Equalizer settings for deep bass

I have a decent set of speakers, slightly older but still superb set. Altec Lansing MX5021 is a THX certified speaker set which outputs some very good bass. But sometimes even that just isn’t enough when you want to pump out that proper deep bass. You know, for explosions that shake up the entire room/house and doesn’t overdrive the subwoofer? Yup, this is exactly that.

After several weeks of testing in music, movies and games, I’ve come to an interesting finding.

The only thing that counts are the first 4 equalizer (EQ) sliders. It doesn’t matter how many sliders there are in the EQ, always focus on first four sliders. The picture above is from my Sound Blaster Z control panel, but it will work just the same in any other EQ.

Now as you can see from the image, that’s how you have to set it for a deep thumping bass.

I usually make 3 presets with different bass depth levels (going from left to right, first 4 sliders in decibel – dB) so I can quickly change the bass as needed.

Mini Bass
+1 +2 -2 -1

Medium Bass
+2 +4 -4 -2

Deep Bass
+4 +8 -8 -4

Be aware that using very high levels like the Deep Bass preset, will take away tiny part of the sound presence and will make it sound slightly different (compared to Flat preset), but the outcome will be a spectacular deep bass. Result will also vary depending on the speakers you’re using, so don’t expect too much from some generic 2.0 speakers with 5000W of PMPO power…

These settings can also be applied to hardware devices if they support equalizer like the one found on computers. I remember seeing it on some DVD players and LCD TV’s and even portable MP3/MP4 players, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to test it out yet. If you do have such device, give it a try and let me know how it works.

Update 2016.10.16

Created new EQ preset that focuses on entire audio spectrum. Check it out here.

15 thoughts on “Equalizer settings for deep bass

  1. I found this settings to be good for any kind of House or Techno:
    +3; +6; -3; -1; -1; 0; 1; 3; 4; 5; also use DFX Enhancer with Settings: Fidelity: 4; Ambiance: 4; 3D Sourround: 2; Dynamic Boost: 1; Hyperbass: Off. Hope this helps.


    1. Well, values above zero enhance certain frequencies, zero is neutral and below zero means you’ll remove them. So, if you want to get rid of the bass, move first 3 or so sliders below zero, far down to entirely eliminate bass. I can only see this useful if you want to hear voice/speech over all other sounds like ambient noises, ambient music and other ambient effects. It’ll make the sound rather dull (we call it goat that’s pissing on a thin metal plate😀 ).


  2. You asked for someone to test it on another device. Well I have been looking for different deep bass settings, so far yours has done me well. Im using just an LG Optimus F6 with a pair of Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 and the sound is surely optimal for deep bass.

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    1. I’m working on a new EQ preset. I’ve been using it for quite a while and has been tuned across different mediums (movies, games and electronic dance/vocal trance music). It dramatically boosts bass, mid range and partially high range. Music without it just sounds so dull and empty. Gonna release it soon hopefully…


  3. Pedi dn ba mag ka deep bass ang gamit kong Amplifier ay XenonPro-XA840 ang speaker ko ay dalawang 450watts8ohms at isang subwoofer 200watts4ohms


    1. I’m about to release new preset I’ve mentioned few replies above. Been testing it for ages and kinda forgot to share it with you guys. It’s not focused on bass as much as it goes across entire EQ spectrum, enriching audio quite dramatically. And it’s universal across all media, music, movies and games. Make sure to re-check my blog in like half an hour time for it…


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