Often I am listening to a recording on Mac that has been recorded to be soft. That means that even if I turn up the volume on the application and on Mac system settings the volume is still too soft. Is there any software that can allow me to exceed this limit? (ie. I don't believe that the limit is the computer's speakers, just the volume of the sound recording).

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    Which application are you currently using to listen to recordings? If you use VLC, it will permit you to alter the maximum volume to something absurd by following these instructions. Oct 18, 2015 at 15:49
  • Are you using headsets? Get an amplifier. If the issue is only this particular recording, well, never mind.
    – radarbob
    Oct 19, 2015 at 0:19
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    @Iwillnotexist I do often use VLC, so that's useful, but I'm looking to do it fit Chrome at the moment
    – Casebash
    Oct 19, 2015 at 2:11

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I'd suggest giving Boom 2 a try - it boosts the sound output system-wide as and when you require, and can be fine-tuned with presets and equaliser controls. There's a trial version available on their website, and it is reasonably priced.

  • I wonder if there is an alternative (free of charge) to do this.
    – Michel
    Nov 7, 2015 at 18:06
  • There are no free-of-charge alternatives that I'm aware of - the only other options I can find are Hear and Bongiovi DPS, both of which actually cost more than Boom 2. I've not tried either of the other two, so I can't really tell you how they compare.
    – Alan Ralph
    Nov 8, 2015 at 19:52
  • I brought boom 1 right before Yosemite came out. but now, with El Captain the boom lost his utility (not working anymore, the sound volume control). I really don't want the go back to boom2 after my first experience... (I didn't open a question because I think is best to increment this one)
    – Michel
    Nov 9, 2015 at 10:53
  • Ah, sorry to hear that, @michel. I tried out Boom 2 back when I was still on Yosemite, but removed it because I did the upgrade to El Capitan. From their feature comparison page it looks like Boom 2 should be compatible with El Capitan. Only way to find out for sure would be to download the trial version.
    – Alan Ralph
    Nov 10, 2015 at 11:34

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