We know that Windows 10 has a steady improvement from Microsoft since the year it was released to the customer. Meanwhile, several legacies from the previous version of the operating system are remains as the legendary features. Start Menu still a thing, thanks to incredible upgrades. However, the Volume Mixer – the key component to control volume over the apps individually seemingly has similar capabilities to the previous operating system, Windows Vista and Windows 7. This miserable fact lead encouraged developers to fill the gap.
Dubbed as EarTrumpet, this app developed by former Microsoft engineer Dave Amenta, Microsoft MVP Rafael Rivera, and developer David Golden. They are has created EarTrumpet back in 2015 at the time Windows 10 officially for the public. It basically expands new features like the ability to control volume for each app individually, switching default audio devices, and change playback devices between app.
EarTrumpet 2.0 has released in the mid-June this year, it added multi-channel monitoring, keyboard shortcuts, supports dark or light mode, and some improvements. It acts nearly similar to the Windows 10 default volume control system. You can adjust the volume via an icon on the system tray.
If you using Windows 10 and looking for a better audio management, installing EarTrumpet absolutely will solve your problem.
Adjust Volume for Individual Apps in Windows 10 with EarTrumpet
Install EarTrumpet via Microsoft Store, it runs perfectly on Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update).
After EarTrumpet installed, click Launch in order to enable it.
EarTrumpet just providing simply box about how to use the tool. Click Close if you have understood.
Finally, EarTrumpet is ready to use. You might notice that there are two equal volume icons, one of them is Windows 10 default volume icon. You can hide the icon and leaving EarTrumpet as the main audio control software. Learn how to show/hide the icon on the system tray.
How to use EarTrumpet 2.0
EarTrumpet is extremely easy to use, it doesn’t require additional software and system configuration. It merged seamlessly with the Windows 10, even some people visualize didn’t expect that it was third-party app.
|Click on the volume icon or CTRL+SHIFT+Q||Show volume control of EarTrumpet|
|Right-click on the volume icon||Open EarTrumpet context menu|
|Click the program icon||Mute the sound for the specific program|
|Drag the slider to the left or right||Adjust the volume level|
|Right-click on the slider and hit ⇔ icon||Switch playback device|
|EarTrumpet Volume Mixer on the context menu||Run Volume Mixer in the EarTrumpet style|
|Legacy Volume Mixer on the context menu||Run Windows 10 default Volume Mixer|
The project is now available on GitHub, developers have found some issues related to usability. They may have some updates to be released anytime soon. But for overall usage did not found any issue until now.
Despite its attractive features, EarTrumpet is not made by Microsoft, hence, none of the users will get this program unless installing it manually through the Microsoft Store. If three talented developers can build this app, Microsoft with thousands of software developer should able to do more.
I hope in the upcoming Windows 10 updates Microsoft will create a similar audio system or acquire EarTrumpet as the default program. Hopefully!