the title says it all: is there a system wide sound enhancer/equalizer with a gui for us? ive tried using a few different sources (pulse) to no avail. any help?

thanks for reading :)

  • What do you mean when you say "system-wide" Feb 2, 2019 at 2:09
  • kind of like the realtek sound effects and equalizer program in windows. like, not just app or program specific equalization, but system wide
    – DPS
    Feb 2, 2019 at 3:26
  • I'm sure that you have noted that PulseAudio-Equalizer seems to be a little problematic. I run quite a different setup myself (I do some recording) but this answer which installs PulseEffects may work for you. Feb 2, 2019 at 16:02
  • yeah, i believe its no longer supported possibly? im going to check the link you shared, and get back with you!
    – DPS
    Feb 3, 2019 at 3:50
  • ok, so ive tried fetching and compiling PE to no avail. maybe im doing something wrong?
    – DPS
    Feb 3, 2019 at 20:44

1 Answer 1


I'm paraphrasing from this answer

The following commands will install PulseEffects on your computer. As you are adding a PPA, you should also know how to remove that PPA.

First, install the program for (eventual) PPA removal:

sudo apt install ppa-purge

Secondly, add the PPA to your system, do an APT update, and then install PulseEffects

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mikhailnov/pulseeffects -y
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pulseeffects

Finally, should you need to remove PulseEffects:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:mikhailnov/pulseeffects

  • wow, that worked. i tried something very similar yesterday, but after it was all said and done... the only response i got from the system when trying to launch PE, was "it is recommended that you update...something something..." from pulse itself. but then nothing, not any screen or activity. THANK YOU!
    – DPS
    Feb 3, 2019 at 21:36
  • I needed more BASS now I got more BASS thanks! Jul 1, 2020 at 14:34

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