Q: menuBUS works with iTunes and Spotify, but it doesn't work with app X
A: Any application that gives you control over which output it uses, you will need to set to use the menuBUS driver in that applications preferences. For example - iTunes is an app doesn’t give you this control, it always outputs to your system output. An application like a DAW requires you choose your output though - So in this case you must choose menuBUS.
Q: menuBUS appears as a stereo output in my DAW. How do I access the rest of my interface outputs?
A: To access the rest of your outputs you need to do the following.
Create an aggregate device by pressing the + button in the lower left hand corner of "Audio MIDI Setup" which can be found by doing a spotlight search.
Then add the device which you would normally use in your DAW into this aggregate device by clicking the check mark and then also add the menuBUS driver to the aggregate device.
Now rename the device to whatever you would like!
Now select the device you created as you output device in your DAW.
menuBUS was the last device added to the aggregate device, so we now need to set out master output as the channels we are outputting to, which in my case is 13-14
Q: menuBUS was working for me and now it isn't. What can I try?
A: If running the uninstaller located inside the app bundle doesn't work then I would recommend backing up and then deleting the following files and then restart your computer before running menuBUS again.
Q: When menuBUS isn't set as my system output is it still having an effect on the sound of my interface?
A: No. menuBUS can be thought of as just another audio "interface" on the Mac. Just like when you plug a USB interface into your Mac you wouldn't expect it to change the sound of your inbuilt output, so to is that the case with menuBUS.
Q: How do I uninstall menuBUS?
A: In the case the menuBUS is successfully opening on your system, then an uninstaller can be found in the settings menu which can be accessed by clicking the "gear" icon. Alternatively if you want to go digging then an uninstaller can be found by right clicking on the menuBUS package >Show Package Contents > Contents > Resources > menuBUS Uninstaller.app
Q: Does menuBUS prevent my system from sleeping?
A: No. However, in Activity Monitor menuBUS appears as an app that prevents system sleep. This is because when menuBUS is running it is accessing the systems audio drivers continuously. This is the same as an app like iTunes. As long as iTunes is playing audio, your computer won't sleep. To allow the computer to sleep menuBUS monitors a couple of things. Has audio been silent for the last 5 seconds, are there any other apps preventing sleep, and has the mouse or keyboard been touched? If all the following check out then menuBUS shuts down it's audio engine which lets the computer sleep.
Q: Why isn't menuBUS an app that behaves like other apps so that I can Command + Tab between it and the other software I have running?
A: I built menuBUS because there are already apps out there that do something similar to what menuBUS does, but I found them clunky to use because they were always in the task switcher!
Q: Some of my plugins load in menuBUS, but don't pass any audio. Why is this happening?
A: Currently menuBUS only hosts stereo interleaved plugins, and what is most likely happening here is that the plugin you are trying to host is a multi-mono plugin. There is a fix for this, but every time I try and get these mono plugins to work I seem to waste hours on the problem. Contact me if you know the solution! I'm probably doing something stupid...