Adjust Notifications Volume Based On Sleep And Wake State [Android]

When you are walking down the street withyour Android device residing in your purse or pocket, the notification volume should be loud enough to be heard over the other noise in your surroundings. But when you’re, let’s say, attending an important meeting, the loudness of the notification sound must not break the silence or interrupt the seriousness of the situation. There are apps like Tasker that let you automatically change volume according to different scenarios, but if you want a simpler solution that's also free, you can try Awake / Sleep Volume Adjuster. This free application by XDA Forum Member Sanryd automatically adjusts the volume based  on your phone’s sleep and awake states. Let’s find out how. Read More

How To Increase In-Call Volume Up To 200% On Your iPhone 5

Quite a long time ago, we covered a Cydia tweak by the name of Volume Booster, which did a pretty good job of enhancing the maximum volume level of iOS devices. iOS has come a long way since then, but some things haven’t improved a great deal. While the bottom speakers in iPhone can play sounds at a pretty high volume, many people still complain that the in-call volume could have been a lot better. Since iPhone 5 comes with hardware that is different from any of its predecessors, a lot of users assumed that the call volume issue won’t rear its ugly head in it. Sadly, this isn't the case, and in even slightly noisy environments, users are hard-pressed to understand what the person on the other end of the line is saying, no matter how much they crank up the volume. Volume Amplifier is a new tweak that doesn't tinker with the bottom speakers on an iPhone, but only deals with increasing the in-call volume, making it possible to increase the volume by up to 200%. Read More

Easily Adjust Volume Level Of Audio & Video Files With Audio Amplifier Free

Volume normalization can come really handy to make volume levels uniform for your entire music collection, You must have noticed while listening to music, how at the same system and media player volume level, the sound hardly reaches your ears for some audio tracks, while others come out as deafening to your ears. This forces you to constantly change the volume level in your media player, which is a major annoyance. Previously, we covered QMP3Gain, a feature-rich open-source application that can losslessly adjust audio volume across many songs. However, if you needed a rather simple and easy to use alternative that doesn’t confuse you with its wide array of configuration options, Audio Amplifier Free is probably what you’re looking for. As the name implies, the tool lets you amplify the sound of an audio track, but in addition, you can also reduce the volume level. As opposed to QMP3Gain, this application also lets you work with video files. The method it uses to gain or decrease volume is fairly simple and intuitive as well. 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

QMP3Gain: Volume Normalizer Front-End For MP3Gain With Batch Support

Isn’t it quite cumbersome to fiddle with the volume slider every time a new song is played? Some tracks are in deafening high volume, while others hardly reach our ears. If you have been looking for a way to normalize the sound across a number of soundtracks, and that, too, without any loss in quality, then QMP3Gain is probably what you need. It’s an open source application that provides front end for MP3Gain engine, a robust volume normalization engine that losslessly adjusts the volume across all the selected tracks – particularly effective in normalizing a whole album. Most volume normalizers gain boost in volumes via peak normalization; contrary to the norm, MP3Gain engine does statistical analysis of the file and makes adjustments without re-encoding. Read More

Shift+Option Volume Precision Controls Return To Mac OS X Lion [Tip]

Finding the perfect spot, whether you’re just trying to adjust your pillow at night or trying to set the volume on your Mac, is tedious, to say the least. The latter was made all the more difficult when OS X 10.7 took away the ability to increase or decrease the volume by one-fourth of a volume block. The precision was dearly missed particularly by musicphiles and generally by all users. Just as the option disappeared magically, it has returned the same way (it might have something to do with the OS X 10.7.4 update, but magic sounds cooler). You can now increase the volume bit by bit once again. Hold down the Shift+Option key combination when using the volume keys on your keyboard, and the volume will increase or decrease ever so slightly until it is just right. Read More

VolumeCustomize: Personalize The Volume HUD’s Color & Transparency On iPhone [Cydia]

Cydia store is all about customization, and no matter which part of iOS you are talking about, the jailbreak store is sure to offer something related to it. There are a lot of themes and cosmetic tweaks in the Cydia store, but there are some areas of an iPhone that are just taken for granted, and people never think about changing their appearance. One such item is the volume HUD in iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The translucent square is a seemingly unchangeable aspect of iOS, but a new Cydia tweak attempts to modify all that. VolumeCustomize lets you change the color and opacity of the volume HUD, and not only that; you can even choose a custom image to use as the background for the volume indicator! Read More

