How To Master Your Equalizer Settings

How To Master Your Equalizer Settings In Your Car, PC And Phone

The right parameters of the equalizer will give a realistic and rich sound when listening to the music of any genre. The equalizer settings for the perfect sound consist of choosing the finished preset and adjusting it further. It seems to be nothing complicated, but to choose the optimal values for a person without musical education and hearing is difficult; the process lasts for hours. It is important to consider the musical genre to which you adjust, the features of the reproduction of a particular device, the perception of the person and the environment.

What is the equalizer, and how to use it?

sound equalizer

The equalizer (rarely the Setembro block applicable to the device) is an application or device for selectively adjusting the signal’s amplitude depending on its frequency characteristics. Simply put, the principle of the equalizers is to fine-manage the frequencies of the audio signal by amplifying or weakening in certain ranges. There are amplifying, weakening, and combined (these include all modern solutions) programs and plug-ins to work with the frequency characteristics of sound signals.

Hardware equalizers are used mainly at the recording stage by professional recording studios. The equipment gives the sound of the character and highlights the vocalist’s voice or the sound of a particular instrument at the right moments. Software solutions are used by amateurs and music fans already at the stage of information of the track and giving the compositions a specific sound while listening to music.

With the correct configuration, the program will improve the acoustics in the sound space where the listener is located. The simplest example of using an equalizer is selecting a template that matches the music style you listen to and manually adjusting it – amplifying (attenuating) the sound in certain frequency ranges. It is the ranges, not the specific frequencies. The graphic equalizer, for example, does not adjust a single frequency (30, 125, 500 Hz) but a range around the specified frequency, for example, 30±10 Hz. For high frequencies (HF), it expands to hundreds or even thousands of Hertz, depending on the number of bands.

Here you will have to rely more on your hearing and intuition. For the sake of experiments, it is better not to touch the sliders, professionals created the presets, and it is unlikely to achieve a better sound. Most likely, on the contrary, the naturalness of the composition will be lost, except in cases of making adjustments (lower or raise the slider by a couple of positions) to suit your taste and acoustics.

What are EQ bands, and what are they for?

Stripes are inherent in the graphic equalizer – it is a variant of visualization of the separation of the frequency audible by the human ear (16-20 Hz… 16-20 kHz) on ranges. Each band corresponds to a certain frequency range of acoustic vibrations: 30, 250, 500, and 1, 4, 8, 16 kHz. Frequencies up to 2.4 kHz are given more attention because the human ear is more sensitive, less receptive, and high plays an even smaller role. With age, the sensitivity of the hearing organs decreases, and the frequency range on both sides narrows.

When setting up, consider this. To improve the sound, focus more on the low sound.

The number of bands (sometimes graphic equalizers perform in the form of “spinners”) of frequency ranges depends on the accuracy and subtlety of sound tuning. In theory, using a 16-band equalizer is more expedient than a 6-band, provided skillful use, but the first is difficult to set up. We’ll have to choose the best values for your hearing for longer.

What does the equalizer do?

The equalizer enhances or lowers the amplitude (volume) of acoustic vibrations in certain frequency bands. The amplification of sound below 70 Hz saturates the sound, in the range of 175-250 Hz – causes a drone, the level of which depends on the degree of gain.

At 80-250 Hz – sounds human voice, a female has an increased frequency – 160-250 Hz, male – lower – 80-150 Hz. Consider this if you need to emphasize the vocalist’s voice or make a legible speech when recording poorly or on a cheap playback device. A subwoofer is used to improve the sound of low frequencies (up to 300 Hz).

Varieties of equalizers

The equalizers are divided into graphic and parametric. They are implemented by hardware or software. Equipped with sliders to amplify and reduce the volume in each frequency range. The regulators’ position displays the amplitude-frequency characteristic (ACH) of the device or application in graphic form. Depending on the scope of operation, a different number of bands are presented: for music fans 6-18, for professional spheres – 25-31 lanes per channel. Ceiling filters represent the lowest and highest frequencies.

The parametric equalizer gives even more functions. It regulates three parameters: working frequency, gain or weakening factor, goodness independently of each other. Settings change ranges as much as 1,000 kratoms (for goodness in some professional devices).

In digital devices, the processing is done by mathematical methods, analogs make more changes to the sound, but the sound becomes alive, realistic.

Video setting of the equalizer for the perfect sound

We offer to clearly get acquainted with the equalizer setting on Android smartphones thanks to the video, but this is just an example. Much depends on the composition, the quality of speakers or headphones, the sound settings on the phone where the track is played, and the music lover’s perception and preferences. It is realistic to do without a second device and spectrum analyzer. Due to the individual spectral sensitivity of the human hearing aid, the equalizer should be adjusted by ear.

Customization options for different types of devices

Corrective evaluation is unique to each sound and human playback device. You can copy other people’s settings, but you have to adapt them to yourself.

