Jim Coates
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RE: E6520 audio control panel

I was using a turtle beach sound card on old computer

I will have to get a good audio card with a good control panel gui.

Yeah, an actual sound card would have all kinds of features not found on an audio chip on the motherboard.  To add a sound card to the laptop, it would pretty much have to be a usb peripheral device. If the used computer you just got is a desktop model with pci slots, you have the option of adding a real sound card.

So I was wondering if there was a generic equalizer software that I can control easily while doing the show as I did with the turtle beach.

When I googled stand alone equalizer program the first result was this: https://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/ , which looks useful, but probably too clunky if you have to make quick changes in real time.

I use winamp pro with shoutcast plugins and rcast as my host.

Is the problem that you can't get to the Winamp eq fast enough during the show? If I were doing something where I had to constantly adjust the eq in real time, my thought would be to have an entirely separate hardware device to play the music, whether a little player, a tablet, another computer, etc, and run the signal into a little hardware mixer where I could keep a hand on the eq controls and continually ride them like in a studio, and then have the signal continue from the mixer to the streaming computer. But on the other hand I would probably already have all of the music equalized, normalized and compressed, in advance, so as to avoid having to do any of that in real time.

About the error when installing the IDT driver. The laptop would have left the factory with one of the IDT drivers pre-installed, but now it is missing. Currently you are using the Windows native driver (High Definition Audio Device). If you still want to install an IDT driver you need to clean up the registry.  I would use its "find" tool to look for SigmaTel and Sigmatel, and delete anything found. I don't know if a registry cleaner would help or not. If all of that fails, then the only way might be to re-install Windows, or better yet to perform a system restoration (use the Factory Image to return the laptop to the original factory configuration). But I get why doing that would not be practical.

My web page is www.wevrradio.freeoda.com.

I tried to listen to your show. When I click on the yellow button, a page opens that says Radio station name not set, and Shoutcast server invalid resource.

Jim Coates -- 15 years on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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dss56
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RE: E6520 audio control panel

Jim

Well I will just leave the laptop alone for now and focus on the newer computer. Try to get a good sound card and go from there.

I should be on tonight I have been sick this past week with a cold and coughing crazy so i have not been on.

I do not have the factory image and the laptop is loaded with many programs and software. As I said I can live with the laptop and will focus with the newer computer and get a sound card with a good control panel.

I do have to have access to the equalize control panel during the show as most music is never recorded with the same loudness and normalized audio. Just need miner tweaking during show as the show is live with a 15 second delay.

I want to thank you for all the help and info of sites to dn load .

Hope you get to listen tonight.

thanks Bob

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dss56
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RE: E6520 audio control panel

sourceforge.net/.../ seems to say no page found

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dss56
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RE: E6520 audio control panel

sorry was able to get to page thanks

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Jim Coates
6 Gallium

RE: E6520 audio control panel

When I googled stand alone equalizer program the first result was this: https://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/ , which looks useful, but probably too clunky if you have to make quick changes in real time.

Well I got a chance to install the program, Equalizer APO. The reason I said "clunky" is that it doesn't have a user interface -- the changes are made to the values using Notepad or other text editor. However, I found that that another person has written a GUI app for it, named Peace, which negates my "clunky" evaluation. Equalizer APO plus Peace is an easy-to-use eq. You can see in the demonstration video clip how deep it is.

Here is a screen shot of Peace on my laptop, with Windows Media Player on top.

I haven't found a way to make Peace stay on top at all times, but it just takes a click on the blue peace symbol button (inside the red circle with arrow) to either put it on top, or minimize it.

The installation went like this. First installed Equalizer APO, which just puts files into a folder in the Programs folder. Then download Peace.exe, which does not do anything by itself. You have to move peace.exe from the Downloads folder and place it in the Equalizer APO configuration folder, then run the exe. When run, it changes the configuration folder quite a bit, and you get the GUI.

I did run into a problem. At that point, there was no audio at all, but I found a solution in the program's discussion board. You would probably run into the same problem because our laptop's are very similar with audio. We both use the same versions of IDT driver (or yours would if it would install). So if you decide to try the program, here is what I had to do, after starting the Peace GUI.

Click on the Settings button. Click on "Equalizer APO's Configurator" button to open configurations.

Click on "Speakers/Headphones" to select it -- it should be highlighted with a blue.rectangle. Then put a check in the "Troubleshooting options" box. At that point, the options will appear. Uncheck both "Use original APO" boxes. Close the configurator. After that, the audio worked again.

Note: that configurator runs when you first install Equalizer APO (before adding peace.exe). I guess you could make the changes then, but I would wait until finding out if there is a problem before changing anything.

Note note: to hear the effect of the equalizer, the box named "Disable All Enhancements" in the Windows Sound properties must be un-checked. If it is checked, you hear the audio but it doesn't go through the equalizer.

Jim Coates -- 15 years on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

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