Stay Aware Of Ambient Noise When Listening To Music On Earphones [iOS]

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to music on an iOS device? The Music app is pretty good, and there is a plethora of music-related apps available in the App Store. Listening to your favorite songs on the speaker of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is not usually a good idea. For one thing, you will end up annoying everyone in your vicinity, and there is also the problem of reduced volume levels if you don’t use a headphone. However, using headphones has its own set of problems. The use of headphones leave you almost completely oblivious to the surrounding sounds (specially if you are using ear buds). If you are walking on the road while listening to music, things might turn nasty if you fail to hear a car’s horn honking behind you. The solution to this problem is the awesome iOS app Awareness. The app will overlap background noise over the currently playing music every time it exceeds a fixed level. 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

Control YouTube Volume & Other Settings From The Toolbar [Chrome]

YouTube lets you control the volume of videos independently of each other, i.e., if you have videos open across several tabs, you can set a different volume level for each one. In many instances, like when you’re multitasking, you may prefer to listen to a video instead of watching it so that you can work in another tab. All this works fine until you have to stop the video and/or play another one. Not only do you have to stop what you’re working on but, if you’ve got something like a million tabs open across a hundred windows (hypothetical figures used as example) you have to find the tab before you can play a video.  YouTube Volume Controller, a Chrome extension, adds a button next to the URL bar which opens a miscellaneous control panel for all YouTube videos you have open across tabs and windows. The controls allow you to change the general settings for a video like the volume level and specifically play, pause, loop or forward and rewind it by 5 seconds. Read More

mpTrim: Remove Silence & Noise From MP3 Files And Normalize Volume

Trimming MP3 files may not be something you’ll need daily, but a fair share of users out there may find a need, from time to time, to cut through certain portions of an MP3 file. Perhaps you recorded a meeting, or are a journalist who captured the audio for an interview or conference call, or maybe you recorded a music track that has some unwanted silence or background noise in the beginning. Then, there might be instances where you may want to create a ringtone out of your favorite song, or just normalize the volume of your music collection. For all these purposes, and more, mpTrim is a nifty solution. This lightweight, portable app is a simple and easy to use MP3 editor that can help improve your MP3 collection by trimming unwanted parts, adjusting volume (normalization), adding fade-in and fade-out, and more. Details after the jump.

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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

Audio Control: Define & Switch Between Multiple Sound & Alert Profiles [Android]

We’ve seen some very effective ways of instantly switching to a user-defined volume present on Android with sound profile management apps, such as, Volume RockerFine Volume Control and Volume Sync. Adding to the long list of apps from said genre is Audio Control, a free tool that lets you define volume profiles as per requirement. There is no restriction on the number of profiles that can be created, and for each profile, you can specify individual volume levels for your calls, ringer, notifications, media, alarms, speaker phone and the operating system itself. In addition, the app provides you with an option to specify a custom ringer mode (silent, vibrate or normal) and separate vibration settings for your calls and notifications. With Audio Control, not only can you set the required vibration intensity level, but also view all volume levels within the currently active sound profile on your homescreen using the app's customizable widgets. Read More

Improve Volume On Galaxy Nexus & Other Android Devices With Volume+

Many Android users, especially those with a Galaxy Nexus, often complain about the agonizingly low volume levels of their devices. If you’re among these disgruntled users, then here’s a volume enhancement solution that might please you. Meltus, the developer behind the volume enhancement tool Volume+, has released a beta (v1.8.1) of his app that now includes support for Galaxy Nexus and all devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. While the latest update mainly focuses on enhancing the volume levels on Galaxy Nexus in particular, the developer is optimistic that it should work equally effectively for all other devices, Android OS versions and custom ROMs. Read More

Volume Step Lets You Customize The Volume Level Jumps In iOS [Cydia]

If you are a perfectionist, and really picky about how you listen to your favorite songs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then Volume Step is a Cydia tweak which is tailor-made for you. Most of us have been there when the perfect volume for a song is somewhere between two steps, and hitting the volume down key once can either makes the sound too low, or turning it one step up proves to be too much. This tweak for jailbroken iOS devices will let its users customize the way volume keys affect the volume. It is also helpful if you just want to save a few extra taps, and make volume controls more simplified, so that a single press is enough to get the volume on full level. Read More

