More thumping bass? You came to the right place. Don't worry, you're not alone - not everyone are using bassy PC speakers / headphones. This instructables will teach you to add more bass without destroying the rest of the sound.
/**Updated on 23 Jul 2016**/
- Major revision in each steps.
Before we get started, let me tell you that I have tested dozens of "free" software on the market and even some paid ones with the sole purpose of adding bass to my speakers. This method may not be the easiest, but definitely is the better sounding among others.
What is bass?
Bass is low-frequency sound we associate with thumping (boom boom). Bass frequencies start at 20-200Hz, while human ears perceive frequencies from 20-20,000Hz. That is approximately just 1% in number, but we can 'hear' and distinguish lower frequencies (bass) easily such that it is very common we demand good thumping bass.
How to add more bass?
Well, perhaps the easiest way to add bass is to do the opposite: keep the bass at 0 and the reduce the others. That seems easy but trust me, not alot of software especially free ones are capable of doing that properly. Once you completed this instructables, you will hear the difference. The only drawback is that this instructables only work with music files on your computer.
Disclaimer: This instructables comes with a low risk of damaging your audio equipment such as blown speaker or amp. Do not attempt to change settings that are explicitly prohibited!
What you need:
- PC with Windows OS
- foobar2000 [See attachment] or Click here for my portable version with some plugins added.
- foobar2000 plugins [VST Adapter, SH-1 EQ & Voxengo SPAN]
- Working built-in / external sound device
- PC speakers preferably with a subwoofer (or headphones)
- Access to Tone Generator for initial testing
Before we begin with adding more bass, first we have to ensure that there are no issues to your speakers or subwoofer. No I don't mean if they're faulty or not, but whether they are working properly.
1.) Check if your speaker or subwoofer are "rotten"
The problem with all speakers is that they are prone to foam degradation, especially when left in a long period of time. If you have a rotten speaker / sub, do not continue as this will not help them sound better. You have to re-foam the speaker by getting a repair kit or send it to a professional.
2.) Find where your subwoofer sounds best
There is a thing called sweet-spot for subwoofer. A subwoofer can sound better in certain place depending on the room, so it may be better to find a spot that will allow your subwoofer to sound much better before we continue.
You can place it under the table, facing the wall, behind a cupboard etc to find out where your subwoofer sounds best. I have a downfiring subwoofer (Megaworks 550) that sounds better if I tilt it 90-degree. So I put a thick rubber feet on the left side of the subwoofer where the port is located and it sounds better below my old desk.
3.) Bass knob: MAX is not best!
For PC Speakers, most bass knob only act as either attenuation knob or fixed equalizer knob. Maxing this knob doesn't help you get more optimal bass. Find out which position gives you the smoothest bass. And then foobar2000 will take it from there.
4.) Test your subwoofer
Use this Online Tone Generator to check your subwoofer frequency response. Set your volume at your normal listening level, and listen to your subwoofer. You can start listening from 100Hz to 30Hz and figure out where you would want to add some bass. Ideally most PC speakers struggles at 60Hz and below, but if your speaker is small it may already struggle at 100Hz.
Warning: If your subwoofer is smaller than 6.5" you can stop at 40-50Hz instead to prevent damage.