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Kris Pohl 29th June 2020 03:29 PM

Systemwide EQ for using headphones

I'm using a Lynx Hilo on mac and windows 10 and wondered if there is an easy way setting up a system wide (high quality) EQ for use with headphones (Sennheiser HD 600 with Oratory eq curve). I use WaveLab for all things mastering so I can simply insert a Fabflter EQ with the right settings there, but it would be great being able to listen to music on Tidal using the same settings. Best case scenario would be being able to use a VST of choice systemwide.
Is there anything out there that could make my life easier?

robertom 29th June 2020 05:26 PM

I'm on Win 10 and use DDMF Virtual Audio Stream for this. Since you can chain as many vst plugins as you want, I usually use a chain of Crave EQ and Goodhertz Can Opener (try this plugin for your headphone listening, if you haven't yet). I have different profiles for different headphones...
The oratory measurements and EQ settings often do not work for me, but you can try with your headphones... anyway, the system itself (DDMF-crave-canopener) is excellent.

Kris Pohl 3rd August 2020 10:51 AM

Was just about to bump this and then found that I completely missed your reply. This looks like the perfect solution for my Windows machine, thank you. ow I just need to find the same for Mac

Kozmos88 3rd August 2020 10:59 AM

not quite sure what yer looking for ..
but this is an eq for the mac audio output


explorer 3rd August 2020 12:17 PM

This is a good solution for Mac:

robertom 3rd August 2020 12:24 PM

Actually, there is a limitation for DDMF Virtual Audio Stream also on Windows : it does not work with ASIO (not in my system btw)

Kris Pohl 3rd August 2020 06:30 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Unfortunately I'd need a slightly more flexible eq than the ones on offer. In an ideal world I'd just be able to insert a VST on the output of my Hilo for use with my headphones and load the oratory EQ curve for my HD600. I currently experiment with the curve in my DAW, but I can't route other audio through it. I'd love to being able to listen to all audio on the computer (streaming, DAW, etc) through this setup. Effectively what Sonarworks does.

TheKosherButcher 3rd August 2020 06:58 PM

Someone previously suggested Soundsource by Rogue Amoeba. That's what I use on my Mac so that I can hear my entire system audio output routed through Canopener and Sonarworks/any corrective EQ plugin. I have been using it for a while now, and I love it: