How to Adjust Bass in Audacity

How to Adjust Bass in Audacity

Bass boost is useful when adding finishing touches to an audio track, or if you simply prefer to listen to audio with enhanced bass.


1. Choose a portion of your audio track to bass boost, or leave it alone if you intend to bass boost the entire thing. If your audio isn’t loud enough, use “Effect” -> “Amplify” (make sure “New Peak Amplitude” is set to 0.0) before moving on to the next step.

2. Select “Effect,” then “Normalize.” Normalization is a technique for reducing the height of sound waves without making the sound itself quieter. This frees up space for a bass boost.

3. Set the value for “Normalize maximum amplitude” to -10.0 dB. That is the recommended value, but don’t go lower than -10 or the audio will sound noticeably quieter. Set it no higher than -10, as this may cause distortion when you try to increase the bass. When you’re finished, click “OK.”

4. Click “Effect”, then “Bass and Treble”.

5. The handle next to “Bass (dB)” should be dragged. To test the sound, increase it and then click “Start Playback.” Adjust the handle if it sounds distorted. Increase the treble if desired, but not as much as the bass.

If you like the way it sounds, click “Apply” and then “Close.” If it doesn’t have enough bass, raise it as high as you can without causing distortion, then repeat the process described above. Repeat those steps as needed until you have the desired bass.

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