Want a free equalizer for Spotify? This tutorial will teach you how to set up an EQ for Spotify and hopefully give you a sense of how you can achieve the best results using an equalizer.
Unfortunately this is only a graphical equalizer which means it has set bands and is easier to operate but not as flexible as a parametric equalizer. The free equalizer should work with all audio cards if set up correctly.
Installing free equalizer for Spotify guide
- Quit and shut down the Spotify client if you have it running
- Go to equalify’s download page, this is where you will find the software needed. Read the instructions on that page and act accordingly. This is important, because there are situations where you will also need to install the EQ toggle depending on your audio device.
- Secondly, while you install it make absolutely sure you follow the instructions in this instance.
- After the installation start Spotify and begin playing a random track
- After a short while of playing the track you should see this icon in the upper left corner next to the search field. Click it to open the equalizer.
If it is not highlighted in green it just means the EQ is disabled and has to be enabled in the equalizer window that opens when you click the bars. Also, you can hide and open the EQ window in Spotify by clicking the icon.
- If everything is working properly you should see the following small EQ window inside Spotify, and you can move it to a convenient position
- You can also load pre configured EQ settings and even save and load your own settings like this.
Now that you’re ready to go it’s time to learn how to use the tool to be successful with your EQ filters. EQ’ing is an art and you will get better at as you go about using it, but it will pay off in terms of more goosebumps and musical enjoyment, so it’s worth it :)
How to EQ in Spotify to get the best results
To get the best possible sound quality it’s important that you follow some general rules when EQing.
Firstly, if you are going to boost frequencies remember to lower the “Pre-Amp” setting accordingly. This is because you don’t want the signal clipping, bacause that will make for awfully sounding distortion.
Secondly, if you’re only going to lower frequencies no reduction of the “Pre-Amp” is necessary as you’re not going to clip the audio signal.
Thirdly, it’s important that you don’t go ahead and just start dragging the levers like a monkey. Make small adjustments at the time and verify that it still sounds good. You will notice that if you boost the bass things will start to muddy up, so instead you can try to lower a little bit in the midrange instead as our hearing is very sensitive to the midrange in comparison to treble and bass.
Lastly, remember that boosting in one place is equal to lowering all other frequencies, so if you boost the bass, you’re in effect doing the same as lowering all other frequencies. It’s always better to take away than to add with EQ.
Warning: Do not damage your hearing or equipment using EQ
Don’t ever EQ to compensate for substantial hearing loss! Doing this can and will only make matters worse, especially in the upper frequencies.
If you like to listen to music on low levels, you should be aware that human hearing is less sensitive to lows than mids and highs. To compensate for this you can boost the low frequencies by quite a lot to get a better overall balanced feel, even though the average perceived SPL (sound pressure level) is not very high.
Remember that loudspeakers and headphones are limited by their drivers both in terms of power handling and excursion of the drivers. You can damage equipment by going crazy with an equalizer. In the case of this equalizer the danger is not that big because you can only boost a maximum of 7dB.
7dB might not sound like much, but you should be aware that for each 3dB of boost the amplifier power has to double, so if you’re using 10 watt normally, then by boosting 3dB you will need 20 watt of amplifier power and boosting 6dB will require 40 watt of amplifier power.