Shush - Microphone Manager

Developer: Mizage, LLC

Current Version: 1.2.1

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 1.1 MB - Download


▶ Issues that will be fixed in the next update:
• Doesn't run on 10.6 Snow Leopard anymore.
• Mutes Boom 2. Workaround:

Voice chat is awesome, but sooner or later you'll send something you wish others hadn't heard.

Shush solves this problem by providing simple hotkey microphone management.

With Shush you’ll no longer have to feel awkward about the things going on around you. Whether it’s a plane flying overhead, your kids screaming, that sneeze (or something worse) you feel coming on, or just you talking to yourself, Shush makes accidental transmitting a thing of the past.

In push-to-talk mode, your microphone will be muted until you press and hold a chosen hotkey, unmuting your microphone and allowing your voice to flow freely. Release the hotkey and Shush will mute your microphone again.

In push-to-silence mode (aka “cough button”), press and hold the hotkey to immediately mute your microphone so nobody hears anything you don’t want them to. Release the hotkey and Shush will unmute your microphone.

• Take control of when you are heard
• Configure your own hotkey
• Informative menu bar icon so you always know the status of your mic
• Gorgeous retina graphics and fluid animations

Shush works with almost any* internal and external microphone or line-in, even USB and Bluetooth.

Shush works with any software that captures audio from the above hardware. This includes:
• iChat/FaceTime
• Google Chat/Talk
• Skype
• VoIP Softphones
• GarageBand/Podcast Capture
• and more…

* For a list of known incompatible hardware visit


Release Notes:

• Improved compatibility for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
• Improved ability to mute some devices that were previously unmutable.
• Changed menu bar icon to be black and white.
• Fix for output audio being muted if Boom is installed.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2
Review by jharwig

Works great - I spend enough time on voip calls that a keyboard mute toggle really improves the experience for everyone – my dogs like to bark. Shush runs in two modes, 1) Push [hotkey] to talk, or 2) Push [hotkey] to mute. I use the former and it works great.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by M At

Works, except when it doesn't - I've tried using several version of shush, and it OCCASIONALLY fails to block audio. I'll be on the Google Hangout, shush is muted, and then I notice that Google is transmitting my audio. It stinks! It just happened, and my input device is the "Internal Microphone" in my Mac.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.2.1
Review by mister zed

Pretty good, but not perfect - This is a very simple app, and it works very well, but feels like it should be only $2 or $3. But that's sort of beside the point of whether it's good. It seems to have all the essential features, but needs some additions. For instance, it's easy to forget you're running the app, and wonder why no one can hear you in your WebEx/GoToMeeting/ScreenHero/Zoom/Hangout/whatever call. If the user could set a color for the muted icon, and a different color for the non-muted icon, it would be easier to avoid this situation. The ability to toggle with a double-tap of your chosen key is a nice idea, but I find that it's too easy to do that accidentally. It would be nice if I could make it a triple-tap, or otherwise have more flexibility in defining how to toggle between tap-to-talk and tap-to-mute. Or maybe define the maximum interval between the taps—that might reduce accidental toggling, which can cause lots of problems (if you say something to someone in the room or on the phone, that you don't want heard by people in the WebEx/whatever).

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by AnthonyHesse

Shush is no longer working as of May 22, 2016 - For a long time Shush worked great but as of today, May 22, 2016 I noticed it is no longer working and since that makes it worthless I give it one star. I learned this accidentially when I opended “Sound” that is in the “System Preferences” and noticed it was picking up sound in the “Input". I deleted it and reloaded it and it is still not working. When it begins to work again I’ll come back and update this review.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by KodiakSeattle

Does not work - Does not work with an external USB headset. I can check the mic sound levels in the System Preferences and it still shows the mic as active whenever it should be muted.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by tsanteford

Love this app and recommend it to everyone - I use this app to toggle my mic using the FN key. I use it daily for group video conference meetings.\ It does have one flaw in that when my mac comes out suspend mode the mic will be unmuted regardless of the mic state in the app. The causes me to toggle the mic state before going into a meeting just to make sure. Otherwise this app does exactly what I need.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.2.1
Review by nobizit

Almost perfect! - This app does something I’ve wanted for years— mute by default, push to talk. After dozens of conf calls interrupted by people who failed to mute, this app is a godsend! The only things I’d like to see changed are: * more control over the audio cues. Being able to adjust their volume, or perhaps switch to some sort of onscreen indicator would be handy. As-is, the sound is a bit jarring. * The ability to differentiate between left and right side keys when specifying the mute/unmute key: I never use right-option, so I’d love to assign that (and not left-option).

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people