SoundSource's history

SoundSource is one of Rogue Amoeba's oldest applications, dating all the way back to 2003. Since then, it's had something of a strange history, which we've detailed herein.

SoundSource 1 & 2

Long-time Rogue Amoeba users may recall the original free version of SoundSource from the early 2000s. This app was a very simple tool for switching audio devices right from the menu bar. Eventually, MacOS incorporated some of this same functionality into the Volume menu bar control. As a result, in 2012, we stopped development of SoundSource.

SoundSource 3

In 2017, we elected to bring SoundSource back. SoundSource 3 returned full control of your audio devices to the menu bar, while also incorporating functionality previously found in another retired application, LineIn. Though no longer a freebie, owners of our other Mac products were eligible to receive a complimentary license to SoundSource, or one could be purchased.

SoundSource 4 and beyond

In 2019, we overhauled SoundSource dramatically, turning it into a full-fledged audio control utility.

Using SoundSource, audio can now be controlled on a per-application basis, adjusting an app's relative volume or muting it entirely, and controlling exactly where audio plays. Any audio can also be improved with effects like Magic Boost, our beloved 10-band Lagutin Equalizer, and even advanced Audio Unit effects. And of course, SoundSource still provides fast access to the settings your Mac's audio devices offer.

Experience the magic of SoundSource, and see why we say this is sound control so good, it ought to be built in to MacOS.