How to Turn Off Sound Check in Apple Music for Mac

  Matt Cone       February 14, 2022      Tutorials Mac Music


Apple Music for Mac provides a sound check feature that automatically adjusts the playback volume of all your songs to the same level. This setting is enabled by default on some Macs. While the sound check feature has benefits, like making the volume more consistent as you play through a variety of songs, it can also have drawbacks. For example, sound check might make the volume of some songs abnormally soft while making others too loud. For these reasons and others, some people might want to disable the sound check feature in Apple Music for a better listening experience.

Apple Music application icon

Here’s how to turn off the sound check feature in Apple Music for Mac.

  1. Open the Apple Music application on your Mac.

  2. From the Music menu, select Preferences.

  3. Click Playback. The window shown below appears.

    Apple Music for Mac sound check preferences.

  4. Deselect the Sound Check checkbox.

  5. Click the OK button to save your changes.

That’s it! You’ve successfully disabled the sound check feature in Apple Music on your Mac. Now Apple Music will stop automatically adjusting the playback volume of your songs.

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