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22 mayo, 2021

Although most of us tend to settle for the default sound that our operating system offers us, there are many other users who want get the most out of your music and make it sound exactly how they want it. This is where the classic applications come in to equalize the sound to our liking.

If we search the Internet we can find dozens of applications to do it, although if we settle for a basic equalizer we may want to first look at what can be done with the one that comes by default in Windows 10 and its predecessors. Yes indeed, first you will have to find it, because it is so hidden that many users are not even aware of its existence.

Enabling the Windows default equalizer


The Windows sound equalizer has been in the same place for years and versions of the operating system. It is not an application itself but one of the properties of our sound configuration, so to get to it we will have to navigate between a few options. Of course, it is worth it because it is quite complete.

The first thing we will have to do is go to the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar. If we click on it, it will simply open the volume option, so we will have to right click and choose the option Playback devices. If you have Windows 10 it will be enough to write Sound in the start menu and enter the control panel that appears as the first option.

Speaker Properties

In the sound control panel all the reproduction devices of our sound system will appear. What we will have to do now is look for the option Speakers, right click on it and choose option Properties. In the window that will appear below we will look for the option * Improvements.

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In this tab several sound effects are listed, among which the one we are looking for is the Equalizer. When selecting it, below it we will see predetermined sound profiles such as Pop, Direct, Club or Rock, but we can also go further if we press the button of the three points that appears to your right.

Graphic Eq

Doing so we will access the Windows graphic equalizer, where in addition to continuing to play with the different sound profiles and modify them to our liking. When we find a configuration that suits our needs, on the right there is a button Keep with which to name it to add it to the list of profiles and activate it whenever we want.

Do you use Linux? You will have to download one

Press Audio

Unfortunately some of the more popular GNU / Linux distributions like Ubuntu don’t have native equalizers like Windows does. But luckily, it will be enough to type two or three commands in the terminal to iInstall one that has nothing to envy to Windows. The most popular of them is usually PulseAudio.

To install it in Ubuntu and derivatives it will be enough to type these two commands in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: psyke83 / ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

In Arch Linux we only need one command in the terminal, although I have added a second to add GTK environments to it.

pacman -S pulseaudio pacman -S paprefs pavucontrol

Other alternatives for Windows


But Windows users who can’t get enough of their native equalizer also have other third-party alternatives. One of them, for example, is Viper4Windows. Is about a free and open source tool that offers different sound effects and other add-ons such as equalizer with 18 bands, surround sound, Viper XBASS, Viper XClarity or convolutional reverb.

We also have other options, also free and open source, such as Realtek HD Audio for Windows and Linux, which allows us to configure the sound in headphones, speakers, microphone and line-in. It usually comes by default on many computers, and offers an audio manager with a 10-band equalizer and a good range of sound effects.

And finally we have other alternatives such as the multiplatform and complete Equalizer APO as complete as it is easy to use to be accessible to everyone, or a DFX Audio Enhancer that despite having a very 90s-looking UI offers very good results and a wide variety of sound effects.