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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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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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 Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?

Is Soundflower 1.6.6 compatible with Mavericks 10.9?
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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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Using Bluetooth speaker and headphone jack simultaneously

I can connect my normal speakers to my headphone jack. I can also connect my Bluetooth speaker and it plays great too, But I can't play them at the same time. I have Wi-Fi speakers around and they ...
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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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Unable to modify the volume with the keyboard

Sometimes, when I connect an external set of headphones/speakers, I am unable to change the volume. When I press one the volume keys, I see the image below. Why does this happen? Interestingly, if I ...
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Macbook Pro volume greyed out — no internal speakers available

The volume on my macbook pro has suddenly become greyed out. I haven't installed any updates or made any modifications to the computer, it just suddenly became greyed out after waking the macbook up ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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After Yosemite, the volume adjustment doesn't make noise?

I tried to fix it in system preference...but when I did, it made a weird ticking noise rather that the noise it used to. How do I get this to go back to normal?
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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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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 ...