Part of my work week is devoted to setting up various Mac audio recording apps for faculty, students, and staff in the school where I work. These range from Adobe Audition and Apple’s Logic Pro X at the high end, to Garageband, Amadeus Pro, and a few other audio recorder editors at the low end.
That also means many Mac use multiple audio sources; from an array of audio mixers and microphones and various inputs. Constant switching and adjusting audio sources to these recording Mac is a pain made easier with this inexpensive and very handy Mac app.
Click. Switch. Control.
Apple provides Mac users with a couple of tools to manage audio input and output. The first is the Sound tab in System Preferences. That simple utility gives you controls over Sound Effects for alerts, but also Input and Output sources and volumes. Of course, that requires you to open the System Preferences and select the Sound option.
The other option is the Audio MIDI Setup control which is hidden away in the Utilities folder within the Mac’s Applications folder. That utility gives you controls over various audio devices, both input and output, including control over sample rates, channels, and even an option to combine audio sources. These are necessary audio controls, but having AudioSwitcher in the Menubar is easier and faster.
One click in the Mac’s Menubar gets you access to each of the connected audio sources, including the Mac’s built-in mic, line-in, and any other devices. One click is all that’s required to change the default audio input or output source.
AudioSwitcher also provides a slider bar for volume controls. You even have an option to setup a default startup setting. There’s no easier or faster way to send the Mac’s audio output to Apple TV and AirPlay, and you get the added benefit of controlling each audio input and output with a click.
As good as AudioSwitcher is, there are a few issues. You won’t be able to change HDMI audio volume (that’s a restriction within HDMI. You won’t be able to listen to audio via headphones attached to the Mac, and switch to the internal speakers. Again, that’s a Mac hardware issue. And, don’t expect to sync output to wireless and non-wireless devices. It doesn’t work.
Other than those issues, which are not AudioSwitcher’s problem, this is one of those must-have apps for anyone with multiple audio devices and sources connected to the Mac.