How to Save Audio And Equalizer Settings In VLC Player

VLC is the most preferred media player catering advanced users and amateurs alike. Configuring basic settings and options are easy but diving deep into customizing and tweaking its features is rather difficult for novices. Many users have been griping about facing problems in saving equalizer settings. Unfortunately there is no apparent option to quickly save the audio level, specified preset, and especially equalizer settings. In this post we will walk you through step-by-step procedure of saving the equalizer settings.

To begin with, launch VLC and click Show Extended Settings button to bring up EQ settings window. Under Graphic Equalizer tab, click Enable checkbox to enable the equalizer, select a Preset from the given list and start setting the EQ levels as required.

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Once you have done setting up the EQ levels, note down the values from left to right (followed by postfix dB) and Preamp value which is also referred as Global gain (present at the left side ). Now close the Adjustments & Effects window and under Tool menu, click Preferences.


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From bottom-left corner, enable All option to view advanced options of each category. From main navigation bar, expand Audio and then Filters category to select Equalizer. It will show you equalizer settings in the main window. Now in Bands gain input field, enter values (must be separated with single space) which you’ve noted down (excluding the db postfix) and in Global gain input field enter preamp value. You can also specify preset if needed. Once you have entered all values in required fields, click Save to save the EQ settings.

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Now upon launching VLC again, EQ bars will remain unchanged and you can enjoy your favorite media without hassling with setting equalizer over & over again.

We have demonstrated this trick using latest VLC 1.1.0 release.

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  • Naked Stranger

    EXCELLENT “How To… “, Usman!! THANK YOU!!

  • rafe

    That worked nicely ~ thanks!

  • zero

    nice try but nope !

    I already suspected that this was the way the equalizer settings could be saved. I’ve tried it a few times but failed, thought maybe I overlooked something, so now determent to do it right looked on the internet and stumbled on this post

    It doesn’t work.
    did all there was to do, did it even 5 times !
    without mistakes….
    I’m for sure not a novice. I’m building and installing pc’s for both Linux and Windows software for decades !

    VLC is a great player but also has many weak points, the biggest one of them is the unfriendly and ugly looking user interface for instance also for experienced pc-users.
    And there are some details, for instance the horrible equalizer.

    I don’t understand how people that can create something as good as VLC player (within this open source project) can’t make a better equalizer element and better user interface.

    Go study the old Winamp players, the makers managed to make both good interface + equalizer to (with excellent modify + save options) as far back as over 10 years ago !!!

    Another weak point in VLC are the skins that are available. Many of them make the player, slow, hanging, buggy and crashing.
    Just make 10 or 20 good skins and tosh all the rubbish away that’s out there.
    I’ve tried several, and got frustrated and went back to the default skin. This one is sadly ugly but at least VLC is not buggy, slow and crashing with this one.

    • jones

      Zero: it does work, but he forgot a step:

      When in Audio menu, DON’T EXPAND FILTERS SUB-MENU.
      Click the word FILTERS, and you’ll see them. CHECK THE EQUALIZER box, leave others unchecked. Click SAVE.

      Now, EXPAND left side FILTERS menu by clicking on the arrow next to it.Click equalizer.
      Select your desired equalizer setting. Hit save. VOILÁ

      • maninder

        thanx man. really u r the great champ.Thanx a lot. Now i fix the prob……

      • Your Mom

        That fixed the issue for me as well. Good lookin out!!!

      • Vineet

        Thanks :D It worked

  • dev

    Thanks……… dude…….. it’s really helpful

  • Cerix6

    Hi, I have been facing the same problem but this feature works fine. You forgot one thing, windows programs files is read only. just before saving equalizer go to where VLC is installed
    eg for my case [ C:\Program Files] then right click on videolan folder, change properties removing read only attributes.

    Then go to preferences> paste the equalizer numbers of your choice: eg
    11.8 -14.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 6.4 12.7 16.4
    Then exit and open VLC.

    I am using Windows7

  • Bob Knob

    you’re outta your flippin mind. Are you kidding me? Isn’t this/hasn’t this been on the short list for years now? Not to mention, this should have fallen under the ‘normal, user friendly’ development model from inception? KMP, here I come.

  • Mansoor

    thank you so much 

  • http://www.ptmaroct.blogspot.com/ Anuj Sharma

    cool , i used it and needed it

  • Ben D83

    Thx, have been looking for a way for a few days now. Finally i can just open a song without having to change the eq every time.

  • Sam

    There is one problem still. 
    After I saved my equalizer settings if I change from say ‘Club’ to ‘Full Bass’, then if I again come back to ‘Club’ then my previous settings for Clubs is gone. There should have been a Custom equalizer settings which will hold the customized audio settings.

  • Tony1ton

    Thanks alot. I always thought there was no saving feature for VLC. Now this program is perfect.

  • awaisahmadr

    great information, it helped me, thanks

  • HusseinSaid

    Thank you a lot , please update for the new version ‘VLC media player 2.0.4 Twoflower” ? there is some modifications but the concept remains the same

  • HusseinSaid

    Thank you a lot , please update for the new version ‘VLC media player 2.0.4 Twoflower” ? there is some modifications but the concept remains the same

  • Radu

    Great hint

  • sanuly

    Bros thanks this is really useful! Is there some way to save the Compressor settings?

  • J. Eric Gorman

    Can you save more than one EQ setting? So that you could flip between them while playing? Or are you only able to save a single setting. I have gone through the process and can save one EQ (all 10 bands of course + pre-amp))setting of my choice, for start up, but have been unable to figure out how (if possible) to have more than one custom EQ setting in VLC. For example a setting for ROCK @ 5 7 10 10 12 15 17 19 6 20, and another for lets say Techno @ 4 5 13 14 7 8.5 9 18 11 4. These are just examples with the space between each set. Any answers or intelligent ideas appreciated.

  • Dimuthu Jayamanna

    Awesome!!! this works!!!