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Includes audio utilities for basic and dynamic management of application volume, system volume, and microphone volume, as well as a fun audio visualizer. You can automatically smooth loudness in real time for both speakers and microphones, and reduce volume for background applications.
This product is available natively in English, but it has automated translations for most major languages.
Contents: Audio Focus (🔊🎯), Loudness Manager (🔊⚖️), Microphone Manager (🎤⚖️), Equalizer Ring (🖌🔊), Volume (🔊), Volume Increase (🔊), Volume Decrease (🔉), App Volume Decrease (🗔🔉), App Volume Increase (🗔🔊)

Audio Focus (🔊🎯)

Audio Focus can automatically adjust volume levels based on which window is in focus.
  • Some programs have multiple windows using a single audio process. In this case, the tool is unable to independently adjust volume levels for the individual windows. If you are facing this issue with your web browser, consider using multiple different web browsers to ensure separate audio processes.
  • This feature is not currently compatible with Loudness Manager in Balance Applications mode.
Settings:
  • Audio Focus (Default: False)
    If enabled, audio volume levels for individual programs are automatically adjusted based on window focus.
  • Audio Focus Foreground Volume (Default: 1)
    This is the volume level at which the foreground audio channel will be placed.
  • Audio Focus Background Volume (Default: 0)
    This is the volume level at which the background audio channels will be placed.

Loudness Manager (🔊⚖️)

Dynamically manage audio loudness for your speakers/headphones.
  • With the loudness manager, you can reduce the duration of sudden loud noises, sometimes preventing them from getting too loud in the first place.
  • This is different from a volume control feature, as it dynamically adjusts the volume to compensate for loudness. Sudden loud noises might not get caught quick enough, so you can't really use this for hearing protection purposes.
Settings:
  • Loudness Manager Enabled (Default: False)
    When enabled, allows Loudness Manager features to operate.
  • Peak Loudness Limiter Safeguard (Default: True)
    The loudness manager operates on a small delay. It also may suddenly fail to work, and because it does not intercept audio, failure will result in the audio continuing at the last set volume. Therefore, the loudness manager cannot be used to reliably protect your hearing. The best way to determine if your audio volume level is safe is to try it first with the loudness manager disabled. If it is safe with the feature off, it will be safe with the feature on.
  • Peak Loudness (Default: 0)
  • Peak Loudness Preference (Default: 0.4)
    Values lower than 1 will cause volume reductions when loud sounds are detected. Live loudness data is shown nearby to give you an idea of what you would want to set this at. This feature operates on a small delay, so it cannot completely protect you from loud sounds. May interfere with the ability to use volume controllers outside of this program. To minimize interference and maximize audio quality, you should aim for a value that usually not hit so that the loudness manager will not be active during sounds with normal loudness.
  • Loudness Manager Strength (Default: 1)
    At strength 1, loudness manager will try to fully equalize loudness to the peak loudness preference. At lower strengths, the loudness manager will try to only partially compensate. This provides an additional way to preserve some loudness differential information when setting low peak preferences.
  • Loudness Watcher Frames Per Second (Default: 144)
    Controls how often the loudness watcher checks the loudness. Higher values place more load on the system, but may offer more responsive loudness management.
  • Loudness Watcher Display Frames Per Second (Default: 60)
    Controls how often the loudness manager screen updates. Higher values place more load on the system, but may offer more responsive loudness management.
  • Loudness Manager Mode (Default: Balance Applications)
    Loudness manager works without driver modifications and without adding audio latency. It has various ways of accomplishing this with different drawbacks.
    Balance Applications: Each audio application will be balanced separately, and you will lose your ability to manually adjust their relative balances, but you will still be able to use other programs to control your master volume normally.
    Master Volume: You may experience problems making adjustments to master volume outside of this tool while enabled. Other programs can manage volume balances between applications normally.
    Last Audio Channel: You will lose the ability to balance your last audio channel while enabled. You will still be able to control master volume and balance volume between applications normally using other programs. This may work in systems that support more than two audio channels, but are only using two-channel stereo audio.
    - Balance Applications: Each audio application will be balanced separately, and you will lose your ability to manually adjust their relative balances, but you will still be able to use other programs to control your master volume normally.
    - Master Volume: You may experience problems making adjustments to master volume outside of this tool while enabled. Other programs can manage volume balances between applications normally.
    - Last Audio Channel: You will lose the ability to balance your last audio channel while enabled. You will still be able to control master volume and balance volume between applications normally using other programs. This may work in systems that support more than two audio channels, but are only using two-channel stereo audio.
  • Volume (Default: 0)
    Volume is curved according to the volume curve exponent, 0 being no sound and 1 being at maximum value. The curve is customizable through the Volume Curve Exponent configuration so that your volume adjustments can feel appropriately scaled from minimum to maximum volume.
  • Raw Volume (Default: 0)
    The raw volume is the volume you will see in your operating system's standard volume control tools. This volume represented is already curved to feel more like it sounds, but the curve decided by the operating system might not give you sufficient feeling of control at high and low volume levels.
  • Volume Curve Exponent (Default: 2)
    This setting lets you adjust your volume curve to give you more fine-grained control at lower volume levels and improved response at higher volume levels. Most volume controllers are calibrated so that when you double the volume, it sounds twice as loud. The volume curve exponent changes the curve using this exponent. So, with an exponent of 2, doubling the volume multiplies how loud it sounds by 4. You can also adjust this exponent if the default curve does not feel right to you. If you select 1, you will get the default curve chosen by the operating system.
  • Simple Tray Volume Slider (Default: False)
    To allow you to make easier use of the included custom volume curve as well as the dynamic volume balancer, this option will include a minimal alternative volume control icon in your tray that will function properly with the tool's features.
  • Use Priority Loudness Process (Default: True)
    Runs loudness manager in a separate priority process to increase responsiveness.
  • Loudness Process Priority (Default: Real Time)
    Select the desired priority for the loudness manager process. I think "Real Time" will get you the best results, but perhaps you have a different sort of environment where it is not allowed or you are just uncomfortable with "Real Time".
    - Normal
    - Idle
    - High
    - Real Time: Real Time priority processes will generally get all of the processing time they want, and if they want too much it can cause your system to become unstable.
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Microphone Manager (🎤⚖️)

