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How to switch sound output devices on a mac

В приложении «Настройка Audio‑MIDI» на Mac можно настраивать устройства ввода и вывода звука, такие как микрофоны и многоканальные аудиоинтерфейсы. С ее помощью также можно напрямую передавать аудио с устройства iOS и iPadOS на компьютер Mac.

Доступные настройки в приложении «Настройка Audio-MIDI» зависят от используемого аудиоустройства. Например, Вы можете отрегулировать уровень громкости для каждого канала на Вашем устройстве вывода звука.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Подключите аудиоустройства к Mac и при необходимости установите сопутствующее программное обеспечение.

В приложении «Настройка Audio‑MIDI» на компьютере Mac выберите устройство в боковой панели окна «Аудиоустройства».

Примечание. Для устройств iOS и iPadOS сначала нажмите «Включить», затем выберите устройство. Возможно, потребуется разрешить доверять этому устройству или ввести код-пароль, чтобы разблокировать его.

Нажмите устройство, удерживая клавишу Control, или нажмите всплывающее меню «Настроить выбранное устройство» в левом нижнем углу бокового меню, затем выберите способ использования устройства.

Для ввода звука. Выберите «Использовать это устройство для ввода звука».

Для вывода звука. Выберите «Использовать это устройство для вывода звука».

Для воспроизведения системных звуков. Выберите «Воспроизводить предупреждающие сигналы и звуковые эффекты через это устройство».

В правой части окна «Аудиоустройства» задайте параметры выбранного устройства.

В большинстве случаев параметр «Тактовый генератор» установлен по умолчанию.

Откройте всплывающее меню «Формат». Выберите частоту дискретизации и разрядность квантования. Эти настройки должны соответствовать настройкам Вашего аудиоустройства.

Если Ваш компьютер Mac поддерживает аппаратный преобразователь частоты дискретизации, то на панели «Вход» есть всплывающее меню «Аппаратный преобразователь частоты». Если во всплывающем меню выбран вариант «Автоматически», аппаратный преобразователь частоты дискретизации включается при работе со звуком PCM на входе, отформатированным в соответствии с международным стандартом IEC 60958-3. Аппаратный преобразователь частоты дискретизации выключается при работе с зашифрованным потоковым звуком на входе. Чтобы аппаратный преобразователь частоты был постоянно включен или выключен, можно выбрать в меню соответственно «Включить» или «Отключить».

Если устройство поддерживает программное управление уровнем громкости, бегунки громкости отображаются синим цветом и доступны для регулировки. Перетяните бегунки, чтобы настроить уровень громкости для каждого канала.

Для настройки (многоканальных) динамиков объемного звука нажмите «Настройка динамиков», затем настройте конфигурацию.

Звук можно воспроизводить через встроенные динамики компьютера (если они есть) или через динамики, наушники или другое оборудование, подключенное к компьютеру Mac или доступное по беспроводной сети AirPlay.

На Mac выберите меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Звук», затем нажмите «Выход».

Выберите требуемое устройство в списке устройств вывода звука.

В списке перечислены все устройства вывода звука, доступные для компьютера Mac, включая встроенные динамики, устройства, подключенные к звуковому разъему компьютера ( ), динамики USB и устройства AirPlay.

Для любого устройства, подключенного к звуковому разъему компьютера, выберите «Наушники».

Выполните одно из следующих действий для настройки звукового выхода.

Регулировка баланса. Перетяните бегунок «Баланс».

Регулировка громкости. Перетяните бегунок «Громкость».

Прекращение вывода звука. Установите флажок «Выкл. звук».

Отображение регулятора громкости в строке меню. Установите флажок «Показывать громкость в строке меню», чтобы можно было в любое время увеличивать и уменьшать громкость.

Для установки другого уровня громкости сигналов предупреждения нажмите «Звуковые эффекты».

В зависимости от компьютера Mac и используемых устройств можно регулировать другие параметры громкости с помощью приложения «Настройка Audio-MIDI».

В приложении, имеющем регулятор громкости (например, Музыка или iMovie), уровень громкости может быть таким же или меньшим, чем выходная мощность компьютера. Они не могут превышать значения, установленные в настройках панели «Звук».

A Mac, whether it’s an iMac or a MacBook, supports multiple audio input and output devices. These devices can be connected to the system through various ports, and users can switch between them whenever they like. There’s also a stock MIDI app that allows users to create an aggregate audio device and output audio to multiple devices at once.

Change audio input/output on macOS

Connecting audio input and output devices to a Mac is simple; it supports connections through HDMI or Thunderbolt ports, the audio jack, and Bluetooth. You can have more than one audio device connected to the system and change them on the fly.

