How to View the ITunes Equalizer on Mac OS X

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Music lovers can get more out of their audio files by using the equalizer that ships with Apple iTunes 12. The equalizer comes with 20 different presets designed for use with different music genres and speaker systems. If any of these aren't quite what you want, you can customize some settings and save them as your own presets to use whenever you want.

The Bass Booster is just one of iTunes' many presets.
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Step 1

Click the "Window" menu in iTunes 12 and select "Equalizer." The Equalizer opens as a floating window above the iTunes main window.

Select "Equalizer" from the Windows menu.
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Step 2

Turn the equalizer on or off by clicking the "On" check box. Drag the "Preamp" slider up to increase the overall volume or down to decrease it. Drag the Decibel, or "dB" sliders up or down to change their levels. The sliders on the left represent bass tones, while those on the right represent treble.

Make sure the Equalizer's "On" option is selected.
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Step 3

Click the "Preset" menu to select any of iTunes presets. Many of the presets are designed for music genres ranging from classical to rock. Others increase or decrease the bass or treble. You can also save your own preset by selecting the "Make Preset" option.

Select an Equalizer preset.
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Step 4

Select the "Small Speakers" preset if you are using speakers on a laptop or small computer speakers. This preset raises the bass levels to compensate for the lack of a sub-woofer in your speaker system. The reduced treble minimizes the tinny sound usually associated with small speakers.

The Equalizer's Small Speakers preset.
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Step 5

Select the "Spoken Word" preset if you are listening to an audio book. This preset raises midtones associated with a human voice, while slightly reducing the bass.

The Equalizer's Spoken Word preset.
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Tips & Warnings

  • To set an equalizer preset for a specific song, select a title in the music library, click the "File" menu, "Get Info" and then "Options." Click the "Equalizer Preset" menu to choose a preset.

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