SoundSource 5 Brings a Streamlined Interface and More to the Powerful Mac Audio Control Utility

Longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba today announced the launch of SoundSource 5, the next-generation version of its software utility that gives you much greater control over audio on your Mac.

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For those unfamiliar with SoundSource, it lives right in the menu bar and gives you quick access to volume levels and input/output devices, as well as the ability to adjust volume levels and output devices on a per-app basis. Audio effects like equalizers can also be applied on a per-app basis.

SoundSource 5 brings a revamped interface with a streamlined main window that can optionally be made even slimmer with a Compact view, and there's a new menu bar icon that displays a rough gauge of the current volume level of your default output device.

With per-app audio controls, SoundSource 5 now automatically manages the apps displayed in the list, adding them whenever they are producing audio and removing them when they stop. Favorited apps will remain in the list permanently.

The new update also adds support for multiple menu meters, letting you optionally see activity for default input and output devices, as well as active apps. The meters also provide one-click access for quickly muting any of the sources.

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Updates for audio effects include an optimized Magic Boost that uses less CPU to provide richer sound, a simplified default view for the pinnable 10-band equalizer, and more.

SoundSource 5 is available as a free full-featured trial, which degrades the quality of its audio adjustments after 20 minutes per launch. A full license is normally priced at $39, but there's a discounted $29 rate available through the end of the month. Owners of SoundSource 4 can upgrade for $19, or a complimentary upgrade if you purchased SoundSource 4 on or after May 1.

For those currently running the macOS Big Sur beta, it's important to note that SoundSource 5 is not yet compatible with the upcoming version of macOS. An update for SoundSource will be available prior to the public launch of Big Sur. SoundSource 5 is fully compatible macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra.

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WildCowboy Avatar
51 months ago

Paid press release?
For the umpteenth time, we don't do paid articles.

Mac stuff tends to get overlooked in the age of the iPhone, so sometimes we like to give a little extra love to the Mac ecosystem and our roots. There's not much more to it than that.
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WildCowboy Avatar
51 months ago

The simple fix for this is to put one sentence at the top of each of these things saying exactly that. Then you won't have to defend yourself for the umpteenth+1 time.
That isn't terribly feasible, disrupting each article from the start with a sort of reverse disclosure. On the relatively infrequent occasions where we've received something associated with an article, such as a product for review (reviews are about the only area where this happens), we disclose that at the bottom of the article. If there's no disclosure, it should be safely assumed there's no compensation.

The assumptions by readers of unethical behavior on our part really confuse me.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
51 months ago
I really find Rogue Amoeba's lineup confusing. Sound Source, Loopback and Audio Hijack seem to overlap somewhat, yet have very different UIs. I wish there was some clearer messaging which app is for whom, or some kind of feature matrix.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4487549 Avatar
51 months ago
Rogue Amoeba is an OG indie Mac developer, and I appreciate the updates I find here.
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DeadeyeM Avatar
51 months ago
Paid or not it's not bad i had used eqMac before but it's buggy this does work, would like to get other peoples experience
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JesperA Avatar
51 months ago
Crazy that this isn't already built in, especially with Big Sur since they could easily add some more volume sliders in the new Control Center. One of the things i missed going from Windows to macOS
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)