SoundSwitch: Control your Audio

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SoundSwitch offers you the opportunity to switch your playback devices and/or recording devices using simple hotkeys.

No more navigating througth several menus and screens. Just configure SoundSwitch once – and you are able to switch between your devices as fast as never before!

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Latest Release

Release SoundSwitch 3.15.0

Thanks to @ramon18 we now have a wonderful new notification type: Banner

As said in his pull request #186 this is perfect for gamers, this banner notification looks like the usual notification from program interacting with games. It's a small discrete black box on the left side of the screen. I tweaked it to use the icon of the audio device.

You can easily change the icon in the Windows Sound Settings -> Device -> Properties -> Change icon.

This version also correctly detects .NET v4.7 on Windows 10 and doesn't ask you to install v4.6.2.

Change Log

v3.15.0 (2017-05-31)

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Implemented enhancements:

  • Make the banner notification use the image of the Device #192
  • Update German #189
  • Unable to bind ScrollLock as a hotkey #151

Fixed bugs:

  • Installer don't detect .net 4.7 #193

Closed issues:

  • Recording device hotkey doesn't cycle #191

Merged pull requests:

v3.14.2 (2017-05-25)

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Fixed bugs:

  • Unresponsive after RDC #112

Closed issues:

  • Error after Creator's Update #185
  • Kaspersky Internet Security detects Virus and crashes SoundSwitch while updating (false-positive) #180

Merged pull requests:

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The following components are required to run SoundSwitch on your Windows device:


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Right click the SoundSwitch icon in your system tray and choose Settings. Now select the devices between which you want to toggle. Optionally you can also change the keyboard combination. If you want the application to start automatically when your PC boots up, check the box Start automatically with Windows.


First set up your devices you want to cycle through, using right click onto the System Tray Icon of SoundSwitch.

After you configured SoundSwitch you can use the following Hotkeys.

  • To cycle through the playback devices press:
    • Ctrl + Alt + F11 (default) OR
    • Double click onto the System Tray Icon of SoundSwitch.
  • To cycle through the recording devices press:
    • Ctrl + Alt + F7 (default)


Recording Devices

SoundSwitch can also take care of your recording devices. You can set specifics hotkeys as for the playback devices.


SoundSwitch provides five types of notification when a device was changed.

Uses a custom always-on-top frame, useful for in-game usage. This is the recommended default display style.

  • Windows Notification

Uses the balloon tip of Windows. In the case of Windows 7, it’s the little balloon that opens next to the systray icon. For Windows 10, it’s the notification system that slides from the right corner of the screen.

  • Sound Notification

This notification is a sound played on the switched device. This way when you are switching devices, the new device will ‘chime’ to tell you it’s selected.

  • Customized Sound Notification

The same as a Sound Notification but you can specify the sound which is played.

  • Toast Notification (≥Win 8)

If you are on Windows 8 or later, you can use this type of Toast Notification. More personalization is possible, by default the notification is silent, but you can set a custom sound for it (mp3 or wav for now).

If you want to return to a silent Toast Notification, open the file selector, and just do Cancel. Doing that will remove the set sound.



SoundSwitch can also change the Default Communication Device when asked in the Settings. Windows makes a differentiation between Multimedia and Communication; it means if an application asks to have access to communications audio device, it will receive the Default Communication Device. By default SoundSwitch only changes the multimedia device and not the communication. Now if the checkbox is checked in the settings, it will also change the Communication Device.


This is one of the interesting feature, the auto-updater. Every 24h SoundSwitch will check the GitHub repository (thanks to the GitHub API) for a new release. If a new one is available the user will get a notification and the ‘No update available’ in the context menu will change to ‘Update Available (X.X.X)’ where X.X.X represent the new version number. When the user clicks on it, a new window opens with a progress bar (see screenshots). The new version gets automatically downloaded in the temp folder of the user. When the download is finished, the user can install the Update by just clicking the install button. A changelog is also provided by getting the information set in the release on GitHub.

Update Modes

There are three different options available: Silent, means the program updates itself in the background without any prompts. Notify, you will be notified when there’s an update available. Never, well this is self-explained.

Multi-Language Support

There are three languages available: English, French and German.

Would you like to help us with the localization? Great! See Add or modify another language for further informations.


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License: GPLv2

Copyright (C) 2015 Jeroen Pelgrims

Copyright (C) 2015-2017 Antoine Aflalo

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.