How To Balance a Graphic Equalizer

A graphic equalizer is the way to go when you want to adjust the sound that’s coming from your audio, for instance, if you prefer more bass or treble in the sound. This is what makes it possible but make sure that if you want to adjust it so it achieves the highest (or loudest) volume that you live in a place where neighbors are hundreds of meters away from you or it’s the police who’ll come knocking on your door from a complaint.

Now then here’s how you can learn to balance a graphic equalizer without calling a sound technician:

  • Get a calibration disc. It is not possible to calibrate your audio equipment by simply listening to the sound output. To achieve your objective you must make use of a calibration disc. One of the best out there is Ovation Multimedia Avia disc that’s going to set you back $50.00 but the instructional guide that you will get from it is clear, easy to follow, and is complete even inclusive of more than one calibration test that you can use any time you need to repeat this task in the future.
  • Purchase a decibel meter. A.k.a. a sound level meter or DB meter. This will accurately measure noise quality from your audio equipment including your equalizer.
  • Get to know the kind of calibration that you need to do to achieve task success.
    • Main speaker setup
    • Subwoofer setup
    • Audio verification/evaluation
    • Audio reference tones

In addition, you need not bother with the video aspects of the equalizer since this is not significant to what you want to complete. Once balanced, the pixels will rearrange entirely.

  • Insert the calibration disc in the CD player. Run it.
  •  Position the decibel meter where you normally place it when you listen to music. For example, if you listen while sprawled in your couch, place the DB meter next to you.
  • Begin testing the sound quality by using the calibration disc and the DM meter as your guide. While the calibration disc is running, look at how the DB meter records the sound quality coming from your equalizer. You goal is to achieve a crystal clear sound quality. The calibration disc will check for test tones that will balance your equalizer.
  • Stop when you have achieved a balanced and flat sound. You have to make sure there are no excessive tones or irregular boosts coming from your equalizer.

Here are some additional tips that might help you as well:

  • Minimize the effects from the equalizer. Better yet, bring all the bands down to its lowest setting or at zero so that you can start calibrating without any effects.
  • Bring your ears closer to the speaker when it’s been calibrated. This will get you more attuned to its present state. Just make sure the equalizer is not on full tilt.

You should not encounter annoying feedback as you begin to turn the volume up after calibration. Indeed, it is very pleasurable to listen to music when it’s clear and beautiful but it will take a balancing act to achieve the proper kind of sound quality.


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