Add a shortcut to your Soundmixer(s)
Streaming, recording, playing Games. All at the same time when possible. There can be different reasons why you often have to manage the volume of your sound devices. And the more sound devices you use, the worse it gets.
As you can see in my example, I normally have 5 devices active, one being my TV which is easily distinguishable off the others. Then there are 2 Virtual Audio Cable Lines. My on-board sound card and my USB Headset. None of those devices is clearly “marked” or has its own icon.
I also often manage volume of one application instead of changing the whole devices volume, so I would have to first distinguish which of devices I need, and then open its Mixer. To circumvent and speed up this whole process, I made 5 simple shortcuts which I could rename and iconify to my liking.
Then only thing we need, to create those shortcuts, is the command line which is used to open them. A program like Process Explorer can help us with this problem.
You simply open the first of your Mixer devices and check which Audio device it manages. Now you open up Process Explorer and double-click the SndVol.exe which should be listed among your other running programs. You will see something like this:
As you can see, the “Command line” is right there for us to be copied. Just select it and copy the whole line. Now you just have to create a new shortcut in a place you desire, for example your desktop. (Right-Click -> New -> Shortcut)
Paste your copied line as the Program path and give it a name according to the Sound device it manages. If you have more than one device, repeat those steps until you have a shortcut for all devices. Each shortcut can have a different Icon and can be pinned to the Taskbar or Startmenu. You can also add them to your Startup folder if you want the Mixer(s) to open on each reboot.
One thing to keep in mind, if you remove USB devices or update drivers, the command line to the same audio device can change. You then just have to run Process Explorer again and update your shortcut.
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