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Add Sound Enhancements to Windows 8

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    New York
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    Windows 8.1

    Add Sound Enhancements to Windows 8


    Hi.

    I was wondering if it's possible to get sound enhancements on a computer that doesn't have them built in. What I mean by this is when you go to Volume Mixer > (click the audio device) > Enhancements tab, you see things like Bass Boost and Pitch Shift. If a computer doesn't have these options, can I get them to work in order to change the pitch, for example? If it can't be done, what third party application can I use to change the pitch of the audio coming out of the speaker so everything sounds squeaky? Is there a program or setting that does that? Also, the computer had Beats Audio with Beats Audio Control Panel.

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    Most multimedia players have their own settings for sound, did you try thru them ?
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    According to what I can find (and its sketchy) this has "Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller". Nowhere do I find that this comes with the Beats Audio. The only Beats Audio I can find is what comes with certain model HP computers.

    Assuming the Intel audio is correct, unless Intel has an updated driver with audio enhancements, you may be out of luck.
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  4. #4


    New York
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    According to what I can find (and its sketchy) this has "Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller". Nowhere do I find that this comes with the Beats Audio. The only Beats Audio I can find is what comes with certain model HP computers.

    Assuming the Intel audio is correct, unless Intel has an updated driver with audio enhancements, you may be out of luck.
    I know that the ASUS laptops don't come with Beats Audio. I'm talking about a different computer than mine and it is a new HP laptop. What was different is that it has Beats Audio. Usually, to increase the pitch or do some other enhancement to the sound, you can do what I said above or access the Realtek HD Audio Manager via Control Panel > Hardware & Sound and change the Karaoke setting under enhancements. However, the Beats Audio computer has a Beats Audio Control Panel that does not contain enhancements/effects at all, and I really want them for the HP computer.

    So, would it help to install Realtek audio drivers and then maybe the enhancements will come up, or will it affect the existing drivers? Should I uninstall the Beats Drivers first in order to switch to Realtek or am I really stuck with the default boring audio drivers that don't have nice effects that Realtek provides?
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't know if this is what you are looking for or not.
    See picture:

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    You can't install RealTek drivers if you do not have a RealTek audio chip in the PC. You can only install the drivers from the actual chip vendor (or from PC vendor for the specific chip), or the generic basic function Windows HD Audio Codec. However, the Windows HD Audio Codec does not have any sound enhancements.

    There are several software add ons such as the Beats Audio. Creative has a SoundBlaster MB software enhancement which is similar to the Beats. A quick google search doesn't turn up any 3rd party add on for what you want.
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    Any HP Beats Audio laptop would need the HP audio drivers from their site. I believe that HP uses IDT audio for a lot of their laptops.
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  8. #8


    New York
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I don't know if this is what you are looking for or not.
    See picture:

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    Yes that is what I am looking at and on one computer I see Enhancements, which is what I am looking for, but the second computer has "Tone Controls" in instead.. I want a way to get the enhancements there somehow.
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    New York
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sardonicus View Post
    Any HP Beats Audio laptop would need the HP audio drivers from their site. I believe that HP uses IDT audio for a lot of their laptops.
    Hi. Which audio drivers exactly? Would it help if I downloaded the IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 from HP.com? Here is the link: http://bit.ly/17FMarl

    I'm wondering maybe this will add the enhancements through the installation, or is it just for some fixes?

    I also found this:
    http://bit.ly/IaL7q3
    HP doesn't specify what each driver installation is for, so I'm confused by their website. Somebody help..
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Bgeo99 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I don't know if this is what you are looking for or not.
    See picture:

    Click image for larger version
    Yes that is what I am looking at and on one computer I see Enhancements, which is what I am looking for, but the second computer has "Tone Controls" in instead.. I want a way to get the enhancements there somehow.
    Maybe go to WalMart & get a cheap set of Logitech speakers or headset.
    My headphones (with microphone) are Logitech.
    Plug them into the second computer & see if you get the enhancements available.
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