The sound just isn’t loud enough. True, it doesn’t take much to connect a Mac to a powerful set of speakers, but aging baby boomers will tell you the same thing. The Mac’s sound output could be louder. Here are two ways to get louder sound.
Can You Near Me Now?
My main product Mac is plugged into a hefty multi-track Mackie audio mixer which, in turn, is plugged into a hefty amplifier, which, in turn pushes very loud sound to a set of honking speakers.
That’s not the sound I’m worried about. It’s the MacBook, or the iMac, or the Mac mini not connected to a powered set of speakers.
My aging baby boomer ears are addicted to loud.
One way to get there is LoudLAB, a professional level audio app for monitoring and controlling loudness levels coming from your Mac.
This is not a single click loud button from the past. LoudLAB measures and controls loudness range, audio peaks, and does it all in real time.
LoudLAB’s main claim to fame appears to be the built-in Loudness Range Compression System. That’s a fancy way to describe professional level audio compression techniques to produce audio that sounds louder than it actually is.
LoudLAB’s tool sets are precision in nature and include DC removal, linear-phase filters, dithering and a number of others. These 64-bit functions work on real time audio, and output can be recorded and saved on your Mac for later playback.
At the low end of the scale is the Mac app Boom which retails for a few dollars and does one thing. Louder sound. Boom works from the Mac’s Menubar but also has equalizer controls to enhance sound output to match your environment.
Whatever sound comes out of your Mac’s speakers or sound output can sound, well, louder. That means YouTube, iTunes, movies, Skype or FaceTime, Garageband or anything else can be enhanced to sound louder.