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A 'perfect' iTunes equalizer setting
Authored by: JoelFarris on Feb 18, '06 08:16:46AM
"I did this with almost every song, but a lot of songs in my library are similar in style, so I just used one setting on those."

I'm a sound engineer by trade, and I just wanted to point out that you might have used more time than necessary by naming a preset for each of your songs.

Albums are mastered with a very expensive set of speakers and given an EQ 'preset' before they are pressed to CD for shipping. Your goal should be to make the whole album sound as good on your own speakers as you can.

There is no reason to try and adjust the iTunes EQ for each song on the same album. Instead, try and pick your favorite song (which is almost certainly the one you've listened to the most, and are the most aurally familiar with) and make a preset for that one. Apply that 'album' preset to each song on the record, and you'll find that presto!, you've re-created the hyper-expensive mastering environment that your artist used to finalize their music before shipping it to you.

Now you can sit back and listen to the entire album just as the artist and mastering engineer intended it to be heard. Using this EQ approach, you will begin to pick out slight variations between the songs that indicate the taste of the producer and the artist which you may not have realized before.

Happy listening!

Joel Farris
"and that's the way it oughta be!"

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