I don't know how to tune speakers well, so I wanted to know if there is a program that will create a balanced sound output when connected to my 2.1 system for all sounds. Using Macbook Pro 2010 15 inch.


Install Pulse Audio Volume Controller (aka pavucontrol).

Open up your Terminal and execute these commands:

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol # Install
pavucontrol # Run

screenshot of pavucontrol gui


If you are doing it by ear, I would simply download a wide-band pink noise (which is random noise, equal energy per octave - which is the balanced sound you are after) sound file and play it back and set the levels between your speakers until they sound even.

The following link has a series of different test tones and instructions on how to use them: http://www.eminent-tech.com/music/multimediatest.html

  • Is there a way I can set sound balance without moving the speakers?
    – rajlego
    May 30 '14 at 11:27
  • In the settings control panel > sound you can set left/right balance and subwoofer if connected.
    – NGRhodes
    May 30 '14 at 11:30

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