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SOLVED: How do you specify the audio output device on a Mac in Swift?

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I have a program that plays an audio stream from the network. Right now, it always sends the audio to the default output device specified in Sound Preferences. I have seen other programs that provide a list of possible audio devices and lets the user select, but I have spent several hours searching and can't find out how to do this.

Also, FWIW, even though the program does send output to the default device, I always see a console printout similar to:

2022-03-05 17:11:14.959506-0500 NetworkIcom[69082:1816765] [plugin] AddInstanceForFactory: No factory registered for id <CFUUID 0x600002ad6340> F8BB1C28-BAE8-11D6-9C31-00039315CD46
2022-03-05 17:11:14.985656-0500 NetworkIcom[69082:1816765] [ddagg]        AggregateDevice.mm:878   couldn't get default input device, ID = 0, err = 0!
2022-03-05 17:11:14.996557-0500 NetworkIcom[69082:1816765]  AudioObjectGetPropertyData: no object with given ID 0
2022-03-05 17:11:15.001375-0500 NetworkIcom[69082:1816765]  AudioObjectGetPropertyData: no object with given ID 0
2022-03-05 17:11:15.001563-0500 NetworkIcom[69082:1816765]  AudioObjectGetPropertyData: no object with given ID 0

Stepping through the code with the debugger, the above lines are printed after I step over the last line below.

    private let engine: AVAudioEngine

    ...

        engine = AVAudioEngine()
        let output = engine.outputNode

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I found a comment in a thread on the Apple Developer Forum that let me to a soludion.

Apple Developer Forum

The code that worked for me:

        engine = AVAudioEngine()
        let output = engine.outputNode

        // get the low level input audio unit from the engine:
        let outputUnit = output.audioUnit!
        // use core audio low level call to set the input device:
        var outputDeviceID: AudioDeviceID = 51  // replace with actual, dynamic value
        AudioUnitSetProperty(outputUnit,
                             kAudioOutputUnitProperty_CurrentDevice,
                             kAudioUnitScope_Global,
                             0,
                             &outputDeviceID,
                             UInt32(MemoryLayout<AudioDeviceID>.size))

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Excellent find!

Please mark your own answer as "Correct"

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