That was enough to get me interested in an app that gives you more control over your Mac’s audio volume. Wait. Is that right? Don’t you already have control over your Mac’s audio volume using a number of ways. Yes, but where there’s a will, there’s another way.
Here’s 9 Crazy Ways To Control Mac Sound
How Hard Can It Be To Change The Sound Volume?
That’s the question I asked myself when I took a look at MuteMyMac, the little Mac app that gives you 9 ways to manage your Mac’s sound volume.
And that does not include the cool looking Blue Yeti microphone icon.
What you get is another app in the Mac’s Menubar. Click on it and a sound volume slider appears.
Drag the slider up and the sound volume increases. Drag it down and the sound volume decreases.
For this you’re willing to part with a couple of bucks? Doesn’t the Mac’s sound volume slider control in the Menubar already do that?
Yep. Almost. But not quite.
MuteMyMic also has keyboard shortcuts. Decrease input volume with the F5 key. Mute or unmute (a toggle) with the Option+F5 keys.
See? You can’t do that just using the Menubar’s built-in volume slider.
MuteMyMic does more. There’s controls to Force mute and mute. Increase the input volume with the F6 key. Or, quickly increase the sound volume with the Option+F6 key.
Note the phrase input volume. This is very handy if you’re using Skype on your Mac and you want to mute the volume of your Mic.
There’s integration with Growl so you’ll have notifications pop up whenever another app changes the mute settings.
Are those nine functions worth a couple of bucks? It is a quick and dirty way to add more control over your Mac’s sound input and volume.
Now, a word or two of warning. We’ve noticed that some apps from the Mac App Store do not work on all modern Macs (Intel, OS X Snow Leopard, Lion), so your mileage may vary. Worse, some Mac app developers, including MuteMyMic, provide no support, but are happy to take your money, so caveat emptor.