Volume Concierge 2: auto-volume scheduler for Windows
Volume Concierge 2 is a free program for Microsoft Windows PCs that lets you configure automatic rules that change the system volume.
You can change the volume for individual applications on Windows, but you cannot make any other modifications to it.
Maybe, you'd like the volume to be lower in the morning or late at night, and higher throughout the day. Or, you want the volume to be high on the weekend when you play all that rock music on your PC, or very low late at night when you listen to an audiobook before you fall asleep.
We reviewed the first release of Volume Concierge in 2011.
Warning: Volume Concierge is free software. It includes a PUP (potentially unwanted program) offer in the installer though. The offer to participate in "The Savers Fund Charity Network" is enabled by default. You need to uncheck the button and click on "skip and ignore saving others" to block the participation.
Volume Concierge 2
Volume Concierge 2 displays a single volume rule when you launch it by default. You can click on the "add new volume rule" button to set up additional rules.
Rules define day, time and the volume level. Days are limited to every day, work days or weekends. While that works well for many use cases, an option to select specific days of the week would improve the program further in my opinion.
The time is limited to the start time. If you want to define start and end times, you need to configure two rules to do so.
Volume Concierge 2 runs in the background from that moment on. The program is started automatically on system boot by default. If you have disabled the option in the setup, you may add it again with a right-click on the program's system tray icon.
Volume Concierge is not the first program that gives you more control over the volume of your Windows PC.
- Speaker Locker (previously known as Speaker Admin) can change the volume automatically based on the time of the day. It restricts the volume to a certain range, e.g. exactly 50 or greater than 75, and locks the volume at that level.
- Volume² is a free program for Windows that supports a wide range of features. You can schedule the volume changing and make use of nice to have features such as keyboard shortcuts, mouse events, screen edge volume controls or an on-screen display.
Volume Concierge 2 is a specialized program to change the volume of the system automatically based on day and time. It may be useful to you if you need the volume to be at a certain level at specific times of the day; most users probably don't require it.
The program uses about 20 Megabytes of memory while it runs in the background. Note that its download or installation may be blocked by your antivirus solution because of the inclusion of the third-party offer.
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