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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs System 10.6
Upgrading to Snow Leopard made me disappointed to see that Sound Source no longer works as a menu extra. However, this left me disappointed for only a few seconds, as I figured out that by Option-clicking the OS X Sound icon in the menu bar, you can choose your inputs! I don't recall Leopard ever doing this, or seeing it in the new features of 10.6. Enjoy!

[robg adds: This is definitely new in 10.6, and a welcome addition.]
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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: slyborg on Sep 01, '09 07:52:25AM

SoundSource is also updated as an application now, and works fine with SL.



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: NJRonbo on Oct 24, '09 05:54:39AM

Hate to say this, but SoundSource does not work with SL.

It works, but every time you reboot it loses its settings and
defaults back to internal sound. At least this is the case on
my Mac Pro. SoundSource worked fine under Leopard but
not in SL. The developers refuse to answer any support
emails.



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: chrisb63 on Sep 01, '09 08:28:46AM

My iMac is linked, trough the headphone plug, to my radio.

The problem is when the radio isn't on, NO sound at all.

Is there a way to have both, the speakers of my radio AND iMac's speakers ?



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: stevebr on Sep 01, '09 09:01:02AM

Wondering about more of the sound I/O behaviour under 10.6:

I use SoundSource on my Mac Pro (running 10.5) because it switches audio out automatically between headphones and line when headphones are plugged in or removed. This model of Mac doesn't do this on its own as some other models do (discussed here, among other places).

Does the built-in sound control in 10.6 address this, or should I continue to use SoundSource when I upgrade the OS on this machine?



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: jendahl on Sep 01, '09 09:21:39AM

I've not updated yet, and decided to play with the Sound icon in 10.5.8. Clicking, Cmd-click and Ctrl-click all seem to modify the standard output volume. However, Option-click brings up the same slider, but at a different setting. Changing that setting doesn't seem to affect volume, and the setting is retained. It doesn't seem to be balance. Not sure what it's affecting.

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John Endahl, District Network Administrator
Williamston Community Schools

"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: Unsoluble on Sep 01, '09 10:16:00AM

It's showing you the Alert Volume.



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: jendahl on Sep 01, '09 10:28:03AM

Ah, right you are. Thanks!

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John Endahl, District Network Administrator
Williamston Community Schools

"A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled."



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: sblasl on Sep 01, '09 07:07:54PM
PTHVolume 2 is working with 10.6:

http://pth.com/products/pthvolume/

PTHVolume 2 is an utility for Mac OS X 10.5 and later that is used to control the volume of your Mac OS X machine. For most people the included Mac OS X widget is sufficient for controlling volume. There are however two situations in which PTHVolume 2 is a much more useful alternative.

Multiple Output Device Control. The Mac OS X 10.5 volume widget works for changing the volume if you only have a single audio device connected to your computer. But what happens when you have multiple audio devices? This is where PTHVolume 2 excels, you can individually control the volume of multiple devices without opening up System Preferences.

Volume Control with Non Apple Keyboards. Your type of keyboard is a very personal choice, if you like the keyboards Apple provides then you can just use the standard volume keys. But what happens if you like the IBM Model M style of keyboards, without custom volume keys. Well PTHVolume 2 comes to your rescue, you can set keyboard shortcuts for any and all volume devices

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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: alpha7 on Sep 02, '09 10:04:57AM

I still prefer SoundSource (now an app compatible with 10.6) since it provides the ability to control individual volume sliders for each input & output.



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: sadyhr on Oct 23, '09 01:58:14AM

Hi

Now it seems I'm too late - I'm still using 10.4 - does anybody know where to download the older version of SoundSource?

Thanx, Sebastian

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/Sebastian



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: daturi on Sep 02, '09 10:32:42AM

Great! Thank you.



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10.6: Easily switch sound inputs and/or outputs
Authored by: bloodnok on Jun 25, '10 05:41:39AM

if you have two output devices, the o/s is clever enough to allow you to direct your alert sounds to one or the other. i've usb speakers connected to an imac & alerts directed to the built-in speakers. certain apps - thunderbird, for example - direct their alert sound to the main output. this is undesirable behaviour. does anyone know of an app that can select outputs by app? or a way to tell thunderbird specifically to use the alerts output?



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