Worse is the Audio MIDI Setup utility in Applications > System Preferences. It seems as if Apple puts audio settings and controls hither and yon on the Mac, making it cumbersome to control various audio devices connected to your. Here’s a quick, painless, and inexpensive solution to control audio.
Selecting audio sources from the Sound icon in the Mac’s Menubar is simple enough. Option-Click on the Sound volume icon and you get more choices. Unfortunately, the choices are anemic. That’s where AudioMate comes in. This Mac utility costs merely a few dollars but gives you one-click access to to far more audio controls and options.
First up, AudioMate is always in the Menubar so it’s accessible as a control regardless of which app you’re using at the moment. While in the Menubar it displays multiple audio settings with a click. Master volume (as dB, percent, or graphic), a device’s sample rate, or a device’s clock source. AudioMate also loves notifications. You get a simple notification alert whenever a device is added or removed, or the volume changes, or mute is applied, or whenever a sample rate changes.
Second, one click gets you what you need to know, and options you to make adjustments on the fly, right from within whatever app you’re using at the moment. Additional controls for each connected audio device are available with a click or right-click. Additional preferences are a click away. From within AudioMate you can select an audio source and change the sample rate or clock source.
For any Mac user who has fussed around with Audio MIDI Setup, the Menubar’s Sound volume options, and System Preferences Sound settings, it’s nice to have a single app that does some of everything. Highly recommended for any Mac who loves audio.
What I’d like to see are two basics that even Apple doesn’t provide. One is simply a louder sound like you’d find in Boom! The other is an equalizer like you’d find in iTunes.