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Old 15. Jun 2016, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question will allow me to adjust the balance of sound

Windows 10 on an HP Envy 216/700 computer. 12 Gigs RAM, 2 TiB HDD, quad core Athlon chip.
Need to either find out how to or get a program which will allow me to adjust the balance between my stereo speakers.
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Old 16. Jun 2016, 01:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does the expanded sound control not allow you to do that from the playback device configuration menu.
I have always used that from the control panel in all earlier Windows. I don't have (or want) 10 so I cannot check.
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Old 16. Jun 2016, 04:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Burn-it, Thanks for your reply. I cannot find an expanded sound control. Either right or left clicking on the speaker icon on the right side of the task bar (which did it in Windows 8.1) only gives me a very limited set of controls and choices. But I do not have or have not found an equalizer, or other controls.
Interestingly, I also have my HDD partitioned with 500Gigs devoted to Windows 10 and the rest to Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 (Betsy) and I get the full range of controls including balance and an equalizer..
It is not impossible that somewhere in Windows 10 there is another set of sound options, can you suggest how to get there, please. Or is there a jukebox or media centre for Windows which is a freebie with these controls. My reason, I am a barbershop singer and our learning tracks have one part out of the left speaker and the other 3 out of the right. Being able to isolate the left track is of great benefit in learning to sing the music.
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Old 16. Jun 2016, 06:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dunno if this is any good to you but AIMP does what you're trying to do - adjust the balance between your stereo speakers. It has a very good selection of audio enhancement settings which you access via Sound Effects in the DSP Manager:Equaliser, it gives you complete control of speaker balance. I use it with Windows 10.

The AIMP site is here;

http://www.aimp2.us

... or you can download the latest version from FileHippo;

http://filehippo.com/download_aimp/

Have a look and see if it's any use to you.
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Deya, thanks. Will give it a shot. Sounds like what I need. Appreciate the info. Always get some straight skinny on this forum.
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Old 16. Jun 2016, 10:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No problem. I think you'll be ok with AIMP. It's not complicated to use but it's effective. If you do try it, once you've opened it just click the menu button and open DSP Manager, all the effects are there, just slide controls. There are also more effects which might be of use to you, an enhancer, equaliser etc. It's not a huge, overbearing program but it's one of the better free music players out there. You obviously take your music seriously so I reckon some of the other effects may also be of benefit to you.
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Old 17. Jun 2016, 03:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I did say from the Control Panel/Sound/PlayBack/Configure etc.
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Old 19. Jun 2016, 08:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You do have to rummage through quite a few layers of menus on some machines, to find the audio controls that you want.

In Windows 10, open Settings from the Start Menu and type "Sound" into the search box at top-right. That will pull up a list of sound-related settings, one of which should do what you want if you look through all the options. Sometimes it's quite well hidden and not under entries that you would expect it to be

It's worth persevering though, as this gives you global control. Although AIMP is very good, I use it too.

Another option is to use a 3rd party replacement for Windows sound control. Voicemeeter is very very good and gives you all sorts of control and routing options along with an ASIO driver that works with any soundcard. You do need some fairly decent hardware to get the best out of it, but for minimal use it even runs well on my low-end Asus notepad.
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Old 19. Jun 2016, 10:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Also worth noting that on my desktop (also a HP machine so dunno if tlcmd has it) there's DTS Audio Control Panel, which came installed with the machine. I have to disable audio enhancements in the DTS panel for AIMP balance control to take full effect.

Changing speaker balance is something I rarely do so I just use AIMP if the need arises.

Good info from sicknero though, I've not come across Voicemeeter before.
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