The fifteen best equalizers for Windows 10.
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Audience: all users. Cost: free. Number of Bands: 10.
Realtek sound cards are in almost all models of computers. Usually with the drivers for these audio cards is installed and Realtek HD Audio Manager – a common and affordable equalizer. Also the PC manufacturers can provide this program in its shell.
You won’t need any special knowledge to customize the sound on Realtek HD Audio Manager. You can not only set the ratio of high, medium and low frequencies, but also enable the function of noise and echo cancellation, work with multi-streaming playback, to simulate different sound environments – from the street to an empty room.
Naturally, this application is not suitable for professional work with sound. But with the basic tasks it copes well.
2. Equalizer APO.
Audience: amateurs, craftsmen. Cost: free. Number of Bands: fifteen or 31.
Probably the best equalizer for Windows 10. Open-source project lets you fine tune your system’s audio characteristics and get a fresh perspective on your favorite tracks.
With Equalizer APO you can create different acoustic profiles and use them as you need. The app is light on resources, so you’re comfortable even on a weak PC.
The simple and logical interface of the Equalizer APO will make it easy to understand even for a newcomer. Layout of modules on the display can be customized or use ready-made shells made by enthusiasts. In addition, the Equalizer APO has the ability to measure the characteristics of sound and see them in graphs, as well as create their own filters and use VST-plugins.
3. PC Equalizer.
Audience: amateurs. Cost: free. Number of Bands: 10-20.
Equalizer with an intuitive interface with nothing superfluous. It focuses on working with static frequencies and allows you to filter sound in real time.
PC Equalizer has built-in presets for different tasks and music genres. Supports effects like echo, delay and reverb.
You can create your own configurations and link them to other players. It’s convenient if you listen to music in good old Winamp, use Windows Media Player for movies and VLC Player for TV-series with subtitles.
Audience: amateurs. Cost: free of charge. Number of Bands: 18.
A simple, logical, but quite powerful equalizer developed by Chinese enthusiast and musician Aifi Wong.
Viper4Windows supports reverb mode. There is also an integrated audio compressor – it allows you to compress the dynamic range of the song, to reduce the difference between the quietest and the most audible sound of the track, to even out its sound.
Among the disadvantages of Viper4Windows is only the interface: it is understandable, but not very successful. But overall equalizer is noteworthy and helps quickly and accurately adjust the sound on your PC. True, some users have difficulties with installation.
5. Breakaway Audio Enhancer.
Audience: masters. Cost: 29.95 bucks, there is a free trial period of thirty days. Number of bands: undefined (works through pre-made presets).
Pro EQ that supports real-time digital remastering. It emulates a sound card with a wide range of features. On a weak PC the consumption of resources will be noticeable, but the output will be very rich and captivating sound.
In Breakaway Audio Enhancer “out of the box” there are quite a lot of presets that allow you to simulate different acoustic patterns. The automatic adjustment of the loudspeakers volume and spectral balancing is supported.
The program is based on a modern dynamic microprocessor. It includes four to seven bands, can cut thousands of times a second, intelligently boost low levels and control high volume sounds in real time. Only one drawback: you can’t adjust the stripes manually.
6. FXSound 2.
Audience: amateurs. Cost: one hour per day for free, unlimited from 9.99 bucks a year. Number of Bands: 10.
A sleek equalizer with an attractive interface. Allows you to adjust the sound and use the configuration not only for players, but also for browsers, games and other applications. So you can listen to music on a new high quality level and achieve a full immersion in the gameplay.
FXSound Two has presets for all occasions, as well as ready-made modes, such as headphones. Algorithmic efficiency of the program is higher than analogues – especially in terms of bass performance.
We are developing the pro version. It promises the latest rendition system, support for up to twenty bands, manual option of effects and presets saving.
7. Pushtec EQ VST.
Audience: masters. Cost: free. Number of bands: 6.
Equalizer with an unusual analog interface. Regardless of its apparent simplicity, this program is valued by craftsmen. After all, it helps to make the sound just magical.
Equalizer switches change position smoothly, so they can be adjusted quite finely. Invert the appropriate parameter in one click – it often speeds up your work.
What’s unusual here is the effects kit. For example, there is a radio mode: your voice or track will sound as if you listen to it in the speakers of the radio.
8. Voxengo Marvel GEQ.
Audience: masters. Cost: free of charge. Number of Bands: 16.
Powerful equalizer with wide possibilities for creativity. Allows you to customize the sound of each track within a track or entire file, and quickly associate results with different options. Channels can be changed by combining them into groups – a feature appreciated by wizards who work with tracks of 10s.
Voxengo Marvel GEQ supports all sample rates, 64-bit signal, multichannel stereo systems. In it you can work with channel routing, do linear-phase filtering and flexibly adjust the sound format 5.1.
Compensated processing delay is only nine msec. Also note the simplicity of the interface options, the support for different color schemes and the comparability with a wide range of audio editors.
9. Razer Surround.
Audience: players. Cost: no charge, but you need a code from the box of headphones Razer Kraken X or Razer Kraken. Number of Bands: 8.