1. System Preferences – Sound

To change the audio input/output device on macOS from System Preferences;

  1. Make sure the device is connected to your Mac.
  2. Open System Preferences.
  3. Go to the Sound preference.
  4. Select the Output tab and select the device you want to use.
  5. Go to the Input tab, and select the device you want to use.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

2. Menu bar icon

For a much easier way to change the audio input and/or output device, you can add a sound control to the Menu bar and change the devices from it.

  1. Make sure the audio devices you want to use are connected to the Mac.
  2. Open System Preferences and go to Sound.
  3. At the bottom of the Sound preference panel, enable the ‘Show volume in menu bar’ option.
  4. Hold down the Option key, and click the speaker icon.
  5. Select an audio input and an output device to use, and macOS will switch to it.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

3. Ears – Third-party solution

If you want to change the audio input and/or output device via the keyboard, you can use a third-party app called Ears. Ears is not free; it costs $1.99 for a lifetime license, but it has a demo/trial version that you can use to see if it suits your needs.

    and install Ears.
  1. Run the app, and go to its preferences.
  2. Set up a keyboard shortcut to activate the app.
  3. Use the keyboard shortcut to open the app’s audio device selection window.
  4. Use the up/down arrow keys to select an audio device, and use the left/right arrow keys to switch between the list of audio input and output devices.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Conclusion

macOS can switch between audio devices on the fly. Regardless of which method you use to switch between audio devices, the change will be made instantly however, there may be some exceptions with apps. If you’ve changed an audio input or output device, and an app isn’t detecting the change, quit and launch it again.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

I’m writing an article, and I’m listening to music on Spotify over a bluetooth speaker that’s connected to my MacBook Pro. Suddenly, both my iPhone and Mac start to chime 1 . I have an incoming phone call.

When the phone rings I need to to two things under duress: put my headphones on and switch the audio output from the bluetooth speaker to the headphones. And I need to do this all before the call goes to voicemail. Seems simple enough. But it’s tougher than it sounds.

I know there’s a fast way to switch audio devices by Option-clicking on the volume icon in the menu bar and then choosing the audio device from the dropdown menu, and this sounds easy enough. But those menu bar icons are pretty small and there’s something about mousing under pressure that shoots my aim to hell. So this shortcut just isn’t a solution for me.

If I could create a simple keyboard shortcut that let me switch between all of my audio devices, that would be the best solution. But the question is, can I quickly switch between audio devices with a keyboard shortcut?

Using an applescript to set the audio device on a Mac

After a little googling, I found a simple, short applescript here, edited it a little to suit my purposes, and assigned it a keyboard shortcut to switch between the three audio output devices.

The applescript goes into the system preferences and picks the output device you indicate from the list of devices currently available. I’m sure that, in more skilled hands, this could all be done from a single instance of the script, but I chose to use 3 different versions of the script, each one indicating one of the three audio devices that I want to switch between.

tell application “System Preferences”

reveal anchor “output” of pane id “com.apple.preference.sound”

tell application “System Events” to tell process “System Preferences”

tell table 1 of scroll area 1 of tab group 1 of window 1

select (row 1 where value of text field 1 is “Name-of-thing”)

quit application “System Preferences”

Just edit “Name-of-thing” to the name of the device as it appears in the Sound preference pane, run it, and it will set that device as the current one.

Creating an audio output switcher shortcut with Keyboard Maestro

Next, I needed to set up keyboard access to this script. There are a number of ways to do this, Automator, Better Touch Tool, and others, but I chose to use Keyboard Maestro because it’s very powerful, very flexible, and I already use it to manage dozens of my shortcuts.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

To keep the shortcut memory overhead to a minimum, I assigned all three scripts the same keyboard shortcut. In Keyboard Maestro, this pops up a palette with each of the actions listed. Just type the number that corresponds with the action’s position in the list. To make this easier, I number each of the items in the list. I then assigned CMD, OPT, CTRL, Shift + S (for ‘sound’) to this palette.

Step-by-step

Here’s a quick step-by-step walk thru of creating an audio output switcher with Keyboard Maestro.

  1. In a text editor, edit the applescript included in this article. Replace “Name-of-thing” with the name of the device exactly as it appears in the Sound Preferences pane.
  2. Create a new group in Keyboard Maestro called Audio Switcher
  3. Create a new shortcut in this group. Name it “1. name of your device”. Using a numeral will make this item appear first in the list, and will be a helpful visual cue for what number to hit when you summon the palette.
  4. Click the New Trigger symbol and enter your desired hot key trigger
  5. Click the New Action Symbol and search for Execute Applescript in the list of actions
  6. Keep the default options for the new action.
  7. Paste the edited applescript into the script field.
  8. Test the script.

