One feature I like is the option to have system alerts go through the Mac’s internal speakers rather than a connected sound system. What I don’t like is the inability of OS X to set sound volume on a per app basis. Now you can.
An Ear For Sound
For the most part, sound on the Mac is an all or nothing proposition. Whatever the Output sound volume is in System Preferences > Sound is what you’ll get.
Add the SoundBunny app to your Mac and instantly you get sound volume controls for each application that uses the Mac’s sound output.
Think about how cool that kind of granular control can be.
You’ll need to restart your Mac once you install SoundBunny but the control panel says it all. Select the app you want, adjust the sound volume for each one separately using the slider bars.
Or, mute the sound for some apps entirely. SoundBunny lets you play iTunes music nice and loud, but keep Notification Center sound volume down to a level where your eardrum won’t bust when email arrives.
That little extra level of control can be a wonderful thing.
For example, let’s say you’re working on your Mac, watching a YouTube video, and a FaceTime call comes in (or a call from your iPhone). If the sound volume is too high then the ringer blasts through the YouTube audio.
With SoundBunny you can control the sound volume for each application that uses sound. Sweet, no? SoundBunny comes with a trial-before-you-buy option so you can see how good it works in your Mac environment.
Caveats? Yes, a few. SoundBunny doesn’t work with every Mac app in every version of OS X, including recent versions of QuickTime Player, Mail, and others, but that’s caused by Apple’s so-called Sandboxing functions. That makes the trial version very useful.