Posted By Paul Kafasis on June 15th, 2020
If you’re working remotely, you may find yourself stuck on countless Zoom calls (or FaceTime, Webex, Skype, or some other service). Unfortunately, we here at Rogue Amoeba do not have the power to get you out of these calls entirely. However, several of our tools can help things sound a little sweeter.
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We recently published three different posts about how our tools can help improve calls you make from your Mac. This summary article collects them all in one place, for easy reference.
Use SoundSource to Make Other People Sound Better
It’s clear that a lot of people out there have low quality microphones and bad audio setups. Fortunately, our utility SoundSource lets you apply audio effects to any application on your Mac. That ability makes it a great tool for improving what you hear on voice chats.
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By adjusting the audio coming from remote parties with SoundSource, savvy Mac users can clean things up for the benefit of their own ears.
Use Audio Hijack and Loopback to Make Yourself Sound Better
Whether you have an ultra high-quality microphone connected to your Mac, or you’re using the tiny built-in input, audio effects can enhance the sound of your voice. With a combination of Audio Hijack and Loopback, you can improve your audio before it’s sent to others.
For more details, see our post on improving your mic’s audio with software effects.
Use Loopback (And Optionally, Farrago) to Add Music and Sound Effects
Loopback can also be used to create a powerful virtual microphone, which combines multiple audio sources into one. For instance, you can merge your mic with Music.app to send both your voice and your music into your call. Dropping in sound effects with our soundboard app Farrago is an amusing possibility as well, and one that’s proven to be more popular than expected.
After hearing about this use case early and often from users, we wrote the first post in this series, “Using Loopback to Add Audio to Voice Chats”.
We always provide free trials of all our products to test them out, so download right from our homepage. We hope our tools will help make your calls, and your day, a bit better.
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Posted By Paul Kafasis on May 29th, 2020
Continuing our parade of free product updates, we’ve just released Airfoil 5.9. It’s the latest version of our audio streaming tool, perfect for playing audio through wireless devices all around your house.
For over 15 years now, Airfoil has made it possible to stream any audio from your Mac to devices around your network. Today’s update brings refinements and improvements throughout the application. Read more below, or just visit Airfoil’s product page to download the latest.
Airfoil’s built-in 10-Band Lagutin Equalizer has been substantially improved. It now offers a handy new sparkline indicator in the Presets menu, which provides a quick idea of how each preset works. The saving and editing of user-created Presets has also been overhauled and improved. To top it off, transitions between presets now animate beautifully as well.
A New “Alerts” Window
Whether it’s an incorrectly entered password or a problem with a remote speaker, errors are bound to happen sooner or later. When they do, Airfoil will now show them all in a centralized location, its new “Alerts” window.
After first adding the Alerts window to Farrago 1.5, we’ve now refined it further in Airfoil. Over time, it’s likely to show up in all our products, as a useful way of letting users know of any issues that appear.
Track Title Improvements
When Airfoil transmits audio from supported applications, it also passes along metadata about that audio, like artist name, track title, and album artwork. Today’s update adds support for track titles from the MiX16 apps, and restores track title support to Audirvana. It also improves the performance of track title retrieval from several apps including Spotify, Music.app, and VLC.
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As always, there are many smaller fixes and improvements as well. Airfoil’s audio capture, powered by the Audio Capture Engine (ACE), has been updated. It will now properly grab audio from Google Chrome’s Progressive Web Apps, and several smaller bug fixes and refinements have been made. In addition, Airfoil now correctly streams only the remote half of a VoIP conversation, perfect for listen-only call. Alongside that, we’ve made small enhancements for VoiceOver users, and fixed up a number of rare bugs.
Download Airfoil for Mac 5.9 Now
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If you’re new to Airfoil, use the links below to learn more, and download the free trial. In no time at all, you’ll be streaming audio all around your house.
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For our existing customers, Airfoil 5.9 is another free update. Existing Airfoil users should select “Check for Update” from the Airfoil menu to get the latest.