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peajay
29th January 2009, 11:01 PM
hi,

i've been looking for an intel replacement to the powerpc-only 'detour' ...

Rogue Amoeba | Detour (http://www.rogueamoeba.com/detour/)

.... to set independent sound volumes for different apps.

can't find a thing :o so thought i'd check in with the mactalk brains trust for any pointers

ideas welcome

:)

Brains
30th January 2009, 01:03 AM
Jack OSX (http://www.jackosx.com/) perhaps?

macranger
31st January 2009, 03:10 PM
Hear will also allow you to do this:
http://www.joesoft.com/products/hear.php

DeKa
31st January 2009, 04:21 PM
Awesome. Answers the questions in this thread:
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/16/24672-sending-application-audio-different-audio-devices.html

peajay
3rd February 2009, 07:26 PM
Hear will also allow you to do this:
Sound Improvement for iTunes, Sound Enhancement for Mac, 3D Sound, Equalizer for Mac (http://www.joesoft.com/products/hear.php)

thanks macranger,

i've been trialing 'hear'. it's a great app, but my unique problem isn't solved.

the sound i specifically wish to reduce in volume is a custom sound i have for incoming mail in entourage. [HAL 2001: "there is a message for you"]

incoming mail triggers a script which calls on a small application, 'play sound.app', to, you guessed it, play the sound.

'hear' only allows adjustments to applications listed in its 'mixer' tab, which only appear when they are open and running. because 'play sound.app' only runs intermittently, and very briefly before auto-quiting, it isn't alive for long enough for it to appear in the list of apps in 'hear'. so i can't use 'hear' to manipulate the volume specifically of 'play sound.app'

i've been in touch with the developer, who has confirmed that you can't manually add a program unless it is constantly open and appears in the 'mixer' list.

thanks for the suggestion, but i need an app which will allow me to manually add a program, if it's running or not, to then reduce that program's sound volume.

:)

peajay
3rd February 2009, 07:37 PM
Awesome. Answers the questions in this thread:
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/16/24672-sending-application-audio-different-audio-devices.html

thanks deka

can you give me more info on how the above thread answers my question?

i gather that the steps discussed are to send the sound from different apps to different output devices simultaneously.

my question is instead to do with changing the volume of only one app from among many in the same output device.

ie: how can i manage the output volume of different apps that are simultaneously running, so they might have different volumes at the same time...

eg: itunes could be on 'full' volume, program b could be at 'half' volume, mail could be at 'one quarter' volume, if you get my drift

Nexus
3rd February 2009, 07:49 PM
You could try editing the sound itself, making it softer in itself.

Brains
4th February 2009, 12:11 AM
+1 for reducing the alert sound's volume (use Audacity or something similar)

peajay
4th February 2009, 09:49 AM
thanks nexus, brains, — i'll give that a go, as there doesn't seem to be a 'detour' alternative out there.