Is there a volume mixer to control sound output of single programs in Mac OSX?

Kim May 25, 2010

I am looking for an app that works with Snow Leopard and allows the user to control the audio outputs (nothing fancy, just the volume) from different applications. I tried searching Google, but couldn’t find what I want.

Anyone knows if such an app exist? I am looking for something similar to the Windows 7 volume mixer, e.g. to mute Firefox without silencing the whole system.

Many thanks!!

  1. Vallemanz
    March 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I want one as well, how come nobody solved this yet?

  2. Tina
    February 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

     Unfortunately, it's not free.

  3. Markorbit
    November 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Doesn't work with Lion.

  4. Harpo
    December 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

    dosens't work with Google Chrome

  5. Djmontroni
    November 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    It's an amazing audio program for Mac. It includes a Mixer, which is amazing. It also does all sorts of audio effects. It changes the sound to however you want to hear it. Right now, my Macbook Pro sounds like surround sound. Just because of Hear.

  6. Max
    November 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    yep, same

  7. Eddie
    October 23, 2010 at 9:16 am


  8. Greig
    October 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I am also looking for the same.

  9. Johan Ylinenjarvi
    October 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I'd love such an app aswell....

  10. Stefan Wessels
    July 18, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I would be interested in this too, I do a lot of animation in Flash (that has sound added), I really miss not being able to turn down the sound for individual apps, after having it before, I don't want to go without it!

  11. Tina
    July 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm


    did you find a suitable app in the meantime? Please let us know what worked for you. Thank you!

  12. Anonymous
    May 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    If you really gotta change or mute the volume in one particular program in OS X, here's how I do it:

    - Route the audio through a sound capture program like Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro (Ambrosia's Wire Tap Pro should work as well)
    - Adjust the audio or hit the "Mute" button

    This is slightly more complicated than using Windows' mixer, but it also allows for recording of sounds on a system or application basis, and dozens of audio effects filters (narrowband equalizers, echo and reverb, compressor/limiters, noise reducers, special effects, etc.) are available and included.

    • Lajinnsolo
      October 27, 2010 at 3:36 am

      THANK you for this. It's really very simple, and my program is muted at last! My only worry is that I'll need to pay for it at some point... my hope is that, since I'm only muting the sound, it won't be necessary.

  13. Anonymous
    May 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Kim,

    I think every app that create sound will have a volume control on its own. You can just use it to modify the individual volume level.

    But regarding the app that mimics Win 7 volume mixer, you might want to look at Rogue Amoeba's SoundSource.

    • Kim
      May 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      hi thurana,

      thanks for the suggestion but soundsource is not quite the app that im looking for. i guess i just have to wait until someone come up with an app like that.

      thanks a lot for answering!

      • Philippe
        December 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

        have a look into Soundflower. If you route all your audio to Soundflower, then you might be able to specify a different chanel for every program running... I will try it when I have a bit more time, let us know if you succeed !

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