Every now and again I run into a simple Mac utility that is worth the coinage after one use. My Mac is graced with a variety of audio recording applications, and the desktop iMac’s sound output runs through a Mackie mixer and an amplifier before it gets to the speakers in the family room. Nice, right?
If you’re ever had such a setup where the speakers you use are more powerful than those built into the Mac, then you know the problem with applications. Some are loud, some less so, and certain ones just need to be muted all the time. But with so many apps that use the same sound source, how can you control the volume for each one?
Enter Sound Control.
This useful Mac utility resides in the Menubar and gives you sound output controls on a per app basis. You read correctly. Each application gets its own sound output controls. And it could not be much easier to use. Click the Menubar. Select the app you want to control, then use the slider to adjust the app’s sound output volume, or click to mute the sound.
Wait. Yes, there’s more.
Sound Control also lets you reroute the app’s audio output to various connected audio sources; for example, to the Mac’s built-in speakers, or to a connected set of powered speakers, or to a mixer or amplifier.
Also built into Sound Control are options for hotkeys; keyboard combos that let you become the Mac power user you’ve always wanted to be. If the sound isn’t exactly what you want it to be, there’s an equalizer in Sound Control with customization options for your acoustics, and plenty of custom presets to get started.
And that’s EQ on a per app basis, all controlled right from the Mac’s Menubar.
The Keyboard Volume control gives you additional options to control sound volume to DisplayPort connected displays, HDMI TV and receivers, and other devices. Seriously. There is nothing to not like about Sound Control if you have multiple devices connected to your Mac.
As is the case with apps that have such advanced functions, you won’t find Sound Control on the Mac App Store, and you will need a recent version of macOS. And, yes, there’s a trail version so you can check out the basics. The app is not expensive. It’s easy to install. And almost self explanatory once installed.
Click on the Menubar icon. Select the app whose sound output you want to control. Click the slider bar left and right for volume. Click the EQ icon to adjust equalization on each app.