What I really like in Vista and particularly in this build is that you define different sound settings for your applications. So if you are listening to a podcast or viewing a Webcast you don't want to have your Messenger sounds interfering with that.
Here's a screenshot of my settings I usually use:
However what I somehow miss is the is in the Mobile center where we can define presentation settings that we are not able to select the applications you don't want to have sound enabled for. The workaround for that is to set the settings onto the volume mixer for those items that you certainly do not want the sound to be enabled. Anyway it's a real improvement if you compare it with Windows XP.
As you may know we changed the audio stack quite a bit here is a whitepaper about the Audio Innovations in Vista.
In Beta 2 we had the ability to define different default sound devices for Communications, Music, etc. but this seems to be missing in RC1.
In press releases this functionality was called "device roles" - is this no longer part of the Vista feature set?
Sorry for the late response but I will look this up.
I checked it and for the moment it will not be in the feature set, I don't know when and if it will be a feature of Vista RTM. Hope this helps.
So if I understand "device roles", was this the old ability in XP (and I believe Beta 2) to allow for individual volume and muting capability for Line-In, etc?
Reason I ask is after upgrading Beta 2 to RC1, I seemed to have lost the ability to hear sound from outside devices plugged into the Line-In on my integrated Intel 82801DB/DBM AC '97 sound card. Line-in shows up on the Sound / Recording tab and even shows volume activity, but now sound. I was thinking that it was individually muted but can't seen to find the individual device controls.
Is your device enabled, because by default disabled devices are not shown on the audio mixer dialogue box. Maybe have a look at previous post.
You can still mute different applications but I am not sure if you can do that with different input channels.
I will have a look about that.