Turn off system sounds when Media Player is playing



ejbSF
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
Is there some way in MP 10 (or earlier) to temporarily turn off system sounds
while music is playing? Seems like a logical thing to do, but I can't find a
switch.

Thanks,
Ed

Chris Laarman
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
ejbSF (ejbsf@discussions.microsoft.com) in
F215F988-A358-4A4C-904A-49E0726E23BA@microsoft.com:

> Is there some way in MP 10 (or earlier) to temporarily turn off
> system sounds while music is playing? Seems like a logical thing to
> do, but I can't find a switch.

No , it is not logical. :-)

System sounds have been implemented as a scheme (at least in Windows XP
Home). "No sounds" is just an empty scheme. Turning system sounds off would
amount to "change to empty scheme", but turning system sounds back on *may*
amount to restoring to an unsaved scheme.
So you could create a shortcut to "Sounds and Audio Devices" to help you
doing it manually.

The same would apply to similar players, like WinAmp.

Another approach by design is found in Total Recorder
(www.highcriteria.com), a virtual sound driver. That software does contain a
system sounds switch - as it mutes a source.

You may find Total Recorder quite interesting. But I feel like warning you
that it works at a low level, and that configuring it may take some time and
insight. And note the limitations of the unregistered version.

--
Chris Laarman

ejbsf
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I've been using Total Recorder (registered) for a while; that's where I got
the idea. I figured if TR can control the sound card, why can't Windows?
(I'm running XPMedia, BTW, which I understand is built on XP Pro). (Also
worth mentioning that I used TR on my older Win2k system; this MediaEd system
is new). If I remember correctly, TR controls system sounds only when it's
running, right?

When you mention system sounds are a "scheme", is that sort of an audio
version of a "theme"? Is there any way to put a scheme on the desktop?

Thanks,
Ed

Chris Laarman
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
ejbsf (ejbsf@discussions.microsoft.com) in
36DE9B4B-D0C3-498D-A7AE-C816D1F50784@microsoft.com:

> Thanks for the reply.
>
> I've been using Total Recorder (registered) for a while; that's where
> I got the idea. I figured if TR can control the sound card, why
> can't Windows? (I'm running XPMedia, BTW, which I understand is built
> on XP Pro). (Also worth mentioning that I used TR on my older Win2k
> system; this MediaEd system is new). If I remember correctly, TR
> controls system sounds only when it's running, right?

The Help file says so. :-)

You could choose to have the program minimize to the System Tray (bottom
right).

> When you mention system sounds are a "scheme", is that sort of an
> audio version of a "theme"? Is there any way to put a scheme on the
> desktop?

Yes, a "scheme" is equivalent to a "theme". I think that the original theme
Musica (featuring orchestral instruments) has become something like the
default. A scheme is merely a set of pointers to WAV-files, so you could
compile anything, and personalize your Personal Computer with system sounds
the way you would personalize your mobile phone with ring tones. But you'll
soon revert to the sounds Microsoft offers...

You could create a shortcut on the Desktop. I just did it by
"right-dragging" the ControlPanel item "Sounds and Audio Devices" onto the
Desktop. I was given two choices, one being this.

--
Chris Laarman

marrie
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
How do you make a short cut to a sound skeem?
"Chris Laarman" <larieONZIN@chello.nl> wrote in message
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> ejbSF (ejbsf@discussions.microsoft.com) in
> F215F988-A358-4A4C-904A-49E0726E23BA@microsoft.com:
>
>> Is there some way in MP 10 (or earlier) to temporarily turn off
>> system sounds while music is playing? Seems like a logical thing to
>> do, but I can't find a switch.
>
> No , it is not logical. :-)
>
> System sounds have been implemented as a scheme (at least in Windows XP
> Home). "No sounds" is just an empty scheme. Turning system sounds off
> would amount to "change to empty scheme", but turning system sounds back
> on *may* amount to restoring to an unsaved scheme.
> So you could create a shortcut to "Sounds and Audio Devices" to help you
> doing it manually.
>
> The same would apply to similar players, like WinAmp.
>
> Another approach by design is found in Total Recorder
> (www.highcriteria.com), a virtual sound driver. That software does contain
> a system sounds switch - as it mutes a source.
>
> You may find Total Recorder quite interesting. But I feel like warning you
> that it works at a low level, and that configuring it may take some time
> and insight. And note the limitations of the unregistered version.
>
> --
> Chris Laarman
>

Chris Laarman
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
marrie (kales2@earthlink.net) in udcxAj0WFHA.3184@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:

> How do you make a short cut to a sound skeem?

You can't, to my knowledge.
(Guess it's a bunch of Registry entries.)

--
Chris Laarman

marrie
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
Thanks. I just thought I'd ask. Have a good day.
"Chris Laarman" <larieONZIN@chello.nl> wrote in message
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> marrie (kales2@earthlink.net) in udcxAj0WFHA.3184@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:
>
>> How do you make a short cut to a sound skeem?
>
> You can't, to my knowledge.
> (Guess it's a bunch of Registry entries.)
>
> --
> Chris Laarman
>

ProxEyePoor
07-09-2005, 09:53 PM
I do believe that if You are using a sound scheme, even if you do not modify
it, saving it should result in it being placed in the current user files. I
would think that one should be able to place a shortcut to that file on your
desktop. (have not Tried myself) Not sure of the action of such a file upon
launch, but my guess is that it would most likely open the control panel. The
sound schemes are in the system somewhere. See they are know as "Windows
Theme File", Good luck Finding them..... Never found mine And thats with all
the hidden stuff visible. From the sound of it it gets rolled into a global
like user theme which holds all the changes you have made ie... colors,
sounds metrics etc....

Do love the challenge of finding the hidden bits.....
Have a Great Day
--
In search of help for The Medialy Challenged...


"marrie" wrote:

> Thanks. I just thought I'd ask. Have a good day.
> "Chris Laarman" <larieONZIN@chello.nl> wrote in message
> news:428af924$0$812$3a628fcd@textreader.nntp.hccnet.nl...
> > marrie (kales2@earthlink.net) in udcxAj0WFHA.3184@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:
> >
> >> How do you make a short cut to a sound skeem?
> >
> > You can't, to my knowledge.
> > (Guess it's a bunch of Registry entries.)
> >
> > --
> > Chris Laarman
> >
>
>
>


Turn off system sounds when Media Player is playing