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    Music player with parametric equalizer

    I'm looking for a music player for Linux that has the following features (in this order of importance, and does not require WINE):
    1. Parametric equalizer
    2. Savable equalizer profiles
    3. Cross-feed
    4. Music library management
    5. Dithering


    If you're familiar with Rockbox, I'm looking for something similar to that. I don't care if it supports these features natively or through plugins, or if I have to download and compile it from Source Forge, etc. Please let me know if any player exists that has these features. Thanks!
    Last edited by Lysander10; November 2nd, 2011 at 09:12 PM. Reason: Additional request
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    I do not know what is RockBox, but... try VLC...

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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Rockbox is a replacement, open source PMP firmware that has the features I'm looking for. Unfortunately, I don't think it can be run (easily) under Linux.

    VLC does have an equalizer, but it doesn't look like it's parametric. It also doesn't support music library management.
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Update: It looks like Aqualung supports parametric equalization through the LADSPA framework. However, it does not include a library manager. Is there a music player with a library manager that uses LADSPA?
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Audacious can use LADSPA plugins, but I don't think it has an parametric equalizer, unless there is another plugin that I don't have. Its own equalizer is reasonable, but I can't compare it with others, as I have seldom used the equalizer in it.
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Thank you! I have spent all day looking for a music player that has a parametric equalizer. There is indeed a LADSPA plugin for this; it's called "Triple band parametric with shelves". It comes included in the standard Ubuntu package (at least it does in 10.10).
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    It appears that I was mistaken: there is a LADSPA parametric equalizer plugin, but you have to install the "fil-plugins" package to use it.
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Ok, I installed fil-plugins, but how do you make it show up in Audacious and use it? Thanks.

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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    Yeah, it's hidden pretty well, isn't it? Open Audacious, go to File >> Preferences, and select "Plugins" from the menu on the left. Then select the "Effects" tab, find "LADSPA host" from the menu, select it, make sure it's checked, and click on "Preferences". Search through the menu that pops up for "Triple band parametric with shelves", select it, and click "Add". You can then configure the parametric equalizer from this menu.
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    Re: Music player with parametric equalizer

    I'd also like to say that I was wrong about Aqualung - it does have a music library manager; the interface is just unintuitive. But it has a lot of great features for audiophiles, and I've come to prefer it to Audacity. Here is how to use the parametric equalizer from fil-plugins in Aqualung:

    Select FX (the LADSPA patch builder) from the main menu. In the menu that pops up, scroll down to "Triple band parametric with shelves", and add it to the list of running plugins. You can then select it from the running plugins list and click "Configure" to adjust the parametric equalizer.
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