How to Save VLC Equalizer Settings

Written by jason artman
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The VLC media player software has a built-in 10-band graphic equaliser that you can use to adjust the audio response of your music within different frequency bands. If you do not explore all the options in VLC's Preferences menu, it may not be obvious that VLC also has the ability to save equaliser presets. Although saving your equaliser preferences in VLC takes some effort, it can save a great deal of work in the long run because it will prevent you from needing to re-enter your settings each time you launch the program.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch VLC, and click the "Show Extended Settings" button at the bottom of the window to display the graphic equaliser. If you do not see the equaliser, click the "Audio Effects" tab and then click the "Graphic Equalizer" tab below it.

  2. 2

    Adjust the equaliser until you are happy with the settings. If you use the "Preamp" slider on the left side of the equaliser, set it at your preferred level as well. Below each slider, VLC displays a value in decibels to reflect the positive or negative adjustment that you have applied. For example, the far left slider might display the frequency "60 Hz" and the decibel value "4.0 dB" if you have raised it slightly.

  3. 3

    Write down the decibel value displayed below each equaliser band, from left to right. Record the decibel value below the "Preamp" slider as well -- but keep it separated from the other values. Close the equaliser.

  4. 4

    Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the VLC window, and then click "Preferences."

  5. 5

    Click the "All" radio button under "Show Settings" in the lower-left corner of the window.

  6. 6

    Click the triangle next to "Audio" on the left side of the window, and then click the triangle next to "Filters." Click "Equalizer."

  7. 7

    Click the drop-down menu next to "Equalizer Preset," and select the name of a preset that you do not use. By saving your equaliser settings, you will overwrite the settings for the preset that you select.

  8. 8

    Click the field next to "Global Gain," and enter the value that you recorded below the "Preamp" slider of the graphic equaliser.

  9. 9

    Click the field next to "Bands Gain," and type each equaliser decibel value that you recorded in Step 3, placing a space between each one. For example, the completed field might look like "4.0 0.0 -2.0 0.4," and so on until you have entered all 10 values.

  10. 10

    Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the window. To restore your settings after opening VLC in the future, open the equaliser and select the preset that you have saved the values under.

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