EQ Curve not showing when playing a song

I am using the current version with Windows 7. I am also new to using this software. I don’t know if I am doing something wrong, if there is a glitch in my software or if Audacity does not automatically do this but, when I play a pre-recorded song and go into ‘Effect’ and ‘Equalization’, the line is straight across at 0db. It is not showing the current dB settings for the song that is playing. It will show up in the Plot Spectrum, however. I have spent hours looking for an answer and could not find one. Does anyone have suggestions??

Neither Equalization nor Analysis > Plot Spectrum work in real time. You stop, drag-select some of the show (or the whole show) and equalize it or analyze it.


Yes it’s awkward.


Drats. I came across another software program (which shall remain nameless) that has a feature called ‘Match EQ.’ You can play any song and if you like the settings, you can install it into the template to use with other songs. This software does not work with windows, however. It would be nice if Audacity could implement this feature into their software.

Drats. I came across another software program (which shall remain nameless) that has a feature called ‘Match EQ.’…

…This software does not work with windows…

[u]Izotope Ozone[/u] runs on Windows or OS-X, but it ain’t free.

IMO - EQ matching is mostly a gimmick. It’s almost impossible to make two different songs “sound alike”, unless you have a situation where a band recorded half of their CD in one studio and the other half in a different studio. Even then, it’s probably just a starting point. Using your ears, you can probably make an improvement after making an automatic/matching adjustment (with most songs).

Different songs are generally supposed to sound different, so you’ll usually get the best sound by adjusting each song for its own best sound, by ear. It is often helpful to “calibrate your ears”, by listening to a good-sounding “reference recording” in the same genre. But, that’s mostly to give you perspective and to make sure you don’t over-do it, rather than trying to make your song sound like the reference.

EQ is mostly a tool used to fix a problem, you need your ears to identify the problem… You can’t EQ a song/track by just looking at (or analyzing) the spectrum, but sometimes spectrum analysis can help you nail-down the exact problem-frequencies.

My main problem has been that the music sounds good with my computer speakers, but on the MP3 player it gets distortion. It will just take more time learning the software and knowing which frequencies need changed. It would just be nice to have more templates to choose from.

You can save a curve that makes the changes you need then it will be available in the list.

The MP3 player probably cannot reproduce the bass as well as (better quality) computer speakers. The bass could possibly hide some distortions.