Dynamically manage microphone loudness.
  • With the microphone loudness manager, you can automatically stabilize and balance the volume of your microphones in real time.
  • I mostly use it to keep the volume of my voice steady in voice chat when I change seating positions.
Settings:
  • Microphone Manager Enabled (Default: False)
    When enabled, allows Microphone Manager features to operate.
  • Microphone Peak Loudness Preference (Default: 0.25)
    The tool will attempt to balance all microphones to this loudness preference. Live signal data is shown nearby to give you an idea of what you would want to set this at. This feature operates on a small delay. May interfere with the ability to use volume controllers outside of this program. To balance all microphones, you should aim for a value that the smallest signal microphone will still hit.
  • Microphone Manager Temporal Static Reduction (Default: 1)
    At values greater than 0, the microphone manager will reduce the volume of the microphone when it detects periods of silence. This reduces light background noise, static, and hiss when you are not speaking. If the value is set too high, the feature may function incorrectly and cause problems with the audio signal.
  • Microphone Manager Temporal Static Reduction Threshold Modifier (Default: 1)
    This setting controls which sound level is considered silence by the tool. A baseline volume is already chosen dynamically for each microphone, and this modifier multiplies the value. So, if the static reduction function is silencing your speech, you would want to lower this value, and if it is not silencing static, you would want to raise this value.
  • Microphone Loudness Watcher Frames Per Second (Default: 144)
    Controls how often the microphone loudness watcher checks the loudness. Higher values place more load on the system, but may offer more responsive loudness management.
  • Microphone Loudness Watcher Display Frames Per Second (Default: 6)
    This is the target rate for the user interface to be updated in the microphone manager.
  • Use Priority Microphone Process (Default: True)
    Runs audio features in a separate priority process to increase responsiveness.
  • Microphone Process Priority (Default: Real Time)
    Select the desired priority for the audio process. I think "Real Time" will get you the best results, but perhaps you have a different sort of environment where it is not allowed or you are just uncomfortable with "Real Time".
    - Normal
    - Idle
    - High
    - Real Time: Real Time priority processes will generally get all of the processing time they want, and if they want too much it can cause your system to become unstable.
    - Below Normal
    - Above Normal

Equalizer Ring (🖌🔊)

Paint a graphic equalizer on the function rings.

Settings:
  • Equalizer Ring (Default: False)
    If enabled, paints a graphic equalizer on the function rings.
  • Number of Audio Visualizer Slices (Default: 16)
    Controls the number of slices visible in the audio visualizer. Setting this value too high will reduce performance while the audio visualizer is enabled.
  • Equalizer Ring Smoothness (Default: 0.6)
    Lower values can make the equalizer visual more responsive. Higher values can make the equalizer visual smoother.
  • Equalizer Ring Rebalancing Rate (Default: 1)
    The equalizer visualization draws each frequency bucket according to its own historical ranges to maximize visual appeal across the spectrum. This setting controls how quickly the frequency buckets respond to range changes.
  • Equalizer Ring Fill Bias (Default: 1.5)
    The equalizer may appear too empty or too full depending on other settings and the qualities of the sound. You can use this setting to adjust the fullness of the equalizer visualization.
  • Equalizer Ring Frame Rate Cap (Default: 60)
    This limit allows you to reduce resource usage of the Equalizer Ring.
  • Equalizer Ring V Sync (Default: False)
    If enabled, the equalizer ring will attempt to synchronize itself to the refresh rate of the monitor. This will override the frame rate cap.
  • Equalizer Ring Disable for Super Ring (Default: True)
    The Equalizer Ring can cause slowness if active at the same time as a super ring. This feature will automatically disable the equalizer ring while the super ring is open.

