I am always dinking around with the System Sound on my iMac while listening to various things. The macOS Sound Preferences are under powered to put it mildly. So, when I came across SoundSource a really cool App from Rogue Amoeba called SoundSource I jumped in with both feet. Here is what SoundSource looks like and how it works.
SoundSource is a very sophisticated system sound app for the Mac. It is what Apple’s sound settings should be. Yes, it is a little pricey at $29 from the Rogue Amoeba website, but if you are serious about interacting and controlling the sound on your Mac it is worth the dinero.
SoundSource installs as a menubar icon. When you click on it you get this drop down window:
You can control the usual Mac sound settings in the upper portion of the window. However, and this is so cool, you can control sound for individual Apps! Wait, there is more! If you look to the right of the window you will see a clickable drop down menu. This allows you to control what Device this particular App will play through:
That could be external speakers, headphones, the list is endless. SoundSource is one sophisticated App which REALLY gives you control over your Mac’s sound.
You can Add Apps to the Applications area for detailed sound control:
If you roll your mouse over an App it produces a “X” for removal. In my case I removed VLC and added the Spark Email App along with the Finder.
Most of the time you will access SoundSource using the drop down menubar icon. However, if you click on the Pin ? in the upper left corner of the window the App is detached from the menubar and remains open on your Desktop while you do other things on your Mac:
If you click on the Pin symbol again, the App goes back into the menubar.
All of this might be enough to convince someone to get SoundSource, but there is more. If you click on the small arrow on the far right of each Application you get a drop down Equalizer:
You can adjust the sound for each App even further! In the case of iTunes, I am listening to some Podcasts on my iMac so I set it to the “Spoken Word”. Of course, in the new MacOS Catalina that will be the Podcast App.
Oh, I almost forgot about the Magic Boost feature. If you look just to the right of an Application you will see a small Magic Wand:
Here is how the Rogue Amoeba people describe this feature:
Boost quiet audio so you can hear it, while louder audio is left untouched. Get fuller sound from even tiny MacBook speakers.
It takes a pretty smart App to be able to do that. I think people using Mac laptops would be benefited greatly by this.
SoundSource has only a few Preferences:
I set mine to match the System Appearance which is Dark Mode at this time. You can change the menubar icon to look like the System Sound icon as well. There is not much else in the this area. SoundSource is a very straightforward App. Most of its settings are right up front in the App itself.
I have been using SoundSource for a while now. It is so much better than the macOS System Sound. To me it is really worth the $29 price tag. You can download a trial version for a test drive before buying.