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Does Sound Siphon work with dictation?

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Yes. It is possible to do, but it’s a bit tricky because the OS mutes your audio output when dictation is enabled. To make sure that Sound Siphon doesn’t get muted by the OS when dictation is started Sound Siphon must be off. This doesn’t mean that Sound Siphon can’t be used, it just means that Sound Siphon isn’t the default output device.

Follow these steps and you should be able to use Sound Siphon with dictation.
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Iris 1.0.4 Release Notes

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  • Status item UI has been updated for Yosemite dark appearance
  • Added bitrate and keyframe options for h.264 encoding
  • Added support for SVG watermarks
  • Better support for pdf watermarks
  • Added audio meters to the countdown
  • Shift-drag to resize 1:1, option-drag to lock aspect ratio.
  • Improved watermark snap to position.
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Iris on sale for $9.99

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Iris 1.0.4 is currently available at a reduced price of $9.99 for a limited time. Don’t miss out, purchase it today.

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Changes in 1.0.4
– Status item UI has been updated for Yosemite dark appearance
– Added bitrate and keyframe options for h.264 encoding
– Added support for SVG watermark
– Better support of pdf watermark
– Added audio meters to the countdown
– Other bug fixes and improvements

Add keyboard volume controls

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Some audio devices don’t support keyboard volume controls. You can usually identify these devices by the volume knob that they have. One of our favorite devices is the Audio Engine D1. It’s a great affordable DAC/Headphone amp. Unfortunately there are two problems with it. Fortunately Sound Siphon solves both of them… for free!
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It doesn’t support keyboard volume controls.

If you ever see this symbol when trying to change the volume on your Mac, it means that the output device you have selected doesn’t allow setting it’s volume. You’re supposed to change the volume directly on the device.

The volume doesn’t go low enough.

Typically, the potentiometers used to control volume usually don’t work well at extremely low volumes. The volume needs to be turned up a bit to get clear balanced audio in both left and right channels. This isn’t a problem if you don’t need to use extremely low levels, but if you are using sensitive headphones the volume on the output device you’re using might not go low enough with good results. This what we run into with the D1 and our pair of Grado SR80i headphones.

Sound Siphon is the Free Solution

To solve both of these issues:soundsiphon_passthroughd1

  • Launch the Sound Siphon app.
  • In Sound Siphon’s preferences select your output device as the output device.
  • Turn Sound Siphon on.

Sound Siphon processes the audio before it goes to your output device. Now you can use your keyboard to control the volume. This also lets you turn the volume up on your output device and use the keyboard volume controls to reduce the volume to the desired level.

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Here you see keyboard controls working with our Audio Engine D1. You can download Sound Siphon for free. While you’re at it check out the other great features that Sound Siphon offers.

Iris 1.0.2 Release Notes

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  • Changing the frame rate no longer causes audio inputs to be reset.
  • Iris no longer thinks that “All Audio” is selected when a custom Sound Siphon device is selected.
  • Searching the history now filters based on Finder Tags as well as file name.
  • Now draws alignment guides minimized.
  • User watermark is now disabled immediately for the next recording.
  • Fixed some visual issues when running on Yosemite.