It seems that Microsoft copied functionality from the popular EarTrumpet app, which lets you control the volume of sounds in Windows and gives you quick access to audio settings. In one of the latest test builds of Windows 11, there is a new volume mixer that is very reminiscent of EarTrumpet, both visually and in terms of the available features.
The new Windows 11 Mixer provides quick access to the taskbar for switching audio outputs and allows you to control audio volume in individual applications. Previously, all of this could be done using the EarTrumpet application, released by third-party developers about five years ago.
EarTrumpet was reportedly developed by former Microsoft engineer Dave Amenta and software developer Rafael Rivera. It was Rivera who was one of the first to notice the new Windows 11 mixer’s resemblance to EarTrumpet, for example wrote on your Twitter page.
The mixer change in Windows 11 means Microsoft is investing in better audio capabilities in its operating system. In fact, EarTrumpet set the standard, and it took Microsoft five years to get started. Windows has long needed improvements when it comes to sound and volume adjustment options, and with the arrival of the new mixer, users don’t need to use third-party tools.
The source notes that the new Windows 11 mixer is an experimental feature at this point, so it’s too early to talk about its large-scale distribution. A long time may pass before it becomes available to all users of the operating system.