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"Perfect" iTunes equalizer setting


I noticed a lot of people are favoriting this screen grab of the "Perfect" iTunes equalizer setting (I posted it to Flickr, so I won't keep forgetting it when I need it).


Ever since I saw this in that Mac OS X Hints article, I've used it as my default equalizer in iTunes -- it seems to give a nice pop to MP3 tracks in particular.

HOWTO and specific settings from the original article:

Open the equalizer, and from the pop-up menu, select "Make Preset." Call it "Perfect," because it is, and set the following levels, from left to right (skip the Preamp section):

db +3, +6, +9, +7, +6, +5, +7, +9, +11, +8 db

Andra's picture

This looks like a Loudness...

This looks like a Loudness Filter. When sound is played louder, our ears become more sensitive to low end and high end frequencies, and we tend to think that sounds cooler. Music is usually mixed at higher volume levels than your average working place settings, and so music tends to sound a bit thin when played at lower volume settings. Using these settings approaches the balance of loud audio, at lower volume settings.

If you're really interested, check out this wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal-loudness_contour

Still, like many others already pointed out, good audio is very dependent on source, gear, environment and listener. So the notion of "Perfect Settings" is kinda silly!

Yours, Andra




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