For months I’ve been trying to fine tune the equalizer in iTunes. No matter which frequencies I meticulously adjusted or how high or low I set the Preamp at, it always just sounded like dirt. I’m no professional sound engineer by any means but I’ve spent quite a deal of time in various recording studios so I figured it shouldn’t be this hard to make this sound good. My 5 piece set of speakers from Creative are capable of packing quite a punch but I was getting some ferocious distortion on the low end of the spectrum.
After doing a bit of searching I stumbled across this post on MacOSXHints.com that had a nice little walkthrough about getting the ‘perfect’ settings for the iTunes equalizer. Upon following the suggestions posted there, I did notice a considerable increase in sound quality but was still not getting the sounds I wanted from the low end without distortion.
Then came OSS 3D. Thanks to a post over at GUI Galaxy, I found an incredible piece of software. Subband Technologies has created a plug-in for iTunes that greatly enhances the sound quality using a set of proprietary algorithms that provide access to speaker resonance correction, a virtual sub woofer, brain wave inductance, high frequency restoration, center channel control, and a host of other fun things. It also includes a 10-band equalizer with a built-in peak limiter to improve on the E.Q. built into iTunes….no more nasty distortion.
What makes OSS 3D so great is that it utilizes DSP technology. DSP technology uses mathematical calculations and algorithms to give programs like OSS 3D greater control of audio quality and equalization. These algorithms allow OSS 3D to give extra boost to your sound with real-time enhancements such as Bass/Spatialization and 3D Surround sound.
The company which created OSS 3D, Subband, will license out the technology used in OSS 3D so developers can create their own iTunes audio plug-ins. So if you’re a developer, you can create some kickin’ audio plug-ins and presets from existing groundbreaking technology.
It is free to download but costs $25 to register and make full use of all it’s capabilities including saving your own presets.