How to Use a Graphic Equalizer WMP11

Tweak the bass, treble or vocals during playback to liven up your songs

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The graphic equalizer tool in Windows Media Player 11 is an audio enhancement tool you can use to shape the audio that plays through your speakers. Don't confuse it with the volume leveling tool. Sometimes your songs can sound dull and lifeless but using WMP or another audio editor that has an EQ tool, you can improve the quality of sound produced by boosting or reducing a range of frequencies.

The graphic equalizer tool changes the audio characteristics of the MP3s you play back. You can use it for presets and for making your own customized EQ settings to fine-tune audio for your particular setup.

Accessing and Enabling the Graphic Equalizer

Launch Windows Media Player 11 and follow these steps:

  1. Click the View menu tab at the top of the screen. If you can't see the main menu at the top of the screen, hold down the CTRL key and press M to enable it.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over Enhancements to reveal a submenu. Click on the Graphic Equalizer option.
  3. You should now see the graphic equalizer interface displayed on the lower part of the main screen. To enable it, click Turn On.

Using the EQ Presets

There is a set of built-in EQ presets in Windows Media Player 11 that are useful for different types of music genres. Rather than having to tweak each frequency band manually, you can choose equalizer presets such as Rock, Dance, Rap, Country, and many others. To change from the default preset to one of the built-in ones:

  1. Click the down arrow next to Default and choose one of the presets from the drop-down menu.
  2. You'll notice that the 10-band graphic equalizer automatically changes using the preset you selected. To change to another one, simply repeat the above step.

Using Custom EQ Settings

You may find that none of the built-in EQ presets are right, and you want to create your own customized setting to perfectly enhance a song. To do this:

  1. Click the down arrow for the presets menu as before, but this time select the Custom option at the bottom of the list.
  2. While playing a song—accessed via the Library tab—move the individual sliders up and down using your mouse until you achieve the right level of bass, treble, and vocals.
  3. Using the three radio buttons on the left side of the equalizer control panel, set the sliders to either move in a loose or tight group. This is useful for managing wider frequency ranges in one go.
  4. If you get into a mess and want to start again, click Reset to zero all EQ sliders.