If you are an audiophile, a heavy gamer, or just love to customize the sound on Windows 10, you might be looking for a sound equalizer app.
An equalizer can adjust the volume of specific audio frequencies – called bands – according to the preferences of the listener and the acoustics of the environment. For example, an equalizer will allow you to increase the bass when listening to dance music or increase the treble in a room that reacts to low frequency sounds.
But what is the best Windows 10 equalizer? Are there free equalizers for Windows 10? Read on to find out more.
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1. APO Equalizer
Our first recommendation is Equalizer APO. It’s the most powerful, customizable, and complete free sound equalizer you’ll find. The app works as a audio processing object (APO) , so if your audio uses APIs like ASIO or WASAPI, it won’t work.
The best features of Equalizer APO include unlimited filters, multi-channel usage, 3D surround sound support, and super low CPU usage. You can also create multiple profiles (maybe for your external speakers and headphones) and jump between them in a flash.
The big downside is the lack of a graphical user interface (GUI). You must modify the filters in a TXT file. Fortunately, there are several third party GUIs available. We recommend Peace Equalizer.
Download: Equalizer APO (free)
2. Equalizer Pro
Equalizer Pro is another popular choice. It is more user-friendly than Equalizer APO thanks to its clean and clutter-free interface.
The app offers a ten-band equalizer. It’s not nearly as much as some of the other sound EQs on this list and far behind professional music equipment that could provide 30 or more. However, this is more than enough for all but the most dedicated audiophiles.
Equalizer Pro comes with 20 presets, a system-wide bass boost feature, and the ability to save your own equalizer profiles. The app also offers preamp volume control. This means that you can tune a single band to boost low frequencies by needing to tweak each band individually.
Equalizer Pro is not free. You can take advantage of a seven-day trial, but after that you’ll have to pay $ 19.95 for the license.
Download: Equalizer Pro ($ 29.95, free trial available)
Viper4Windows is an open-source sound equalizer for Windows 10. It also works with Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1.
The equalizer offers 18 impressive bands; that’s as much as you can hope to find on a consumer computer equalizer. The bands ranges from -120 dB to 13 dB. As you would expect, you can create your own profiles or use one of the many presets available.
Viper4Windows also offers some functionality beyond sound equalization. They include:
- Room size: you can set the size of the room you are listening to and Viper4Windows will adjust the surround sound parameters accordingly.
- Bass Boost: The app offers an additional customizable boost to low-end sounds.
- Distortion control: you can choose from three presets or use the slider to change the control to decibels.
- Reverb Parameters: Viper4Windows offers parameters to control audio damping, density, bandwidth, decay, etc.
( Note: make sure to configure Viper4Windows to run in administrator mode. Right click on the application file and navigate to Properties> Compatibility> Settings> Run this program as administrator . This ensures that the equalizer will still work if another application is running the software. .)
Download: Viper4Windows (free)
The FXSound app is two tools in one. There’s the equalizer (and its associated effects) and the real-time audio processing function.
First, let’s take a look at the equalizer. It comes with 10 bands ranging from 110Hz to 15KHz. There are also customizable sliders for fidelity (to reduce muffled sound in compressed audio), ambience (to add extra stereo depth), surround sound, dynamic boost (to increase volume with increasing dynamic range) and bass boost. Preset profiles include Rap, Alternative Rock, Dialogue Boost, Country, Techno, and many more.
Real-time processing excels when listening to audio on the web. Internet audio is only 16 bit, but FXSound uses a 32 bit processor. The processor automatically adjusts the fidelity, ambience and surround sound of the audio, then re-dithers it to 16 bits. This allows the application to dramatically improve the theoretical limits of 16-bit web output.
FXSound offers a seven-day free trial. The full app costs a one-time payment of $ 49.99.
Download: FX Sound ($ 39.99, free trial available)
5. Voicemeeter Banana
If you work with a microphone a lot, maybe because you’ve started your own podcast or uploaded a lot of videos to YouTube, you should give Voicemeeter Banana a try.
From an equalizer perspective, the mixer allows you to adjust the audio input as well as the output. Therefore, if you broadcast your screen through Twitch, talk to family on Skype, or record a podcast with your friends, you can compensate for the microphone’s shortcomings by making the sound crisper and less distorted. You can play around with the equalizer settings in the main section of the app.
Voicemeeter Banana is donationware. You can pay whatever you want for the software, and you don’t have to pay anything at all.
Download: Voicemeeter Banana (free)
Boom3D is an equalizer app for Windows 10 and macOS.
The software is primarily designed for people who listen to audio from their computer through headphones. It can convert all of your audio output to 3D surround sound without additional hardware or amplifiers.
It also has one of the most advanced equalizers of any app on our list. The equalizer has 31 bands and dozens of freebies, which combine to deliver an immersive listening experience no matter what kind of audio you’re playing.
Download: Boom3D ($ 39.99)
7. Audio equalizer EQ
The EQ audio equalizer is slightly different from the other Windows 10 sound equalizers we’ve covered. Rather than being an EXE file that you download and run on the Windows operating system, EQ Audio Equalizer is a Chrome application.
There are pros and cons of being a Chrome app. On the downside, this will only work with audio produced from the Chrome web browser; it cannot change bands on your whole machine.
However, most people listen to the majority of their audio through Chrome on the desktop, be it YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, or whatever. The extension will also work on all your devices that are running Chrome and will not consume your system resources.
Download: EQ Audio Equalizer (free)
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Learn more about sound on Windows 10
Using a sound equalizer in Windows 10 is only part of the battle. There are many ways to change the audio output of the operating system as you like.