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Black Cat Systems SDRuno Equalizer Plugin

This plugin adds an audio equalizer to SDRuno. By increasing or decreasing the volume of each audio band, intelligibility of weak stations can be dramatically improved.

The audio spectrum is divided into ten bands, centered at 31.25, 61.5, 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000 and 16000 Hz. This is similar to the concept of equalizers popular back in the days of home stereo/audio systems.

The relative audio level (volume) of each band can be independently varied, between -10 dB and + 5 dB. Applying -10 dB reduces the loudness to one tenth of the nominal value, +5 dB increases it by about a factor of 3. A setting of 0 dB is effective to a gain of 1, or change at all relative to the input audio level.

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The plugin requires the latest SDRuno version: 1.40.2

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If you do not yet have a copy of the plugin, download the SDRuno community plugin installer: https://www.sdrplay.com/downloads/

Currently the direct download link for the installer is: https://www.sdrplay.com/dload/ddl.php?fname=SDRplay_SDRuno-1.40.2_Community_Plugins-2.1.exe

This link will change with each SDRuno version.

During the Community Plugin installation process, you will see the directory it is going to install the Community Plugins into, take note of it, you will need this later!

When you run SDRuno, it may say it cannot find the plugins directory, set it to the directory you took note of earlier:

Click on the PLUGINS button in the title bar of the SDRuno Main window (upper left part of your screen) to open the plugins window, then right click somewhere in the window (but not the list of plugins) and select the directory you took note of above.

Operation

Launch the plugin (named UnoEQ) from the SDRuno Plugin Control Panel. You should see the above window.

Initially, all gains are set to 0 dB, or no change relative to the input values. Click the Enabled checkbox to turn the equalizer mode on and off. Please note that even with this setting, the audio will sound slightly different when the equalizer is enabled, as the filters in the banks are never completely perfect.

Adjust the relative volume levels in each band by changing the slider settings. There is no one perfect set of slider values, they will vary depending on reception conditions, interference, program content, etc. Experimentation / trial and error are required. Take care when adjusting the sliders above 0 dB as clipping/distortion can occur. If this happens, CLIPPING will appear just to the right of the Enabled checkbox. You can reduce the overall volume level in the SDRuno RX CONTROL panel as well to stop clipping.

Clicking the reset button will reset all of the sliders to 0 dB (normal volume level).

Slider settings will be saved and recalled when the plugin is closed and opened again. In addition, there are ten memories. To store slider settings into a memory, click the Store button, then click the memory number button. To load settings, click the memory number button.

Please take care when setting gains higher than 0 dB, as this will increase the overall volume/loudness of the audio. In addition to causing clipping/distortion, you could damage your speakers or ears. As a warning, any time a gain slider is raised above 0 dB the displayed value will turn yellow, and then turn red above 3 dB. This does not mean you cannot operate at these settings, only that you should take care.

Suggested volume setting:

A video from Mike Ladd about the benefits of using an audio equalizer:

A video from SDRPlay about installing/using plugins with SDRuno:

Email your comments and questions to info@blackcatsystems.com

Last modified December 9, 2020