Just about everyone has used an on-screen volume control like the mixer that ships with Windows or third-party sound cards. Typically, these sound control systems do a good job allowing you to increase or decrease volume, and most offer a one-click mute button that comes in handy when you're blasting your favorite tunes and an important call comes in.
But at Komando.com, we like sound control systems with more bells and whistles - literally. One of those is the free-to-download and easy-to-use Audio Sliders from Code Sector, which has been developing software for Windows since 1999.
Audio Sliders has the nuts-and-bolts features you expect from an on-screen volume control. You can increase or decrease the volume, plus you can control the bass and treble as you would on a car stereo or on your home TV's surround sound system.
But Audio Sliders has more to offer than the garden-variety volume controls. For starters, there's a large on-screen display that includes five distinct layouts, so you can choose the colors and sizes you want.
The OSD shows you song titles, the artist's name and the levels for volume, bass and treble. These functions are easily controlled with your mouse or hot buttons (more on that on the next page).