Using the iTunes and Music App Equalizers (#1439)

If you like your music to sound just right
then you’re probably going to want to use the Equalizer both in iTunes on your Mac and
also in the Music app on your iOS device. To access the Equalizer on iTunes on your
Mac is to go to the Window menu and hit Equalizer and notice the keyboard shortcut Option, Command
E. So the Equalizer is this little window and
it kind of looks like an old fashioned stereo equalizer with sliders that you can move up
and down. Now first you have to turn it on to use it
at all so you turn on the On switch. Then you can select from all these presets. So there’s these are some general presets
and you’re going to find the same presets in iOS. So if you find something you like here that’s
probably best. Otherwise you could go to Manual and then
you could adjust these as you like. As a matter of fact if you start with one,
say you start with Rock, you can also adjust from there and it switches to Manual. So you can change everything in here and if
you like the settings, you like how it sounds, then you can hit Make Preset and give it a
name. You can also edit the list and rename any
of these or delete them. You’re probably going to want to leave the
Default there and just create your own ones because, as I’m going to show you, you’re
going to use those Defaults in iOS anyway. Now you also have the ability to add on a
Per Song basis. So, for instance, if we look at an individual
song so let’s select a song here or I can select a group of songs so let’s select this
entire album here and I’ll use Command I to bring up information for all these songs and
go to Options and there is the setting for Equalizer. I can choose any of the presets plus any ones
that I’ve added. So I’ve added Rock Plus, that’s mine, but
the rest of these are the defaults in iTunes. You can only select one of these. You can’t custom set one here so you want
to set it in Equalizer first, create a preset, and then you can select it here. This allows you to say take all of the rock
songs or a particular rock album and set it to Rock and then take say a classical album
and set it to Classical and it won’t effect the rest of your settings. So in iOS it’s very different. We’re going to look here on an iPad but it’s
basically the same for the iPhone. You use the Music app, of course, to play
music. Not iTunes in iOS. But the Equalizer is actually going to be
in Settings. So we’ll go to Settings and we’ll look for
Music, and under Music you can see the EQ under playbacks. So we’ll go into there and here you can set
it to any of the Defaults. You can’t create your own and you can’t customize
it. So you have to choose one of these. Now you do have the ability, if you’re syncing
your songs from iTunes on your Mac to your iOS device, to set custom equalizer settings
for different songs. But they have to be one of the defaults. So you can set it to Rock, Classical, or something
like that for a specific song and when they sync then those settings will come through
on your device. But you can’t view them and you can’t alter
them here. You also need to have the Equalizer turned
On. So if it’s Off it’ll be Off for everything. If you turn it to Flat, Flat is basically
like turning it on but not using it. Then the songs will have their own custom
settings. But in general you basically have just one
setting so you might want to get used to going into the Settings app and changing it for
the type of music you want to hear. So as far as what settings work best. Well, it’s very subjective. It depends on you and also your equipment. Your speaker system or your headphones and
then, of course, what your personal preferences are. So if you want to try it out, you want to
experiment, maybe listen to the same song and keep switching between them just to see
what it is you like and it may be that you simply just don’t like using it at all or
maybe you find a setting that really fits some of your favorite music.

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