You can’t keep your PC volume to remain the same all the time. There are times when you can raise the volume higher, but there are also times when you should lower it. Listening to music, for instance, at high volume in the middle of the night can upset your neighbor or roommate. If you don’t want trouble, you should lower the volume at time like that.
Manually changing the volume doesn’t take much effort, of course, but there is always a chance that you will probably forget to do it. To prevent this from happening again, you can use an automatic volume control application to change the volume level automatically. A free program I know named as Volume Concierge can do this. To be precise, it is a free tool specifically developed to adjust volume level based on schedule. All you need to do to enable a schedule is to turn it on by clicking the ON/OFF button, set the time and the volume percentage. That’s it.
Keep in mind that during the installation the program offers to install additional software. It is not needed for the program to run properly so you probably want to uncheck it.
Clicking on the [Customize] button in the Setup window (see screenshot above) leads to some hidden options where you can change the default installation folder, create or remove its desktop icon, launch the program after the installation finishes, and automatically run the application every time you log in.
After installation, you have to activate it to be able to use it. The free activation requires you to specify an email address. Note that since the “occasionally send me news and discounts for the great software” option must be activated for the activation to work, you probably want to use a temporary email service such as Mailinator.com.
You can add schedules as many as you need by clicking on the “Add New Volume Rule” link. Each schedule can be turned off and on anytime. A warning notification is displayed when there is a schedule that conflicts with another.
Unfortunately, users can only select one of the specified time from the drop-down list to make a schedule. It would be much better if it let users to set their own clock setting. Moreover, the choice of days are very limited which only include Every Day, Work Days, and Weekends.
Note that clicking on the Close button of the main interface minimizes the program to tray. To quit it, right-click on its tray icon and select “Quit”. If you have set it to run at startup automatically, you can disable it by right-clicking on its tray icon and click on “Disable Autorun”.
Despite all of the drawbacks, it is still a good application to have for one who is looking for a free automatic Windows volume control so that he can lower the sound automatically at a specified time. Volume Concierge works with Windows 7, Vista and XP. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported. If you’re interested, you can go to the developer’s website to download the installer.