Optimal setting of the equalizer in the car for better sound

In terms of acoustics, the interior of the car – a bad place to listen to quality music. And it’s not just the cost of the equipment you’re in.

  1. The salon is full of obstacles for acoustic waves in the form of seatbacks, the driver.
  2. The car is full of obstacles with different absorption and reflection ratios of acoustic waves. And the degree of absorption and reflection for different frequencies is different.
  3. The listener is shifted from the center of the acoustic space located in the center of the salon.
  4. Foreign sounds penetrate the car: the engine, the noise from under the wheels, and the vehicle’s mechanical parts reducing acoustic comfort.

The sound emanating from the speakers in the car cabin depends on dozens of factors, including the material of the upholstery of the seats and the cabin, partially absorbing and reflecting acoustic waves. As a result, the bass jam low-frequency foreign noises, HF and LOW, get peak values due to the vibration of solid materials in the car (plastic, metal). Using the equalizer, it is necessary to “cut” these peaks on the HS and HF to compensate for the lack of averages – to make audible wide frequency range.

The adjustment on auto recorders of different car manufacturers (Kia, BMW, Renault) is similar: it is performed by “spinners” or up-and-down buttons. It is to eliminate peaks and compensate slices in the right ranges. A small number of bands simplify the setting and accelerate it. Android-controlled alto recorders are connected to phones to play music from their memory. How to set up the equalizer on Android – a couple of sections below.

Don’t expect a miracle from an inexpensive tape recorder, spending hours trying to achieve crystal clear sounding. Such a decision will not protect against extraneous noises. Even the popular Pioneer tape recorders are equipped mainly with a 5-band EJ.

Set up the equalizer for wireless headphones

Configuring the equalizer on wireless headphones with Blutuz’s interface is to build a diagram that mirrors the amplitude-frequency characteristics of the device. It is located in technical documentation, on the official website of the equipment manufacturer, on a specialized forum.

The ideal sound is considered to be smooth horizontal ACH, but it isn’t easy to achieve. After the reflection, bring the parameters to the ideal, turning each runner to the position down or up until the sound is satisfying. Options are stored in a separate template. Most applications can do it.

It is quite an approximate, and not ideal, the reflection of the ACH with its subsequent adjustment.

The next ACH shows the front of the bass at low frequencies, the subsidence of the chart in the middle, the overestimation of the HF, and the rapid fall, starting with 10 kHz, all the more significant with the increase in frequency.

ACH graph

Close to the ideal will be the following scheme (in the example of the player AIMP): the reduction of bass, the strengthening of the HS, the cut of peaks on the HF, and a sharp increase in the amplitude after 11 kHz.

How to set up the equalizer on your phone (Android and iOS)

On outdated smartphone models, the equalizer may not be available. Located in the sound settings or The Google Music player. Most advanced players are equipped with their own presets to improve the sound quality.

  1. Go to the sound settings and visit the “Equalizer” section (sometimes in the “Sound and Effects” subsection).

Set the equalizer on your phone

  1. Choose the right template and bring the sound to the ideal with hand sliders or “twisters.”

equalizer

Most models have additional sound effects. Turn them off and check the sound. In the Play Market, there are many software equalizers: E’Music Player, Equalizer FULL, Equalizer FX, for example, can give the sound virtual 3D sound and save profiles with settings.

The iPhone equalizer offers the usual pre-editing without manually changing the value of the sliders. The problem is solved by third-party apps such as Studio Music Player, Soundly.

Set up on TV

The sound adjustment on the TV is not much different from setting the equalizer on a mobile device or PC. The location of the EJ and its functions depend on the model and the TV firmware. There are no audio modes such as movies, music, sports, voice filter, and other audio processing technologies on older devices. The process is to select the finished template and manually refine it if necessary. The latter is not always available.

To control the bass, adjust the range to 125 Hz, and the human voice – 150-250 Hz, to give speech realism, sharpness – 620-1000 Hz, legible speech is done in the range – 1.2 … 4 kHz, 5… 8 kHz – is responsible for tweaking the vocals, giving the sound volume. These frequencies bring different effects to the sound of musical instruments. Experiment and pick up.

Set up the equalizer on your computer and laptop for Windows 7, 8 and 10

Computers and laptops play sound through various speakers, speakers, and headphones with different sounds. You’ll often have to adjust the equalizer separately for built-in speakers, speakers, acoustics, and headphones. For each device, it is advisable to keep it preset.

Set up in Windows

Windows 10 has a built-in equalizer, but it’s hidden from a novice user. For this reason, people resort to sound settings in audio card drivers, players and install foreign apps.

  1. Open the sound settings (right-click on the speaker icon in tre).
  2. Call the properties of the sound-reproducing device.
  3. Click “Additional Properties…” at the bottom.
  4. Visit the Improvements tab and activate the equalizer.
  5. Select the preset from the drop-down list or click on the three-point button to manually edit the gain level and loosen the frequencies in the graphic equalizer.
  6. In the second case, drag the sliders and rate the sound, resulting in an activated Save button to record your own template file.

