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Per application volume settings: possible on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

Is it possible to set per-application volume levels under Mac OS X? I would like to be able to turn the volume down on Entourage for new emails, but leave everything else at a pleasant level, ...
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Add an audio track to an existing MPEG movie (using MEncoder?)

I have an existing MPG (MPEG-1) video file. The video has no sound. I have an audio track (currently in MP3 format, but I could record it in AC3 or some other required format if that's what it will ...
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Is it possible to mute your computer through the command-line interface? [duplicate]

Currently, I can press the mute button on my keyboard, making my sound turn off. Is it possible to do this through cmd.exe so that I can run it with other things I have in that program?
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Does VirtualBox support line in and the microphone?

I am running windows 7 on my host which has the microphone working just fine but I cannot get the mic to work under any guest (I have tried Ubuntu 10.4 and Windows XP). I am beginning to think that ...
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linux arecord: capture sound card output rather than microphone input

I am trying to capture sound card output and encode it in Vorbis ogg format using the following command: arecord -f cd -t raw | oggenc - -r -o file.ogg However, the computer's microphone input is ...
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Prevent applications to control master volume on Linux

Whenever I change the volume in VLC, Rhythmbox, or a video on YouTube, it change the master volume, i.e. the system volume. How can I prevent this from happening? I'm running Debian 7.0.0 (wheezy) ...
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How to play MP3 files into the microphone input

In a chat session, whenever I want the other person to hear a pre-recorded voice, I need to play it on my speakers and use my microphone to capture it. How can I play MP3 files into the microphone ...
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Google Chrome Missing from Volume Mixer

I have Windows 8.1, and Google Chrome is missing from my Volume Mixer (it does not show up on it). I cannot hear any audio from that program. I've tested both Flash audio (e.g., YouTube) and HTML5 ...
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Windows 7 laptop's volume with headphones way too loud

I have two headphones, neither has any amps or volume control, and both have the same problem with this computer. I normally have the volume on 10%, and that is optimal. I'm still very afraid that ...
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Increase granularity, range and curvature of the volume control slider

There is a common problem for USB speakers (such as Logitech SBS-150 in my case, for which Logitech provides no solution) and headphones- they are too loud. When you use the Windows volume control ...
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command-line utility to record from microphone

I am looking for command-line utility that monitors the microphone, and if you start to speak, writes the file. Recording period should be adjusted. Solution is: sox -t alsa default recording.wav ...
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Automatically Adjusting System Volume Based Upon Ambient Noise Level

My home office has a loud air conditioner right next to my computer desk. When the air conditioner turns on, I need to increase my computer's volume level in order to hear music and sound effects. ...
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How can I make the sound direction from an application “move” with the window position?

I currently use 3 monitors to efficiëntly use multiple windows and applications at the same time. This works very well for me in general, but I have a problem. Sometimes a specific window, ...
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Automatically remove all music from mp3 talk show

Is there a tool that can automatically remove the music sections of a given mp3 file so only the talking part is left? This would create a better listening experience when listening to the file on my ...
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Can Windows use headsets that have a single audio jack with 4 rings?

As you guys may know, for several years now, Apple uses 4-ring headphone jacks instead of 3-ring headphone jacks, and the fourth ring is dedicated to microphone input. This is what lets you have ...
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Is there a music player that will automatically mute when other audio starts playing?

I find myself listening to music while I use my computer, and constantly pausing and un-pausing the music when I watch a video on youtube, open up a game, or any other task that needs audio. Do any ...
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ubuntu: sound: send one application sound to left speaker and another to a right speaker

Is it possible to send Chrome's sound output to one speaker, and send Rhythmbox's sound output to the other speaker? I would like to listen to N.P.R. from my left speaker and Glen Beck from my right ...
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How do I voice-chat with my friend on PC, sharing my screen and game audio without mixing in their voice?

I consider myself a tech-savvy person, but this audio-related problem I don't know how to solve. Imagine the following situation: You're chatting with a friend using Skype to show them what's on your ...
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How to disable MS GS WAVETABLE synth? or what is occuping it?

I have a small(?) issue program. A friend of mine has a computer with the following specs: Creative XtremeMusic soundcard (latest x-fi drivers, the complete package) USB Midimate 2 (usb midi ...
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Any game kills my sound

Every time I quit a game such as Braid, Fallout3, AVP all sound on the PC dies (Control Panel > No Audio Devices) I installed a new sound card (SB Audigy) and updated to the latest drivers, and it ...
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OS X: Increase granularity of audio volume controls

I'm using USB headphones with a Mac Mini, and the lowest volume setting is too loud for most applications. Is there any way to increase the granularity (number of steps) in the volume control, or to ...
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Can I lock the volume or disable the volume keys on Mac OS X?

When my small children play games on the Mac, they use the keyboard shortcut (what ought to be the "F12" key) to turn the volume up to the max, which is way too loud. I'm working on configuration ...
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VLC volume only to 200%?

According to this comment it seems that VLC could boost the audio volume up to 800% in the past versions. Today I installed VLC multimedia player version 2.0.5 and it is capable only to boost up to ...
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Add silence to the end of an MP3

Do any of you know of a way of adding silence of a fixed duration to the end of an MP3, in Linux? For example using MEncoder, FFmpeg, etc? It needs to be command line as it will be scripted and ...
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Command line tool to identify audio file specs

I'm looking for an audio file equivalent to ImageMagick's identify command. For example, with identify, I can get brief information about a bunch of images: % identify b* banner1.jpg JPEG 134x614 ...
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Can a 3.5mm headphone splitter be used to join two inputs into one output?