Equalizer for imitating surround sound in headphones. It was designed specifically for gamers who use Razer headsets. You need the code on the box of the headset to use it-or, if you don’t find the activation code on the box, you can register your headset on the RazerID website.
The software works great with 7.1 and provides a fully immersive gaming experience. It does not require a long option and special knowledge. At the output you get a clear placement of sound in the game and can hear both teammates and enemies only clearly.
10. a. o. m. tranQuilizr.
Audience: masters. Cost: from eighty-nine bucks. Number of Bands: 6.
Fascinating equalizer, which is especially good for processing low frequencies – bass, drum (drum) tracks and not only. Works clean, allows you to quickly adjust all the necessary sound characteristics, includes a clear high-pass and low-pass filters.
Unlike conventional equalizers, for example software based on bilinear transformation, this version does not distort the sound curve and does not add unnecessary sound coloring. According to the developers, the unique methods a. o. m. tranQuilizr methods provide truly transparent sound.
The software supports automatic gain compensation and multi-channel systems, and includes graphical and linear double range analyzers. The output is good sound, untainted and well-powered. The equalizer interface is very clear: all the necessary tools at your fingertips and the color curve helps you better understand the made configurations.
11. FabFilter Pro Q3.
Audience: craftsmen. Cost: from three hundred and seventy nine bucks, there is a free 30-day trial. Number of bands: 24.
Equalizer for surgical sound processing – the most expensive in the selection. It is suitable for professional mastering tracks and includes a unique filters that can be used immediately or slightly tweak – depending on your needs.
The equalizer lets you set different curves for different frequencies. Zero delay offers the highest transparency and accuracy, but you can also switch to linear phase mode with adjustable delay.
You also find here a real-time frequency analyzer. And you can create new frequency spectra for the option by dragging and dropping the curve.
12. SLY-Fi Axis EQ.
Audience: masters. Price: ninety-nine bucks for a software purchase or from twelve bucks a month for a subscription, there is a free trial with no time limit for non-commercial use. Number of Bands: 8.
Nice equalizer for processing synths, bass, and vocals. True, there is no high pass and low pass filters, but SLY-Fi Axis EQ adds a nice saturation and the sound becomes richer and warmer.
The program was created on the basis of an unusual hardware equalizer, released four hundred five years ago, and has already acquired some features. For example, they added a saturation control to overload the tuned operational amplifier. The result is a very rich distortion and a fat, very consistent sound with the famous Sly-Fi!
In addition to the stepped configuration of the characteristics, there is also the UBK mode. In this mode all frequency and gain controls can be adjusted more precisely.
13. Clariphonic DSP MKii.
Audience: masters. Price: one hundred ninety-nine bucks, there is a free 10-day trial. Number of Bands: not defined.
An ordinary looking equalizer, but in fact it only handles vocals and instruments for which you need to add transparency to the highest frequencies. Helps to create untainted mixes and individual tracks that become part of a complex composition.
The software will allow you to capture the spirit of soft and expressive analogue sound with jewel-like precision. The interface is unusual – taken from the hardware equalizer of the same name.
In general, Clariphonic DSP MKii is faster addition to the set of software for professional work with sound: it is unlikely you can use it to solve all the tasks of mastering. But the way he works with the voice and guitar parts deserves the attention of professional sound engineers.
14. iZotope Ozone 9.
Audience: masters. Price: from one hundred twenty nine bucks, there’s a free 10-day trial. Number of bands: flexibly adjustable.
Equalizer with analog and digital modes for professional mastering. Gives you an untainted sound with virtually no distortion. Comfortable for group processing of tracks, rumble removal, separation of instruments in the mix in real time.
iZotope Ozone Nine uses Artificial Intelligence for sound processing. Master Assistant mode lets you give your tracks a modern or vintage feel, also provides the right volume for streaming audio.
In iZotope Ozone Nine you can work in parallel with different files, use VST- and AU-plugins. Use the equalizer by itself or as a plug-in for audio editors.
The software also supports comprehensive sound analysis. You can see a 3D-spectrogram or stereo sound field, see the volume history, use the range analyzer and other professional tools.
15. BX Digital V3.
Audience: masters. Price: two hundred and ninety-nine bucks, fourteen days free trial. Number of lanes: 11.
Almost the most professional option in the set. The number of options and “knobs” boggles the eye, and even experts sometimes find it hard to understand at once. But this equalizer really allows you to do practically anything with the sound and works with frequencies up to forty kHz.
The newest version has updated the dynamic equalizer, added new Q-filters and six cut filters (three per channel). As a result, you can work with sound with surgical precision, create professional mixes, enhance soundtracks for movies and postproduction.
EQ has two separate workspaces for mixing and mastering. Sound visualization tools let you independently pan the middle and side channels of a track, expand a stereo picture, swap left and right channels.
Ultra-transparent filters do not actually distort the sound. They minimize phase shift and frequency masking to provide sharper, more focused mixes and master tracks.