SoundVolumeView v1.21
Copyright (c) 2013 - 2014 Nir Sofer

Description

SoundVolumeView is a simple tool for Windows Vista/7/8/2008 that displays general information and current volume level for all active sound components on your system, and allows you to mute and unmute them instantly.
SoundVolumeView also allows you to save a sound profile into a file, containing the current volume level and the mute/unmute state of all sound components, as well as the default sound devices, and then later, load the same file to restore exactly the same volume levels and settings.
There is also extensive command-line support, which allows you to save/load profiles, change current volume of every sound component, and mute/unmute every sound component, without displaying any user interface.

System Requirements

This utility works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 2008. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.
Windows XP and older systems are not supported.

Versions History

  • Version 1.21:
    • Added 'Always On Top' option.
  • Version 1.20:
    • Added 'Process ID' and 'Window Title' columns (For application volume items).
  • Version 1.15:
    • Added 'Copy Item ID' and 'Copy Item Name' options.
  • Version 1.13:
    • Added accelerator keys to the 'Set Default' options.
  • Version 1.12:
    • Fixed issue: /SaveProfile command-line option failed to save the sound settings file when running it from a batch file without specifying the full path of the sound settings file.
  • Version 1.11:
    • Added option to choose another font (font name and size) to display the sound components list. (Options -> Select Another Font)
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added 'Sort On Every Update' option. If it's turned on, SoundVolumeView will sort the list every time that a new item is added or an existing item is updated.
  • Version 1.06:
    • Added 'Start As Hidden' option. When this option and 'Put Icon On Tray' option are turned on, the main window of SoundVolumeView will be invisible on start.
    • Added 'Clear Recent Files List' option.
  • Version 1.05:
    • Added 'Set Default' options (Under the Volume menu) to set the default device.
    • Added documentation for /SetDefault command-line option (It was exist on v1.00, but I forgot to add it to the help file of SoundVolumeView...)
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

Start Using SoundVolumeView

SoundVolumeView doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - SoundVolumeView.exe

After running SoundVolumeView, the main window is displays all sound items found in your systems. There are 3 types of items: devices, subunits, and application volume.
For every item, the current volume level is displayed in percent unit. For devices and subunits, the volume level is also displayed in Decibel. For subunits, the volume level is displayed for every channel separately.

Increase/Decrease/Mute Volume

In the main window of SoundVolumeView, you can select one or more items, and then mute, unmute, increase, or decrease the volume of selected items, using accelerator keys:
  • Mute - F7
  • Unmute - F8
  • Mute/Unmute switch - F9
  • Decrease volume 1% - Ctrl+1
  • Increase volume 1% - Ctrl+2
  • Decrease volume 5% - Ctrl+3
  • Increase volume 5% - Ctrl+4
  • Decrease volume 10% - Ctrl+5
  • Increase volume 10% - Ctrl+6

Sound Profiles

SoundVolumeView allows you to save all your current sound settings into a sound profile filename, and then load it later when you want to restore these settings.
The sound profile file stores the following information:
  • Volume level of all active sound components on your system. (Devices, Subunits, and application volume) For Subunits, the volume level of every channel is stored separately.
  • Mute/Unmute state of all active sound components on your system. (Devices, Subunits, and application volume)
  • Default render/capture device.

You can save and load sound profiles by using the 'Save Sound Profile' and 'Load Sound Profile' options under the File menu, or by using the /SaveProfile and /LoadProfile command-line options. There is also a recent menu located under the File menu, which allows you to easily load the last 10 sound profiles you used, as well as you can also load the recent 5 sound profiles from the tray menu (If the tray icon is turned on)

Be aware that sound profiles are bound to specific computer and its devices. You cannot save a sound profile in one computer and then load it into another computer.

