How To Turn Off The Startup Sound In Windows 10

Operating Systems like to announce when they have just been booted. They do so with a short chime that, if it's the middle of the night, can wake everyone in the house. One way to quite this sound is to plug headphones into your system or mute it when you shut it down. Of course, both require you to proactively do something to counter it. It would be much easier to just turn it Off. Windows has had a way to do this since Windows XP, possibly even before that. It's not different now; you can turn off the startup sound in Windows 10 via the default sound settings. Here's how.Read More

Check Which iOS Device Is Compatible With The New AirPods

Apple's September event has come and gone with the announcement of the new iPhone 7. The latest iPhone certainly has quite a few impressive features but people can't seem to stop talking about the Apple's other newest product; the AirPods. AirPods are being hailed as both an incredibly innovative and bold step to redefine technology, and as a completely idiotic move. The AirPods look pretty cool but are small and very easy to lose. People might actually prefer untangling their headphones over losing the new $159 pair of AirPods which have to be bought separately. During the keynote, the technology that went into developing this new accessory was also mentioned and that raises the question of compatibility. Which iOS devices can actually support the new AirPods?Read More

How To Auto Adjust Volume For Headphones In Windows 10

Windows, as far back as Vista, has been able to identify multiple audio input and output devices connected to a system. It lets you interdependently manage the volume for these devices and can change volume settings on the fly when a device is connected/disconnected. Windows 10 is no different but if you're headphones don't show up in the volume mixer this simply won't work. Windows 10 will detect the headphones as new hardware and sound will of course be routed through them but to manage them as a separate audio input/output device you need to add them first. Here's how.Read More

How To Get Chrome To Play Audio In Surround Sound [Fix]

Speakers, whether they come built into laptops or are purchased separately, commonly offer surround sound. They may differ in quality but stereo sound speakers have become uncommon with more and more people using laptops and desktops for entertainment and gaming. What you might have noticed is that despite games and media apps playing sound perfectly through your speakers, Chrome is usually a bit off. Chrome isn't really used to play media because a desktop app like VLC is always going to be the better option but you do watch YouTube videos in Chrome and sound doesn't always come out right. It comes off as stereo i.e. there is only sound coming from one speaker. If that's the case on your desktop, here's the fix for it.Read More

Trigger Based Profile Switcher For Sound, Display, WiFi, & More [Android]

Sound and WiFi profiles need to be changed depending on where we are. Both are changed so frequently that complex automating apps like Tasker aren't used and instead, apps dedicated to managing sound and WiFi profiles are sought, duly found, and used. SwiP - ProfileSwitcher  is an Android that doesn't just manage sound and WiFi profiles but gives you a whole set of other options for the state of Bluetooth switch, brightness, Display time out duration, and more. Each profile comes with triggers which can be location based, time based, battery charge or state based, or triggered by a headphone jack being plugged in.Read More

Octo – Auto Settings Creates Location Based Sound Profiles [Android]

Do you ever forget to turn the ringer down on your phone when you arrive at work or forget to turn it up when you leave? Octo - Auto Settings is a very smart Android app that lets you create location based profiles for sound settings on your Android device. The app is free and will let you set any level for the device's ringer mode (silent, ring, or vibrate), the ringer volume, the in-call volume, media volume, and notification alert volume. It also supports other actions that you can add to a profile such as WiFi and Bluetooth settings, display settings, and SMS settings but each one requires a $0.99 purchase to unlock it.Read More

Quickly Access & Adjust Sound Settings With Floating Equalizer For Android

I must confess I’m a die-hard music fan and the avid music listener inside me only loves hearing the crisp sounds from top notch hardware equipment. Sometimes, however, poor optimization on the software side can lead to an abysmal listening experience; some of the sound quality may be lost and other times the distorted audio so badly that it's not even worth listening to at all. Luckily, the Google Play Store has some really nice equalizers that improve sound quality and clarity of songs in a snap. Floating Equalizer is one such free app that lets you adjust different sound equalization settings.Read More

Tweak Playback Quality On Android With The Sleek Music Equalizer

Over the years, smartphones have vastly improved in pretty much every aspect. They now have better cameras, more vivid displays, sturdy yet aesthetically pleasing build quality, enhanced audio output and better connectivity options, in addition to more powerful processors and large amounts of RAM & storage. When it comes to audio, many people now use their smartphones to listen to music from cloud-based music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. That said, smartphones have almost replaced dedicated portable audio players as well, that once used to dominate the market. While the sound quality varies from one device to device, and purportedly depends on how expensive your phone is, there are certain apps that can spice up the sound output through software equalization. One such free app for Android that we stumbled upon is Music Equalizer. The application is fairly powerful, and comes with quite a few different presets from various music genres.Read More

