Is there software that can visualize all sounds from the sound card?

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I’m looking for a solution to this problem: When I’m working at my computer, sometimes I’ll be using noise-isolation headphones connected to a source other than my computer (e.g., an iPod). I would like to see (this is what I mean by “visualize”) some kind of notification on my screen, since I will not be able to hear the sound.

Is there any software out there that would accomplish this? I’m interested in seeing any sounds that would normally come out of th sound card.

This is for Windows (XP), but I’d be interested in hearing solutions for other flavors, and OS X, as well.


Not sure if this will do everything you need, but Windows XP has “accessibility options for people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing sounds from the computer” built-in:

If you are deaf or have difficulty
hearing sounds from the computer, you
can quickly set sound options using
the Accessibility Wizard. Sound
options include turning on SoundSentry
so that you can get visual warnings
for system sounds
, and ShowSounds so
that captions are displayed for speech
and sounds in programs that provide

(emphasis mine)

On linux take a look at-

Synaesthesia (also available for windows)


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