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 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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Harmonic noise introduced when using an iPhone dock extension cable connected to a mic peripheral

I am using a Tascam iM2 stereo mic connected to the dock of an iPhone 4S. When the peripheral device is connected directly, there is no problem. Hoever, when I use a dock extension cable, a strange ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Lowest volume is still too loud—how can I make it even lower?

The lowest volume I can get by pressing the volume keys is still too loud when I'm wearing headphones. How can I make it even lower? I have a Mac Mini 2011 (5,1) running Mountain Lion.
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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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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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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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Audio balance is being changed randomly in a MBP retina 15'' mid 2012

I'm having some strange issues on my MBP retina , suddenly it changes the audobalance, and the right speaker is being almost muted. Anyone knows what could be wrong here? I have OSX 10.8.2
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System sounds “queued” up

Occasionally, when I've had my mac on mute for a period of time (eg., several hours), and then plug in a set of headphones, I get a backlog of system sounds played to me. (chirps, new email sounds, ...
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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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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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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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Is there an audio player with waveform seekbar?

I'm looking for a player with seekbar that displays the waveform of the playing song, like http://foobar2000.org + http://foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_wave_seekbar Specifically, a seekBar is an ...
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Disable volume control noise on mac book pro?

When I hit F11 or F12 (volume up and volume down) I get the volume control overlay; the volume increases or decreases; and the machine makes an "SQUICK SQUICK SQUICK" noise. How do I keep the ...
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How do I Convert FLAC files to ALAC for iTunes?

I have a pretty large music library in FLAC, and I need to import it to my iTunes library somehow. I want to use the ALAC format to keep everything lossless so I can transcode to different lossy ...
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MacBook Pro won't recognize my analog audio jack headphones. Help?

Periodically, my MacBook Pro 17" stops recognizing my headphones. No amount of unplugging and replugging seems to help. The sound settings never show headphones as an output device. How can I fix ...
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iOS 5 Sorting of list of playlists

First, a little background. I listen to my iPhone in two cars, a Honda and a BMW. The Honda uses the Aux In, and I have a Bluetooth speakerphone, through which I use Voice Control to start playlists. ...
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Application level volume control in OS X?

I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or ...
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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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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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Rip audio file from video file in OSX

I've got an mp4 video file. I'd like to take the audio from that video, and create an audio file. The output encoding could be AAC or MP3, it wouldn't make any difference. Which applications would be ...
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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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How can I make VLC output its sound through USB headphones?

Whenever I plug-in my earphones with a round connection into my MacBook Pro, the sound automatically switches to them. Whenever I plug my headphones with a USB connection (Logitech USB ClearChat ...
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What is the impedance of the line/headphone jack on MacBook Pro Retina?

I want to buy headphones that I will primarily use on my MacBook Pro Retina. I read that I should not buy headphones with high impedance because the volume will be really low. I want something I can ...
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Can I use Apple Earphones with Mic on Mac Mini?

I read on Apple website that Mac mini audio port supports the apple earphones with mic. Does it support the mic as well? Can I use the mic for Audio input on applications like Skype? I tried plugging ...
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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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Coreaudiod spams system log: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive

I'm getting my system log virtually spammed with: May 13 23:56:36 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: Enabled automatic stack shots because audio IO is inactive May 13 23:56:37 alluminium coreaudiod[238]: ...
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iPhone volume - ringer vs. volume?

When I'm adjusting the volume on my iPhone, I've noticed that sometimes it says "ringer" as I adjust it, and sometimes it says "volume"; also, sometimes it says "volume (headphones)". What determines ...
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Can I stream music from my laptop to my iPod Touch over wifi?

Rather than running a long cable from my Laptop to my stereo, I've been thinking for a while about getting one of those wireless devices that lets you transmit audio from your PC to a receiver plugged ...
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What are the afconvert settings for the iTunes Plus AAC encoding setting?

The challenge I would like to convert a large collection of WAV files to AAC using the "iTunes Plus" setting in iTunes. iTunes describes this setting as: 128 kbps (mono) / 256 kbps (stereo), ...
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How can I limit the headphone max volume on OS X?

So I hurt my ears from excessively loud music last week at work. I'm well aware of the volume down key of course, but I tend to crank it up too much throughout the day without noticing it. I need a ...
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Why has sound stopped outputting with VLC?

Background: I tried recently to hook my Macbook Air to my TV using an HDMI cord and a converter. It worked completely using Netflix and iTunes but the audio did not work with ANY of the AVI files I ...
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How do I change the microphone input sensitivity on iPad 2?

Is it possible to change the microphone sensitivity (input volume) on the iPad? If so, how?
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Simplest way to record voice on Macbook Air

I'm looking for the simplest way to record voice -- a two people conversation -- with a Macbook Air. The goal is then later to listen to it on the Mac and transcribe it.
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Wirelessly play audio from an iPad to a Mac

Is it possible to send audio from an iPad to a Mac to make use of speakers connected to Mac? Either Bluetooth or WiFi will work, it doesn't matter to me. The problem is, it's much easier to play ...
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Is surround sound easy on a mac?

My iMac, Macbook Pro, and Mac Mini all have only one stereo audio output each - none of them have digital audio output either (though perhaps other models do?). Does OS X support surround sound? Are ...
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Are there any car stereos out there that support AirPlay?

First, I understand that I'm walking a fine line but, to be clear, I am sticking to the FAQ and I am not asking for hardware recommendations. Instead, I simply want to know if there are any car ...
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How can I convert AC3 audio files to AAC?

I had a friend with a BluRay drive extract the audio from my copy of a concert BluRay disc into AC3 files which he returned to me, but now I'm not sure what the best way would be to convert those AC3 ...
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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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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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MacBook Pro creates soft hissing sound through headphones

Recently I got a quite nice pair of in-ear headphones which block noise very well (with a very tight seal, not noise cancellation). Before that, I used Apple earbuds. With these better headphones, ...
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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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Lightweight Audio Waveform Viewer

I'm doing a large amount of music library updating and de-duplicating and evaluating, and I would like a piece of software that would allow me to quickly be able to view a waveform of a selected audio ...
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Can I set up an Apple TV to receive content from a Synology NAS?

I have a Synology DS210j NAS. My music and movies are served from the NAS by its built-in iTunes server. The content is then available on my MacBook in iTunes / Sharing Library. I am looking for a ...
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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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Is it possible to get digital audio output from a MacBook Air (2011), like on other Macs?

I know the audio line-out port on the MacBook Pro – and even older MacBooks and the Mac mini – sport a dual capability: in addition to providing the expected and obvious 3.5mm analog ...