BOOST MOBILE: I use Electri-Q (yellow
window) to boost low frequencies, cut
the high midrange, and boost the very
high frequencies, to compensate for
my lousy car stereo. The bigger window
shows the sounds ready to be edited in
instruction manual and a .dll file in a folder named
C:\Program Files\Aixcoustic\Electri-Q. Locate that
folder with Windows Explorer and drag a copy of
the .dll file to your Wavosaur folder to make it
more easily accessible.
3. LAUNCH EDITOR
Launch Wavosaur and open one of your .wav music
files. Now activate your graphic equalizer. Choose
Tools ⇒ VST ⇒ VST Rack from the menu bar, and
in the VST Rack window that opens, click the Load
VST button, and find the Electri-Q plugin in your
Wavosaur folder. Still in the VST Rack window, click
the View button to display the equalizer. You can
now close the VST Rack window.
4. APPLY EQ
You’re ready to apply EQ to your sound. In Wavosaur
click the Play button and the little Processing check-box just under the main menu bar. You hear the
music while processing it through the equalizer,
which lets you boost or cut any frequencies, in a
wide or narrow range. Finally, use Tools ⇒ VST ⇒
Apply VST to apply the EQ to the whole file. You can
also use Tools ⇒ VST ⇒ Batch Processor to apply
the same EQ to all the files in one folder — a very
convenient and powerful feature.
5. BURN A CD
Burn your adjusted sound onto the CD-R that
you’ll play in your car stereo. I used Express Burn
( nch.com.au/burn), another free program from
the same source as Express Rip.
Try out your new sound. You may have to go back
to your computer and tweak it a couple more times,
but once you have your ideal EQ settings, you can
apply them to all the music in your collection to
make “car listening versions.”
THE AUDIO TAKE-HOME MESSAGE
The VST concept has been almost as significant for
audio as the PostScript language was for graphic
arts. You can put together an entire rack of audio
processing modules to apply reverb, repeat echo,
flanger, vocal remover, acoustic space modeling,
tape hiss suppression — any effect you can imagine.
VST isn’t so popular on the Mac, but Apple
offers an equivalent system known as Audio Units.
Whichever system you use, it will enable effects
that used to entail power-hungry hardware costing
thousands of dollars.