Equalizer

An equalizer changes the frequency response of a signal so it has different tonal qualities.

After you select Effects menu -> Equalizer you will see a dialog containing three different Equalizer representations. Use the tabs at the top to select between the Visual Equalizer, Graphic and Parametric Equalizer views.

Visual Equalizer

Left click on any point to create a new band point. To remove a band point right click on it. To assist you with shaping the Equalizer graph in the way you want, there is a preset list that displays the most common sorts of filters used in the Equalizer graph. You can choose any preset filter from the list and then manipulate the filter to achieve the effect you desire. The list of filters to choose from and how you can shape them are explained below. Note that all fields where a frequency value is entered can have a maximum value of 20000 (Hertz).

Graphic Equalizer

The Graphic Equalizer uses discrete sliders to set the gain or attenuation of a signal at a particular frequency. You can select how many sliders you would like to manipulate by entering a value between 3 and 20 in the box at the top of the display. When you change the number of sliders you would like to utilize, the frequencies are automatically allocated to best span the audible frequency range from 20Hz to 20kHz. Selecting presets allows you to easily configure common filters such as low pass or high pass. Note that when you change the Graphic Equalizer, the Visual and Parametric Equalizer views are not changed, as the changes in the three views are not compatible.

Parametric Equalizer

The Parametric Equalizer is similar to the Graphic Equalizer, but with more control. Here you can adjust the frequency and bandwidth of the individual sliders by left clicking on the frequency or Q values below each slider. Frequency must be set between 20Hz and 20,000 Hz. The Q parameter must be set between 0.05 and 20. A higher Q causes the gain or attenuation peak at the frequency to be much sharper, and therefore less likely to impact adjacent frequency content, while a lower Q applies the modification more smoothly across the frequency spectrum.

If you are using the equalizer simply to drop lower frequencies, you should always try the High Pass filter first (Effects menu -> High Pass Filter), because it is better and faster for very low frequencies.