I want to be able to connect up my PC and iPod to the same speakers at the same time using a 3.5mm jack (very fiddly at the moment) - I have seen this Speaker and Headphones Splitter and wondered if ...
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How to convert M4B files to MP3?

I have downloaded some .m4b files, but my mp3 player cannot play them. I have tried several converters i found through google, but they can't seem to be able to convert the whole files. (Its an 8 hour ...
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Windows: How can I redirect sound coming in from the mic to the speakers output

Scenario - I want to use my mic plug as a "line-in" input that will get mixed with the other audio being output to the speakers. How can this be done on Windows 7 / Vista?
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How can I convert WAV to Apple lossless in the terminal?

I have a lot of WAV files that I do not wish to import into iTunes to convert. There are too many. I would like a way to convert these to Apple lossless in the terminal before importing to iTunes.
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Is it possible to switch between earphones and built-in monitor speakers?

When I plug my earphones into the front panel of my CPU, I get sounds from my earphones. When I unplug it, it goes to the default built-in speakers of the monitor. Is it possible to set through a ...
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How to disable browser audio?

I use Google Chrome for Windows. How to disable or mute Flash audio?
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Windows 7 volume On Screen Display?

I just upgraded my PC to Windows 7. I'd like to get back the on screen display (osd) for volume. With XP I used to see a horizontal band of green bars on the screen that showed the volume level when I ...
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What's a good audio player for musicians?

Can you recommend any free audio players (for windows) which are well suited for musicians? Some of the features I'd like to see in a player are: change the pitch of a song (e.g. transpose songs in ...
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What does the grey peak mean in Volume Mixer?

In Volume Mixer I can tell the green bar shows the loudness, but what does the grey bar mean? What is the significance of it being clipped by the user-set volume level?
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HDMI won't output audio to my TV?

I recently upgraded my graphics card from an XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB to an MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB. (Windows 8 x64) The TV is a Vizio E500i-A1 My HDMI audio output used to work fine with my TV, but ...
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Headphone jack not working in Windows 7

My headphone jack doesn't work under Windows 7 64 bit. I tried the following things: 3 different headphones speakers 2 different versions of the Realtek driver (2.7 / 2.6) Standard Windows 7 ...
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Is it possible to “pipe” audio into the “line in” for a particular program?

I want to take the audio output of a program, and "pipe" it into the audio input of another program. So I could, say, play a song with Banshee, and have Skype hear it, playing it to whomever is in the ...
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Is there a free “AutoTune” plugin for Audacity?

I have plugged in GSnap in Audacity. How do I get the "tune" effect shown in the video Auto Tuning?
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Foobar 2000 change tracks title

I need to change my audiobook track titles. In new titles I need to have some constant name and variable track number. Is it possible to solve this in foobar? If yeas then how? If no then it there are ...
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Microphone volume at maximum yet too quiet

I have got a reasonbly basic desktop microphone, however for reasons that I don't understand it is extremley quiet. I dual boot, both systems run Windows 7, one system is working just fine although ...
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Virtual sound card driver for Windows

I have no sound card on my machine, but I want to (automatically) record screen with audio on it. So I thing it's some kind of virtual sound card driver needed to loop back sound send to play to ...
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Centralized PulseAudio setup

I want to do a setup, so that all my computers and TV use one audio system. Like this: Where media server is connected to acoustics and TV is connected through sound-card input and other systems ...
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Set device for program in PulseAudio?

In computer I have 2 sound devices. When I run some program (let's say Skype) I can (using "pavucontrol" -> "PulseAudio Volume Control") setup so that this application will use given device for ...
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Sound goes through speakers eventhough headphone is plugged in on HP notebook

I have a HP Pavilion dv4-1101tu notebook. Currently it is running on Windows 7. All devices are installed correctly with their driver softwares. When I make a call over Skype with my headphone ...
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Which lossless audio format should I use when storing them on my NAS?

I have started a project of ripping my big collection of CDs and storing them on my NAS. Since I care for audio quality I have decided to store them in a lossless format. Right now I have tried to use ...
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How to tell what is using an audio stream?

I've noticed that my computer doesn't want to stay in standby or go to standby after x minutes (as set in my Power Options). Running powercfg -requests tells me that my audio driver is keeping my ...
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How can I play .ram audio files without installing the Real Audio Player?

I want to listen to an audio file on this BBC French language learning site. However, the problem is that the audio file is a .ram file and from experience I don't want to install the Real Audio ...
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I want to run two audio sources through my headphones

I have a gaming headset that I use with my PS4 and would like to run music from my laptop into the audio line while using it with the PS4 as well. The headset just plugs into the 3.5mm jack in the ...
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Record sound from a single aplication

I need to be able to record the sound from a single application (in this case minecraft) without the recording containing any other sounds from other applications. I cannot just mute the applications ...
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Boost output volume past the maximum on OS X

The max volume on my iMac is way too low. I can barely hear videos in some online videos for example. I know the volume can go louder though — depending on the audio source the iMac can be very ...