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Equalizer settings for rich sound

In the past I’ve made a special equalizer preset for super deep bass and people seem to like it quite a lot.

And here is a new preset I’ve been perfecting and testing for almost a year now and I think it’s ready for the public. I call it “Delta” preset because of the very peculiar symmetrical shape. And it comes in two flavors, Normal and Lite. See the dB (Decibel) values on the equalizer images so you can adjust it the same. The examples are for 10 step equalizers, you’ll have to condense it down on your own for 8 or less step equalizers.

Preset designed and tested on Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z with Altec Lansing MX5021 2.1 speakers. The EQ preset can be combined with other features like Crystalizer (found on Sound Blaster Z), but was in general designed to replace that on its own, making it more universal across devices that don’t have features like Crystalizer.

Delta Normal

EQ_Preset_DeltaNormal.png

Normal preset enriches the sound quite significantly and you’ll hear sounds you didn’t even think are there. It really brings details to life. Due to quite high mid range segment, it may create slight artifacts on some configurations of soundcards and speakers. You can recognize it as noise similar to “wah” effect being applied to vocals and sounds. If it’s bothering you too much, decrease the 500Hz and 1K Hz sliders a bit, preferably with same level.

Delta Lite

EQ_Preset_DeltaLite.png

As the name suggests, this is the same design as Normal preset, just with significantly lower boost values. It’s a more subtle effect that still slightly enriches the sound, but doesn’t go all out crazy. Shouldn’t create any audio artifacts.

Beyond Delta?

Now that you know the recipe, you can adjust the intensity of the effect on your own. In general both lower and upper frequency extremes should align with the mid range (in the middle). Then you adjust the curve between all three points. You can of course do it at different angles depending on your taste.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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.

EQ_DEEP_BASS

 

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.