Sound equalizer for the system?
Posted 14 March 2008 - 06:38 PM
Audio Hijack Pro
Not cheap at $39, but if it works might be worth it. Looks like they may have a cheap / free "Standard" version.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:14 AM
That won't do what y'all want. It'll capture the audio, but you need to
launder it through an audio editor afterwards. Audacity is free (and
worth every penny IMO). Amadeus is a few bucks and a good step
between free apps and the professional ($$) editors.
Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:04 AM
Audio Hijack will do exactly what danvendel wants. It's overkill, because it's ultimately made for recording, but it does have the wonderful capability to filter audio on a per-application basis in real time. I certainly use it to individually change the volume of different applications so that I can increase the gain for audio on a web page that's too quiet, without blasting my ears when system alerts sound off.
You can certainly Hijack any single application, apply any of the provided equalizers, and make your EQ adjustments to the hijacked application without affecting other apps. Or apply different EQ to multiple apps separately. You will not need to hit the Record button at any time. Just process the audio as it comes through in real time.
What cdslashetc wants, control over output devices, is something that the old Detour utility did, but apple made changes to OS X that broke Detour forever. This lack of control over per-application and per-device audio are annoying oversights that I hope Apple fixes some time in the future.
Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:15 AM
seems to say it'll do those effects via plug-ins which may come with Audio Hijack.
The included effects (in my 2.8) are Gain, Dry-Wet Mix, and Clipping. To hi-lite my
ignorance, I don't know what Dry-Wet Mix is.
The manual's appendix lists several types of plug-ins Audio Hijack can use: 4fx,
VST, and LADSPA. I seem to have missed the part about where to get them or
where to put them.
AudioHijackPro/AboutPlugins lists a bunch of effects, each labeled "inactive." If
I select one to "load" I'm presented with an Open dialog and invited to find the
little bugger. Which I can't do.
I'm lost. I'd be grateful for any guidance you can offer.
Posted 24 May 2008 - 12:14 PM
You will need:
-Soundflower from Cycling '74
-SoundSource menu extra from Rogue Amoeba
-LineIn from Rogue Amoeba
-AU Lab from the Developer Tools from Apple (probably came with your system CDs, othwerwise download from Apple)
-Use SoundSource menu to direct Default and System outputs to Soundflower (2ch)
-Use LineIn to pass the audio from Soundflower (2ch) to channels 1 and 2 of -Soundflower (16ch). Use the advanced options to choose the channels.
-Open AU Lab and configure thus:
Audio Device: Soundflower (16ch)
Input Source: Default
Outputs: channels 3 and 4
Inputs: channels 1 and 2
-Use a copy of LineIn (yes, you can duplicate the application and run two copies at once - I love it!) to pass the audio from channels 3 and 4 of Soundflower (16ch) to your headphones/speakers.
-Go back to AU Lab and add any effects you want, including Graphic or Parametric EQ. You can save your AU Lab setup as a file for reuse.
Hope it works, and enjoy!
Posted 24 May 2008 - 03:45 PM
Personally, I ended up just getting one of these for $10 and that did the job, although does only volume and not eq--at least that takes care of the huge difference in volume between speakers and headphones on my MacBook Pro so I don't have to change the volume when I switch from one to the other.
Shure Level Attenuator Listening Level Controller
Posted 08 November 2008 - 10:10 AM
Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:16 AM
I really can't believe how tinny the standard OS X line-out tone sounds, especially compared to the sound after pumping up the bass and treble. There's a trade-off in line-out volume (the same that you'd get with Hijack), but the quality is so vastly improved that it's worth it.
Posted 29 January 2009 - 11:36 AM
Too funny -Al,
Now I've got to clean spit off my display... :D
Anyway, I used AudioHijack last night and couldn't get the finished audio to my liking: Ended up using Peak LE. Yeah, overkill but its was handy. Can't help ya with the plugins...sorrrrry..
Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:34 AM
Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:00 AM
I thought it was just quiet when using Soundflower as the output until I switched my output back to line out, turned up the system audio level to full blast (take off your headphones first! Ouch) then switched Soundflower back as the output. Suddenly the volume range was much greater.