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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules Apps
In Mail.app I have a number of rules that reroute incoming mail to certain folders. The messages sorted into those folders are not particularly important, so I don't like hearing the new mail sound unless the message makes it to my inbox.

I looked at the various actions one can perform for a rule, but there was no option to 'play no sound.' Solution? Open Audacity and generate a one second, 25,000Hz tone and export it as an AIFF to ~/Library/Sounds/. Next add a play sound rule and select the tone (nomailsilence25kHz.aiff seemed logical to me).

Why not just generate one second of silence? Well, Audacity doesn't let you export a completely silent file. 25,000Hz is a frequency well above the human hearing range. Unfortunately, your pets will still receive the new mail notifications.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. I can just imagine the reaction of my dogs to this.]
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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: nekomatic on Feb 16, '11 07:59:49AM

I doubt the sound hardware in your Mac will reproduce 25 kHz at any audible volume, even to dogs. But there are plenty of other ways of generating a silent sound file. In fact, if you Google 'silent mp3' you'll find plenty for download.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: pwsloss on Feb 16, '11 08:15:19AM

Or, you can just make the audio level very low and the length of the clip very short.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: Newwell on Feb 16, '11 08:21:45AM

There is a way to silence Mail without having to create a "silent" sound.

In those rules where you don't want the new mail sound, simply add "Stop evaluating rules" as the last step under 'Perform the following actions' section.

Just make sure that it is the last step - after your other actions like Move Message, etc. - so that those other rules are performed first.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: craigsheppard on Feb 16, '11 08:32:21AM

Great workaround!

There are many programs that will allow you to create a silent file. GarageBand should do the trick... Audio Hijack Pro, Logic, and probably some test-tone generators would work too.

Also - don't worry, your dogs won't hear a thing because your computer is outputting with a maximum samplerate of 48kHz. Anything above half of that (ie above 24kHz) is filtered out to negate the effects of aliasing.

Craig



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: doktorbuzzo on Feb 16, '11 08:59:11AM

Most speakers will probably cut off well before 20 kHz. In addition, lots of digitized audio has already been pre-filtered before sampling at either 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz (for high-quality encoding). A typical response range for stereo computer speakers is 80 Hz - 15 kHz.

FWIW, you can test both your speakers and your own ears here: http://www.freemosquitoringtones.org



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: david-bo on Feb 17, '11 12:49:25AM

Anyone know how to create a silent MIDI-file?

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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: bedouin on Feb 16, '11 08:34:21AM

I found out shortly after I submitted this hint that it doesn't work. What this does is just makes Mail.app play another sound *after* the default one. Still working on a solution . . .



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: kyngchaos on Feb 16, '11 09:17:51AM

How about this (untested):

- tell Mail to play no sound at all by default

- tell your mailbox filtering rules to play the silence sound, then stop applying filters

- add a filter at the very end to play your previous "default" sound for all messages - since the other filters say to stop applying filters, this one will only be reached for those left in the inbox



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: michelcolman on Feb 16, '11 10:06:27AM

That's what I've been doing for years. Standard sound switched off. Different rules play different sounds (or none at all) and stop applying further rules. A default rule at the end plays a sound for all remaining messages. Works perfectly.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: kyngchaos on Feb 16, '11 01:15:55PM

Of course - no silence sound needed for those rules where no sound wanted. Simplifies this alternative.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: kyngchaos on Feb 16, '11 01:22:55PM

It just occurred to me that this alternative might play the final rule sound for every email that is left in the inbox, yuck. Unless Mail is smart enough to group filter actions that happen close together and play the sound once (though a large email might still break that grouping).



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: gidds on Feb 16, '11 03:07:04PM

In my case, I set up an Applescript to *speak* when I get a mail: it says "Mail from" and then the sender of the email. Jolly useful: I can hear immediately how urgent it's likely to be, and decide whether to stop what I'm doing.

(I can dig it out if anyone wants...)

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Audacity and silence
Authored by: SeanAhern on Feb 16, '11 10:51:41AM
Audacity doesn't let you export a completely silent file.
Sure it does. In Audacity:
  1. Generate->Silence…
  2. Select 1 second.
  3. File->Export as AIFF…
Worked fine for me (Audacity 1.2.5). Here's the generated AIFF file.

(Yes, I know the hint isn't working for you any more. But I wanted to address the Audacity comment.)

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Audacity and silence
Authored by: bedouin on Feb 17, '11 03:17:20AM

Dunno why, but when I made a half second of silence the Export option was grayed out.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: stokessd on Feb 16, '11 11:01:16AM

My mail.app both on my macbook pro and on my current generation iMac has mail notification sounds that are as unreliable as an M16 in the mud. I'd say I get a new mail notification sound like 15% of the time.

I strongly suspect this is some sort of interaction between mobileme and my iPhone/Desktops.


Sheldon



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: emaven on Feb 17, '11 02:25:11AM

Look at this hint about using IDLE with mail
<http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20081227031321447>



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: tedw on Feb 17, '11 07:20:44AM

Why not just have the rule play the "No new messages" sound (which is the normal sound that mail plays when it finds no new messages - a kind of 'tink')?



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: superking on Mar 03, '11 10:54:32AM

lol you all crack me up.

Open any text editor and save the blank file as whatever.aiff

Congratulations you now have an empty aiff file.

You can now continue to waste your time elsewhere.



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Disable New Mail Notification Sound for Certain Rules
Authored by: asmeurer on Mar 17, '11 08:33:18PM
Or if you're not afraid to use the Terminal, touch silence.aiff should do it too.

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