Shush - Microphone Manager
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Voice chat is awesome, but sooner or later you'll send something you wish others hadn't heard.
Shush solves this problem by providing simple hotkey microphone management.
With Shush you’ll no longer have to feel awkward about the things going on around you. Whether it’s a plane flying overhead, your kids screaming, that sneeze (or something worse) you feel coming on, or just you talking to yourself, Shush makes accidental transmitting a thing of the past.
In push-to-talk mode, your microphone will be muted until you press and hold a chosen hotkey, unmuting your microphone and allowing your voice to flow freely. Release the hotkey and Shush will mute your microphone again.
In push-to-silence mode (aka “cough button”), press and hold the hotkey to immediately mute your microphone so nobody hears anything you don’t want them to. Release the hotkey and Shush will unmute your microphone.
• Take control of when you are heard
• Configure your own hotkey
• Informative menu bar icon so you always know the status of your mic
• Gorgeous retina graphics and fluid animations
Shush works with almost any* internal and external microphone or line-in, even USB and Bluetooth.
Shush works with any software that captures audio from the above hardware. This includes:
• Google Chat/Talk
• VoIP Softphones
• GarageBand/Podcast Capture
• and more…
* For a list of known incompatible hardware visit http://d.pr/gPuw
What's New in Version 1.2
• Added ability to use a regular hotkey or bare Function keys.
• Added settings to enable/disable individual Shush sound fx.
• Fixed an issue where the mic would never unmute.
Used every day, for over a year. Works great.
I’ve used Shush multiple times every day, for over a year. It’s always worked perfectly.
Typically I’ll leave it in push-to-talk mode, for group meetings over Skype. If it’s a one-on-one conversation, I'll switch to push-to-silence mode so I’m not constantly holding a key.
If you have a lot of audio/video chats, it’s worth much more than $3. No one will hear you unless you want them to.
Can't trust it
I was on a Skype conference call using Shush when my phone started ringing. I had set up Shush correctly and the icon showed that it was silencing my Mac from the call, but other people on call started complaining for me to turn off my phone. Other times it worked correctly, but all it takes is just a few times of not working and you can't trust the app. Imagine if you're on a conference call, thinking it's on mute and you say something embarrassing or private to someone at home and everyone else heard. The devs need to address the bugs.
Like it sez.
This is a great little tool for anyone recording a podcast on their Mac, and useful for Skype and FaceTime conversations, too. Works just like it says, on all my mics, including, of course, the built-in Mac mics. Developer very responsive, too. What else do you need?