Equalizer for Pulse Audio

There’s a really cool equalizer for Pulse Audio which can be installed by adding a repository. Its a system wide equalizer hence no matter what media player you use, you will be able to utilise this setting.

The image below is a screenshot of the same:

How to install:

Open the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:psyke83/ppa

Next type the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, type the following (in the Terminal of course)

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

Thats it. You can access the Pulse Audio Equalizer from the Sounds & Video menu.

Update: The creator of this Equalizer has added a new .deb file for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 10.10, simply click on the following link and install: Download Link



32 Responses to “Equalizer for Pulse Audio”

  1. 1 Kenneth Freeman
    October 11, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    To make it work in Meerkat:

    1. Follow all the steps described above

    2. Edit psyke83-ppa-maverick.list and
    change “maverick” to “lucid” in both of the two lines

    $ sudo pico /etc/apt/sources.list.d/psyke83-ppa-maverick.list

    3. Copy the missing icon

    $ sudo cp /usr/share/icons/Humanity/apps/16/gnome-volume-control.svg /usr/share/icons/hicolor/16×16/apps/gnome-volume-control.svg

  2. 2 Dennis Jones
    November 5, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Executing from Applications/Sound & Video/PusleAudio Equalizer gives nothing.

    Executing from Terminal gives the following:

    dennis@PC:~$ pulseaudio-equalizer-gtk
    Getting settings…
    ls: cannot access /home/dennis/.pulse/presets/*.preset: No such file or directory
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/usr/share/pulseaudio-equalizer/pulseaudio-equalizer.py”, line 519, in
    File “/usr/share/pulseaudio-equalizer/pulseaudio-equalizer.py”, line 362, in __init__
    icon = self.window.set_icon_from_file(“/usr/share/icons/hicolor/16×16/apps/gnome-volume-control.svg”)
    glib.GError: Failed to open file ‘/usr/share/icons/hicolor/16×16/apps/gnome-volume-control.svg’: No such file or directory

    Typical for Linux…so…what next?

    • November 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      ur installation didnt work. try installing it again.

      • 4 Valis
        December 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

        I have exactly the same problem, giving exactly the same error message. I have re-installed and re-installed and re-installed, to no avail. I am running Maverick and have followed the procedure as given by Kenneth Freeman above, still no luck. Any other suggestions?

  3. 5 Nick
    November 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Brilliant. Worked a treat. Laptop sounds a billion times better.

  4. 6 kurofune
    November 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I’m trying to get the equalizer enabled by default at startup. I’m running 10.04. I’ve tried adding the following entry to the Startup Applications:

    Command: pulseaudio-equalizer enable

    However, this isn’t working.

    I also tried adding sudo pulseaudio-equalizer enable to my etc/rc.local script to no effect.

    I’m a Linux n00b, so does anyone have a better way to do this?


  5. 9 Dakota
    November 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I got the following:
    :~$ sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package pulseaudio-equalizer

    I’m new at this. Help?

  6. 11 Brandon
    November 28, 2010 at 2:54 am

    pulseaudio-equalizer is already in Fedora’s repos. Ubuntu should keep up.

  7. 12 mike
    December 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    installed the pulse equalizer based on instruction here… the output sound doesn’t change even there’s a check mark in the “EQ enable” checkbox & even i kept adjusting many Hz switch. how to make it work…? i’m using ubuntu 10.4 & c-media PCI…

    • 13 mike
      December 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      tried pulseaudio-equalizer enable in the terminal, then it shows:

      PulseAudio Equalizer/LADSPA Processor 2.7 (05/02/2010)
      Current operation: disabling equalizer
      Unloading & reloading stream-restore module…
      Unloading module-ladspa-sink…
      Moving active PulseAudio clients to ALSA sink (alsa_output.p
      Transferring current mute (0) & volume (100%) to ALSA sink (
      Current operation: enabling equalizer
      Unloading & reloading stream-restore module…
      Loading module-ladspa-sink…
      Transferring current mute (0) & volume (100%) to LADSPA sink
      Setting ALSA sink (alsa_output.pci-0000_00_0b.0.analog-stere
      Setting LADSPA sink (ladspa_output.mbeq_1197.mbeq) as defaul
      Moving active PulseAudio clients to LADSPA sink (ladspa_outp
      Equalizer status: [enabled]
      Equalizer configuration status: [disabled]
      Equalizer plugin: [mbeq_1197/mbeq]
      Equalizer control: [-1.6,2.6,2.6,-8.5,-10.5,-11.2,-20.3,-14.
      NOTE: Using user-customized settings from ‘/home/administrat

      • 14 mike
        December 25, 2010 at 7:47 pm

        but still no effect. can somebody help me?

      • 15 mike
        December 26, 2010 at 4:02 am

        but still no effect. can somebody help me?

        i noticed something, the pulse audio equalizer doesn’t work with an input sound & in real time recording (equalizing the input sound of an electic guitar) or whatever it called but it only works with output sound & when i played a recorded sound (like playing music) or playback or whatever it called… is there anything that can equalize any input sound in real time or during recording so the input sound (from electric guitar or something) is equalize or clean during recording? (i don’t know how to use JACK)

  8. February 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Just what I need for using cmus music player!

  9. March 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Update added to the blog post guys, hope it solves all issues with 10.04

  10. 18 Des
    May 8, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Is there any way to make this work when playing music through spotify?

    So far spotify stops everytime I change anything in the equalizer program.

  11. September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Is it gonna work on 11.04 too?

  12. 20 Daniel
    November 18, 2011 at 2:55 am

    for me it worked right away, thanks

  13. 22 Julian
    February 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Got the same problem:
    pulseaudio-equalizer works (terminal)
    pulseaudio-equalizer-gtk works not (terminal or menu)

    In that case, go to /home//.pulse/equalizerrc
    and modify the 1.0 in the file, right below “Multiband EQ”, this is the master volume.
    restart the EQ via terminal:
    pulseaudio-equalizer disable
    pulseaudio-equalizer enable


    • 23 Julian
      February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Awe, man!!!
      between home//.pulse
      there’s the username (your home-folder)

      I set “username” in “less than”-“greater than”-parentheses and they were removed automatically. 😥

  14. 24 luap
    February 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    woks fine on Ubuntu 11.10 oneiric:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

    well done!

  15. 26 ConfusedUbuntuer
    July 2, 2013 at 3:29 am

    I installed succesfully but I cant find the EQ anywhere. Tried running it from the terminal but none of the commands above work. I tried “man -k pulseaudio” and couldnt find anything there about it, either.

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