[pulseaudio-discuss] Usage question for pulseaudio on MacOS

Weston Thayer me at westonthayer.com
Sat Apr 6 02:34:44 UTC 2019


I am trying to get pulseaudio to serve sound from any software on MacOS
(particularly the VoiceOver screen reader's speech synthesizer). Apologies
if these are simple usage questions, I'm new to this, but I've reviewed the
documentation carefully and am still confused.

I installed pulseaudio from homebrew successfully. paplay is working (I'm
able to connect a pulseaudio client and hear my test.wav play
successfully). However, no application or microphone audio is being sent. I
have two sources available
"Built-in Microphone" and "Monitor of Built-in Output". Both are in the
SUSPENDED state. I have used set-default-source to switch between them, but
no luck.

I have two questions:

   - Why isn't the "Built-in Microphone" source active when my microphone
   is in use?
   - Is my understanding of "Monitor of Built-in Output" correct in that it
   should capture *any* audio sent by applications?

Here is the full verbose output of pulseaudio -vv

Thank you,
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