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Beats Audio Console (Windows 8)

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This document pertains to HP Desktop PCs with Windows 8 and 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

To open the Beats Audio control panel from the Windows 8 Start screen, type beats to open the Search charm. Click Beats Audio Control Panel in the search results.
If you don't see Beats in the search results, click Settings on the right side of the screen and check the search results again.
Figure 1: Opening the Beats Audio Control Panel
Opening Beats Audio Control Panel
The Beats Audio control panel opens. Use the features to customize your volume, listening, and recording experiences, and access the advanced audio settings.
Figure 2: Beats Audio control panel
Use the Volume options to adjust the Master volume. You can also adjust the volume for Playback devices such as speakers, headphones, and digital output (S/PDIF) and Record devices such as line in, microphone, rear mic, and stereo mix.
NOTE:Your Beats Audio Console may or may not have all of these options, depending on your model number.
  1. Select Volume in the Beats Audio console.
    Figure 3: Volume screen
    Volume screen
  2. To adjust the volume, move the sliders. For example, to increase the Master volume for all Playback Devices, move the slider up.
    NOTE:The default device is noted by a check.
  3. To adjust the volume for Record Devices, first select the item from which you are recording. Then move the sliders accordingly.
    NOTE:To see additional Record Devices, click the arrow in the lower right corner.
  4. To set the item you are listening to, click Listen to and then select a device.
    Figure 4: Choosing the record device
    Choosing the record device
Use the listening experience screen to setup and adjust the settings for your Playback Devices. Playback Devices include the speakers/headphones, and digital output (S/PDIF).
NOTE:Your Beats Audio Console may not have all of these options, depending on your model number.
To adjust the audio quality settings and use the graphic equalizer, click the Experience tab in the lower left corner.
Figure 5: Experience tab - desktop computer
Experience tab
  1. To use the Beats Audio settings, place a check in the Beats Audio selection box.
    Figure 6: Beats Audio check box
    Beats Audio check box
  2. You can adjust the audio clarity for different types of media. Choose from Music, Voice, or Movie.
    Figure 7: Choosing the audio type
    Choosing the type of audio
  3. To change the settings for Music for example, slide the selectors left or right to adjust for Voice, Surround, Detail, and Bass.
    Figure 8: Audio settings
    Audio settings
  4. Select Volume Leveling Low or High to ensure that the loudness of all your music remains constant.
  5. Click Reset to return the settings to the factory defaults.
  6. To use the graphic equalizer, select the Headphone type, Default, or the Custom setting, and then move the sliders up and down on the equalizer display to adjust the levels. Click Save to save a Custom setting.
    Figure 9: Graphic equalizer settings
    Graphic equalizer settings
  7. To define the setup for your playback devices, click the Setup tab in the lower portion of the Listening Experience screen.
    Figure 10: Experience screen - Setup tab
    Experience screen - Setup tab
  8. On the Setup tab, select your audio configuration/speaker type.
    Figure 11: Selecting the audio configuration
    Selecting the audio configuration
  9. Click Sliders to adjust the Slider settings. Click the check box to Move all sliders at the same time, or click Default to return to the factory settings.
    Figure 12: Slider settings
    Slider settings
  10. Click Test Speakers to check whether the speakers are working correctly. Each speaker illuminates as it is being tested.
    Figure 13: Testing the speakers
    Testing the speakers
  11. Click the Size to change the speaker size to Small, Medium, or Large.
    Figure 14: Changing the speaker size
    Changing the speaker size
Use the recording experience options to adjust the settings for line in devices, microphones, and stereo mix.
NOTE:Your Beats Audio Console may not have all of these options, depending on your model number.
  1. Select the Recording experience tab.
    Figure 15: Recording experience screen
    Recording experience screen
  2. Select Noise Cancellation to cancel prevent background noise from being recorded.
  3. Select Acoustic Echo Cancellation to remove any audio coming from the speakers.
Use the features on the Advanced Settings screen to access Windows sound properties, swap the center speaker and subwoofer output, restore all settings to their default value, and enable multi-streaming.
NOTE:Your Beats Audio Console may not have all of these options, depending on your model number.
  • Windows Sound Properties - To access the Windows Sound Properties, click the Launch button.
    Figure 16: Accessing Windows Sound Properties
    Accessing Windows Sound Properties
  • Center / LFE Speaker - This feature is useful when using 5.1 speaker systems with center/LFE stereo jacks that do not match the configuration of the center/LFE output jack. Select Swap Center/Sub Output to use this function.
  • Default Settings - Click Reset to restore all settings to their default values.
  • Multi-Streaming - Click to Enable or Disable. With multi-streaming enabled, you can listen to two different audio sources on two different speaker sets. For example, you can listen to one audio source through the back panel speakers and a second audio source through front panel headphones or speakers.

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