You must love double posting You can try the graphic equalizer component for f2k. It's much better than the stock equalizer that comes with f2k. That's what I was using before Electri-Q and it works great. Right now, Electri-Q seems like a very accurate equalizer, but the VST plugin is kinda buggy, giving me random crashes when adjusting the curve. It's only happened twice, so It's not that big a deal.
I think I found the best way to eq the bass:
1. Download the attachment. I did the hard work and exported frequencies 20Hz-100Hz. They all last 20sec. each.
20-100.zip 1,710k .zip file
2. Extract the files, put them somewhere, and load them up in Foobar (I'm only doing this eq guide for foobar)
3. Create a new playlist in foobar, and drop the 20-100Hz files in it
4. Highlight the files (Ctrl+A), right click in the highlighted area, click replay gain, click scan per-file track gain. Let it do it's thing and update tags. This step is very important. You HAVE to have replay gain for everything in order to optimize the bass.
5. Find the volume you're most comfortable listening to and leave it there. This includes the volume control on your amp and in foobar. You could do like me and leave the amp at the same volume, and only adjust the volume in foobar. If you have a bass switch on it, it's up to you if you want to use it or not.
6. Open up the equalizer of your choice. The Graphic equalizer that I linked above is good, and Electri-Q is good too, but a bit harder to use and install if you don't know how to load VST plugins in foobar.
7. Use the 20-100Hz files and calibrate the bass so that you have the best balance between quality and quantity. I did mine so that it's somewhat close to the verge of clipping (or when the driver physically distorted). That way, I know that I'm getting the most bass possible at the volume I set it at (that volume you set is now your max volume). There are some songs that I'm able to adjust the volume higher without clipping, but it's good where it's at, and it's much better than what it was before.
7a. Be careful with frequencies 50Hz onwards. They really rattle your eardrums. With 60Hz, it feels like someone is lightly blowing in my ears when I pull the headphones away from me a few millimeters. Gotta love SPL. I had to put the headphones around my neck and put the driver away from my ears on the frequencies 40Hz and up because my ears started feeling funny. You should still be able to hear any distortions when you have them away from your ears.
7b. What you're basically doing is calibrating the lower frequencies so that they are as equal as possible in loudness without clipping. This way, on every song you play, you will have the highest amount of clean bass throughout all frequencies. In other words, if you have that problem with some songs that distort at, let's say 40Hz, but 60Hz sounds fine, this method of equalizing will fix that. This is because all of the songs have replay gain on them (89dB on all songs-every song has equal loudness), and the eq is optimized to bring out every inch of bass possible at the volume you set without distorting.
8. Test out a variety of bassy songs and make some minor adjustments to any frequencies that are still clipping. For me, the 80-100Hz was about a dB too high. After I lowered them, it sounds golden.
After I did this, my equalizer looks much more realistic (basshead's perspective), and I don't have any more clipping problems. The volume you set is basically your 100% now because if you go any higher than that, the bass will start clipping (if you calibrated it to the brink of distortion). Here's an after pic:
Although my curve is smaller than last time, my volume is also higher, so it balances out in the end. I'm not using the second eq as shown in my last post. I set my volume to -6dB on foobar and calibrated the bass at that volume.
If you're interested and you need more details, feel free to ask.
Edited by Trae - 2/16/13 at 12:59pm