the audio (relative to the video stream) in an MP4 movie file and save the result?
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Multiple headphones on one computer

At my workplace we pair program and sometimes need to get on a call with a remote team member. We also have quite a noisy office. We have USB headsets for these reasons. We, of course, use macs. In ...
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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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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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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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Mp3 player that lets you go back 5 seconds with the left arrow

I'm looking for a mp3 player software that lets you go back say 5 seconds of the audio clip by pressing the left arrow key. I'm using this as a means to memorize, and I used to use winamp on the PC ...
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Which iPod has the best sound quality?

I'd like to know if an iPod classic is a better investment than an iPod touch? I am really more into music than apps and games. If you have some other suggestions about great-sounding mp3 players I'd ...
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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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How can I add an audio menu in the Finder?

What is the easiest way to add menu item to finder that switched audio from internal to external(headphone). I have to switch back and forth often and going into control panel every time is a pain in ...
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How do I tell if my Mac supports Mini Toslink?

Apparently on many modern macs the 3.5mm headphone audio jack supports Mini Toslink. How can I tell whether my mac supports it, whether it supports surround sound (4 speaker or better), and whether ...
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Transfer Audio output of my MacBook wirelessly

What is the best way to output the sound of my macbook to my hifi system without using the headphone jack? Is there a way to use bluetooth or airplay or whatever to output all sound (and I mean not ...
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Using Garage Band sounds for commercial purposes

Im making a Drumming app for the iphone and the ipod touch. I was searching for good drum samples around the internet, but couldn't find anything fitting. Then i thought of garageband and its drum ...