Make your Mac much louder
Quick Mac Tip, 15 January 2012
Trying to watch a video or listen to iTunes and finding you can’t hear well enough, even with the volume turned all the way up? I often have that problem. One way to solve it is with a wonderful piece of software called Audio Hijack Pro (US$32). I use this trick all the time.
- Use Audio Hijack Pro.
- Add the app you wish to hear better as a Source.
- Add a Double Gain effect for that Source.
Add a source for Audio Hijack Pro
After installing Audio Hijack Pro — it has a free trial you can experiment with — open it up. A window appears.
Session menu choose
New. A new item appears in the left hand column labelled
<Select a Source>.
In the area on the right hand side of the window select the app whose sound you want to amplify, for example, Quicktime Player, or Safari.
Add a Gain Effect
Click on the
Effects tab on the right-hand side of the window. The window changes to show boxes where you can add effects.
Click on one of the boxes and a menu appears.
4FX Effect so a submenu appears and select
Double Gain from the submenu. An image of knobs like those on an amplifier appears.
Turn up the Gain
Now comes the hard part as it’s actually tricky to turn the knobs. I find I have to move my mouse in the opposite direction…
Turn the knobs clockwise to increase the gain.
Hijack your audio
Now start up the
Source application you chose previously, Safari for example, and get ready to play your movie, podcast or whatever.
Switch back to Audio Hijack Pro. Make sure the same Source is selected in the left-hand column, then press the
Hijack button at top left of the Audio Hijack Pro window.
Start playing your movie.
Adjust your Mac’s volume using the usual keyboard Volume buttons until you have it at the right level.
Enjoy. And let us know in the Comments how this Tip helped you.