Last week I wrote about a nifty way to share multiple songs on a single set of earbuds or headphones at the same time. You know, one song on the left channel, one song on the right channel. Yes. At the same time.
This weekend I found a way to fix a longstanding bug in OS X which often caused the sound balance to drift when plugging in a pair of headphones or earbuds to a Mac. What happens is common. The Mac’s sound output is set to center between left and right. That’s what you want most of the time, but sometimes the sound drifts, usually to the right.
Fixing the sound drift is easy. Open System Preferences, click on Sound, set the Balance.
That’s it. You may have to adjust the sound to be centered manually, but there is a way to have it done automatically.
The Mac app is called Balance Lock, an inexpensive audio utility that lives in the background in OS X and keeps the audio settings balanced in the middle between left and right, so you won’t have to check System Preferences each time you plug in or unplug headphones or earbuds from your Mac.
There’s even an optional notification which tells you that a drift has been detected and fixed.
Preferences and settings are simple and self explanatory, but Balance Lock is also visible in the Mac’s Menubar so you can check status. All it does is keep the sound adjusted to the center between left and right.