Whenever I want to use my Blue Yeti microphone on Ubuntu I have to manually select it from the Sound preferences in Ubuntu System Settings.
This is far from difficult to find or do. But, and this is the crux, because the settings pane isn’t in my face I often forget to switch back to my internal audio devices after I’m done nattering away on Skype or recording a voice over.
So I was stoked to find an indicator applet called Sound Switcher that makes the audio device switching process easier.
Sound Switcher axes the need to use System Settings and, in just two clicks, lets me hop between audio input and output devices straight from the system tray.
Installing Sound Switcher Indicator in Ubuntu
To install the indicator you will – annoyingly – have to first add the Sound Switcher PPA to your Software Sources. The upside is that this PPA is maintained by the application’s developer, Dmitry Kann, and only contains packages for the Sound Switcher.
The PPA provides the latest release for Ubuntu 12.10 through 14.04. An older version is included for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users.
Open a new Terminal window and enter the following commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:yktooo/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-sound-switcher
After install has completed open the Unity Dash, search for ‘sound switcher’ and launch. It’s worth knowing that the app sets itself to auto-start on login, too.
If you don’t fancy adding the PPA you can grab the .deb installer from the package archive details page.