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How to get Mac OSX Volume controls using optical audio

Sun, Aug 2, 2009

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Ok so the one thing I really missed about my old speaker system (Logitech Z-2300) was that I could control the volume using macs built in volume controls, sadly, with my new speaker system the Logitech Z-5500’s you lose mac’s built in audio control because its optical audio. Up until now I have had to turn the volume either up or down via the remote or control console.

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So the question is, how do I restore volume control functionality?, well just recently I discovered a great application called SoundFlower using soundflower it allows you to restore the built in volume control functionality using optical audio. So here is how you do it.

  1. Download SoundFlower
  2. Once you have installed it open it up and it should appear in your taskbar then open it and select “Built-in Digital Output” under Soundflower (2ch)
  3. Open System preferences then go to Sound>Output
  4. Set your Output to SoundFlower (2ch)
  5. Enjoy restored optical audio volume control :D.

Note: You might want to set it to open on start up which will make things much easier. I will be putting some more posts up soon as well so stay tuned for more.

13 Responses to “How to get Mac OSX Volume controls using optical audio”

  1. Brad says:

    hey man great post will it work on windows ?

  2. Bilsta57 says:

    @Brad: Hey man thanks, I think windows has it built in not too sure though.

  3. shoarthiing says:

    Thank you – but I experience distortion [playing from iTunes 9.01] after mebbe 15 minutes.

    Symptoms are similar to this “showstopping”: Sunflower bug-report

    http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/issues/detail?id=19

    . . . any ideas?

  4. Bilsta57 says:

    @shoarthiing: Hey man thanks for the comment wow I have never experienced that have you tried uninstalling or upgrading to the latest version?.

  5. shoarthiing says:

    . . further to above report: apparently sorted [has worked fine for 60 minutes] by maxing buffersize.

    Great hack & thank you – I already had SoundFlower 1.5.1 installed under 10.6.1 using K64 to try to get a bluetooth headset to work with MacSpeech Dictate & this has been an excellent bonus.

  6. This is a superb post, but I was wondering how do I suscribe to the RSS feed?

  7. pesto says:

    great tip, thx! :)

  8. Alaina Abler says:

    I found this blog from Google and just wanted to say thanks for the reviews you posted on this webpage. I am pondering about purchasing one myself.

  9. Jeez finally i was waiting for this too bad my PS3 has a YLOD though

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  11. nico says:

    thank you – awesome!!
    does it reduce audio quality?

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