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[opensuse] No audio equalizer for linux?
  • From: Stan Goodman <stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:40:11 +0300
  • Message-id: <200807300040.11873.stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
As my query about an available software audio equalizer has not been
answered in several weeks, I conclude that such a program does not exist.
As hard has this is to believe, I accept it. But now, I am curious about
the reason for this lack.

I understand that the Linux philosophy is strong on modularity, and this
is reasonable, and would be even wise if it developers would act
accordingly. It would mean that e.g. the designer of an audio player need
trouble himself to code nothing but "the engine room" of his application,
plus perhaps a GUI, and sooner or later someone else will come along and
provide such auxiliaries as a level control (fortunately, Real Player has
one built in, and there is even a global level control in the form of
Kmix). Yet, many moons after Linux became a major OS, there is, as far as
I have been able to find from web searches, no equalizer. So developers
have avoided the bother of providing internal equalizers, and have also
failed to make available a global module for the purpose. The philosophy
cannot be said to actually work in this case.

Happily, the developers of Amarok have had the sense to note the weakness
of the rigid modular philosophy, and to provide an internal equalizer, in
addition to several other things they could have left out had they wanted
to do so, but that doesn't help one to adjust the frequency
characteristics of audio streams. That Amarok has everything it needs
internally is exactly what makes it so useful.

So, at the moment, the only solution I see for bridging the gap between
the one-size-fits-all audio characteristics provided by streams on the
one hand, and those of my aging ears on the other, is a hardware
preamplifier. Personally, I think that is an absurdity, if not a scandal.

If someone can tell me why this lack still exists, that would satisfy by
curiosity. If someone also knows of a software solution, I would be very
grateful to learn what it is.
Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on
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