Equalizer APO is an open-source graphical equalizer for Microsoft Windows. Equalizer APO was developed by Jonas Thedering and is freely available to download. Equalizer APO packs many awesome features, and it's exceptionally easy to use. Equalizer APO is very lightweight and it uses very minimal system resources; thus, you do not need to worry about CPU usage at all. This website has no affiliation with the actual developer and the content of this website should be used only as a guide.
Equalizer APO comes with many features such as unlimited filters, compatibility with multiple channels, fast response times, and a very easy to use interface that also supports VST plugin integration. The latest version of Equalizer APO was released on 2017.08.12. This guide is more focused on Twitch streaming for new users and is not meant for advanced power users. So, if you're looking for more advanced documentation, we highly recommend that you check the Equalizer APO configuration documentation.
In this Equalizer APO installation guide, we're going to show you how to setup and install Equalizer APO on your computer. We'll be using pre-amplification settings that already comes with this software, which will be enough for most people.
First of all, you have to download Equalizer APO from this website or Sourceforge. Once you've downloaded the Equalizer APO file, you have to execute it and then the Equalizer APO installer will begin.
In the middle of the installation process, you will be asked to select the audio devices that the APO Equalizer is to be installed on. It's better to check your audio output devices first and select instead of selecting all devices. After choosing the devices, the installation will go as normal, and at the end, you will be asked to reboot your computer.
Once you install Equalizer APO and reboot the computer, you can launch the Equalizer APO by navigating to your Program Files and looking for Equalizer APO inside the App folder. You can also launch Equalizer APO from the taskbar launch icons.
When you launch it, you will get a screen like this. This is the main screen of Equalizer APO. It looks complicated because it has so many features, but in reality, it's super easy to work with APO Equalizer.
So now, what I'll demonstrate is how to amplify your mic or speaker volume using Equalizer APO. I'm not going to talk much about the APO Equalizer interface because you can explore all of the settings by yourself and the sky is the limit.
On this main screen, you will see three configuration tabs already there. You will need to remove them all in order to create a fresh new configuration tab.
Then click on the small green colored plus mark, and you will get a drop-down menu. From there, go to Control and then Include and this will create a new tabbed item on your interface.
It says "No file is selected" because we still haven't created the actual file yet. Now, click on the icon that looks like a folder and you will be asked to select a text file.
In here, you will create a new file. You can enter any name you want (for demonstration purposes, I'm going to name it Tutorial) and select the file that you just created.
Once we're back to this screen again, click on the up arrow icon and you will be navigated to a new tab.
In this step, we're going to add a device to Equalizer APO so we can amplify the sound output. Click on the green colored plus icon once again and then go to control and devices.
Then, on the device selection menu, untick the select all options checkbox and now you can select the devices you want to amplify. I've selected my speakers as the output device, but you can amplify any device you want.
Once you're done with adding a device, stay on the same screen. Next, we're going to add the Amplification preset. Now, click on the plus icon again and go to basic filters. In there, select the Preamplification filter and you will get a control as the image below. Now, you can use this to amplify your output sound for the selected device.
At the bottom of the screen, you can see the Analysis Panel. Now you've successfully amplified your output sound and all you have to do is go to File and Save.
Close the current tab and you will see the main screen again. On there, click on the power button icon to turn on the filter and now you're good to go. You can play some music to see if it works. If it doesn't work, delete every filter and follow the steps again while watching the video.
Even though using APO Equalizer is very easy, sometimes things might get a little bit difficult. In such cases, we advise you to watch the following video a few times in order to get more familiar with the installation process. If that doesn't help your issue, you can always contact us and we'll be glad to assist you with any issues, even though we are not the actual developers.
Our sincerest thanks to Jonas Thedering and the other contributors who helped to develop Equalizer APO.