Let me put it to you straight. I’m a boomer. A baby boomer. That means more years of life experience than I care to admit. And hearing capability that matches the years.
In other words, I like loud sounds. Why? Hearing just ain’t what it used to be. Why? I liked loud sounds. That means the sound from my Mac to my mixer and speakers needs to be, well, loud. That also means I collect my fair share of sound utilities. Here’s another one.
Through the years I’ve advocated– more for myself and fellow boomers than others– a nifty Mac app called, well– Boom. The claim to fame is what you want. More sound for aging boomer ears.
Along with the need to improve my Mac’s sound volume came the need to modifying sound routing and give me control over the sound coming from each individual Mac app.
Enter Sound Control. From the Mac’s Menubar, you get control over sound. Click and ye shall receive.
If you value sound and control then there is nothing to not like about Sound Control. You get per-app volume controls, audio routing to other devices, full on keyboard volume controls, hotkey options, an equalizer, and for Mac notebook users, context drive Touch Bar support.
Sound Control is nominally priced but has a more specific use relative nearby. It’s called Sound Siphon, a cleverly designed utility that lets you capture all of your Mac’s audio stream (even those Apple does not want you to capture) using connected microphones or other audio inputs. And, yes, it captures app-specific sound, too.
Not only will Sound Siphon record audio flowing from or to or through your Mac’s sound system, it has options to route sound, too in a visual mix and map capability that is stunningly simple to grasp.
Wait. There’s more!
Sound Siphon can record FaceTime or Skype calls, but lets you keep each audio source in a separate channel for more controls. It works just as well to send your Mac’s mic and audio to remote Podcast guests. The built-in recorder has a timer. Apps can could interrupt a recording session– Calendar events, Mail notifications, etc– can be muted.
Neither of these Mac sound management applications do much for my boomer ears, but both are must-have utilities for a Mac user intent on managing sound input and output.