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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

OP here – I'd just like to add to the answer below, that I've been in contact with Apple Support. Explanation Apple claims that the poor Mono 8kHz quality which affects recording and indeed ...
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How to always use macbook microphone with Bose QuietComfort 35?

I still really like @aaplmath's suggestion (and that may be the best one going forward), but I also just stumbled on this solution that requires no coding (AppleScript/Swift/ObjC/Other) in High Sierra,...
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Mac OSX microphone input volume level auto-adjusts - can it be disabled?

There's a workaround for macOS that works for all applications: You can create an “Aggregate Device”, which works with a single mic. The Aggregate Device doesn't have its own volume setting, so your ...
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Terminal command to record audio through macbook microphone?

Use FFMPEG. (This has become one of my favorite command line utilities for video/audio conversion and streaming). It's an open source framework for audio/video encoding, decoding, streaming, ...
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

I found this on the Apple Discussion boards: ... they are aware of the issues and a temporary workaround is to switch the mic from the AirPods mic to the internal microphone. On the discussion ...
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How to keep mute button available during call

In iOS10 you can just tap the number + call duration in the lock screen and it'll bring up the phone controls.
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Can I access internal microphone input level via Terminal?

Using command line tools you can do the following: Install brew Update and doctor brew Install portaudio, ffmpeg and all dependencies with brew brew install portaudio brew install ffmpeg Install ...
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Is there a way to stop macos from changing audio input when new device connects?

If you can’t figure a way to stop this entirely, here’s a quick tip to change input from the menu bar to recover without delay. Make the sound prefrences to show on your menu bar Hold options keys ...
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Mac OSX microphone input volume level auto-adjusts - can it be disabled?

MacOS itself doesn't have auto-adjust option for mic, so there applications which are doing this. You need to check, which applications, which potentially are working with camera/mic have this auto-...
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How do I reset Camera and Microphone permission on macOS Mojave?

You need to use tccutil to manage the privacy database -- this involves opening the Terminal and using the command line! Here's how to do it for QuickTime Player: tccutil reset Camera com.apple....
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How do I re-authorize Quicktime Player to use the microphone when once it has been denied?

Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Microphone, unlock the preference pane by clicking the padlock symbol at the bottom left of the window and tick "QuickTime Player.app", ...
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Where is the mic located in apple earphones?

It's located in remote box. You can see the inside and actual mic on iFixIt website. Microphone is marked red 2F17 045.
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

As the answer already states, it's because the AirPods change to the SCO codec. The bad news is, there is no way to permanently change this in macOS High Sierra¹ - there was a way to fix it in macOS ...
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Is it possible to record iMovie voice over with AirPods?

I found a way to trick iMovie into accepting my AirPods by creating a new Aggregate Device with the Audio Midi Setup Tool. First launch the Audio Midi Setup app, and click the + in the bottom left of ...
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Display Mic volume in the menu bar

Just wanted to share the following app too - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mutekey/id1509590766?mt=12 Good UI. Adds icon in the menu bar. Ability to add keyboard hotkey. Can select among input ...
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How to show "Input Devices" in Sound menu bar?

⌥+click Hold down the option key on the keyboard while clicking on the volume icon in the menu bar gives you both input and output device selection from the UI menu.
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OS X: Route audio output to audio input

Blackhole BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency. Following the steps outlined by Alexandre G, ...
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How can I use macOS Monterey's new "Mic Mode" feature with Zoom?

The third party apps will need to be reprogrammed to call the Apple code that enables this. In order to use Mic Modes, your app must adopt the Core Audio AUVoiceIO audio unit. This is a popular ...
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How to always use macbook microphone with Bose QuietComfort 35?

I'm not sure how practical this is (I haven't had the chance to measure CPU usage, etc.), but the below AppleScript will do the job—just replace [YOUR HEADPHONES' NAME] with the actual name of your ...
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Is there any way an iOS app can access the mic/camera without the user's knowledge?

The first attempt by any app to access the microphone or camera will cause an OS-level confirmation dialog to grant permission. This adds the app to that list with the ability to grant/revoke the ...
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

I just created a little menu bar app that forces the default input to be the built-in microphone of the mac if exists, if not you can choose your desired default input source. No more sound quality ...
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AirPods: Extremely poor mic quality on Mac

This problem frustrates me to no end. Recently I noticed that when I start a Vagrant/VirtualBox VM (vagrant up), and it prompts me for administrator access (one time I remember it asked for access to ...
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`AppleCamera` used by Google Chrome even with all extensions+apps disabled/tabs closed

You have presumed too much from the software's name. The CoreMediaIO Device Abstraction Layer (DAL) Apple.Camera.plugin does not control the camera, and wouldn't know how to control it even if you ...
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Distorted, robotic-sounding audio on Google Meet from AirPods 2 (via microphone)

I have a similar issue and found that a sudo killall coreaudiod via Terminal fixes the issue. From what I understand this resets the audio. My issue is exclusively with a Google Meet in Safari. A Meet ...
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Is the microphone in Mac Discord app always on? If so, can I withdraw permission at the Mac level, or in the app itself?

You can revoke Microphone access for Discord in System Settings -> Privacy & Security -> Microphone.
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mac OS microphone only works when using Siri, works fine on bootcamp

I had the same issue recently, and i found a seemingly stupid fix to it. Go to system preferences, keyboard, and access the dictation and try using it on any document. The default to using dictation ...
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Dictation under macOS Catalina not working with display microphone

Me too :-( I am on the phone with tech support now. Tech support said, "After doing some research it looks like this is something Apple engineers are aware of and investigating. They have a ...
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Is there a way to stop macos from changing audio input when new device connects?

This little app seems to do a good job forcing MacOS to use a given audio input and not switch: https://github.com/milgra/airpodssoundqualityfixer (Found on the related question: https://apple....
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macOS Monterey: Bluetooth mic issues when Mute/Adjust input volume

There’s a bug in macOS Monterey when using Bluetooth headphones. Any time a Bluetooth headset’s mic is muted, the output is muted as well
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