A significant chunk of my day is devoted to audio production on a Mac. That means lots of connected devices– microphones, cameras, audio mixers, and other tools of the trade. The normal way to control both input and output for each device is through OS X’s Audio MIDI Setup app which looks like this.
Audio MIDI Setup is buried in the Applications > Utilities folder but is essential to anyone who manages a variety of audio input and output devices.
An easier way to manage audio device input and output is from AudioMate in the Mac’s Menubar. This inexpensive app makes it drop dead simple to adjust audio device settings from within any Mac app.
AudioMate has multiple useful functions. It can display each device’s output and input volume, sample rate, clock source and more– all easily adjustable with a click to the Menubar.
Also, AudioMate notifies you whenever an audio device is added or removed, and notifies you when output volume, sample rate, or clock source changes (works with Growl and OS X’s Notification Center).
AudioMate is nicely done, affordable (you’ll spend more for lunch at McDonald’s), and a time saver.