Whether iMac or MacBook, the built-in microphone provides the audio for iChat or FaceTime, Google Chat and Talk, Skype, and a bunch of VoIP phones and headsets.
Unlike talking on your iPhone, there’s not an easy way on the Mac to do something we all do on the phone. Mute.
Manage A Mic With Shush
Shush is a dirt cheap Mac app that makes it easy to mute your Mac’s microphone. This can be handy during an iChat or Skype or FaceTime session.
Simply create a keystroke combo and during any talk session using the Mac’s microphone, press the key and your mic is muted.
Press the key again and your voice is picked up by the microphone and sent to your caller.
This is handy, of course, because we’ve all had to to mute the phone, and the Mac’s microphone isn’t much different.
You control which push-to-talk hotkey you use to mute the mic. And the app works with any app that captures audio, including the built-in internal mic, headset microphones, and even line-in or USB microphones.
Press the key while you’re connected, the mic mutes. Press it again, and sound goes through.
From my perspective as a very frequent Skype and FaceTime user, Shush is useful but a little overhyped by the developer.
With Shush you’ll no longer have to feel awkward about the things going on around you.
Whether it’s a plane flying overhead, your kids screaming, that sneeze (or something worse) you feel coming on, or just you talking to yourself, Shush makes accidental transmitting a thing of the past.
Not so fast. Shush won’t stop those sounds.
At best, the annoying sound of plane, kids, barfing, farting, or whatever comes first, then come muting.
Shush can mute some of the sound, but not all, and not after the sound has already been made.
Still, Shush is useful for anyone using the Mac for voice transmission over Skype or FaceTime, and even while recording audio sessions in Garageband or other audio recording app.