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post #1 of 7
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I downloaded VSTHost a free program which is said to run VST plug-ins but after I installed VSTHost the manual on how it worked was nonexistent even though it appeared in the menu.

 

So can anyone here help me to get it to work?

 

The VSTHost  program I am talking about can be found here.

 

And the plug-in I would like to plug-in is a parametric equalizer which can be found here.

 

post #2 of 7

Well, what are you trying to do with VSThost?

 

If you're trying to use the EQ to listen to music, you can't use VSThost (well, you can't use it conveniently). Instead, find a music player that supports VST plugins (e.g. Foobar2000), or use a virtual loopback like VAC

 

Or, if you want a systemwide parametric equalizer, just use http://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/ - That doesn't have a graphical interface, but someone on head-fi made one that fits: http://jiiteepee.tripod.com/peqgui-10mc.html


Edited by higbvuyb - 1/25/14 at 11:42pm
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Well, what are you trying to do with VSThost?

 

If you're trying to use the EQ to listen to music, you can't use VSThost (well, you can't use it conveniently). Instead, find a music player that supports VST plugins (e.g. Foobar2000), or use a virtual loopback like VAC

 

Or, if you want a systemwide parametric equalizer, just use http://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/ - That doesn't have a graphical interface, but someone on head-fi made one that fits: http://jiiteepee.tripod.com/peqgui-10mc.html

What I am trying to do is watch music videos after I have equalized my surprisingly good sounding Plantronics 780 headset. I believe this headset meets the requirements of being from mid to high quality of the headphone equalization Fred on these forms. The music player he suggested a Foobar2000 appears to be a music player only and not a video player although it does support the VST plugins. If there was something like that that played videos that would work.

 

I have been trying to install the software you suggest, but from reading most all of the thread "A free parametric equalizer for Windows Vista, 7, and 8 that doesn't need ASIO or VST" where I believe the equalizer you recommend was introduced to this form community I am not sure if I am making any progress in installing the "Equalizer APO" I do not see anything in the Windows 7 sound configuration panel although I do see my Plantronics headset listed as a checkbox in the installation configuration option panel. I selected it in that panel, but see nothing in the Windows 7 sound configuration panel. So I would greatly appreciate more help or suggestions on how to get a parametric equalizer that will work well for watching music videos.

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OK
I had started an additional request for help after reading all the replies from the thread that I believe first introduced this community to the Equalizer APO it appeared to me some of the replies refer to seeing  Equalizer APO in Windows 7 audio panel. But doing a lot of searching on the web I finally came up with a Google search on this "Equalizer APO / Documentation Wiki / Documentation" which yields a wiki on Equalizer APO. Reading in that wiki I now see I do indeed have this equalizer in series with my Plantronics 780 headset even though I cannot see it in the Windows 7 audio panel. Apparently some members of this community which installed Equalizer APO could see an indication  that equalizes present there. But I cannot. However I found out from the wiki I can repeatedly save a text file and here that the equalizer is indeed there.

 

So this is an edited version of the question I was asking saying I do not have any questions for the moment.


Edited by bbmiller - 1/27/14 at 2:32am
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OK
I had started an additional request for help after reading all the replies from the thread that I believe first introduced this community to the Equalizer APO it appeared to me some of the replies refer to seeing  Equalizer APO in Windows 7 audio panel. But doing a lot of searching on the web I finally came up with a Google search on this "Equalizer APO / Documentation Wiki / Documentation" which yields a wiki on Equalizer APO. Reading in that wiki I now see I do indeed have this equalizer in series with my Plantronics 780 headset even though I cannot see it in the Windows 7 audio panel. Apparently some members of this community which installed Equalizer APO could see an indication  that equalizes present there. But I cannot. However I found out from the wiki I can repeatedly save a text file and here that the equalizer is indeed there.

 

So this is an edited version of the question I was asking saying I do not have any questions for the moment.

That's all correct. It uses a text file for configuration. However this program (http://jiiteepee.tripod.com/peqgui-10mc.html) will give you a graphical interface for EqualizerAPO which you may like more.

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higbvuyb
I am going to repeat a question I asked on a new thread I have started this newbie threads area because you are following this thread and may be you will give me a answer where the other thread is not being responded to. I do not know if that is considered something wrong but here goes.

 

Using PEQUI-10MC with "Equalizer APO" help please

 

Hello
I have had some limited success using the parametric equalizer "Equalizer APO" to equalize a headphone, however if I could get the GUI recommended to me of PEQUI-10MC running further improvement with my headphone equalization would go quicker I believe. So could you help me please? The things I am not sure about is

 

1.executable file EXE available for PEQUI-10MC. 

 

2.is this some sort of C++ runtime dependency which would require me to download what it said to be written with "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express in 32-bit Windows Vista"

 

3. How do you achieve this ("If the path line found in peqgui10mc.ini points to the folder where config.txt of EqualizerAPO is located, it's possible to use this GUI as kind of realtime EQ.") I mean the pointing mentioned in the parentheses which is a quote from the page on PEQUI-10MC .


higbvuyb - if you could answer that question or suggest where is the best place to post it on Head-Fi forums I would appreciate it? If you could do the same on the following I would appreciate that to?

