I maintain two offices: the home office, which is based around a desktop machine with extreme quantities of storage. At the other office, I use my laptop. Because of this, I have a ton of USB devices on a hub, so I only have a few connections to make when I hook up in the morning.
Specifically, I've got three audio devices. Switching between my voice-recognition headset, monitors, and my headphones required a trip to the System Preferences panel.
A little research led me to SoundSource by Rogue Amoeba.
This outstanding extension puts a control on your menu bar that allows you quickly switch audio intputs/outputs and independently adjust volumes.
Best of all, it's free!
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