Please join me in thanking Rogue Amoeba, makers of SoundSource (and Loopback, and Audio Hijack, and more!) for sponsoring TMO here this week. SoundSource is one of those apps that truly is for everyone, not just audio geeks, and for that reason it’s often overlooked. Let’s fix that.
I’m a regular (and long-time!) user of Audio Hijack, using that and Loopback as foundational parts of my Mac Geek Gab podcast workflow, both in the studio and on the road. Without these critical tools, I’m not quite sure how I’d do what I do, and I know that’s true for most other Mac-based podcasters out there.
But I had ignored SoundSource for a while in recent years. I used it back in the day because it brought me much-needed functionality: the ability to switch audio devices from the menu bar. Of course, macOS added that feature and rendered SoundSource – the original version, anyway – unnecessary for most of us.
Much more recently, Rogue Amoeba re-imagined SoundSource, and my reaction upon reinstalling it was, “crap! I’ve been needing this and haven’t even known it!” My guess is you’ll feel the same way.
SoundSource Gives You Per-App Audio Control
SoundSource 4 adds a ton of functionality, but most important is that SoundSource 4 gives me the ability to decide what happens with audio on a per-app basis. This means I could set Zoom to only use my headphones, but Music to play through my big speakers. For Hangouts, you could set Google Chrome to use the speakers on the display where you have your Hangouts, giving your sound some spatial focus while still letting system sounds come out of your main speakers.
The beauty is that I don’t have to go futzing with the sound output controls before and after every single different activity. SoundSource lets me set this once and it persists, even simultaneously allowing one app’s sounds to come from one place while a different app goes to another.
Enhance Your Mac’s Audio
Let’s face it, some podcasters have yet to start using Audio Hijack to make their shows sound great. Good news: with SoundSource, you can not only route any app – like Podcasts – to your favorite speakers, you can also apply EQ and effects like a compressor to each app individually, tightening up the sound, all in real-time.
Keyboard Volume Control for Finicky Audio Devices
You know those volume keys you have on you Mac’s keyboard? They’re super-handy and work great with your Mac’s internal speakers, but they aren’t always able to adjust the volume for things like HDMI, DisplayPort, and external USB audio devices. Because of this, I had been forced to use the separate volume knob on my Audioengine D1 that sits way over there. Yes, folks, I had to reach…like an animal.
No longer! SoundSource’s Super Volume Keys allow my volume buttons (and even the volume knob on my Logitech keyboard) to control the output level of my speakers now. PRAISE BE TO ALL. As if I needed another reason, this is the icing on the cake to ensure I keep SoundSource running and installed full-time. (Now I just need to remember not to reach anymore!).
Reliable Enhancements to your Mac’s Audio
I’ve been using SoundSource pretty heavily again recently, and all of the things I mention here–effects, enhancements, per-app control, volume keys–happen reliably, quickly, and without any fanfare or delays. SoundSource just works, and that’s no surprise: as I noted, Rogue Amoeba is very well-versed in the inner-workings of macOS audio. They’ve learned all the nuances of navigating this technology, and it shows.
Save 20% on SoundSource
Not only are the good folks at Rogue Amoeba our sponsors here at TMO this week, they’ve got a discount for you, too: Use coupon code
TMO2020 to save 20% on SoundSource today. With all the extra time you’re spending in front of your Mac right now, you deserve to hear everything better and have some fun tweaking things, too. Go get SoundSource today.
Thanks, Rogue Amoeba!