Repeat for each device you have. I recommend using the same hot key trigger and using the palette to reduce the number of shortcuts you need to keep track of.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

I thought of writing this after seeing my friend last night. We were going to watch a movie from his MacBook Pro to his TV via a HDMI cord. Since he wanted the audio to go through his TV’s speakers and not his computer’s he went to System Preferences > Sound > Output, then he selected the HDMI cable. While it gets the job done, there is a much easier and faster way to quickly change outputs and inputs for your audio. It can also be great if your computer is slow and it takes a little while to load the System Preferences app.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

All you have to do is hold the “Option” button as you select the volume menu item from the menu bar. Instead of being presented with a volume slider, you will be shown all possible audio Output and Input devices! You can select the one you would like to use. That’s it! No more need to go into System Preferences every time you want to use different speakers or microphones, you can do it without leaving the app your in!

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If you need to switch audio interfaces, you can do so quickly from the OS X menu bar.

Apple’s Mac systems come with a basic audio controller for playing through the system’s internal speakers or through the audio ports to headphones or a stereo system. However, if you would like to use a different controller such as a multi-channel USB interface for recording with GarageBand, Logic, or other use, then you can add it to the system and set it up to be used instead of Apple’s controllers.

While useful to have, if you configure your system with multiple interfaces then you might run into an issue where the system could revert to its internal controller after a restart, if your external device loses power or there is some other configuration change to the system.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac Holding the Option key when clicking the Audio menu will reveal the available audio devices for both Input and Output. Screenshot by Topher Kessler/CNET

This is usually not a problem and can be dealt with by going to the Sound system preferences and choosing the device to use for alert sounds, default system output, and default input under the respective tabs for those settings. However, in addition to this approach, the system offers a quicker way to set a specific device for recording or playback.

If you enable the volume control in the menu bar (active by default, but it can also be enabled in the Sound system preferences) then you can access this to change the system’s output volume. Additionally, if you hold the Option key when clicking this menu, the options will change from volume settings to a device selection menu where you should see the available audio controllers and be able to choose them. You can also select the option to open the Sound system preferences for more detailed settings options.

Unfortunately there is no option in this menu for accessing the Audio MIDI Setup utility that contains settings for aggregate devices, audio formats, and per-channel settings, but this can be accessed with a quick Spotlight search.

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How to switch sound output devices on a mac

If you have your Mac connected to different audio input and output sources, having to switch between them can be a process: You have to open up System Preferences, click on the Sound preference, and toggle the Input and Output tabs to find the right source. Or do you? Here’s a much faster way to do it.

The Mac is well-designed for audio media management. Whether you’re just listening to music and podcasts, or whether you’re a professional musician, the Mac has abilities (and complicated software tools and workflows) to suit you.

So it’s easy to get your Mac set up with audio inputs ranging from USB interfaces to the digital audio input, output including Bluetooth speakers, AirPlay and more. And keeping track of what audio is routing through which device can get to be a bit much to manage, at least if you’re doing it all through the Sound system preference.

How to add volume to the menu bar

You’re probably familiar with the volume level manager in the menu bar. If not, let’s get that out of the way first. Here’s how to turn it on:

  1. Click on the menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select Sound.
  4. Check Show volume in menu bar.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Now click on the sound icon in the menu bar. You can adjust the volume of whatever speaker is selected for output at present.

How to get more volume menu bar options

If you hold down the option button on the keyboard and then click on the sound icon in the menu bar, you’ll see a different menu appear. Now you can select whichever sound input method you’d like, and if you do it again, you can select whatever sound output method you’d like.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Obviously this has its limits: If you have really complicated audio workflows, you may not see all of your options listed here. And if you’re trying to manage multiple devices at once — let’s say AirPlay speakers throughout the house, for example — you may have to resort to iTunes or whatever app you’re using to control audio instead.

But this offers a quick and easy way to redirect audio into and out of your Mac without having to deal with the Sound system preference, so that’s something.

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Any trouble with this? Or have any questions, comments or thoughts to add? Let me know!

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Audio devices generally work solo. A MacBook, for example, only has one audio jack which means you can only connect one set of headphones or external speakers to it however, there are simple ways to get around it. Devices that connect via the audio jack can be forced to work together with a cheap hardware but the audio jack isn’t the only way an audio output device connects to a Mac.

USB and Bluetooth powered audio devices connect just as easily with a Mac. If you need them to work with the built-in speakers, or any other device connected to the audio jack, it’s fairly easy. There’s a built-in tool on macOS that lets you combine and output audio to multiple devices.

Output audio to multiple devices

Connect all the audio devices that you want to use to your Mac. On the Mac, look for and open an app called Audio MIDI Setup. This is a stock app on macOS and you should be able to open it from Spotlight, Launchpad, or the Applications folder.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Once you have the app open, you’ll notice that all the audio devices that are connected to your Mac are listed in a column on the left. At the bottom of this column, there’s a plus button. Click it, and select ‘Create Aggregate Device’ from the menu.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

This will add a new device to the left column. Select it and the pane on the right will list all the audio devices that are connected to your system. Check the box next to each device you want to output sound to.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Next, open the Clock Source dropdown and select one of the audio output devices. Next, look at the devices listed under ‘Subdevices’. You can change the order of these devices. Move the device that you select as the Clock Source to the very end.

