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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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Is it possible to boost Windows' sound volume to a higher limited value?

I often listen to Last.fm with my headphones on, but sadly, some songs are recorded with a bit lower volume than the other. Even when maxing out all my audio settings, I want more. Is there any way ...
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Is there a way to listen to the input sound on Mac OS X?

Is there any easy way to listen to the input on a mac? For example, assume I have a microphone hooked up to the input (i.e. line in) of my mac, and I have headphones hooked up to the output of my ...
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Software that annotates audio and video files

I am looking for free or inexpensive software that I can watch video or listen to audio files and annotate what is happening as I watch. I am looking for something akin to audacity's label track but ...
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How to convert series of MP3 to a M4B in a batch

I have a batch of MP3 based books. Some of them divide into files according to book's own structure: chapters and so on. Some of them was just divided into equally lengthened parts. So. I've bought ...
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Did volume control just mess up my volume buttons?

I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 and when listening to music I usually just turn the volume up and down with the buttons on my PC. Tonight however, I found out that my headphones I've had for 3 years broke ...
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Why would sound suddenly stop working on Windows 7?

I'm running Windows 7 RTM on a laptop and sometime between 7pm and 9:30pm tonight my sound stopped working. I was away from the computer at the time and watched a youtube video with sound just before ...
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Configure how much the volume increases with each keystroke in winamp

Currently, my winamp only increases the volume by 1 ou 2% each time I press the volume up key. How can I change that behaviour? I couldn't find it in the settings. thanks ANSWER: I've found out the ...
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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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How to install audio drivers for Acer Revo nettop?

I have a Acer Revo nettop. I wiped the XP Home install that came on the machine and put XP Pro on. Acer's support website would lead you to believe that this product does not exist. I know it has a ...
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Multitrack editing for radioplay/podcast software request

I am currently working on editing a live audio production in audacity and I'm finding that cutting this up is rather time intensive. I'm looking for a piece of software that is geared more towards ...
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What do ALSA devices like “hw:0,0” mean? How do I figure out which to use?

I've searched over and over and can't find any explanation of what "hw:0,0" means. How do I determine the number of my USB audio card? MPD requires me to enter something like this: audio_output { ...
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Does Winamp include video or audio encoders?

Does Winamp have an audio/video encoder? I would really enjoy that.
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How do I add another audio stream to an MP4 file?

I've got an MP4 video file and I want to add another AAC audio track to it. I've tried YAMB and MeGUI (frontends for MP4Box) and it plays correctly in Zoom Player, but it picks the wrong track in WMP ...
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Is there a Vista 64 bit alternative to Noteburner? [closed]

I was an happy user of Noteburner on XP 32 bit but then I upgraded to Vista 64 bit. I contacted their support and they confirmed it does not work but they don't have any date for a new version.
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Pidgin sound event when a message is received when the conversation window doesn't have focus

I'm looking for a way to set the sound preferences in Pidgin such that a sound is played only when a message is received when the conversation window doesn't have focus. There doesn't seem to be an ...
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Ubuntu no Sound from Optical OUT

I installed a new sound card, a Turtle Beach card, and can't seem to get sound out of the optical out. lspci says it is a CM8738 chip. I can get static out the front two channels with the following ...
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Why is QuickTime’s volume significantly softer than VLC’s?

I have a Unibody Macbook running 10.5.5. When I play videos in QuickTime the audio is low even after I raise both the QuickTime volume meter and the system volume meter to the maximum. When I play the ...
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MP3 vs M4A (AAC): what is the audio codec for portable devices which gives maximum independence?

A couple of years back MP3 was the most supported format for portable devices. Then Apple came along and wiped the floor of all the portable devices with the iPod as well as the iPhone. They clearly ...
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5.1 Sound on my Mac

I have a set of 5.1 speakers, and I've been connecting them to my Macbook via two audio cables with a coupler on both ends. I get the extra volume and bass response that a 5.1 system brings, but I'm ...
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How do I make my “Fn + Volume Up/Down” keys adjust my headphone channel in Ubuntu Karmic?

I solved this problem in Jaunty, but the Sound preferences menu has extensively changed in Karmic. What is the new way to do this? Original question: I always have my master channel muted, and I ...
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How can I boost the volume of my Video

I have a video that I need to pass on to some of my friends but it has very low audio volume. How can I boost the audio volume in this video so that it has a similar level as my other videos? Is ...
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Balance volume on both audio channels in a video file

I have a video file where one audio channel is much louder than the other. Could I take the louder channel and mix it with the low channel? I know it won't be stereo anymore, but mono sound on both ...
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Muting an Application on a Mac

Is it possible to mute just a single application (ex. Safari) on Mac while letting other application's sound continue to run through?
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How do I assign different audio sources to different outputs?

XP Pro Thinkpad t60 I have recently started using voip and for that purpose I bought a cordless headphone/mic. It works very well, but when I have it on, all audio goes through the headphone. I ...
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Does anyone know of a simple way to get an 8CH ADAT signal into a laptop/desktop? [closed]

The only interfaces I can find with ADAT cost more than I am willing to spend, and have a lot of features and inputs that I do not need. Ideally this would be a simple USB/FIREWIRE/PCI device with 1 ...
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Windows Media Based video audio converter?