Command-Line Options

You can use the command-line options below to change the volume level and mute/unmute status of every sound component on your system.
In the [Name] parameter , you can specify one of the following fields:
  • The name of the item, as appeared under the 'Name' column. (If you have multiple items with identical name, you should use the ID field.)
  • The ID of the item, as appeared under the 'Item ID' column.
  • For sound devices (Type = 'Device'), you can also use the value specified under the 'Device Name' column.
  • For application items (type = 'Application), you can also specify the process filename, for example: firefox.exe

/SetVolume [Name] [Volume] Set the sound volume of the specified item. The [Volume] is a number between 0 and 100.
/SetVolumeChannels [Name] [Volume Channel 1] [Volume Channel 2] ... Only for subunit items. Set the sound volume of every channel separately. The [Volume Channel X] is a number between 0 and 100, or '*' if you don't want to change the volume of this channel.
/ChangeVolume [Name] [Volume] Changes the volume of the specified item. The [Volume] is a number between -100 and 100, which specifies the percent of volume levet to increase (positive number) or decrease (negative number).
/Mute [Name] Mutes the volume of the specified item.
/Unmute [Name] Unmutes the volume of the specified item.
/Switch [Name] Switches the volume of the specified item between mute and unmute state.
/Switch [Name] Switches the volume of the specified item between mute and unmute state.
/SetDefault [Name] [Default Type] Sets the default device.
The [Default Type] parameter specifies one of the following values:
0 - Console
1 - Multimedia
2 - Communications
/SaveProfile [Filename] Saves the current sound settings into the specified profile filename.
/LoadProfile [Filename] Restores the sound settings from the specified profile filename.

Here's some examples:

  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetVolume "{0.0.0.00000000}.{a77a09b2-1ec6-49c3-860a-68945904a2f1}" 15
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetVolume "Speakers" 22.5
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /ChangeVolume "Front Green In" -10
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /ChangeVolume "{2}.\\?\hdaudio#func_01&ven_10ec&dev_0889&subsys_1458a002&rev_1000#4&3828eb94&0&0201#{6994ad04-93ef-11d0-a3cc-00a0c9223196}\singlelineouttopo/0002000c&" 5
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetVolumeChannels "Front Pink In" 45 55
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetVolumeChannels "Front" * 60 * 40
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /Mute "Firefox.exe"
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /Unmute "VLC media player"
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /Switch "C:\Program Files\Firefox.exe"
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetDefault "{0.0.0.00000000}.{a77a09b2-1ec6-49c3-860a-68945904a2f1}" 0
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SetDefault "{0.0.0.00000000}.{a77a09b2-1ec6-49c3-860a-68945904a2f1}" 1
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /SaveProfile "C:\Temp\Profile1.spr"
  • SoundVolumeView.exe /LoadProfile "C:\Temp\Profile2.spr"

You can also use the following command-line parameters to export the list of all sound items info a file:
/stext <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into a regular text file.
/stab <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into a tab-delimited text file.
/scomma <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into a comma-delimited text file (csv).
/stabular <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into a tabular text file.
/shtml <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into HTML file (Horizontal).
/sverhtml <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into HTML file (Vertical).
/sxml <Filename> Save the list of all sound items into XML file.

Translating SoundVolumeView to other languages

In order to translate SoundVolumeView to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run SoundVolumeView with /savelangfile parameter:
    SoundVolumeView.exe /savelangfile
    A file named SoundVolumeView_lng.ini will be created in the folder of SoundVolumeView utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run SoundVolumeView, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run SoundVolumeView without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.

License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

Disclaimer

The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.

Feedback

If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to nirsofer@yahoo.com

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SoundVolumeView is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of SoundVolumeView, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'soundvolumeview_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed SoundVolumeView utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
DutchJan Verheijen 07/08/20141.20
German Latino auf WinTotal.de 23/10/20141.21
Greek geogeo.gr 05/08/20141.20
ItalianZeroWis 24/11/20131.10
PolishHightower 05/08/20141.20
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae) 11/03/20141.11
RussianDmitry Yerokhin 05/08/20141.20
Simplified Chinese Apprcn 16/09/20131.00
Traditional Chinese (GqE) 20/02/20141.11