This Help page is for Coastal Audio Changer v2
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Click Find Devices. This will create your audio devices. Check they are in the right order and set the current input and output devices. Then create audio setups to suit your needs. Save profile, check run on start up and minimize. Change between audio setups by using the system tray icon.
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Firstly define the inputs and outputs that match what appears in your audio control panel by clicking Find Devices. Check they are in the right order. You can also create audio devices manually if you require.
Next create some audio setups. Typically this might be a speakers setup and a headphones setup. The speakers setup would only bother itself with an audio output device while the headphones setup might define a microphone for the input. The devices can either be set as default devices or communication devices.
Process monitor – You can let CAC monitor for the presence of any application and define an audio setup to run when that program runs. For example you may wish to swap to surround speaks when watching a film or automatically switch to headphones when playing a game. The process to monitor is defined in each audio setup. You can have more than one process, just separate them with a comma. After the application has quit CAC will attempt to revert to the pre-existing setup it knew about. You can control the process to start automatically by checking ‘Monitor on Start’ or stop/start it through the system tray. If you have two setups that have processes that are currently running it will the highest setup in the list takes precedence.
Run on Start Up – this makes a change in the registry to run CAC on start up.
Monitor on Start – this will make CAC will start scanning for applications as soon as CAC starts.
Prompt on Exit – keep this unchecked and CAC won’t prompt on exit. Unchecked is the default.
Enable log – this will generate a log file in the CAC application folder. It’s useful to attach this to any support requests.
Load and Save
This will load and save the settings. There’s only one settings file and it’s stored in the CAC application folder. It’s XML, there’s no surprises and you’re welcome to take a look.
Keypress delay – this is the rate at which key presses are emulated. If you have a slower computer it might be worth increasing this if CAC is not working correctly. However most machine have no problem with fast keypresses
Control Panel Display Delay – this is the time delay between the control panel appearing and the start of the key presses. A short setting should work for most computers.
Show Notifications – check this if you want those notification balloons to pop up in the system tray. Most people don’t. CAC will use the minimum display time of balloons that the operating system allows. For windows 7 this tends to be 10 seconds.
“CAC does not have permission to save settings.” – Some users are experiencing a permissions problem when saving settings. It is currently suggested to check that the settings.xml file in the installation folder is not read-only and to run CoastalAudioChangerv2.exe as Administrator. Do this by right-clicking on the file in Windows Explorer.
“To run this application, you first must install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework: …”
Either select Yes to download and install the missing .Net components or goto download them.
188.8.131.52 – Initial release.
184.108.40.206 – Bug fix for notification balloons.