How to Enable Your Mac's Audio Equalizer

  Matt Cone       February 6, 2021      Tutorials Mac Music


Your Mac has an audio equalizer (EQ) that allows you to adjust the sound quality of music. The Mac’s equalizer isn’t as fancy as the physical ones that allow you to manually adjust the levels, but it does have a number of presets that will dramatically improve the sound quality of the music you play on your Mac. Unfortunately, the Mac’s equalizer only changes the audio from the Music app. Audio produced by other apps won’t be changed by the equalizer.

Mac Music application icon

Here’s how to enable your Mac’s audio equalizer:

  1. Open the Music application on your Mac.

  2. From the Window menu, select Equalizer.

    Mac equalizer

  3. Select a preset, such as Rock. The key is to select a preset that matches the type of music you normally listen to. Keep tapping presets until you find one you like.

  4. Select the On checkbox to enable your Mac’s equalizer.

That’s it! You’ve set up your Mac’s audio equalizer, and it will stay set to the preset you selected until you change it. Can you hear the difference yet?

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