macOS Sierra: Resetting Your System Sound Effects Output

Every macOS/OS X update has its own quirks, and those quirks can be amplified by whatever peculiarities existed on the Mac being upgraded. For instance, when I upgraded to Sierra, that setting got changed so that it was independent from my System Output. Fortunately, putting it back is easy:

Changing Sound Effects Output

The idea is simple here. Most users want their Sound Effects—which include alert sounds—to be on the same speakers as their main Output. That way, if you change that main Output, your Sound Effects automatically shift at the same time.

Go to System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effects. If you want them tied to the settings under Preferences > Sound > Output, choose “Selected sound output device” from the pulldown menu, as shown below.

Sound Effects Settings in System Preferences in macOS Sierra
System Sound Settings

“Selected sound output device” really means “whatever device you have selected under Output.” Most users will find that already selected. If not, select it, and you’ll be good to go.

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