Hear
Hear 1.1.6
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Improves audio quality and adds audio options system-wide.   Demo ($19.95)
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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
What's New
Version 1.1.6:
  • Fixed silent audio output in some apps
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later





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MarceloR6884 reviewed on 11 Apr 2014
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[Version 1.1.6]


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RyanB8318 reviewed on 15 Feb 2014
I just recently purchased a G-Project G-Grip sound bar for my Mac. I already have an audio system where I'm running a DAC to the system, so I just wanted something small and decent to use "for PC stuff only." In reviews, the G-Grip supposedly sounds as good as the Jambox at a much lower cost. Well, to tell the truth. I don't really care for it. It just doesn't sound good on its own. I was thinking of returning it and trying the FoxL V2, which apparently has much better sound quality.

Well, I decided to at least try an equalizer first. I tried Boom, but then I discovered and downloaded Hear, and it is MUCH better for this kind of thing than a simple equalizer. The sound quality is so much improved on the G-Grip with Hear that I'm completely happy with it as my PC-only speaker. I can't believe the difference.

That said, this difference was made with very conservative settings. I am barely altering the signal using the equalizer. I am also using the Fidelity effect (which provides the best improvement of the features), set to 85 Frequency, 0 coloring and 75 Intensity. Then I'm using the Speaker feature to reduce resonance and accent the mid range. (The 2 Resonance settings are at 15 and the mid-range accent is at 50.) That's it. And the difference is night and day.

Not only does the speaker bar sound much better, but it has reduced the distortion a little so that I can turn the volume up a little higher.

Why on earth didn't they just make the speaker sound this good to start with? I guess then it would have to cost $200 like the FoxL V2. Ha. But for $20 more, Hear turned an unhappy return into something more worth it. Now, if only Hear was available on the iPad.
[Version 1.1.6]


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IH8BNL8 reviewed on 10 Jan 2014
200% better than Boom. Boom equalizes and can boost audio signal, runs at login and has a system tray icon. Hear has a far more impressive equalizer and a dozen more features than can customize your audio experience tenfold.

Overall 4.5 because I want a system tray icon. There is no way of knowing if it's running or not (besides listening).

Features 5 Best audio customization app period. Most features. High quality. (10band EQ or you can use 96 bands HAHA)

Ease 4 because of this insane transparency. I lose control of it and would rather it be a login process and remain in system tray

Value 4 cause it's $20!

STability 5 haven't had any problems with Mavericks 10.9.1

Comment: There is no system tray, nor user login item. There is a "Hear" process but only when the window pane is open. When you close it, it disappears as a process but still runs indefinitely (even through a restart). There is a no daemon from Hear either. I am baffled where the transparent background process is! The user manual states "The Hear Audio Server handles all the audio processing in background transparently"...
[Version 1.1.6]


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Petersphilo reviewed on 29 Oct 2013
Sadly Hear no longer applies to Flash in Safari 7.0 and 6.1 (i just use Chrome to watch the Daily Show)
Still, it's a great addition to any Mac!
Apple should buy them and add this to the Mac OS!!
[Version 1.1.6]

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per4manz replied on 18 Nov 2013
If you are really needing Hear 1.1.6 to work under Safari 7 with the latest Flash, you have to go to Safari Preferences > Security > Internet Plugins > Manage Website Settings, select the Flash Plugin and then set site preferences or general preferences to "Allow" or "Always Allow". This will make the Flash plugin run in "unsafe mode" which will then let Hear take control. How this affects security, I have no idea, but it works for me.

Thank Apple for sandboxing the system to death!
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Petersphilo replied on 19 Nov 2013
Wow!

I didn't even think of doing that!!
This is so great for me because this is how i listen to NPR shows, as well as The Daily Show, and i had to use Chrome for that...

Thank you again!
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Petersphilo replied on 19 Nov 2013
Sorry.. No way to edit posts..

if the Prosoft people are reading this, i would definitely recommend that they mention this somewhere in a FAQ on their website!
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Mrchips reviewed on 27 Oct 2013
The best sound enhancer I've found for OS X. So many adjustments to tailor the sound to your precise taste!

