Hear
Hear
1.3.1

3.9

Hear free download for Mac

Hear

1.3.1
09 June 2016

Improves audio quality and adds audio options system-wide.

Overview

Hear greatly improves audio quality in movies and music throughout all of your Mac OS X applications. With Hear, music is richer, movie sound and dialog is clearer and games will blow you out of your chair!

  • 3D Sound - Like movies? like'em more with virtual cinema quality sound experience. Sound will approach you from all angles, even from behind. You are there with Hear.
  • Equalizer - Perfect your sound with Hear's studio quality N-band equalizer with built-in peak limiter. You've got control.
  • Speaker Correction - Control speaker resonance to increase frequency range and enhance sound.
  • Center Channel Control - Control the volume and width of the sound coming from your own virtual center-stage for performance-grade audio effects. A concert in your house.
  • Virtual Subwoofer - No Sub? No problem. Let Hear use your existing speakers to boost your bass. Don't you need more thump in your life?
  • Ambience - Fine tune reverb to emulate any venue from phone booth to concert hall. Either way, it's music to your ears.
  • Fidelity control - Music the way it was meant to be heard. Restore frequency, coloring and intensity lost during the recording process. Put more "hi" in your "fi".
  • Much more - Hear can control the volume and quality of each application independently. You can control enable and disable each effect independently. You can apply the effects in any order for dramatic results. You can define and recall presets at any time. You can enjoy Hear's effects through your computer's speakers, headphones and external speakers. And you can do it all in an easy-to-understand user interface.

What's new in Hear

Version 1.3.1:
  • Fix hang-on-launch on OS X 10.9 and earlier

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Drlex
26 December 2008

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People who expect to flip the switch on this software and get incredible sound out of any audio set-up, expect magic. Hear is loaded with all kinds of presets which are basically worthless. To get good sound out of a particular system, one needs to tweak the necessary settings to the correct parameters. Now, this is the main problem with Hear: you need to be kind of an audio engineer to do this. You may be lucky with one of the presets, but most of those use way too exaggerated settings just to showcase what Hear can do. The better the audio system, the closer each setting should be to 'zero' or 'neutral'. I know which settings to tweak in order to make a $5 headset sound like a Sennheiser, or get less crummy sound out of the tinny speakers in my MacBook Pro. But the 'average Joe' has no clue which of the 100+ settings to tweak in order to counteract the 10+ mysterious shortcomings of his/her particular system. Maybe some kind of comprehensive guide should be supplied which explains how each particular setting can be used to counteract a particular shortcoming of a sound system, and which settings are just pure 'ear-candy'. Since I have learnt how to use it, Hear has become almost essential for me. Unfortunately my major gripe with this program is that it's riddled with bugs. First of all, Hear has a memory leak. It will increase the memory usage of each and every application that plays sounds, each time a new sound is loaded or played. Eventually this will make the program crash, after slowing down your Mac to a crawl due to swapping. For instance, Audacity 1.3.6 will quickly consume all of the 3GB of RAM on my machine when loading a large sound and pressing the 'play' button a few times. Next, the controls will stop working at random moments, including the 'on/off' button. In such cases, the only way to regain control of Hear is either logging out, or manually killing the Hear Daemon and closing and re-opening all sound-related programs. Finally, when changing presets or settings, the previous settings are still used when a new QuickTime movie is loaded afterwards. The Hear interface must be quit and re-opened to 'fixate' the new settings. The 'average Joe' will not realise that any of the 3 above behaviours are bugs, except maybe the first one. The second and third bug will only make it seem like Hear doesn't work at all. If anyone at JoeSoft reads this, I highly recommend fixing those bugs as soon as possible. I really love this program but it will only be a matter of time before my frustration due to those bugs piles up so high that I start to hate it.
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Version 1.0.3
OSX-FTW!
13 January 2019
I was unlucky enough, to purchase this. Then it stopped working, and they abandoned it.
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Version 1.3.1
Drlex
16 December 2018
This used to be a fantastic app. With the right settings it was possible to get much better sound out of mediocre speakers (like the built-in ones of a MacBook Pro) or headphones. It could squeeze that little bit of extra out of good loudspeakers as wel.
Unfortunately due to the increasing use of sandboxing in OS X, Hear no longer works with many current apps, most importantly iTunes. Hear indeed does NOT work with its main target app!

