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Audio Control is a user-friendly audio volume control utility

Audio Control makes the use of your computer's audio simpler.







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Audio Control is Windows 10 compatible and certified software, as well as Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. See the Audio Control compatibility seals.
Audio Control Windows Compatibility Seals
Audio Control is audio mixer software. It has an ergonomic design and extended functionality, which includes: saving space in the work area of the screen and on the taskbar, easy access, improved precision, intuitive interface, various work mode and idling features and much more. Audio Control helps by making the computer sound system easier to manipulate than the standard Windows Volume Control.
Audio Control supports:
Windows 10all flavors
Windows 8.1all flavors
Windows 8all flavors
Windows 7all flavors
Windows Vistaall flavors
Windows XPall flavors
Audio Control Standard View
Audio Control is a replacement for the standard system Volume Control.
Standard Windows Volume Control Audio Control is designed with ergonomics and convenience in mind. For example, as seen on the image above, its fader (volume) controls are positioned horizontally, meaning the user need only turn (rotate) his/her wrist to alter the volume. In difference, the standard Windows Volume Control requires the user to lift and move their entire hand. Further, Audio Control displays all available devices, lines and controls in a very easy to access manner, and does not require the users to chase the controls behind menus and secondary windows. Moreover, Audio Control offers a number of different view modes, operation modes and other useful customizations and conveniences.
Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000 and XP Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
Standard Windows Volume Control  Standard Windows Volume Control Standard Windows Volume Control

Audio Control 4 View Modes

Audio Control has 6 view modes:
  • Standard View Mode - all audio destination lines exposed by a single audio device attached to the system are displayed together with all user interface controls is a single window:
Audio Control version 4 in Standard View Mode on Windows 10   Audio Control version 4 in Standard View Mode on Windows XP
Audio Control version 4 in Standard View Mode on Windows 10   Audio Control version 4 in Standard View Mode on Windows XP
  • Minimal 2 View Mode - Audio Control displays one audio destination line in a single window. The minimum number of mixer entries displayed is two (or one if there is only one existing mixer entry for the displayed destination line). Audio Control shows no user controls, however their functionality is available via a context menu. Some labels are shown in this view mode:
    Audio Control in Minimal 2 View Mode
  • Minimal 1 View Mode - Audio Control displays one audio destination line in a single window. The minimum number of mixer entries displayed is one. No user controls are shown, however their functionality is available via a context menu. No labels are shown in this view mode:
    Audio Control in Minimal 1 View Mode
  • Minimal 1 L (with Lines) View Mode - Audio Control displays one audio destination line. The minimum number of mixer entries displayed is one. A line selection control is displayed, allowing for easy manipulation of the displayed/controlled line on the selected device. All other functionality is available through a context menu. No labels are shown in this view mode:
    Audio Control in Minimal 1 with Lines and Mixers View Mode
  • Minimal 1 LM (with Lines and Mixers) View Mode - Audio Control displays one audio destination line. The minimum number of mixer entries displayed is one. A line selection control is displayed, allowing for easy manipulation of the displayed/controlled line. In a similar manner, device selection control is also displayed. All other functionality is available through a context menu. No labels are shown in this view mode:
    Audio Control in Minimal 1 with Lines View Mode
  • Minimal 1 F (Fader Only) View Mode - Audio Control displays one audio destination line. The minimum number of mixer entries displayed is one. No user controls are shown, balance and pick/mute controls are also not shown. Access to the other application functionality is available via a context menu. No labels are shown in this view mode:
    Audio Control in Minimal 1 Displaying Only Fader Controls
    All view modes allow vertical resizing, selection and view window for optimal performance and convenience.
Note that on different systems Audio Control might have a slightly different look. For example Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems tend to expose a greater number of audio lines, as shown in the screen captures below:
Audio Control Views On Windows XP

Adjusting the volume using Audio Control 4

Adjusting the volume using Audio Control is easy, intuitive and precise. Changing the state of a volume (fader) control can be done by using:
  • the mouse:
    • click at the desired position
    • drag the volume position
    • click on the spin control Up and Down arrows
  • the keyboard:
    • enter a numeric value by typing or pasting it at the associated edit box
    • using the Left and Right arrow keys, Up, Down, Home, Page Up, Page Down and End keys.
Fader controls operate with values from 0 to 100 with step of 1. The other types of controls operate similarly to the fader control or in a standard manner. Audio Control 4 allows customization of all of its display properties, including:
  • Mixer Entries Arrangement
  • Visible Mixer Entries
  • View Mode
  • Operation Mode
  • Idling Mode
  • On Top
  • Title Bar
  • Taskbar
  • Accessibility
  • Buddy Acceleration
  • Device name mapping
  • Hot key, and more.

