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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects System 10.4
Tiger only hintDo you (like me) think that the Jag/Panther system sounds were classy and "in," while Tiger adds some which are not only unnecessary, but also quite annoying? Not only that, but also Apple decided that "they know better" and disallowed choosing which sounds we want to be played on specific events. They allow only turning all "user interface" sounds on or off.

If you'd like to keep the sounds, but only silence (or change) a couple of the most annoying ones, here's how:
  1. Open Terminal

  2. Type this command:
     $ cd /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/Resources/SystemSounds/system/
  3. Disable the disk image mounting noise with:
     $ sudo mv Volume\ Mount.aif Volume\ Mount.org
    Now the most annoying one's gone. If you want to disable the old Windows-like recycle bin sound, you'll need these two commands:
     $ cd ../finder/
     $ mv empty\ trash.aif empty\ trash.org
    
You may be able to supply your own sounds in place of the original ones. I haven't tested it, though, as I am happy with only the events, which were "sound enhanced" in Panther, making noise. If you change your mind, renaming the files back to their original names (with ".aif" at the end) will, of course, bring the disabled sounds back in no time.

[robg adds: In the SystemSounds folder, you'll find a folder of sounds for the Finder, accessibility, ink, the Dock, and the system. It should be trivial to replace any sound with any other sound you'd like to use; just keep a backup of the original in case you want it back later. As I was looking at the sounds, the only thing I found a bit strange is that 'burn complete.aif' and 'burn failed.aif' are identical sounds (10.4.1, clean install). I would have guessed that failure would sound different than success, but I guess not!]
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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: brycesutherland on Jun 29, '05 11:14:12AM

I quite like the "move" sound.

However, I don't have a disk mounting sound. Just mounted the iTunes 4.9 image and didn't hear a thing except for my hard drive doing a little whiring.



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: EddEdmondson on Jun 29, '05 11:51:55AM
 $ mv empty trash.aif empty trash.org
should be
 $ mv empty\ trash.aif empty\ trash.org
surely?


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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: EddEdmondson on Jun 29, '05 11:53:09AM

Oh and replace 'Volume Mount' with 'Volume\ Mount' too!



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: cougar718 on Jun 29, '05 04:09:32PM

Hey all,

Something strange is goin' on here. The 'Volume Mount' sound located in the 'system' folder does not play when a volume is mounted, IE, Disk Image. Instead, that sound is played when I undo a move in the Finder. IE: Move a folder to the Trash can and then choose 'Undo'

The 'Move to trash' sound located in the 'finder' folder never plays. The sound which is played when I do move a file to the trash is the 'drag to trash' sound located in the 'dock' folder. That's a shame cause I actually like the 'move to trash' sound.

Another sound that I never heard is the 'Volume Unmount' sound located in the 'system' folder.

What is goin' on here?

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Rick alias cougar



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: GeJe on Jun 29, '05 04:35:28PM

Same thing here. Not "mount" or "unmount" volume sound effect, no "move to trash.aif" played.
Anyone 's got those being played ?
Thanks !



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: cougar718 on Jun 29, '05 05:28:43PM

Geje : Do you at least have the 'mount volume' sound being played when you undo from within the Finder? Use the example I mentioned to see if the sound is played!

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Rick alias cougar



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: GeJe on Jun 29, '05 06:36:05PM

Yes I do, when undoing a trash operation for example. Do you have every sound ?



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: twdldee on Oct 14, '05 11:34:59PM

TinkerTool and other such apps may disable Finder soundz by default when they are implemented. Open up TinkerTool, or get it (free -worth it, too), and uncheck the "disable sound effects" box under the Finder heading. Relaunch the Finder and have fun getting startled every time the Finder gets the beachball, or you're playing with large filez.



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: cosmo64 on Mar 14, '06 01:07:25PM

I get the horrible "Volume Mount" sound whenever I move or copy ANY file! I'm surprised nobody's mentioned it - surely it can't just be me...?

And yes, I did rename the Volume Mount sound to ".org" to disable it. Yet still it haunts me. Any idea where else this sound is embedded? Make it stop! Arrrrghghghgh...

Adam



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: samsprograms on Jun 29, '05 07:40:06PM

Couldn't you simply uncheck the "Play user interface sound effects" checkbox in the Sound preference pane?



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: samsprograms on Jun 29, '05 07:41:07PM

nevermind



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10.4: Disable some annoying Tiger sound effects
Authored by: wgscott on Jun 30, '05 09:57:43AM

This is a a great hint, and it also inspired me to dig into Mail.app to disable the subset of sounds that I hate, which is everything but the mail being sent sound.

They are in

Mail.app/Contents/Resources/*.aiff

Thanks again!



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