I've just installed it after installing Mavericks (10.9.0) and it seems to be working perfectly!
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Ronl commented on 22 Oct 2013
Hear 1.1.6 is not supported in Safari 6.1
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Ronl reviewed on 27 Jun 2013
Version 1.1.6 is excellent!
Best app for tweak audio on your Mac.
Caveat: expect to have to take some time tweaking the presets (or creating some of you very own from scratch). If you're willing to put in some time tweaking... I believe you'll love this app.
[Version 1.1.6]


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JBB_UT reviewed on 09 Apr 2013
I am a classical listener and came upon HEAR while looking for something else. I downloaded the demo and was very impressed, so I bought it the same day. I've been an audiophile for over 50 years and basically believe the "the less signal processing, the better." However, in the world of MP3 and AAC (iTunes) this rule breaks down because you're starting out with a highly processed signal from the get go. I have missed the "sweetness" of tone that vinyl used to have (though I have not missed the surface noise of same). I have a lot of music in iTunes and was "living with" the stridency of string sound that sometimes was there. With HEAR and using the Classical preset, the stridency has been almost eliminated and the sweetness of the vinyl sound has returned. I am running the sound through a NAD amplifier and Paradigm tower speakers. Music simply sounds more musical again. I am more than satisfied with this addition to my iTunes server.

That being said, I wish the documentation (manual) were more complete. For example, under FIDELITY it would be nice to know what the three slide switches do and how they do it. The manual, as it is, is a good start. It just needs to have more information.

Finally, they need to figure out how to get this sound through AppleTV. Music off my MacMini (server) sounds GREAT (as described above), but it now sounds substantially better than my major listening area in my media room. Somehow they need to process the digital signal going out wirelessly to the AppleTV -- OR Apple needs to take some of its cash and buy ProSoft Engineering and incorporate their accomplishment directly into the AppleTV hardware (!!).
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Duncan Adams reviewed on 25 Jan 2013
I am not a mixing or music head ... I just like to be able to tweek some stuff for my personal consumption . IE some YOUTUBE songs .
I found Audio Hijack Pro gave ME better sound and was a lot easier with the Effects tab to use to get what I want ..
I own Hear it was part of a bundle I think ... would have to go back and look .... Tried it a few times ... then went back to my Audio Hijack ... it's just easier to get the sound I want ...
[Version 1.1.6]


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lamontDakota reviewed on 13 Dec 2012
Why are people attempting to use Hear as an aid for sound-PROduction and then getting pissed off because it doesn't work worth a damn? Hear is a sound-REproduction tool. It's meannt to be used with music-players ONLY. I use it with every music-player from iTunes and BitPerfect to high-end players like Pure Music and Amarra. If you din't like what you Hear using its presets out of the box, you can modify Hear to your heart's delight and, when they cease to delight, it's no problem to change them or to revert them. I haven't tried to use Hear in conjunction with Audio HJ Pro, but Hear plays well with Digital Power Station, AstoundSound, and iWow. Use Hear as it's supposed to be used, for sound-REproduction, and, though you may not be satisfied enough with it to decide to buy it, at least you won't be criticizing it because you've tried to pound a square peg of REproduction into the round hole of PROduction.
[Version 1.1.6]

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rexbo1 replied on 24 Jan 2013
Just to clarify: I did not use it for any pro audio stuff, only for iTunes - as it was designed to do. My pro and system sound chains are completely separate. And still it caused all my audio apps to quit.
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Ikir had trouble on 10 Mar 2014
I wanted to try this software, i have a license bought from here at MacUpdate.com but when i run Gear, i see just the dock icon and nothing else, from the menu i can't open any window... already tried t o delete prefs, unistall and reinstall. I'm running 10.9.2. I need a software to lower only USB volume cause them are too loud even at minimum volume.
[Version 1.1.6]


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Ignolopi had trouble on 23 Aug 2012
I need an application that allows me to control volume of applications independently. 'Hear' is the only one I can find, so I tried the demo, and was sadly disappointed. This is what I found, and I want somebody to tell me I'm wrong and that this app will do what I need it to!

