Prevent sudden loud noises with Sound Lock [Windows]

You’re watching a movie on your laptop. It’s 3am, so of course you have your headphones in. Suddenly, you realize it’s Transformers, and you just got to the explosion scene! If you didn’t have Sound Lock installed, your ears would probably be dead by now. Luckily, Sound Lock automatically detected the sound going up too high and capped the volume.

Sound Lock offers one thing: the ability to cap your loudness. Unlike Windows’ standard volume controls, which simply scale the volume of audio, Sound Lock lets the volume get loud up to a certain point, and then stop. It has its advantages in situations where you need the volume to be high–such as a character whispering something in a movie–but you don’t want to turn the volume up out of fear of explosion scenes.

Overall, Sound Lock is a very handy program. It’s especially handy for those that like to watch movies, but hate the extremely variable volume they come in. It’s a free download for all Windows users.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.3.1

Supported OS: Windows

Download size: 552KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Sound Lock homepage

[via Freeware Genius]

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  • meldasue

    @Mr.Dave: Me too – I hate ‘volume levelling’ (it really destroys classical tracks), but it would be nice if I could cap the sudden loud parts. Downloading the program now – it’ll definitely be useful for movies.

  • Mr.Dave

    As someone who was forced into Vista by a Dell PC purchase, let me say that I’m much happier today! Been looking for a program like this for a long time. I wish I could upload it into my car stereo and MP3 player….

    Thanks for another great find!

  • Locutus

    @Michael: @Pepper Myers: Unfortunately I am at the mercy of what the developers post on their site. In this case, the developer added the phrase “Windows only” to the download link. The post tags contain only “Windows 7” and “Windows Vista”, but there was no indication that it was the versions of Windows it would run on.

    Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Michael

    Yeah. When a program is listed as “[Windows]” you expect it to run on most versions, not just the latest ones. Thanks for getting my hopes up only to find that it DOESN’T INSTALL!!!!!

  • Pepper Myers

    SoundLock cannot be installed on the following Windows versions:
    Windows NT 4.0
    Windows 2000
    Windows XP X86
    Windows Server 2003 X86
    Maybe it would have been easier to list where it WILL run!