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Gig Goer
Carlos_vr
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-09-2012

Equalizer mac

Hi there! i´am trying to equalize my mac and i cant find any program fot it. Could anyone help me with this? i know there are some windows software for it (equalice spotify), but does exist any for mac?

thanks!

Gig Goer
AmusedToDeath
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎05-09-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

I was looking for the same thing. I tried an app called Boom, available from the App Store which, among other things, gives you a system-wide equaliser for your sound output (I found it's primary function - boosting your system volume - to be useless and turned that off). It worked as advertised, but I eventually found it too intrusive and simplistic for my liking. It should work fine for casual use though. 
To be honest, I don't understand why there isn't a system-wide EQ built into OSX. Just look how many audio professionals use Macs!

Gig Goer
Carlos_vr
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-09-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

Thanks for the reply! i´ve tried and it works good. But i think it´s an expensive app for the features it gives... (very basic). I agree with you, i can´t understand why apple doesn´t have integrated any equaliser.  As many people i like to hear music and I have good studio monitors for the audio but i´am not a profesional in it. I work exclusively with video systems and for me this audio sys only serve me as a guide.

But is good for standard users.

K regards!!

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paigegarrison
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎12-09-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

I personally did this for my macbook pro at work and I love it!

 

http://www.dctrwatson.com/2011/06/os-x-system-equalizer/

 

It takes a little setup and fiddling, but once you get it the payoff is definitely worth it. The sound is so much richer, deeper, and overall better with a system wide EQ.

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mtl83
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎15-09-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

I tried this workaround (a few times!) but i cannot get rid of this persistent buzzing sound. As soon as I route audio through soundflower and to AU Lab I get a buzz. Very frustrating and I can't get around it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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macphreak
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎03-10-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

Easily the best one for the Mac is the DSP plugin:

https://store.dpsplugin.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=51

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monking
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎01-11-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

[ Edited ]

I decided to buy Audio Hijack, from Rogue Amoeba, which costs $32. It's designed to record audio from any source, including system audio. You do this by "hijacking" the audio, and then recording. However, you can choose to simply hijack, and filter the audio, and not record.

 

The app comes bundled with dozens of filters, and the one that works for me is the AudioUnit Effect Graphic EQ. If you go this route, here's what you need to do:

  1. Create a new source by clicking the "+" at the bottom left of the app.
  2. Use Source Type: Application, and select Spotify from the list (it should appear if Spotify is already running. If it's not, then you can look up the app).

  3. In the "Effects" tab, add an effect and choose AudioUnit Effect > Apple > AUGraphicEQ.

  4. Click "Hijack" at the top left, and now your audio is filtered.

Audio Hijack may request to install the InstantOn, which saves having to close and reopen applications to hijack their audio. I personally trust the developers, and the app has been around for a long time, so I have no problem doing this. It's up to you, of course.

 

The default EQ offers 31 bands, which is too much for me, so I chose 10 bands from the option at the bottom left of the EQ.

 

This works great for me. Plus, I've been meaning to buy the software for a long time, and never really needed it.

Audio Hijack + Spotify

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neurospex
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎13-11-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

[ Edited ]

The equalizer you're using via Audio Hijack is straight from AU Lab which is free from Apple

http://www.dctrwatson.com/2011/06/os-x-system-equalizer/

 

I fully respect both Audio Hijack and the creator Rogue Amoeba, but for the average user just looking for an EQ, the exact same one is available for free.

 

AU Lab EQ

Gig Goer
Carlos_vr
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-09-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

Hey, thanks to everybody! i just tried Boom EQ and it doesn´t look bad at all. You can equlize any software playing. I will try Audio Hijack ,)

Thnks again!

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neurospex
Posts: 10
Registered: ‎13-11-2012

Re: Equalizer mac

Audio Hijack offers nothing new for your EQ needs that Soundflower + AU Lab doesn't offer for free, they're using the exact same chunk of software for the EQ.

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