Soundflower + mobile audio

Hav­ing recent­ly upgrad­ed to an Apple note­book (woohoo!), I am learn­ing the ins and outs of being mobile as I set­up my new machine for work and for play.

One thing that was annoy­ing was hav­ing to unplug my audio inter­face when I want­ed to take my com­put­er any­where away from my desk.

On Sat­ur­day, I was sick in bed with time to final­ly work on some music. But, being in bed, I did not have my audio inter­face con­nect­ed.

Usu­al­ly that means that I would need to reas­sign all audio out­puts in my sequencer to the built-in out­puts to work on music. And change them all back when I want­ed to work at my desk.

Not any­more. Soundflower Bed

Sound­flower is an OS X “sys­tem exten­sion that allows appli­ca­tions to pass audio to oth­er appli­ca­tions.” It presents itself as an audio device, and allows you to route audio from any appli­ca­tion to any oth­er appli­ca­tion.

DP assign So, now I just set up my sequencer to out­put to Soundflower’s 2-chan­nel device, and then from there to my audio inter­face. It’s sim­ple to switch from the audio inter­face to the built-in out­puts in Sound­flower. I no longer need to re-assign the audio assign­ments in the sequencer.

There is a lot more that is pos­si­ble with Sound­flower. I haven’t played with the 16-chan­nel device yet, but I thought that the con­ve­nience of the 2-chan­nel device was worth writ­ing about.

Sound­flower is free and it works on Intel and PPC Macs.