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Tune the bass down? What the best option?

post #1 of 6
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Ok, I just recently got some new iems, but they are bass heavy.  How do I tune the bass down without making them sound like doo doo like the default foobar EQ?

 

I have an app on my phone and it shows only 4  bands, and I tuned the 250hz down and it works better than the foobar EQ.  I wonder if foobar EQ has narrow band because I would be listening to vocals and part of the vocals get affected(which makes it sound really odd), but the EQ on my phone app, it sounds like the bass is tone down without affecting the vocals.

 

What I hate about having to use EQ is I have to EQ every gear that I use my phones with.

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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

What I hate about having to use EQ is I have to EQ every gear that I use my phones with.

 

Makes sense that if you'd have to EQ one player, you'd have to EQ all of them.

 

You probably need a better equalizer than the one in Foobar. I'd suggest you look for a 31 band graphic, because I think you'd have problems with a parametric EQ.


Edited by bigshot - 4/28/14 at 7:15pm
post #3 of 6

It could be some difference with the implementation of EQ on one or the other, or it could well just be that whatever curve the phone app is applying is closer to what you want than what you're attempting in foobar.

 

For what it's worth, xnor's EQ plugin for foobar is a 31-band graphic EQ:

http://www.foobar2000.org/components/view/foo_dsp_xgeq

 

but maybe you ought to figure out what the phone is doing. You could probably download and run RMAA. Load the test file through the phone's player with the EQ active and run a cable to a computer running RMAA to capture and process it all. It should show you the response that the phone plugin is responsible for so that you can try emulating it elsewhere, if that's really what you want.

 

Or you could just try tweaking some more by ear on the computer. After all, with a 4-band EQ I doubt you're getting the right response anyway on the phone and you may as well just start from scratch.

post #4 of 6
I think if you search around a bit on the forum, theres some info regarding a convolver for android or apple apps, and foobar has a plugin for a convolver DSP. You can make very sophisticated processing (like eq) if you can derive the appropriate kernel.

Cheers
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Thread Starter 

I think I asked about EQ couples times before this, and got some recommendations, but kinda put off trying them out.  I decided on Electri-Q, and played around with it.  Maybe I don't know how to utilize EQ to the fullest, but it still doesn't sound quite right when cutting of some of the bass.  When I have time, I'll probably try out the EQing headphones tutorial with the tone generator.  I'm waiting for headphones that I can tune, so that I don't have to change my EQ on every system.  The new JH has a crossover outside with a dial, you can control the bass.  Hopefully we would be able to control more than the low-end in the near feature.


Edited by SilverEars - 4/28/14 at 11:13pm
post #6 of 6

It really isn't that hard. It just takes a recording that you absolutely know is stone flat. You can't EQ with electronic music.

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