How to Create Equalizer Settings on VLC

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How to Create Equalizer Settings on VLC
VLC can play most audio files and runs on several platforms. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

VideoLAN's VLC media player has several preset equaliser settings for tweaking the way an audio file sounds. If you want to create custom equaliser settings, you may either edit a preset for a single session or change the basic settings of the equaliser. The first method reverts to the default settings after closing VLC Media Player, while the second permanently alters the equaliser configuration.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Temporary Settings

  1. 1

    Open VLC's "Tools" menu and click on "Effects and Filters," or press "Ctrl" and "E." Open the "Audio Effects" tab and select the Graphic Equalizer section.

  2. 2

    Check the "Enable" box to turn the Equalizer on. Click the "Preset" drop-down menu and choose the equaliser setting to use as a base for your customised configuration.

  3. 3

    Click and drag the bars to modify the equaliser settings. VLC's equaliser uses 10 bands from 60 Hz to 16 kHz. Drag the bars upward to magnify the audio at that frequency and drag them down to suppress the volume. Click "Close" when finished. The settings remain until you restart the system.

    Permanent Settings

  1. 1

    Click the "Tools" menu in VLC and select "Preferences" or press "Ctrl" and "P." Click the "All" radio button in the bottom-left corner.

  2. 2

    Click the "+" symbol to expand the Audio section and then the Filters subsection. Click on "Equalizer."

  3. 3

    Enter the desired equaliser settings in the Bands Gain window as numerals separated by a space. The numbers correspond to the decibels of gain for that band, with positive numbers representing a volume increase and negative numbers representing a volume decrease. Enter 10 numbers to specify each of the 10 bands of the equaliser. You may wish to reference the equaliser visual in the Audio and Effects window for the frequency values of each band. VLC accepts values between 20db and -20db.

  4. 4

    Click "Save" when finished to start using the custom equaliser settings. You can undo these changes by clicking the "Reset Preferences" button in the Preferences window.

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