Volume (🔊)

A minimal volume control that is compatible with the tool's audio features.

Settings:
  • Volume (Default: 0)
    Volume is curved according to the volume curve exponent, 0 being no sound and 1 being at maximum value. The curve is customizable through the Volume Curve Exponent configuration so that your volume adjustments can feel appropriately scaled from minimum to maximum volume.

Volume Increase (🔊)

Increases audio volume for the default device.

Settings:
  • Audio Volume Step Size (Default: 0.05)
    Controls how large of steps the volume should change when increasing/decreasing audio volume by command button or hotkey.
  • Volume Curve Exponent (Default: 2)
    This setting lets you adjust your volume curve to give you more fine-grained control at lower volume levels and improved response at higher volume levels. Most volume controllers are calibrated so that when you double the volume, it sounds twice as loud. The volume curve exponent changes the curve using this exponent. So, with an exponent of 2, doubling the volume multiplies how loud it sounds by 4. You can also adjust this exponent if the default curve does not feel right to you. If you select 1, you will get the default curve chosen by the operating system.
  • Volume (Default: 0)
    Volume is curved according to the volume curve exponent, 0 being no sound and 1 being at maximum value. The curve is customizable through the Volume Curve Exponent configuration so that your volume adjustments can feel appropriately scaled from minimum to maximum volume.
  • Raw Volume (Default: 0)
    The raw volume is the volume you will see in your operating system's standard volume control tools. This volume represented is already curved to feel more like it sounds, but the curve decided by the operating system might not give you sufficient feeling of control at high and low volume levels.
  • Simple Tray Volume Slider (Default: False)
    To allow you to make easier use of the included custom volume curve as well as the dynamic volume balancer, this option will include a minimal alternative volume control icon in your tray that will function properly with the tool's features.

Volume Decrease (🔉)

Decreases audio volume for the default device.

Settings:
  • Audio Volume Step Size (Default: 0.05)
    Controls how large of steps the volume should change when increasing/decreasing audio volume by command button or hotkey.
  • Volume Curve Exponent (Default: 2)
    This setting lets you adjust your volume curve to give you more fine-grained control at lower volume levels and improved response at higher volume levels. Most volume controllers are calibrated so that when you double the volume, it sounds twice as loud. The volume curve exponent changes the curve using this exponent. So, with an exponent of 2, doubling the volume multiplies how loud it sounds by 4. You can also adjust this exponent if the default curve does not feel right to you. If you select 1, you will get the default curve chosen by the operating system.
  • Volume (Default: 0)
    Volume is curved according to the volume curve exponent, 0 being no sound and 1 being at maximum value. The curve is customizable through the Volume Curve Exponent configuration so that your volume adjustments can feel appropriately scaled from minimum to maximum volume.
  • Raw Volume (Default: 0)
    The raw volume is the volume you will see in your operating system's standard volume control tools. This volume represented is already curved to feel more like it sounds, but the curve decided by the operating system might not give you sufficient feeling of control at high and low volume levels.
  • Simple Tray Volume Slider (Default: False)
    To allow you to make easier use of the included custom volume curve as well as the dynamic volume balancer, this option will include a minimal alternative volume control icon in your tray that will function properly with the tool's features.

App Volume Decrease (🗔🔉)

Decreases audio volume for the current window.
  • Some windows share a single audio process, and thus cannot be independently controlled from each other.
  • Some windows lack a clear link between the window process and the audio process, and cannot be controlled with this feature.
  • Not currently compatible with the Loudness Manager in Balance Applications mode.
Settings:
  • App Audio Volume Step Size (Default: 0.05)
    Controls how large of steps the volume should change when increasing/decreasing audio volume for individual applications.

App Volume Increase (🗔🔊)

Increases audio volume for the current window.
  • Some windows share a single audio process, and thus cannot be independently controlled from each other.
  • Some windows lack a clear link between the window process and the audio process, and cannot be controlled with this feature.
  • Not currently compatible with the Loudness Manager in Balance Applications mode.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10

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