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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Do you know a simple sound booster app for Mac?

Some videos on websites have the sound volume so low that even with all sound settings at maximum levels it's hard to listen. I'm looking for an app that would allow me to boost the Mac's volume. ...
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Use internal speakers with others plugged in

I have a set of surround speakers, connected to my iMac through the headphone jack. I use a switch to control what goes to the speaker set (iMac, iPod, or MacBook/aux). So that I don't have to be ...
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How do I disable or get rid of the startup sound my Mac makes?

Everytime I turn on my Macbook Pro it makes a start up noise. This is annoying since there is no volume or ability to turn it off. I just don't want the sound to play at all. How do I disable this ...
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Can I record a phone call on an iPhone?

Nothing more to say than "Is there an app to record the current phone call ?" :-)
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Is an iPhone call recorder theoretically possible?

NOTE: I know neither the iPhone SDK or Objective C, just wondering if possible. I know obviously it would have to be on a Jailbroken device anyway, but it is technically possible for a iPhone call ...
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Does iOS 4 break iPhone compatibility with music docks?

When I plug my iPhone 4 into my Bose SoundDock Series 2 I get a popup message saying "This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone" and the dock will not play audio from the iPod or Pandora apps, ...
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How do you switch between built-in audio and headphone audio without unplugging? [duplicate]

Once I plug headphones into my iMac I no longer have the option in the sound preferences panel to output audio to the built-in speakers. I have to unplug the headphones to get audio output through the ...
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Skype way too quiet. How to get louder Skype audio output on my MacBook Pro?

My girlfriend and I are getting really irritated with how quiet Skype is on my new MacBook Pro. Even with the volume turned up to the max, I can still barely hear her even with my air conditioning ...
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How can I convert MKV files and burn them to DVD?

I have a 5+1 theater system(can use USB or DVD) which doesn't support MKV play. How can I use my Mac to burn the .mkv files into high quality dvds ?
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Are there headset adapters usable for MacBook Pros?

I bought a headset, and it has a (obviously) male headphone input and microphone output. Problem is, MacBook Pros don't have a microphone input. Instead, they have an audio line in. However, ...
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Why is my MacBook Pro stuck on mute?

I cannot hear any audio from my MacBook Pro, running OS X 10.7. Pressing F10/F11/F12 shows the volume overlay, but it stays at max volume with a (/) icon below it. In the Sound control panel or from ...
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CD digital audio ripping tool for OS X that has accurate extraction, error detection, and verbose reporting?

I'm almost ready to say I have found a good OS X replacement for every piece of software I use on Windows (excluding some Windows development tools), but there's still this gap to fill: For CD ...
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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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Can I set the stereo Bluetooth profile as the default, or remove the mono profile?

Whenever I turn on my Nokia bluetooth headphones they automatically connect to my Macbook. The problem is they always connect to the Mono (and not the Stereo) profile. So I have to disconnect and ...
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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 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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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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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 ditch iTunes and find a suitable audio player?

With the recent features added to iTunes player I find it to be pretty heavy and resources consuming, just to do just what I would like it to do, which is play music. It is almost becoming a full OS ...
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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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How to keep sound from muting while using dictation?

Whenever I try to use the dictation feature in OSX, it mutes my sound. I want to hear the audio I'm playing in iTunes or somewhere else while I have dictation enabled. How can I do that?
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Is there a way to convert audio files in Mac OS X or the command line without using iTunes?

Now, I know I can use iTunes to convert music. But it's quite a pain.. All I'm asking is: Is there anything built into OS X or UNIX for converting files? Right now I simply want to convert .mp4 to ...
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Is it possible to play sound through both the headphone jack and my internal speakers?

I'd really like to be able to play sound through both the headphone jack and my internal speakers on my MBP. Is this possible? If so, how?
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How can I make my Macbook Pro's headphone jack stop “humming”?

Switched recently from a Lenovo PC and one thing on my mac bothered me. Headphones plugged into my Macbook pro 13" (latest version) "hum" with static when there is no audio playing. Then after a short ...
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What is the difference between an “aggregate” and a “multi-output” device?

For those who might not be familiar with it, OS X gives us an option to output audio to more than one device through the Audio MIDI Setup utility. As a matter of fact, two options; creating an ...
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HDMI audio doesn't work through DisplayPort adapter on OS X but works on boot camped Win 7

I recently purchased this Dynex DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with the understanding that it would support audio out. However, it only works on my boot camped Windows 7 install that way. Video and ...
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Can I cause auto-correct in Lion to beep and to get a summary of the changes?

Auto-correct in Lion is great, but I need to know when it has made a substitution so I can check it. Is there a way to set an audio alert so that OS X makes a sound to alert me everytime it ...
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If we use SoundFlower to record the system's audio output, then we can't hear it at the same time?

SoundFlower can let us play the system's audio to the SoundFlower 2 channel and record with this SoundFlower 2 channel, so QuickTime on Mac OS X Lion and record exactly what the system is playing for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why are my Macbook's internal speakers not available?

My Macbook (the unibody aluminum version) has lost its internal speakers. When I open System Preferences -> Sound -> Output, all I see is "Digital Out". If I plug in a pair of headphones, this ...
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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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Is there an app that creates a system-wide audio equalizer?

I like using iTunes' equalizer, but that only works in iTunes. I'm looking for some software that lets me apply a global, system-wide equalizer to Mac OS X. The app (or pref pane, etc.) would let me ...
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Auto mute macbook on headphone removal

I often listern to music on my macBook - when I unplug my headphones occasionaly forget to mute the speaker - so the whole office gets an earfull. How can I set my mac to be muted unless headphones ...
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Can't un-mute sound when mini-jack unplugged

Situation: when I'm at my desk, I have speakers plugged in to my Macbook Pro and everything is working fine. The problem occurs the next time I boot the computer without speakers connected: I'm now ...
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Why doesn't my headset microphone work?

I got a SteelSeries headset for Christmas and I plugged it into my MacBook Pro. The audio output works fine, but I am having issues with the audio input. I saw this post which talked about some power ...
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Can sound be off every time I power off?

I would like to config my Mac (10.8.5) to turn the sound off every time I power it off so that when I power it back on it is silent and doesn't produce that funny boot sound. Can that be done? 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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