In a Blogspot article of mine you can find a very cumbersome workaround to make it work again by routing audio through Soundflower and Audacity, but no normal person will want to do this. (Moreover, this hack adds about a second of delay.)

The Prosoft website states that Hear is no longer supported so it will probably be only a matter of time before it breaks completely. I really wish some company would step up and make an equivalent that works (I'm looking at you, Rogue Amoeba).
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Version 1.3.1
476429
10 October 2018
If it wasn't already obvious, it is now. The message on the Hear homepage says:

<< Hear is no longer under development and there is only limited support available. >>

Too bad. I used it for years and have not found another app with the same feature set.
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Version 1.3.1
S. Blumer
14 November 2017
Now it no longer works for Firefox, Safari, iTunes, Quicktime (basically anything on the mac. This software has fallen down for the last time I am afraid) .
Any alternatives that work as well? I really only want the compression to level out poorly created podcasts. the EQ I can handle. So until they fix this issue I cannot recommend it anymore.
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Version 1.3.1
pnn314
02 August 2017
Nice app. But it does not support iTunes on Mac (Version 12.6.1 and above). Unfortunately, at this time support team have not heard any news from our developers about an update for Hear.
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Version 1.3.1
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Crus13
Crus13
15 December 2018
Worked on Mojave (except Safari and ITunes) until update 10.14.2. Now it wont show the UI and the effects are not applied even on latest version of Hear
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rick-58
13 June 2017
My initial experience with Hear wasn't good. All I could get was muted or clipped audio. I uninstalled and gave Boom 2 a try and it worked without problems. After my Boom trial ended, I decided I should give Hear a try again and put more effort in to "figuring it out". Well, my 7 day trial had already ended so now I can't do anything without buying it. Too bad. If the other reviews stating Hear needs to be connected to the internet each time you start are still accurate, I'm glad I didn't spend more time with it.
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Version 1.3.1
paul-169
24 November 2016
Stopped working in OS 10.12.1 (Sierra). Was the only way to amplify Mac Speakers before it broke.
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Version 1.3.1
Arnauld
08 June 2016
The new Hear version 1.3.1 solved the "hang-up-problem" under OS X 10.9.5 but now the program wants to validate its serial number at _every_ launch via an internet connection. So Hear becomes unusable in an off-line situation. (Even after a successful online-activation the program yells during startup:" Failed to validate serial number. Please verify you are connected to the internet" (at prosofteng.com port 443). I'll go back to version 1.2.4 - and btw.: Go to hell - Prosoft - stooooopid. There still exist some other/similar solutions also for later systems.
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Version 1.3.1
Agf-
04 June 2016
After 1.3 update Hear hangs on startup (OS X 10.9.5). Any solutions?
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Version 1.3
1 answer(s)
Arnauld
Arnauld
04 June 2016
The same here - Hear v.1.3 "hangs" during start (MacBook Pro 17" Quad Core i7 @ 2.5GHz, 16 GB RAM, OS X 10.9.5). Hear 1.2.4 works.
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LeMerlot
01 June 2016
I use HEAR since years – e.g. on my Mac Mini as a media center audio supporting software and I'm still excited what one can adjust with it. I use it for example to enhance streaming audio – the results are awesome. The developer keeps on updating it and so I even would pay for it twice.
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Version 1.3
2 answer(s)
Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
01 June 2016
Is anyone having install probs with this version? Tried all the usual stuff, including putting app in "Applications" folder, etc.

TIA‼️
Annie
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hwgray
hwgray
21 November 2016
"I even would pay for it twice."

Would you pay the $60.00 that I paid JoeSoft - _not_ ProSoft - as an early-adopter?
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