First, baby boomers are aging rapidly and so is their hearing. Second, the Mac’s speakers, while decent, don’t reflect the need for a little more loud among the boomer generation. Finally, sound itself often takes a back seat to video and photos. Here’s a way to fix that.
Hear What Hear Do For You
Sound is the unsung hero of television and movies. Sure, we’re amazed by great acting performances, and dazzled by special effects, but sound brings the pieces together.
Hear for the Mac is a utility that gives you all the audio enhancement tools that Apple doesn’t even bother with in OS X.
What you get in a single utility is just about everything you need to make the Mac sound as good as a Retina display looks. Add a couple of decent external speakers or attach a good sound system and you’ll wonder why Hear isn’t standard equipment on a Mac.
Hear combines six basic audio functions into a single app, and a single screen (with multiple tabs for the functions). There’s 3D sound, an N-band equalizer with a peak limited, an option to control speaker resonance, and a virtual subwoofer.
Wait. There’s more. Boomers will appreciate the option to restore frequency, coloring, and intensity of music files with the Fidelity Control and the Center Channel Control which adds width and volume with audio effects.
Hear’s built-in Mixer tab lets you control sounds from specific applications (except Safari, which is now sandboxed for security). The settings and controls are a Mac geek’s delight and range from the aforementioned 3D to FX, the self explanatory Maximizer, Limiter and more.
Interestingly, and you can thank Apple for some of these shortcomings, there’s no way to use all of Hear’s features in Safari, QuickTime, Mail, and Flash (sandboxing, and, well, you know– Adobe). Hear also has a Windows version that works back to XP, but oddly, Hear doesn’t support USB or FireWire, both mainstays of audio on the Mac.