My Mac is home to plenty of different audio applications and sound utilities. From Logic Pro X to Adobe Audition, from Amadeus Pro to Twisted Wave, from Audio Switcher to AudioSwitcher.
Wait. What? Audio Switcher? Or, AudioSwitcher?
OS X does not do a sweet and simple job of switching between or managing audio sources. The built-in Sound tool in System Preferences is anemic at best, supplying simple controls for Input, Output, and Sound Effects. The Audio/MIDI Audio Devices control in the Utilities folder offers more controls and options, but, well, it’s hidden and cumbersome to use.
If free is your game then Control-Click then Option-Click the Sound Volume in the Mac’s Menubar. If you need more controls, start with Audio Switcher which, for a few bucks, gives you a few more handy controls.
Plug in multiple audio device sources and Audio Switcher makes it simple and convenient to switch between each one with little more than a click. Not bad for a few bucks but there are alternatives.
How about AudioSwitcher It’s much like Audio Switcher, but without the space separating the two words, and, at a mere 99-cents, it comes with an even more useful set of controls for less money.
More for less. What’s not to like?
The is the audio switcher I prefer and use on my Mac. Nearly everything you need to switch sources or control input and output from a variety of audio sources is little more than a click away. Pretty much every audio source the Mac can handle– AirPlay, HDMI, Thunderbolt, Bluetooth, USB– can be easily controlled with AudioSwitcher, from the Menubar, within any Mac app.
Functionality of the two audio switcher apps– AudioSwitcher and Audio Switcher– varies a bit, but what’s odd is how much more capability AudioSwitcher provides for a lower price.
Different strokes for different folks.
If 99-cents is too much for your budget there’s a free utility available, too– the popular AudioMate.
Not quite as comprehensive as AudioSwitcher, but priced right.