In the Valve games (Left 4 dead, TF2, etc), I can either route all the sound through my speakers (which makes voice chat weird) or through the earpiece on my headset (which makes the in game sound effects sound crap).

Is there a way to route only the voice chat through the earpiece, and the rest of the sound through my speakers?

I'm running OSX Lion and the headset is one of the new PS3 bluetooth headsets.

  • Is steam voice chat a requirement? If not, use something else for voice like Mumble. (I realize that this isn't an option for public TF2 servers.) – MBraedley Dec 24 '11 at 15:04
  • As far as I know in Lion, the audio output device is determined in the Sound PrefPane. An application would have to be specifically written to send sounds to a different device that the default one. – CyberSkull Dec 24 '11 at 15:42
  • As a side note, Steam games for Windows have this same problem. – user2974 Dec 24 '11 at 23:55
  • Could SoundFlouwer be used to work around the problem somehow? – GordonM Dec 25 '11 at 7:47

Looks like the only way to do this is to use a third party chat application that lets you explicitly specify the input/output devices instead of using the OSX configured ones. Ventrillo seems to do it but as Ventrillo for Mac sucks rather badly I'd prefer to find a better solution.

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