Note: You may have noticed that I’ve added the same device i.e., a Bluetooth speaker twice. The speaker in question is both an input and an output device and in order to add it, I had to select all instances of it. You will likely have to do the same. If you’re using just a speaker with no mic, and you only care about outputing audio, you can instead create an aggregate Multi-output device. The process is much simpler; all you have to do is select the option from the plus button, and select your output devices.

When you’re done, right-click the aggregate device in the column on the left, and select the ‘Use This Device For Sound Output’ option.

How to switch sound output devices on a mac

Play audio, or video with audio, on your Mac and the audio will be routed to all the devices you selected to create the aggregate device.

If you want to use multiple audio input devices at once e.g., multiple mics, you can use this same trick but set the aggregate device as the audio input device.

I tested this out with a Bluetooth speaker and the built-in/in-line speakers on a MacBook and it worked flawlessly. This should work with just about any audio device you have as long as it can connect to your Mac. The exception will be where you cannot connect multiple devices e.g., you may not be able to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to a Mac at once. In that case, you’re limited not by how many devices audio can be routed to, but how many can be connected.

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Pretty cool trick! Unfortunately I had problems with the audio being slightly delayed between each device. Played with the clock source and drift settings, but no luck. Still, awesome that you can do this.

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system preferences> Sound > Output “ No Output Devices Found “ help !

MacBook Pro, OS X El Capitan (10.11.3)

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 4:46 AM

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– Try resetting the SMC and NVRAM/PRAM

– Try starting in Safe Mode

– Boot to Recovery and repair the startup disk

– If it is repairable reinstall the OSX

– If you do not have a backup use disk utility to restore the internal disk to an external disk so you can try to recover data.

Then format the startup disk and do a fresh install of OSX

This is the Mac Pro desktop forum. I requested your post be moved to the MacBook Pro laptop forum.

Feb 29, 2016 6:07 AM

There are many possible reasons for sound output to fail. Please take each of the following steps that you haven’t already tried. Some may not apply to your model. Stop when the problem is resolved.

Back up all data before making any changes.

1. Start with the steps recommended in this support article. Don’t skip any of the steps. It’s the starting point for further efforts to solve the problem.

2. Make sure you have a fully up-to-date installation of OS X.

3. If you’ve installed an application called “Memory Clean” or any other third-party software that is supposed to “clean” or “purge” memory automatically, remove it according to the developer’s instructions and restart. You should do that even if the software is not causing the problem, because it’s useless.

4. Other third-party software that has been reported to interfere with sound output includes “Boom” and “Samsung Kies.” If applicable, uninstall according to the developer’s instructions ( not by dragging something to the Trash.)

5. If an AirPlay device is selected for sound output from iTunes (or from other applications via third-party software such as “Airfoil”), deselect it.

6. Launch the application “Audio MIDI Setup” by entering the first few letters of its name in a Spotlight search and selecting it in the results (it should be at the top.) Select Built-in Output from the list on the left. If the Mute boxes are checked, uncheck them.

7. If a red light is visible in the audio-out port when sound should be playing , the internal switch is stuck in the position for digital output. You may be able to free it by inserting and removing a mini-stereo jack of the proper size. If not, the machine needs to be serviced. I nserting any kind of tool in the port may cause damage that won’t be covered by the warranty .

If there’s no red light, the switch may still be stuck in the headphone position. Try to free it the same way.

8. Disconnect all wired peripherals except keyboard and mouse, if applicable. If more than one display is connected, disconnect all extra ones. Restart and test.

9. If you have a MacBook Air, turn off Bluetooth and restart.

10. Start up in safe mode. Don’t log in; just restart as usual when the login screen appears. When you do, make sure the words “Safe Boot” do not appear in the login screen. If they do, the system is still in safe mode and sound won’t work.

13. Triple-click anywhere in the line below on this page to select it:

Right-click or control -click the highlighted line and select

Services ▹ Reveal in Finder (or just Reveal )

from the contextual menu.* A folder should open with an item selected. Move the selected item to the Trash. You may be prompted for your administrator login password. Restart the computer and empty the Trash. Recreate your settings in the Sound preference pane.

*If you don’t see the contextual menu item, copy the selected text to the Clipboard by pressing the key combination command-C . In the Finder, select

Go ▹ Go to Folder.

from the menu bar and paste into the box that opens by pressing command-V . You won’t see what you pasted because a line break is included. Press return .