 

I do not know if my 63 year old age is causing me increasingly high-frequency hearing loss in connection with another medical matter I was given a hearing test about 10 years ago with a audiologist stating I have a little high-frequency hearing loss but nothing to worry about or unusual for my age. I am wondering if I am risking my new headset or hearing if I compensate for possible hearing loss on the highs perhaps compensating for high frequency hearing I never even had as a young man. I mean I will post the text file I am using with Equalizer APO to equalize my headphones and perhaps my hearing too. As of now I am not compensating all the way up to 15 K but I am hearing a drop-off in sound levels before I get to that frequency. With my present equalization I am hearing tremendous we good soundstage. I mean when two singers are alternately singing 2 feet apart the placement of their voices seem as it is actually moving 2 feet. I am also wondering if I were to start compensating on the low-end I mean very low-end to extend the frequency of the low-end perhaps beyond the headset normal capability would I risk burning them out or something? Here is the text file for equalization I stated I will post.


#All lines below will only be applied to the specified device and the benchmark application
Preamp: -32 db
Include: example.txt
Filter  1: ON  PK       Fc     50 Hz   Gain  -3.0 dB  Q 10.00
Filter  2: ON  PEQ      Fc     100 Hz  Gain   1.0 dB  BW Oct 0.167
Filter  3: ON  LS       Fc     3000 Hz  Gain  12.5 dB
Filter  4: ON  LS       Fc     3343Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  5: ON  LS       Fc     7743Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  6: ON  LS       Fc     8514Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  7: ON  LS       Fc     9753Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  8: ON  LS       Fc     11020Hz  Gain 14.5 dB

 

Please higbvuyb or anyone I would very much appreciate further help on these newbie questions.

post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by bbmiller View Post
 

higbvuyb
I am going to repeat a question I asked on a new thread I have started this newbie threads area because you are following this thread and may be you will give me a answer where the other thread is not being responded to. I do not know if that is considered something wrong but here goes.

 

Using PEQUI-10MC with "Equalizer APO" help please

 

Hello
I have had some limited success using the parametric equalizer "Equalizer APO" to equalize a headphone, however if I could get the GUI recommended to me of PEQUI-10MC running further improvement with my headphone equalization would go quicker I believe. So could you help me please? The things I am not sure about is

 

1.executable file EXE available for PEQUI-10MC. 

 

2.is this some sort of C++ runtime dependency which would require me to download what it said to be written with "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express in 32-bit Windows Vista"

 

3. How do you achieve this ("If the path line found in peqgui10mc.ini points to the folder where config.txt of EqualizerAPO is located, it's possible to use this GUI as kind of realtime EQ.") I mean the pointing mentioned in the parentheses which is a quote from the page on PEQUI-10MC .


higbvuyb - if you could answer that question or suggest where is the best place to post it on Head-Fi forums I would appreciate it? If you could do the same on the following I would appreciate that to?

 

I do not know if my 63 year old age is causing me increasingly high-frequency hearing loss in connection with another medical matter I was given a hearing test about 10 years ago with a audiologist stating I have a little high-frequency hearing loss but nothing to worry about or unusual for my age. I am wondering if I am risking my new headset or hearing if I compensate for possible hearing loss on the highs perhaps compensating for high frequency hearing I never even had as a young man. I mean I will post the text file I am using with Equalizer APO to equalize my headphones and perhaps my hearing too. As of now I am not compensating all the way up to 15 K but I am hearing a drop-off in sound levels before I get to that frequency. With my present equalization I am hearing tremendous we good soundstage. I mean when two singers are alternately singing 2 feet apart the placement of their voices seem as it is actually moving 2 feet. I am also wondering if I were to start compensating on the low-end I mean very low-end to extend the frequency of the low-end perhaps beyond the headset normal capability would I risk burning them out or something? Here is the text file for equalization I stated I will post.


#All lines below will only be applied to the specified device and the benchmark application
Preamp: -32 db
Include: example.txt
Filter  1: ON  PK       Fc     50 Hz   Gain  -3.0 dB  Q 10.00
Filter  2: ON  PEQ      Fc     100 Hz  Gain   1.0 dB  BW Oct 0.167
Filter  3: ON  LS       Fc     3000 Hz  Gain  12.5 dB
Filter  4: ON  LS       Fc     3343Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  5: ON  LS       Fc     7743Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  6: ON  LS       Fc     8514Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  7: ON  LS       Fc     9753Hz  Gain  14.5 dB
Filter  8: ON  LS       Fc     11020Hz  Gain 14.5 dB

 

Please higbvuyb or anyone I would very much appreciate further help on these newbie questions.

 

Sorry, I didn't see your post so this is a bit late. If you use the quote function, it sends me an email telling me that you replied.

 

1. If you download and extract the PEQGUI 7zip file, go into the PEQ folder, then the Release folder, the .exe is in there.

 

2. Don't know about vista, but try running it and if you do need to download anything extra it should tell you in an error message.

 

3. It should work automatically if you install EqualizerAPO into the default location (C:\Program Files\EqualizerAPO\) - you don't need to touch the .ini file.

Otherwise, if you installed it somewhere else, you have to edit the .ini file to tell PEQGUI where you installed EqualizerAPO.

 

 

You can compensate for hearing loss with EQ. It won't harm your hearing unless you listen very loudly. Hearing damage just depends on loudness and duration. As long as you keep it quiet or don't listen for too long, it should be OK but that depends on exactly how loud you're listening.

Equally, you can damage your headphones by increasing the low frequencies to very high levels, but that's usually too loud to safely listen to.

 

 

 

If you tweak the EQ just right, you can make huge differences to the soundstage. Hearing a rolloff at high frequencies (above 10 kHz) is perfectly normal. The highest frequencies sound quieter to everyone, though as you get older it does becomes a bit quieter over time.

I had a look at your EQ profile - Combining lots of low-shelf filters at different frequencies usually doesn't work that well, but it should make much more sense to you when you have a look at a graphical representation in PEQGUI.


Edited by higbvuyb - 2/1/14 at 9:44pm
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