Volume 2 Updated, Adds OSD Notification Support For Volume Features

Volume 2 is an open source volume controller that aims to replace Windows default Volume Control utility. Since our review, the application has seen quite a lot of improvements and features such as better display OSD features, added battery status display and default device highlight feature. Apart from these major improvements, the latest version has OSD (On Screen Display) for changing screen brightness with hotkeys, function set for original brightness hotkeys, OSD for changing volume, additional keyboard shortcuts to Pause, Scroll Lock, Home, Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Del, End, option to set device as default and a lot  more. Read More

Volumouse: Control System Settings via User-Defined Mouse Wheel Rules

In order to change various settings of Windows, normally you have to go to the Control Panel and open the relevant options to configure them according to your requirement. Even some simple settings, such as  changing the Display Brightness or the Power profile requires you to go through the whole process. Some people might not know about it, but Windows features a hotkey menu named Windows Mobility Center (accessible by pressing the Windows + X hotkey), that allows users to change the Brightness of their monitor, Increase/ Decrease System Volume, Switch between available Power profiles, Turn Wireless On and Off, Manage Secondary Display Adapters connected to the computer, change Sync settings and  Turn On/ Off Presentation Settings. Today, we have an application for Windows that goes one step further and, in a simple way, greatly enhances the amount of control you have on the system. Volumouse is a system control application what lets you define wheel mouse rules to perform different tasks, such as control volume, increase/decrease brightness, and change transparency of desktop windows. By using your mouse scroller, you change volume settings for Default Playback, Default Recording, Speakers, Internal Aux Jack and Microphone, as well as adjust Windows Transparency and Screen Brightness. A total of 12 wheel mouse rules can be defined by choosing different keyboard keys, and conditions to activate the application. More on Volumouse after the jump. Read More

Set Automatic Volume Adjustment Schedules With Volume Concierge

The PC volume has a funny behavior. The same level of volume sounds low in the day time, but if you try to play something without lowering the volume at night, it seems as if the volume is a lot higher. It can be annoying for you, as well as for other people, specially if you share a room. If another person is sleeping in the same room, you can disturb him due to the high volume. To avoid such situations, what you can do is use an application that automatically changes the volume levels at pre-specified times. If you ever had problems with volume of your PC being too loud at odd times, Volume Concierge is here to help. The application has been developed to automatically change the volume of your PC. All you need is to define the time and volume percentage to schedule volume control rule. The application lets you set days and time to run volume control rules at scheduled intervals. You can add multiple schedules for different date and time, turn each schedule on/off and edit them. The application also displays a warning if one schedule comes in conflict with another. Read More

Hearing Saver Automatically Changes Volume On Plugging In / Unplugging Headphones [Android]

Do you listen to a lot of music on your Android device? Then you probably know how much of a hassle it is to adjust the media volume every time you plug in your headphones and again up when you unplug them. Well, no more. Introducing Hearing Saver for Android - a small yet extremely handy tool that allows you to set separate media volume levels for when your headphones are plugged in and when they’re unplugged, saving you the trouble of touching that volume rocker each time. In addition, the app can be set to automatically mute ringer and notifications whenever headphones are plugged in – once again, a pretty impressive option to have up your sleeve. Although notification sounds are usually no longer than a beep, most users would rather want they weren’t disturbed by the sound of, say, an incoming SMS or email, while listening to music on their devices. What Hearing Saver offers is a functionality that many would like to see as part of the Android OS. However, even if the guys at Google stick with manual volume control, custom ROM developers can always integrate said functionality into their ROMs. Hearing Saver is free and open source. Read More

Adjust And Schedule Volume Controls With Volume2

Volume2 is an advanced Windows audio mixer, which can be used as a complete replacement for the standard Windows Volume Control. Volume2 provides easy to configure options to assign keyboard hotkeys and mouse for toggling system volume and allows scheduling the execution of applications or changes in sound configurations. Volume2 comes with a multi-lingual interface and supports English, Russian, Greek, Chinese, Armenian, and Bulgarian languages. What makes Volume2 better than the default Windows mixer is it’s ability to provide mouse wheel, hotkey and scheduling support for changing volume options. Read More