Reader Alec Saunders sounds off on turning sound off for specific applications. He writes:
I was wondoring if there was a way to disable sound in certain applications. Specifically in Safari so I don’t have to hear the sound in games.
The cheap and easy way is to just bang on the Mac keyboard’s Mute key when you have Safari before you. Regrettably, this shuts everything up, which is probably not what you want.
JoeSoft’s $50 Hear, in addition to enhancing your Mac’s audio in a wide variety of ways (equalizer and 3D effects included), provides a mixer component that allows you to separately adjust the volume of all the applications running on your Mac. In my book, $50 is a lot to pay for just this single feature, but I also like its other features which helps me live with the price tag.