How to Change Input and Output Audio in macOS

Apple has released the new Catalina version 10.15. This new update has some serious optimizations that can help your Mac perform faster. This guide will help you to change your input and output audio settings for your Mac, with reference to the latest macOS Catalina 10.15 version.

You will find a microphone icon in your sound input, in case you have separate ports for Input and Output for your Mac. For your sound input, you can use your Mac’s internal microphone, your display’s microphone, or any external microphone that you have plugged into Mac’s sound port.

How to Change Input and Output Audio in macOS

Changing the Input Audio on macOS

  • Go to your Mac and chose the Apple menu icon. Select System Preferences and click Sound, and then click on Input.
  • You will be given a list of Input devices for Sound. Select your preferred device. In case your display has an internal microphone, it will be listed as ‘Display Audio’.
  • To adjust your Sound Input settings, you can do any of the following:
    • You can adjust the input volume by dragging the volume slider. You can adjust the Input volume if you are recording from your computer’s sound port. This will reduce any background noise. you can also use the ‘Use Ambient Noise Reduction’ option. This option will only be available if you have a 4 channel built-in microphone format supported device.
    • If you are speaking softly, you should increase the volume so that your Mac can recognize your voice clearly. Similarly, if you are recording a piece of loud music, you should consider lowering the volume.

Changing the Output Audio on macOS

  • Go to your Mac and choose the Apple menu icon. Select System Preferences and click on Sound, and then click on Output.
  • You will be given a list of output devices for sound select your preferred device. The list will contain all the USB speakers, AirPlay devices, and the computer’s internal speakers.
  • To adjust your sound output settings, you can do any of the following:
    • Drag the volume slider to adjust or balance your volume.
    • You can also toggle the show volume in the menu bar option in order to bring that volume control icon to your Mac’s menu bar.
    • You can also set different volumes for your alert sounds in the Sound Effects dialogue.
  • If you have apps that make use of volume controls, those apps can have a setting less than or equal to that of Mac’s Output volume. You cannot override the settings from the Sound Preferences.

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