While we perpetually attempt to simplify the processes of (1) installation and (2) usage of the SoundPimp audio enhancer, it is a fact that this involves the addition of features that for an audio layman may be perceived as more complex than the basic audio system of the operating system, be it Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or Android.

In other words, there is a “penalty” involved in the achievement of enhanced audio quality on a laptop or smartphone, because these systems are still not fully prepared for such usage.

These penalties are small hurdles soon passed, and it is indeed worth the initial effort and the included learning curve. If you read the tutorials, it should be a five-minute operation to get going.

Penalty examples:

  • When relevant, SoundPimp uses the Java runtime system in order to allow for crossplatform compliance to these operating systems. Java must be installed in its proper version. Unfortunately, we have attempted, but we could not convince Oracle to ensure that 64bit Java is installed on 64bit machines. Hence the user needs to check this (at the moment).
  • SoundPimp needs something called audio routing in order to capture the sound stream and do its magic. For this purpose, SoundPimp includes a so called “SoundPimp Virtual Audio Device” that must be selected manually by the user in the Windows Control Panel for Audio Playback.

    According to Microsoft policy, this device must be selected manually by the user, hence the SoundPimp installer does what it can do; it displays the Windows Control Panel. If it was possible (allowed) to do this programatically, we would have.

  • There is a delay involved in the audio stream, and (in particular) Windows includes audio manipulation like loudness that are devastating to other audio enhancers including SoundPimp. Hence, Asio4All is included as this is the only known general purpose audio driver that will both bypass the audio enhancers in the operating system, and reduce unwanted delay in the audio stream. This is our recommended solution. Alternatively, the user must learn Windows and how to turn off these “enhancers”. 

    Again, the Asio4All panel must be set manually by the user. This is completely trivial, but can be perceived as complex the first time. 

We are open to and grateful for any suggestions that might improve the installation process and/or the user experience of SoundPimp, and through the years, we have implemented many a comment from customers. Kindly send us an email, thank you.