Increase the MacBook’s volume

I had to abandon the video podcast I was trying to watch, because my MacBook just doesn’t produce enough volume. With the (quiet) heatpump running in the same room, I could not hear the narration.

The low volume on this Mac has bugged me for ages, but this really was the last straw.

I should have searched for the answer sooner, because actually I had the answer right to hand. I soon discovered the answer lies with Audio Hijack Pro, whose virtues I had only last week extolled in Extract the sound from a video.

I tried the clear instructions in Boosting MacBook’s sound… – Mac Forums, sat back, and enjoyed the video:

The most popular solution for this is using Audio Hijack. Great app to have for a variety of things (e.g., recording streaming audio), but it’s also perfect for what you need. It allows “hijacking” the audio output of an application and applying Audio Unit plugins or its own built-in EQ to the output.

So, step by step.

  1. Launch Audio Hijack
  2. Create a preset for whatever application you’ll commonly want to make louder (i.e., itunes, vlc, mplayer, quicktime).
  3. Open the EQ on that preset
  4. Activate the EQ and move the gain/level up to desired volume
  5. “Hijack” the application (but you don’t need to hit record)


  1. This is a solution, but buying auxiliary speaker(s) would also be a solution. it does nothing for the irritation factor. Macbooks aren’t cheap; they are the opposite. One would think that if all this money is being spent on a laptop there shouldn’t have to be the need to spend in order to solve its deficiencies. Apple can’t possibly have overlooked the fact that you can’t hear a video more than a couple feet away. They aren’t slipshod, but they aren’t above providing marginal sound output as an inducement for the consumer to spend on speakers. Not only does Apple believe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but they would also probably charge you for the containers which hold the lunch, as well as the eating utensils.

    • And another solution would be to wear headphones.

      You seem to have a lot of inside information about Apple’s thinking and potential actions. Is that based on authoritative data from insiders at Apple, or are you just speculating?

      It’s always dangerous to speculate about the thinking and motivations of other parties.

  2. See? Unlike with a PC, nothing about the MAC is free or inexpensive. I’ve used freeware with my PC desktop to solve problems, even bought the ones I found useful, or made a donation. But the Apple universe has nothing for free.

    • Gosh, Samm. It’s quite a leap from one blog post about one paid piece of software to deduce that there are no free apps for the Mac.

      It’s also a downright incorrect assumption. I think you may find Google quite informative.

      Thanks for reading.



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