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Looking for some pointers and resources on how to enjoy my new frequency equalizer!

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I recently bought a Technics SH-8020 Stereo Frequency Equalizer from a garage sale for $10. I run the signal from my computer into the equalizer, then to a receiver, then into my headphones (Bose QC15). I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile, I can't afford the hobby, my setup is pretty haphazard, but I get by. I have fun streaming 320kbps MP3 files from a forum I get most of my music from and messing with the different frequency bands, trying to get an ear for what's what and really bringing out what I like most in different songs and giving them different feelings and qualities all together. 

 

I'm pretty new to EQs, frequencies, etc. As it is I start everything off normal, play the song, follow a cheat sheet to which frequencies are responsible for what, then try and get to that sweet spot. I mostly listen to Future Garage, Juke/Footwork, Deep Dubstep, Tech-House, and Electro House. I'm looking for some pointers or links to some resources for using an equalizer to tweak electronic songs specifically. It has 12 bands for a left and right side; 16hz, 31.5hz, 63hz, 125hz, 250hz, 500hz, 1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k, 32k.

 

So, to clarify, a resource or tips for use of an equalizer just for personal listening as a dedicated component. Do people do this? That is, mess with an equalizer like this while listening to music? If a track is mastered, hasn't the EQ been tweaked with already? Or is the point to equalize it for your specific headphones? 

 

I've done some extensive searching and like I said, I get by, but I've always wanted to jump in on this community, just thought now was a good chance :) 

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The idea is to calibrate your frequency response so it's balanced. However, that is going to be impossible to do with electronic music. You will either need to run test tones to find the balance or adjust using acoustic, non-amplified music that you can adjust by ear to sounding natural. Otherwise, just play with it and see what you like.

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The idea is to calibrate your frequency response so it's balanced. However, that is going to be impossible to do with electronic music. You will either need to run test tones to find the balance or adjust using acoustic, non-amplified music that you can adjust by ear to sounding natural. Otherwise, just play with it and see what you like.

 

Thanks, I'm definitely just playing it by ear to accentuate parts of the song that really catch my attention. One song might be all about the pads and I want to give them enough room, maybe tone down the sub-bass and make it a bit more punchier; so I'm not really going for accuracy or balance, just for fun. That's why I don't consider myself much of an audiophile, I'm sure most of what I'm doing is considered some kind of sacrilege. 

 

So most people use equalizers to achieve sonic accuracy, to balance out or compensate for something? I've found a nice cheat sheet by the way, something along the lines of what I'm looking for

http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/FM_clubmix_dsktp.jpg

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Yes, all headphones and speakers have a certain degree of deviation from a balanced response. The idea is that if you are able to compensate for that and correct it, all music will sound better without having to readjust all the time.

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