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Using Beats Audio Software

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This document pertains to HP Desktop PCs with Beats Audio.
Beats Audio is an enhanced audio controller that provides a deep, controlled bass while maintaining a clear sound. Use the Beats Audio control panel to:
  • customize your sound experience when playing audio devices, such as music, movies, and video games.
  • customize your recording experience when using recording devices, such as the integrated microphone, a headset microphone, and home recording equipment.

Opening the Beats Audio control panel

Click Start, Control Panel, and Beats Audio Control Panel.
NOTE:After opening Beats Audio for the first time, you can search for the software by typing Beats Audio in the Start menu search field.

Configuring playback settings

Use the Playback options to adjust the settings for the integrated speakers and headphones, a line in headset, and headphones that are plugged into the Real Time Communication (RTC) jack.
  1. Select the Playback tab in the top panel.
    Figure 1: Playback screen
  2. Depending on the device you are using, complete one of the following playback procedures.
  1. Select the Speakers/Headphones tab in the left panel.
  2. Click the default option for this device.
  3. Click Setup. The setup options that display depend on the device you are using. This step describes how to:
    • Configure the sound balance between headphone speakers
    • Configure the sound settings for the integrated stereo speakers
    • Configure the sound settings for Speaker 2.1 (integrated subwoofer software)
    Configure the sound balance between headphone speakers
    Move the sliders back and forth between L and R to adjust the sound balance between the left and right speakers. Click Test Speakers to test the results.
    Figure 2: Speaker balance display
    Configure the sound settings for the integrated stereo speakers
    Click Stereo Speakers in the Speaker Configuration box.
    Figure 3: Stereo speakers display
    Move the slider back and forth between FL and FR to adjust the sound balance between the front left and right left speakers. Click Test Speakers to test the results.
    Click Sliders to adjust the volume of each speaker.
    Figure 4: Speaker volume display
    Click the FL and FR arrows to select the size of each speaker.
    Configure the sound settings for Speaker 2.1 (integrated subwoofer software)
    Click 2.1 Speakers in the Speaker Configuration box.
    Figure 5: 2.1 Speakers display
    Move the slider back and forth between FL and FR to adjust the sound balance between the front left speaker and the front right speaker. Click Test Speakers to test the results.
    Click Sliders to adjust the volume of each speaker.
    Figure 6: Speaker volume slider
    Click the FL and FR arrows to select the size of each speaker.
    Click the SUB down arrow to enable the subwoofer software and adjust the crossover frequency.
  4. Click Equalization, and then move the sliders up and down on the equalizer display to adjust the equalization levels.
    Figure 7: Equalizer display
    To use a preset, such as Jazz or Classical, click the arrow on the Custom drop-down box, and then click the preset.
    To add a new equalization setting, click Custom in the Custom box, and then click Save.
  5. Click Beats Audio, and then slide the Vocal Clarity selector left or right to adjust the vocal clarity of the media.
    Figure 8: Vocal clarity display
  1. Select the Headphones (RTC) tab in the left panel.
  2. Click the default option for this device.
  3. Move the sliders back and forth between L and R to adjust the sound balance between the left and right speakers. Click Test Speakers to test the results.
    Figure 9: Speaker balance display

Configuring recording settings

Use the recording options to adjust the settings for a headset microphone, the integrated microphone, Iine in devices, and stereo mix.
  1. Select the Recording tab in the top panel.
    Figure 10: Recording screen
  2. Depending on the device you are using, complete one of the following recording procedures.
  1. Select the Headset Mic tab
  2. Click the default option for this device.
  3. Move the slider back and forth on the Microphone Boost bar to adjust the microphone output level.
    Figure 11: Microphone Boost display
    NOTE:High output levels may cause distortion.
  4. Click Processing in the left panel and select the recording option:
    • Select Disables all audio effects on this device to disable any artificially created or enhanced sounds.
    • Click Noise Cancellation reduce the background noise in the recording device.
    • Click Acoustic Echo Cancellation to reduce the echo in the recording device.
    Figure 12: Recording options display
  1. Select the Integrated Microphone A tab.
  2. Click the default option for this device.
  3. Move the slider back and forth on the Microphone Boost bar to adjust the microphone output level.
    Figure 13: Microphone Boost display
    NOTE:High output levels may cause distortion.
  4. Click Processing in the left panel and select the option that you wish to apply to your device:
    • Click Disables all audio effects on this device to disable any artificially created or enhanced sounds.
    • Click Noise Cancellation reduce the background noise in the recording device.
    • Click Acoustic Echo Cancellation to remove the audio coming from the speakers.
    • Click Beam Forming to control the sounds outside of a 30-degree cone.
      • Click Light Beam Forming to remove some of the sounds outside of a 30-degree cone, starting at the microphone array.
      • Click Aggressive Beam Forming to remove most of the sounds outside of a 30-degree cone, starting at the microphone array.
    • Click Light Beam Forming to remove some of the sounds outside of a 30-degree cone, starting at the microphone array.
    • Click Aggressive Beam Forming to remove most of the sounds outside of a 30-degree cone, starting at the microphone array.
    Figure 14: Recording options
  1. Select the Line In tab.
  2. Click the default option for this device.
  1. Select the Stereo Mix tab.
  2. Click the default option for this device.

Changing Beats Audio preferences

Change the preferences for the microphone, integrated microphone, and stereo mix as follows:
  1. Select the Preferences tab in the top panel.
    Figure 15: Preferences screen
  2. Click Custom, and then adjust the display preferences, such as background theme, text and slider color, and opacity level.
  3. Click General, and then click Show System Tray Icon to display the icon in the system tray.

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