What are the best graphic equalizers for Windows 10?

Graphics equalizers are great tools to tweak and change sound and music to our liking and there plenty of apps for smartphones and PCs running Windows 10. Our friend, Gary Schatz is asking what are the best ones so here are some options to consider.

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7 solutions
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    #1Voicemeeter Banana

    Voicemeeter Banana

    Voicemeeter Banana is a graphic audio equalizer and device mixer for Windows 10. The software allows users to mix and manage audio devices coming from any virtual audio device. It supports MME, DX, KS, WDM, and ASIO interfaces.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Brian Larson
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "I love using this to organize my sounds depending on my desired output sound. This is a pretty handy program to have and it took me a long time to learn how to use this. The interface is pretty informative as it already shows the physical input. If you need help on how to use this, just respond to my comment."
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    #2FxSound Premium

    FxSound Premium

    FxSound Premium is a software featuring a graphic equalizer that enhances and improves the sound quality of every audio file or files with audio on Windows 10. It allows full customization of sound and allows saving of sound presets.

    Software

    Windows

    $49.99

    Raymond Aguilar
    Written on June 20, 2018
    "Though every music app comes with a built-in mixer now, FxSound's only reason for existence is to mix. This is one nifty little equalizer. I used it to make some of my old 70s 8-tracks sound tight!"
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    #3Realtek HD Audio Manager

    Realtek HD Audio Manager

    Realtek HD Audio Manager is an audio software codec graphic equalizer for Windows 10 and Linux computers. It's one of the most used audio drivers in the market that offers various DTS, Dolby, and Surround Sound among others.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rachel Webb
    Written on June 29, 2018
    "This a great graphic equalizer! I would recommend it to anyone."

WHAT'S THE MEANING

A graphic equalizer is a high-fidelity audio control. It allows the user to see sound frequencies through graphic representations. It then allows the user to control each frequency band in a stereophonic system.

DID YOU KNOW?

The first equalizer was from John Volkman's design back in the 1930s? It was an external equalizer that had a set of individual frequencies featuring a boost or a cut. This was a direct result of the advent of motion picture sound. Sound capture methods during those times weren't as sophisticated as they are today. There came a need to fine-tune sound whether to cut our harsh sounds or emphasize certain ones. Equalizers for sound post-production and speech enhancement gained popularity throughout the 1950s-60s. Early devices had limits of only being able to control fixed frequencies. It wasn't until 1971 that Daniel Flickinger invented a tunable equalizer. His invention allowed arbitrary selection of frequency and gain in 3 overlapping bands. His circuit called the "sweepable EQ" would inspire the parametric equalizer. Parametric equalizers made it possible for users to adjust a frequency in any way they want. Most modern graphic equalizers support anywhere from 7 to 31 frequency bands. This allows users to fine-tune the sound to their preference. You can find graphic equalizer apps in all major platforms nowadays. It used to be that equalizers would only work within the apps themselves. Equalizers for Windows 10, for example, now work system-wide. Any changes you make to your sound will persist regardless of the app or program that you're using.

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    #4Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

    Dirac Live Room Correction Suite

    Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is a graphic audio equalizer for Windows 10 computers which aims to improve the users' existing audio system by analyzing the speakers and acoustics by providing room correction for optimized and uncolored sound reproduction.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Carol Barnett
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "Dirac Live Room Correction Suite is the best graphic equalizer for Windows 10. The software helped me to maximize my current sound system. Everyone is in awe of the set up that Dirac helped me to achieve. It's really quite impressive."
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    #5EqualizerPro

    EqualizerPro

    EqualizerPro is a graphic equalizer software for Windows 10 which features a 10-band equalizer interface, bass boost effect, on and off switch, preamp volume control, and more than 20 custom equalizer presets.

    Software

    Windows

    $19.95- Varies by plan

    Saúl Castro
    Written on June 21, 2018
    "i liked how affordable it was , and its very useful "
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    #6Equalizer APO

    Equalizer APO

    Equalizer APO is a graphic equalizer compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. This equalizer features multiple channels, low latency, modular graphic user interface, VST plugin support, and integration into Voicemeeter.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Julio Monroy
    Written on June 23, 2018
    "I needed something to monitor recordings for my home studio set up. This Equalizer APO has been a godsend and has suited my needs perfectly!"
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    #7Graphic Equalizer Studio

    Graphic Equalizer Studio

    Graphic Equalizer Studio is a graphic equalizer for Windows which allows users to adjust audio settings on their computers in order to refine the audio output. This software is developed by PAS-Products.

    Software

    Windows

    $49

    Emily Brooks
    Written on June 30, 2018
    "This program is written directly for Windows so you know it's going to work. Pas-Products has excellent customer service, whenever I have issues they get back to me so quickly. You can't beat excellent customer service combined with a great graphic equalizer product. "

Summary

Best What are the best graphic equalizers for Windows 10
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Voicemeeter BananaSoftware 17 Free
2FxSound PremiumSoftware 13 Paid
3Realtek HD Audio ManagerSoftware 9 Free
4Dirac Live Room Correction SuiteSoftware 7 Free
5EqualizerProSoftware 5 Paid
6Equalizer APOSoftware 2 Free
7Graphic Equalizer StudioSoftware 1 Paid
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