Set up in AIMP

Consider the example of the classic music player AIMP v4.6.

  1. Expand the player window and call the Sound Effects Manager.
  2. Activate the first option and click “Pre-Tune…
  3. Choose a template and apply it.
  4. Drag each of the 18 sliders by hand until you get an acceptable result.

The scale on the right is designed to change the level of gain on the entire spectrum.

The finished preset is saved by clicking on the triangle near the “Pre-construction” button. It includes the function of automatic tune of sound to the genre of the playable composition, but the automation periodically fails.

Set up a Realtek HD Audio driver

Most computers are equipped with a Realtek HD sound adapter. Its driver comes with a sound control manager. If not, download and install a fresh driver from the company’s official website.

  1. Click the right key on the Realtek HD Audio icon in the three and select “Sound Manager.”
  2. Visit the Sound Effect tab.
  3. In the drop-down list, select a template. Popular are marked with colorful icons under the menu.
  4. With the icon on the left, turn on the graphic equalizer.
  5. Get the effect you need and save the configuration under a clear name.

The driver keeps profiles adapted to listen to music in a common setting: a living room, a living room, stone walls, a felt room. The dispatcher supports up to 4 templates with sound settings, switching clicks on buttons A, B, C, and D.

The vocal suppression function works poorly and does not have a noticeable effect on the sound of the composition. It will be useful when listening to lectures and seminars of low quality. Look for advanced voice suppression in AIMP in the Sound Effects tab.

Keep in mind that the effects of the equalizers (built into Windows, Realtek, and the player) overlap. Two of them are better turned off. In this case, it’s an 18-band AIMP equalizer.

Manual settings and presets for the equalizer to different sound

Manual settings and presets for the equalizer to different sound

Both soundboard drivers and players store ready-made pre-editing adapted to listen to the music of certain genres. It is recommended to use them, pre-adapting to yourself (different spectral sensitivity of hearing organs, playback devices, preferences of music lover, etc.). Above, you know how to work with templates, edit for yourself, and save.

To twist the bass, you can increase the frequencies to 250 Hz manually or choose the appropriate setting of “Full Bass” or “Bass” in AIMP and the Realtek HD driver. In other players, the item has a similar name. Also, try “Full Bass and Treble.”

Volume sound

The Realtek HD controller has a virtual, 3D sound option in the “Speaker Configuration” tab.

A similar option is built into Windows Sonic. To activate, call the context menu of the speaker icon in the, bring the cursor to the item “Spatial Sound (Switch off),” and select “Windows Sonic for headphones.” With the support of acoustics, the “Dolby Atmos for Headphones” option will appear on the list

An alternative way to solve the problem.

  1. Open the sound settings.
  2. Click “Device Properties” by selecting a playback device.
  3. Enter the spatial sound format and close the window.

Choose a spatial sound format.

Sometimes you need to reboot the player or re-start the game to use the settings.

Game setting (CS GO, PUBG, Escape from Tarkov)

In games, especially in shooters like COP, it is important to hear the steps, negotiations, musical components, and shots slightly pushed back into the background. To do this, you need to strengthen the amplitude (volume) of the sound of the steps. Let’s use fine compensation for this. It aligns the volume of sounds that are different from the accepted level. The sound of the steps has a low amplitude, and the shots – high, the volume of sound for the first will rise, the shots will become a little quieter. This is done in the “Improvements” tab in speaker properties or the “Sound Effect” tab.

In the driver, settings are automatically applied to the sound card.

For PUBG, reset the equalizer configuration and manually set the following values.

Frequency Hz meaning
31-4
62-3
1252
2505
5006
1K5
2K10
4K10
16K9

Save the new settings in a separate presented with a floppy button.

And that’s not all. You may have to adjust the settings to one or two positions, taking into account the personal perception and features of the sound playback device (headphones).

Escape from Tarkov features an innovative sound engine, and settings from CS GO, Rainbow Six Siege, and other games are not suitable.

Frequency, HzMeaning
31-8
62-3
125-12
250-6
500-4
1K4
2K6
4K6
8K7
16K7

More precisely, the equalizer for headphones will be configured by the Equalizer APO utility. Additionally, it is used to switch between presets. Create a new configuration, specify the values from the table, and save the settings.

Frequency,Hz Value
30-17,3
62-7
117-24,6
207-12,6
355-8
5402,6
9847,4
2K13
4K13,7
8K14,5
16K14,5

To save time, load the ready-made settings from the file. Here are 3 videos with the sounds of footsteps, shooting, explosions, and various noises to fit the settings under themselves.

Thanks to the equalizer, you can achieve acceptable sounding of music on budget speakers and headphones. And to get a positive result will have to spend an hour or two. Skillful amplification and weakening of sound at certain frequencies will provide advantages over rivals in video games without cheats. For music fans, it is recommended to use the AIMP player – it has an 18-band equalizer, which is enough for connoisseurs of good sound.

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