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output your microphone to a remote computer's speaker

Terminal - output your microphone to a remote computer's speaker
dd if=/dev/dsp | ssh -c arcfour -C username@host dd of=/dev/dsp
2009-02-08 10:10:00
User: morpheus
Functions: dd ssh
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output your microphone to a remote computer's speaker

This will output the sound from your microphone port to the ssh target computer's speaker port. The sound quality is very bad, so you will hear a lot of hissing.

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Terminal - Alternatives
arecord -f dat | ssh -C user@host aplay -f dat

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how do you... un-output it?

Comment by Svish 290 weeks and 2 days ago

Control-c ?

Comment by DavieBaby 288 weeks ago

then

cat /bin/bash > /dev/dsp

which takes each byte and interprets it as a frequency (number of waves per second, HZ) and the sound driver plays it.

Comment by anzan 281 weeks and 3 days ago

wow, that looks really scary.

Comment by unixmonkey3883 279 weeks and 5 days ago

That is freaking awesome.

Comment by brephophagist 278 weeks and 5 days ago

Any hint to make this work on Leopard ?

Comment by sitaktif 274 weeks and 1 day ago

Would be sweet if i knew how to make this work for Leopard. Any thoughts?

Comment by fastrack20 273 weeks and 5 days ago

Leopard does not use /dev/dsp, so there should be some alternatives to it

Comment by foremire 261 weeks and 5 days ago

Has anyone found a solution in 10.5/6?

Comment by megrimm 241 weeks and 6 days ago

Do it trough SSH and output to your own machine and your a spy :P

Comment by Meeko 241 weeks and 1 day ago

Mac OS X uses coreaudio to input and output sound. No UNIX sound device drivers are present, and, in fact, they are frowned upon by Apple as primitive and ugly. Thus, they will probably never be added to Mac OS X :-/.

Comment by morpheus 240 weeks and 1 day ago

Very Good!!!

Comment by alwaro78 214 weeks and 5 days ago

how did u find it?

Comment by deargodzw 175 weeks and 3 days ago

That's cool!

Comment by regding 148 weeks and 1 day ago

Since /dev/dsp is obsolete & missing from Ubuntu, what was that command to wrap those old programs to use PulseAudio instead?

Comment by klepsydra 125 weeks and 6 days ago

That is awesome. Pure CommandLineFu!

Comment by thecamelcoder 120 weeks and 3 days ago

for ubuntu i use this one "arecord -f dat | ssh -C user@host aplay -f dat" (replace the 'dat' with 'cd' to get 44100hz instead of 48000 quality is very good but not so heavy on the bandwidth)

Comment by srulikuk 67 weeks and 1 day ago

@srulikuk: I like yours better :-)

Comment by morpheus 67 weeks and 1 day ago

I've successfully tested these between two Macs that have the sox binary:

Send microphone input from local machine to remote machine's speakers:

path/to/sox -V0 -d -p | ssh user@host path/to/sox - -d

Send microphone input from remote machine to local machine's speakers:

ssh user@host path/to/sox -V0 -d -p | path/to/sox - -d

The '-V0' is optional?I just prefer not to see the warning messages.

Here's the link for the sox download for Mac OS X:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/sox/files/latest/download?source=files

Use the binary (the UNIX executable file named 'sox') inside the download folder.

Comment by member1936 12 weeks and 5 days ago

@member1936 : Hi, i tried but couldn't do the same between my two Macs with sox. I succeeded on playing a local wav file to distant speakers but when I try default input and output I have this : FAIL formats: can't determine type of `-'

Any advice, clue or idea ? Thanks a lot.

Comment by nitnok 7 weeks and 3 days ago

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