How to Save Equalizer (EQ) Settings in VLC Media Player

(Version 3.0.16 Vetinari)

VLC is a great music player but it doesn't automatically remember its graphic equalizer settings. The following describes how to store your EQ settings so they are remembered each time VLC starts

Start VLC, open the graphic equalizer, tick Enable and set the controls to how you want them

Figure 1

Under each of the 10 frequency sliders there is a dB (decibel) figure. Take a note of the levels leaving a space between each one. The example above would be: 2 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5

Close the graphic equalizer and then on the main VLC interface click on Tools > Preferences. The Preferences window will open as shown below

At the bottom left, select All. The Preferences window will change style as shown below

On the left hand side, select Filters (don't expand it yet) then tick Equalizer with 10 bands

Now expand Filters then select Equalizer. In the Bands gain box on the right, enter the dB values from the EQ sliders noted earlier

Finally, click Save. Now when VLC next starts, it will have remembered your favourite EQ settings


UPDATE: On some Windows PC's, when the equaliser is turned on the sound exhibits a strange compression/pumping effect, making VLC pretty much unusable for serious music listening (not noticeable on Linux). Over the years I've played with various combinations of settings to try and stop this occurance, without success. But I've found a temporary workaround, not a cure. Referring to the screenshot above, change the 'Global gain' value from 12 (default) to 0. The audio playback level will now be quieter, but this can be compensated to some degree by setting the main volume slider to maximum, but don't worry it won't distort. To ensure that VLC always starts with the volume at max, switch back to the simple preferences interface, set the volume slider fully to the right and then save. This isn't an absolute cure but with most music it does make VLC useable