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[Mac OSX][WORKAROUND] Mac Mini - no sound Empty [Mac OSX][WORKAROUND] Mac Mini - no sound

Mon Aug 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Workaround for a rare issue with no sound on a new Mac mini:

Symptoms - no sound at all and messages in the log file:
FMOD failed to get number of drivers ... : "Error enumerating the available driver list. List may be inconsistent due to a recent device addition or removal. "
FMOD failed to initialize any audio devices, running on emulated software output with no sound. Please check your audio drivers and/or hardware for malfunction.


Two possible causes are:

Zoom installed
Hopefully this is not the case anymore, more info: https://issuetracker.unity3d.com/issues/mac-audio-fmod-console-error-is-thrown-and-there-is-no-audio-in-the-editor-when-a-specific-audio-device-is-added

Incompatible audio plugins - let me quoting the player who found this:

I’ve stumbled upon a Stack Exchange post where people mentioned an audio plugin under
/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/ZoomAudioDevice.driver/

I’ve looked if that was still present on my machine, but there were no traces of anything related to Zoom. However, I’ve found an orphaned driver from https://eqmac.app which I’ve uninstalled a long time ago.

That’s basically an software passthrough equalizer, but it behaved a little bit funky when I tried it. I removed the plugin directory

/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/eqMac.driver/

and after a restart the sound in PH now started working. Lo and behold, it now even works with Zoom installed. 👍 So thanks again for the help, the hint with Zoom was ultimately fruitful.
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