Define Multiple Sound Profiles In Windows For Different Times Of Day

We’ve covered apps that let you manage networks, and then we've also reviewed some that allow you to manage your daily tasks. But how about an app that could let you manage, or more precisely, automate your speaker’s volume? Speaker Admin is a Windows app that does exactly that, allowing its users to automate their volume level according to the time of the day. You can basically specify time slots during which you want the volume to stay at a certain level. You can also entirely shush it down at night by selecting the mute option. If you’re among those of us who usually leave their speakers at full volume but don’t want to hear complains from their family, roommates or neighbors regarding their distasteful music choice, Speark Admin can come very handy. Further details after the jump.Read More

How To Change The Notification Center Alert Sound In OS X

The Notification Center is one of the highlights of Mountain Lion, and we've written about a few handy Notification Center tips to help you make the best of it, including one on changing the Notification Center background. It is still a relatively new feature of the OS, and some might go so far as to call it rough around the edges for the simple reason that customizing it is difficult. Even something as basic as changing the sound alert for the Notification Center isn't supported, at least not in the stock System Preferences. It is still possible to do so, and we've got the instructions for you.Read More

Silence For Android Gets Holo UI, Calendar Events, Power Toggles & More

Silence the handy event-based sound profile automation app for Android – has received a pretty impressive update in the Play Store today. Besides sporting a shiny new Holo UI, the app now allows you to play around with several other volume and power toggles, so that you can use it to completely automate your Android device’s behavior as per your requirements. Already capable of automatically switching back and forth between user-selected sound levels during and after certain events, Silence can now toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data as well. The app’s integration with Google Calendar now allows you to import events from your personal calendar, so that you can easily define your device’s volume and power settings during your events. That’s not all – there is also support for recurring events till a particular date, and you can now set a specific volume level for each sound toggle instead of silencing it completely. Details to follow.Read More

Configure Your Home Theater To Perfection With THX tune-up For iOS

For decades, cinemas and commercial theaters have been making use of THX standards to ensure high quality of audio and video. THX offers a set of rules for the optimal viewing experience on any medium, complete with guidelines to set up speakers, displays and projectors with ease. Until now, THX has mostly been useful for cinema owners but with the advent of home theaters and better television sets, the brains behind the standard set have resolved to make THX mainstream. THX tune-up is a newly released iOS app that helps you set up your own media equipment properly, according to THX standards. Not only does it have detailed tutorials, but the app also scans your devices for perfect sound, color, screen and connection settings. The instructions are available in both text and audio formats, making THX tune-up a perfect companion for configuring a full home theater without being a rocket scientist. Read More

Manage & Automate Android Sound Profiles With Smart Volume Control

Smart Volume Control is a powerful multilingual sound profile management app for Android that vows to be the ultimate solution for your device’s volume adjustment, automation and tweaking needs. Besides supporting hyper-customizable sound profiles, the app brings to the table several features that are hard to find in most similar solutions. For instance, it offers multiple profile presets under a accelerometer-controlled Speed Volume Mode that can be availed to activate personalized sound settings for when you’re out on the road, cycling, or crossing a subway.The app lets you schedule activation of profiles according to desired time, or as per your Google and/or Microsoft Exchange calendar events. Want your device to automatically silence, or redirect incoming calls to Bluetooth when at your workplace? Smart Volume Control’s location-based profile automation has your back. Then there is a fully customizable profile for when your headphones are plugged in to your device. The app’s many thoroughly customizable widgets allow you to play around with the desired sound profiles and settings directly from the home screen itself. Read More

Set System Volume To Decrease Over Time Before Hitting The Bed

When I go to sleep at night, I like to play my favorite playlist in Windows Media Player. Even though, it has a built-in auto volume leveling enhancement, some of the tracks have sudden bursts of high sound, which can prove to be quiet disturbing when I am trying to sleep. Like me, a lot of other people do the same. They like to listen to music, a radio stream or a podcast when they lie down to sleep and a sudden burst of loud volume can disturb them (especially if the next track has higher volume than the current playing track). If you are one of those people who love to listen to your favorite playlist when going to sleep and want to avoid such situations, VolumeOut is your friend. It's a lightweight and portable app for Windows that lets you set a countdown timer. Once set, it will gradually reduces the volume from the current state to zero.Read More

Add “Download Now” Button To SoundCloud [Chrome]

