Audio Switcher
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Menubar item to quickly switch audio I/O components.   Free
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Audio Switcher is a Mac OS X utility that allows you to quickly switch your audio input/output between different components. It's designed to work with a device such as Griffin Technology's PowerMate. Audio Switcher sits in the menubar, making it conveniently accessible from any application. Place it in your Login Items and it will be available whenever you login. Audio Switcher can auto select any device you choose whenever the device is inserted or if the device is available at launch.
What's New
Version 1.5.1:
  • New application icon.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Docjk reviewed on 13 Apr 2013
Was looking a long time for an application that would set my external USB speakers (Focal XS) and microphone (Samson) as default, enabled during start up. Nothing seemed to work. Every time I reboot/start up the default settings are gone and the internal speakers and microphone are activated. I have to do the option click on the symbol for volume in the menu bar to do so. Annoying. And you have to reduce volume first because it always is full power...
The only app that managed so far to remember my external devices is Audio Switcher 1.5.1 Spike Software, but unfortunately not reducing the volume, also here full power every time.
PTH is not stable on my system, shooting itself down regularly.
AudioSwitcher 1.35a and 1.51 beta from Serialangles is not able to remember either!
iMac late 2009 27", 10.8.3
[Version 1.5.1]

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Ikir replied on 10 Mar 2014
From 10.7+ you can alt click volume icon to choose input and output too.
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lamontDakota reviewed on 05 Jul 2012
The only thing that I don't like about this app that the dev, for reasons that he chooses not to discuss, changed the icon from so distinctive that I have no idea what is was to this shitty, generic set of cans.

Other than that, it's a very handy app that still works on the DP of Mountain Lion!
[Version 1.5.1]

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lamontDakota replied on 18 Jan 2013
The icon "problem" has a trivial solution: simply going back to the version of the app with the preferred icon. It still works as well as it ever did. Whatever the latest version is supposed to do is obviously something that I have no use for.
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Cocoanut reviewed on 17 Dec 2010
Thanks for making this and offering for free. It's just what I've been looking for...no more, no less.
[Version 1.5.1]


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Penguirl commented on 13 Nov 2010
403 Forbidden
[Version 1.5.1]


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Jeffrey-Harris commented on 03 Jun 2010
Try PTHVolume. Not only does it allow you to switch between connected audio sources and outputs, it also adds separate volume sliders for each one. I've used it for years and it's excellent.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26071/pthvolume
[Version 1.5.1]

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sjk replied on 03 Jun 2010
In Dec. 2008 I isolated PTHVolume (v2.2.0) as the cause of a focus-related problem with Spaces on Leopard (at least with 10.5.5) that I reported to the developer, didn't get a response, and there haven't been any app updates. Since then I've been satisfied with SoundSource on my Leopard systems, which has volume controls (like PTHVolume) and can open Sounds Preferences and Audio MIDI Setup (unlike PTHVolume). No experience with either on Snow Leopard since I'm not running it yet.
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Smccandlish replied on 11 Nov 2013
PTHVolume also is deadware - does not work properly on Lion or at all on Mavericks as of this writing. It's great if you're on Snow Leopard and earlier, though.
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Purzell tipped on 20 Apr 2010
Did you know that alt-clicking onto the menubar volume icon does the same job in snow leopard?
[Version 1.5]

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KJDaveDoran2151 replied on 21 Jun 2013
Yes so great:)
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Smccandlish replied on 11 Nov 2013
In Mountain Lion (presumably also Mavericks, maybe also Lion), it's opt-click.
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Dualie commented on 22 Feb 2010
Needs a pass-through audio selection.
[Version 1.4]


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Glenn C Montalbano commented on 22 Feb 2010
Excellent program.. Just what was looking for.. No more having to go through the extra steps in System Preferences...And free to boot...
Thank you...
[Version 1.4]


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trondah commented on 02 Sep 2009
This functionality is already in the volume menubar item. option click the volume and you can do the same thing.
[Version 1.3.1]

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sjk replied on 02 Sep 2009
To clarify, that's new in Snow Leopard.
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Raycon replied on 02 Sep 2009
But SoundSource has something neither Audio Switcher nor Snow Leopard has, and that's volume control sliders right in the menu.
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Penguirl replied on 10 Sep 2009
SoundSource's volume control sliders require 10.5 Leopard, that feature is not available in 10.4 Tiger.
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mrhooks reviewed on 05 Dec 2007
Nice little program. I haven't really done a thorough comparison to SoundSource, to which this app is very similar. They're both small enough that it probably isn't necessary. Although, since it's a regular app, you don't have to reboot or use an app that can force empty the Trash in order to be completely rid of it.

The Menubar icon is too big and detailed though. IMHO it looks out of place next to...well, just about every other Menubar icon. Not as bad as SoundSource's icon sometimes appearing as a big black square, I suppose, but close.
[Version 1.1]


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Downloads:43,365
Version Downloads:37,101
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:03 Jun 2010
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Audio Switcher is a Mac OS X utility that allows you to quickly switch your audio input/output between different components. It's designed to work with a device such as Griffin Technology's PowerMate. Audio Switcher sits in the menubar, making it conveniently accessible from any application. Place it in your Login Items and it will be available whenever you login. Audio Switcher can auto select any device you choose whenever the device is inserted or if the device is available at launch.


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