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Make iTunes sound really good

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Configure your iTunes equalizer to make your music sound really good. Enjoy your music even more!

Note: Results vary depending on your speaker setup and the music you listen to.
 
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Step 1: Opening the equalizer

Open up iTunes, and from there, in the menu bar, go to view>show equalizer. (Under the Window menu in newer versions of iTunes).

The equalizer window should pop up.

Step 2: Input the settings

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Move the bars around so that they read, in order: +3, +6, +9, +7, +6, +5, +7, +9, +11, +8

Your equalizer should match this picture.

Step 3: Saving your settings

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Save this setting by clicking on the drop-down menu that says 'Manual' and then clicking 'Make Preset...' at the top of the menu.

A new window called Make Preset should pop up. Enter the name you want for this preset and click ok.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Try it out. Remember you can always reset it by going into the equalizer window and setting the preset to 'flat'.
abran51 year ago
thanks!
Tree Hugger2 years ago
sorry i meant to say i moved the slider labeled 250 all the way to the top. :)
Tree Hugger2 years ago
to make it really bass i set all of the sliders to the middle line except for the fourth one over labeled 250. It worked really well:)
Steeps53 years ago
Cool it does sound better!
Wow! It does sound better!
 awesome dude. sound fantastic
scott!4 years ago
Thanks it worked great! at first I didn't realize it, but it didn't take long.
PKTraceur4 years ago
Extremely clear on a large variety of songs. iTunes Equalizer mods FTW. -PKT
Good Job! It worked. Forget expensive equalizers! Only thing...it needs more bass.
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Thanks! Never noticed this. I updated the instructable.
PKM6 years ago
Interesting- I think of this as an unusual EQ setting because most of my music is breakbeat, funk, electronica, rock and other bass-heavy stuff. This shape I associate with jazz and acoustic or vocal-heavy music. For most of the genres above, on middle-of-the-road speakers or headphones I use a shape I call The Wave- it's roughly +3, +2, +1, 0, -1, 0, +1, +1, 0, -1 and it works nicely with rock/metal (if you have speakers capable of reproducing that much bass). For the record, what genres are you listening to with this EQ, and what sort of speakers/headphones are you using?
zapconquest (author)  PKM5 years ago
I mostly listen to classic rock, but I also listen to folk music, funk, techno, electronic, and rap on the standard iMac speakers (not too great).
defiant15 years ago
Also depends widely on your receiver and speaker arrangement.
chinnerz5 years ago
makes techno and rap sound good!! but its not so good for metal/hardrock, or at least when you got it on max volume. i give it a 4 star rating
Bartboy6 years ago
Nice but you need nice speakers for it to have a good effect
builder2.06 years ago
Nice. I think it's cool because it's quick.
Spawnminion6 years ago
This is awesome it amps you music louder and gives it a unique sound I love it... and Lam_lam_guy, that another cool ppreset that works great.:D
if you want to amp your music... simply raise the preamp bar. that said, Equalization really is not a universal thing that you can just set everything you own to "the ultimate," as there is no "ultimate." Generally on standard cheap speakers, loud lows and highs with quieter mids gives you a pretty crisp sound. But this is subject to the music, specific speakers you are using, and somewhat personal preference.
unjust6 years ago
in terms of use of an eq, you should be adding and subtracting from the 0, not using the eq to affect the overall volume. that said, artists (and their producers) spend thousands of dollars paying very skilled artists and engineers to get their music to sound how they intend for you to listen to it as. if you want music to sound better, get better head phones, or speakers, and use the eq to tune to them to a flat response, and then tweak it to your preference. from the looks of your eq you're listening on speakers or ear buds with no low end capabilities, you're pretty young, and listening with the volume high enough you're getting distortion.
how do you tune your speakers to have a flat response?
in very coarse terms: you take a microphone that you know how sensitive it is to every frequency. you place that infront of your speakers and play a known sound (typically pink noise) through the speakers without -any- equalization. you then use a real time analyzer to determine what frequencies the speakers are under or over performing at, and eq them to flat. the idea there being that whatever you put into the system you'll get out, and from there you can actually make meaningful choices as to what you're hearing. you can do all of that with a computer with a good sound card. you should be able to rent a test mic from a real audio store (guitar center might) and programs like protools free or audacity should manage the rest.
Lam_lam_guy6 years ago
haha wow this thing is great!
temp6 years ago
if you put all down except for the last four it sounds like an oldtime radio. nice instructable i did it and liked it.
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