SoundCloud is a great website for original music or if you’re just looking for popular songs covered by aspiring singers. Some of the songs or instrumentals you find are truly amazing, so amazing that you might want to put them to download and spare your bandwidth. There are many ways to easily download songs from SoundCloud since it isn’t illegal and the website isn’t notorious for housing copy right protected material. SoundCloud Storm is a Chrome extension that provides just one more way to download a song from SoundCloud. Like other extensions (and there is a respectable number of them in the Chrome Web Store) this one embeds itself in SoundCloud’s interface. Unlike most other extensions, it provides a single click option to begin the download and ensures the file is saved with the correct name. You do not have to right-click a song and choose "Save as" from the context menu making SoundCloud Storm more convenient.Read More

LabChirp: Create Sound Effects From Ready-Made Or Custom Presets

Hollywood studio giants use various audio tools and a bunch of different techniques to create high quality sound effects to use in movies, games and other video production projects. Well, opting for such quality definitely can't be achieved without the use of high-end equipment and top of the line software, but if you require to create some top-notch sound effects, without having to empty your wallet over professional software, then look no further than LabChirp. It’s a free Windows utility for creating sound effects for movies, music or video games. It comes packed with several sound presets and allows you to create your own as well. You can work with multiple channels, specifying the waveform and adjusting the amplitude, frequency/volume modulation for each, to quickly and easily generate the required audio effect. With its extensive set of features and simple GUI, the tool can prove to be quite handy for amateur movie makers, composers and game developers.Read More

Slider Widget: Android Homescreen Widget With Brightness & Volume Sliders

Slider Widget, as implied by its name, is a handy 4x1 homescreen widget for Android that presents you with various sliders to manually adjust the levels of your device’s brightness and different volume settings. The widget comprises six different buttons, using which you can control your device’s screen brightness, ringtone volume, music volume, notification volume, alarm volume and the overall system volume of your device. Tapping any of the aforementioned buttons on the widget reveals a slider that can be used to manually adjust the corresponding levels of the selected component. The brightness slider carries an additional option of letting you enable the automatic brightness mode with a mere tap. The ringtone slider, apart from letting you adjust volume levels accordingly, contains a couple of thresholds so that you can easily put your device to silent as well as vibration mode. Don’t fancy swiping on the slider? You can use your device’s hardware volume keys to adjust the levels as desired. In addition, the widget also offers you the option of binding the notification and ringtone volumes together so that you do not have to adjust both said volumes individually when the need of doing so arises. The widget also lets you use each of its buttons as a separate toggle, so that you can instantly switch between any two predefined values/levels of a selected category. On the customization front, you get the option of adjusting the widget’s on-screen appearance by modifying the slider position.Read More

iSounds: Add Custom Sound Effects To iOS Actions [Cydia Tweak]

If you have a jailbroken iOS device, then you should know that the Cydia Store is full of themes for making graphical changes to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, but what if you want to make changes to the sound effects on offer in Apple’s mobile platform? There are a few options for that as well, but iSounds is a Cydia app which covers just about every aspect of sound effects related to iOS. This app offers popular sound profiles for your iPhone, including Windows XP effects, Mac OS 9 sounds and a whole lot more. Read on to know how you can use this handy Cydia app to revamp the sounds your iDevice produces.Read More

Scup: Cross-Platform Batch Audio Track Uploader For SoundCloud

Established in 2007, SoundCloud is arguably the most popular online audio distribution platform for collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio content by artists and music promoters. While the web version of the platform is a no brainer for anyone who is familiar with the service, we don’t usually come across a lot of desktop applications catering to SoundCloud. For that reason, when we stumbled across Scup (short for SoundCloud Uploader), we considered it worthy of being taken for a spin. In its essence, Scup is an Adobe AIR-based, cross-platform application that lets you upload multiple tracks to your SoundCloud account and create a set on the fly. The application supports specifying all necessary parameters, such as genre, set and track types, license, record label etc, making your sets ready for publishing in every sense.Read More

Auto Vibrate Automatically Enables Silent Mode According To Location Or Time [Android]

Sifting through a mobile phone's various sound and alert profiles on a frequent basis can prove to be quite cumbersome, especially if you’re often required to visit several places on a daily basis, and adjust the sound of your device accordingly. Obviously, there are plenty of apps to offer help in this regard, like recently reviewed Audio Control and others, which help you define and switch to a user-defined sound profile with a mere tap. However, all such apps require you to pull your device out of the pocket each time you want to switch to a different profile. Enter Auto Vibrate – a free Android app that lets users specify multiple locations as well as time spans where and when their device is automatically switched to silent mode, saving you the hassle of manually switching between ringer and silent/vibrate mode on your device while going to sleep, attending an important conference, or stepping into the classroom.Read More