Audio Control 4 Operation Modes and Idling

Audio Control can work in two operation modes, Fixed and Agile, and in sub-modes with idle user status.

Fixed

In Fixed operation mode Audio Control behaves as a typical application, remaining visible until closed. This is the default operation mode.

Agile

The Agile operation mode allows direct use of the window behind Audio Control even when Audio Control is On Top. In this mode, Audio Control automatically disappears when the mouse is moved over it, allowing direct access to the window underneath, and reappears automatically as soon as the mouse is moved away. In the Agile operation mode Audio Control is always On Top and has no Taskbar button entry.

Press and hold down the "Ctrl" key to make Audio Control stay in place when it is in Agile operation mode.

The Agile operation mode is particularly useful when Audio Control is in one of the Minimal view modes, On Top, and is placed over less significant but still used parts of other windows, as shown in the example below.

Disappear at Idle User

This feature is particularly useful when watching films or giving PowerPoint presentations. When selected, Audio Control hides itself automatically a few moments after the user input becomes idle. Once the user input resumes, Audio Control reappears automatically. The Standard and Minimal 2 view modes have indicators displaying the idling state before the window disappears.

Standard view mode time indicator. Minimal 2 view mode time indicator.

Fixed-Fade and Agile-Fade

The Fade mode makes Audio Control disappear smoothly when there is no user input. Five seconds after the user input becomes idle, Audio Control begins a transition to transparency which takes approximately 1.5 seconds. Audio Control remains invisible until user input resumes, thus allowing an unobstructed view of the area where it is positioned. This is the ideal audio volume control solution for watching videos on a PC and other similar applications.

Fixed-Hide and Agile-Hide

Audio Control disappears instantly five seconds after the user input becomes idle. Audio Control appears after user input resumes.

Device Name Mapping

When there are many audio devices connected to the system, one might become confused about which device performs which function. For these scenarios, Audio Control offers a name mapping functionality. With this feature, the user can easily name/rename their hardware devices, making them clearer and more memorable. E.g. "External Speakers", "Laptop sound system", "Web cam", etc. The user then has the choice to use whichever set of names they like. Of course, they can edit the assigned names at any time. See the image below:
Audio Control Assign Mixer Names
As a result, it is much easier to handle the computer sound without constantly changing the volume of the wrong device:
Audio Control With Assigned Mixer Name

Conclusion

Audio Control supports volume control adjustment via all possible inputs, such as: mouse, mouse wheel, clicking on the up and down arrows, entering a numeric value on the keyboard, hitting the keyboard arrows, Page Up and Down keys, Home and End keys, etc. There are many more advantages that Audio Control offers, including size, position, accessibility, logic, etc. Audio Control is easily customizable, allowing the user to set their preference for almost every property of the application. Audio Control displays all audio lines of an audio device in a single window and allows appropriate sizing of the window. Then the user can easily reach the precise control that they wish to adjust. Audio Control is also able to sort the controls by use, alphabetically, value and other properties.
Audio Control version 4 is an outstanding software application that offers a great deal more than the standard Windows Volume Control. Some of its fantastic benefits include:
  • Devices, lines and controls enumeration
  • Devices, lines and controls representation
  • Ergonomic design
  • Great functionality
  • Simple logic
  • Improved precision
  • Accessibility and intuitive user interface
  • Comprehensive and flexible view modes
  • Flexible operation modes and idling features
  • Complete customization
  • Help system
  • Great look
  • Technical features and applied methodologies that ensure robustness without taking up many system resources.
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