We’ve seen little DIY volume knobs before, and they’re a handy way to add means to finely adjust the volume on your computer. Instructables user Trochilidesign’s made their own, and it’s pretty futuristic looking.
You’re in a quiet place, you get a phone call, and a loud ring roars out of your phone. Volume Scheduler is a free app that can help you out when you’ve forgotten to silence your phone or set it to vibrate.
Weighing ingredients gives you the most accurate, reproducible (and tasty) results (especially in baking), but not all recipes list their measurements by mass. Luckily, King Arthur Flour has put together a handy weight chart for a wide variety of ingredients.
Android: Google has improved Android’s handling of volume controls, but it’s still a hassle to change volumes every time you change apps. App Volume Control lets you change volumes based on which app you’re in.
Have a sound system that you sit far away from, but hate remotes? Instructables user Kris S shows off how to build a soft volume control knob using cheap components.
Mac: Not all apps have the same base volume, and sometimes one app likes to really scream at you while another is too soft. Volume Mixer allows you to independently control the volume of apps.
A Mac’s startup sound volume is tied to the internal speakers output volume. It’s easy enough to quiet it completely, but considering that tone’s a troubleshooting feature, it’s usually best to leave it on. Regardless, if you have speakers plugged in, that tone seems to do whatever it wants. Here’s how to fix that.
If you connect your Mac to multiple audio devices, you’ve probably noticed that the volume acts differently on different speakers. How-To Geek reminds us that you can customize the volume based on which device you’re connected to.
Android: Your phone's volume keys could be a lot more useful. Noyze lets you customize the look of your volume panel and use your volume keys to launch different apps.
Android: You know the feeling: you're somewhere quiet and your ringtone is too loud, or you're in a crowd and it's too quiet. Intelligent Ringer addresses this problem by changing ringtone volume according to the level of ambient noise.
Android (rooted): Many Android phones have a popup that nags you whenever you turn your volume up to a certain level. If you're rooted and have Xposed installed, you can disable this with a simple tweak.
Windows: Mute.fm is a Windows utility that automatically lowers the volume and pauses your music when you start watching a web video or video file on your computer. When the show's over, it'll un-pause your music and bring the volume back up. Best of all, it works with a variety of music players.
Mac: The sound output on MacBooks is pretty bad, and even when you crank up the volume all the way you can rarely hear anything. Boom is a Mac app that boosts that sound, and it's currently on sale for $3.99, $3 off the usual price.
Android: Your device has several different volume levels: media, notifications, phone call, alarms, etc. Slider Widget manages them all in one place.
Windows: SpeakerAdmin allows a user to override system volume controls and create a schedule for your computer's volume.
Android: Intelligent Ringer is a free utility for Android that listens to the ambient noise level in the room around you, and sets your phone's ringer accordingly so you never scare everyone around you with a loud ringtone in a quiet room, or miss a call because the ringer is accidentally set too low and you can't…
Windows: If you find yourself regularly adjusting the volume on your computer, you'll want to normalize the sound volume. Although some apps (such as VLC) have normalization options and you can normalize the audio in your media collection with software and hardware solutions, Windows has a built-in setting that could…
Ever notice how much louder commercials are than the actual program you're watching? Every time a break hits, it's like they're yelling at you about buying their product. Instructables user techbitar shows us how to fix the problem with a little DIY project.
Siri, Apple's personal assistant for the iPhone 4S and above, can be a little bit of a chatterbox. Redditor iQuitter notes, however, that Siri has separate volume from the rest of your phone—so if you want to turn her down, you'll have to do it independently of your ringer volume.
We've all been there: You're sitting at home, watching The Matrix, and the dialogue is so quiet that you turn up the volume to hear it, when BAM! An action scene comes in, shakes your floor and wakes up all your neighbors. Sound Lock is a simple app for Windows that will save you from these embarrassing moments.