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Master Your Audio: EQ a Room with Pink Noise Without RTA

Apr 4, 2024

Equalizing a room is essential for improving audio quality in any sound system, from home theaters to recording studios. Pink noise generator, a form of sound that contains equal energy in every octave, is often utilized to achieve this. In this article, we will explore the process of using pink noise to equalize a room without the use of real-time analyzers (RTA).

What You'll Need:

  1. Pink noise generator: You can find various apps and online tools that generate pink noise for free, or you may purchase a standalone device.

  2. Audio interface or mixer to connect the pink noise generator to your sound system.

  3. A good quality measurement microphone and cables to connect it to your audio interface or mixer.

  4. Audio analysis software, such as Room EQ Wizard (REW), can be an added advantage to help identify problem frequencies.


Step 1. Set up the system
First, set up your pink noise generator, microphone, and audio interface or mixer. Connect the pink noise generator to your sound system and the microphone to the audio interface. Position the microphone at your primary listening position or where the speakers are pointed.

Step 2. Play the pink noise
Start playing the pink noise through the sound system. Adjust the volume to a comfortable level – not too loud and not too quiet. Ensure that the entire room is filled with sound.

Step 3. Analyze the frequency response
Record the frequency response while the pink noise is playing. You can use a measurement microphone connected to an audio interface or mixer, along with audio analysis software, to accomplish this. This will help to identify any gaps or peaks in the frequency spectrum.

Step 4. Make adjustments
Based on the frequency analysis, identify any problem frequencies and make adjustments according to your needs. You can use the equalizer on your sound system or adjust the speaker level, bass, treble, or balance settings to achieve the best results.

Step 5. Check and adjust
After completing the initial adjustments, play your favorite music or audio tracks to ensure the improvements in sound quality. Listen carefully to the clarity, depth, and balance in the audio. You may need to make further adjustments to fine-tune the results.


Using pink noise to equalize a room without RTA involves identifying and adjusting discrepancies in the frequency spectrum, ensuring a balanced, clear, and accurate sound. This approach is especially helpful for those without access to expensive professional equipment, as it can be achieved using simple tools and a good set of ears.

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