Notes: I downloaded the demo from the developer's website. I'm on Mac OS 10.7.4, MacBook Pro 15-inch 2012.

Biggest problem: Volume doesn't go louder. The volume slider for the applications (in Hear) is already to the maximum, so I can only make things quieter.

Next: It doesn't pull up volume options for Safari or Screenflow... is there a way to get those to work with it?

Also: It somehow caused iTunes to mute. I didn't select any of the options in Hear, but when I opened Garageband, iTunes went mute. Had to restart. ?

And: When it installed, the music coming from iTunes (through the macbook speakers) sounded horrible. I had to turn everything off. I don't really care about the other features right now, but does anyone have recommendations for Hear settings on the MacBook Pro?

What I need is to be able to a) make Garageband louder, because it's super quiet, and b) make browsers quiet (e.g. for noisy ads). Bonus would being able to make Screenflow louder and Mail quieter.
Can I accomplish these things with Hear?

Thank you, much obliged,
~Myra (Ignolopi)
[Version 1.1.4]


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Grinson had trouble on 27 Jul 2012
It seems the download link has some problems, I can't able to download it.
[Version 1.1.4]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 27 Jul 2012
It should be fixed at this point. Let me know if you are still experiencing any issues!
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Alex1986 had trouble on 07 Dec 2011
I love hear that i've buy with mu winter bundle, but there is an incompatibility with fifa 12 for mac that can't start if hear is installed, in fact after i tried to uninstall it everything with fifa is back to work...before the uninstall i tried to disable hear before fifa launch, but it had not effect. I hope that the developer resolve this trouble because i want again hear installed on my mac.
[Version 1.1.1]


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jpfernandez had trouble on 06 Dec 2011
Doesn't seems to work with Flash 11.1.102.55 (playing safari videos) on Safari 5.1.2. Also doesn't work with Safari embeded videos. Any fix or solution for that?
Thanks.
[Version 1.10]


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Macaccro had trouble on 30 Sep 2010
Still doesn't work with Airfoil Speakers... :(
[Version 1.0.4]


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Pure had trouble on 26 Oct 2009
PROSOFT SUPPORT As Gordon noted, we are working on a new version of Hear that will be available in the coming months.

In the coming years I think.

Hear is not compatible with Front Row and not compatible with Snow Leopard's Quicktime X.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Macaccro had trouble on 17 Oct 2009
When I bought Hear several months ago, it worked just fine. But over the lasts months, with Apple updates, it started not to work with many applications...


And there's no update from Joesoft for more than one year now! This is not serious. And they still continue to sell it on their website!

It is sad, because it is a beautifully designed products, but it just doesn't work anymore. :( Hopefully, there's some companies that put a real development on their product and take really care of their consumers. Audio Hijack Pro from Rogue Amoeba Software is the alternative and it really works the way you want!

Goodbye Joesoft! It was (almost) a pleasure using (and paying!) your software.

f.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Pirx had trouble on 02 Mar 2009
Yes, definitely a memory leak. What a pity, such a great app.
[Version 1.0.3]


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apfelz had trouble on 02 Oct 2008
I have paid 50 bucks for an app that does not work any more!
So I will use SRSiWOW - that works - without restarting my Mac every time!
[Version 1.0.3]

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Gordon Bell (developer) replied on 03 Oct 2008
Hear does not "require a restart every time"--

We are seeing a few isolated cases, where, after some amount of time (usually a few weeks or so), that Hear requires a restart. We are looking into the cause of this and once determined, can look for a bug fix for that. Its not occurring for most customers and therefore it makes it trickier to track down and reproduce.

Cheers,

Gordon from Prosoft

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Samr rated on 21 Nov 2012

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Version Downloads:20,081
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Demo
Date:11 Sep 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $19.95
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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.


Hear more with Hear.


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