wildsage2 wrote:Sorry for lack of clarity:
6. My "theft" occurred using Audacity 1.3.3. I believe when I tried to choose an input other than 2ch-16 bit from amongst the three available, and matched it to the same in Audacity, in hopes of better editing potential. If I remember correctly it was 2ch-24 bit.
Okay, I'll go grab a 1.3.3 and set to 2ch-24 to see if I can recreate. But, I have to say that I'm not very confident. I'll give it a good try, but I've just never seen the later 1.3.x series modify the system defaults.
7. Simply resetting to the Mac default in the Audio Devices/Midi Devices System Preference and even rebooting did NOT return the system to normal. Audacity remained the only app that would play sound. Hence my resort to a Time Machine backup.
This is the one that really interests me. Are you saying that when you went back into Audio MIDI Setup, you changed all of the settings back to default by manually changing the Source and Format for the your devices? Like this:
And these settings didn't stick? When did they change back?
If they did stick after leaving Audio MIDI Setup, did you try an audio app like iTunes before starting up Audacity? If so, did it play? Did you just double click an audio file in Finder or did you load up iTunes (or whatever) and start playing it that way?
I know this is going to sound like a stupid question, but why did you feel you needed to restore? (Told ya...stupid question.)
The reason I'm asking is that I just can't figure out why your audio wouldn't play. I mean, if you changed the settings in AMS and then immediately turned around and double clicked a file in Finder and it didn't play, then there's most definitely something else wrong cause Audacity wouldn't have been able to get involved.
Now, if you are saying that when you double clicked a file in Finder and Audacity came up instead of your audio app of choice, then that's an entirely different issue and one that I could believe. (And one that I have a solution for.)
Finally, and this is probably the most important question, can you reproduce the problem?
(Sorry for all the questions.)