This may seem like an odd question. Right now ONLY windows media player, VLC and media player classic opens and plays my audio video correctly. Virtualdub plays it back with the wrong framerate and ...
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Missing audio transcoding options under VLC for Mac

I'm following the iPod Video Conversion Guide for VLC (VideoLAN) v1.02 on a Mac. I've reached the section where I need to choose which audio transcoding option to use. Both audio format options for ...
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Windows XP machine is not making 'event' sounds

My neighbour has a machine running XP that no longer makes Windows 'event' sounds, such as the Startup/Shutdown sounds. I've checked all the obvious things. If I go in to edit the sound scheme, I ...
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Is there an equalizer for windows that works regardles of audio/video player [closed]

I'm tired of having to tweak the audio on every media application I have installed. Is there an app that will sit between any media application and my sound-card so that I can set audio levels and ...
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How do you repeat a WMA in Media Player with no gaps?

I've set up Windows Media Player with a playlist that plays the same WMA twice. I've also set it to repeat (loop). This is somewhat Ok for no gaps during transition, but once every 10 minutes, I'll ...
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How to reset per application volume setting in Windows 7 and Vista

I've altered per application volume settings for my applications. I want to reset every individual volume setting so that all apps use the global volume settings. How should I do that?
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What music-playing software application would work well for a blind user? [closed]

I have a friend who is blind and enjoys listening to music. But he struggles with Windows Media Player; it's difficult for him to navigate to the song he wants, or control playback. I'd like to find ...
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Background hiss and noise when using earbuds on MacBook Pro

I have an early 2009 17" MacBook Pro. I was very impressed with it until deciding to connect my earphones. I can hear a continual background hiss that 'clicks' in when audio starts and then clicks off ...
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random chimes in linux

I have no idea how to find any information about this. I am running redhat 5 with a gnome destkop. Periodically, I hear chimes, three tones, either ascending or descending, at random intervals. It ...
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Using Sigmatel STAC 92XX on Windows 7 RTM x64, cannot get 5.1 surround sound to work

I have a Dell XPS 420. I've installed Windows 7 RTM (x64) I have this audio device: SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio I have tried using the windows 7 basic driver, and also the Vista 64-bit ...
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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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virtualdub/ffshowtry and audio codecs that should exist

While trying to convert a video i notice virtualdub cant find my codec (no sound in output file). Even while setting use source audio it cannot find the audio. VLC can play the sound so how can i get ...
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How to work around Realtek HD Audion Manager's “Defaut Device” setting?

I've got my headphones plugged into the back panel of my mobo, and SPDIF audio out. Realtek HD Audio Manager will only let me to select 1 Default Device - that means every time i need to swap between ...
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How can I find out what programs are using sound in Linux?

Is there anyway of knowing what binaries are using the sound system/server? Like seeing something in the /proc directory ( or /dev ) ? After a while ALSA stops working , and I would like to know why.
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Out of sync audio video using mencoder

I converted an mkv (matroska) file to avi using ffmpeg: ffmpeg -i input.mkv -f mp4 -vcodec mpeg4 -sameq -r 29.97 -b 512kb -acodec ac3 -ab 128kb -vol 512 output.avi The output file plays fine using ...
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Reducing volume of an audio device on windows 7

I have a USB headset with a very loud amplifier, but low granularity in its gain control. In order to get comfortable audio, I have to reduce the individual application levels in the mixer to '1', and ...
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Volume controls for OSX when using external soundcard

I have an external interface (Presonus Firestudio Project) that I have hooked up to my Mac and am using it with my studio monitors for all my audio needs. I have the Mac setup to use the interface as ...
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Removing chalkmark sounds from recordings

I have been recording lectures, but unfortunately these contain a lot of chalk sounds. Is there any way of removing these? Related List item - Removing noise from a recording - this seems to be ...
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Increasing loudness while using VLC-Player to copy videos

I film via a videocamera with has a microphone that unfortunatly often not loud enough. That camera stores the videos on mini DVD and at the moment I copy the videos from the camera to my computer via ...
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How can I disable the beep when changing the volume?

On Windows XP, whenever I raise or lower the volume via the system tray, the PC makes a beep when I let go of the mouse. How do I disable this?
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Broadcomm WIDCOMM A2DP Quality Adjustment

So I got a sweet pair of bluetooth A2DP headphones for a sweet, sweet price (Motorola A805, if you were wondering). They sound great paired with an iPhone. However, when I pair with a computer using ...
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Outlook and system beeps

Whenever i receive an email through outlook my computer makes a beep noise, is there anyway to turn this off I have disabled all sounds on the machine
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Send only video out with HDMI cable

My laptop has an HDMI out port and my new TV has HDMI in ports. Hooking them up so that I can use the laptop to play movies with sound on the TV works fine. However, I haven't been able to find a ...
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Application to Stream any Audio to UPnP Device (XBox 360)

Is there any sort of application that will just take whatever audio happens to be playing on a PC and stream it to a UPnP Client? For example, you could just run the app, and then play music from ...