PulseEffects Audio Tools – How to Install

PulseEffects is an advanced audio manipulation tool. It includes an equalizer, limiter, compressor and a reverberation tool, just to mention a few. To complement this there is also a built-in spectrum analyzer.

Because PulseEffects uses the default PulseAudio sound server it will work with most, if not all, applications you use. All supported applications are presented in the main window, where each can be enabled individually.

Besides manipulating sound output, PulseEffects is able to apply effects to an input device, such as a microphone. This is, for example, useful in audio recording, but it also works well during voice conversations.

Launching PulseEffects will conveniently remember the configuration used in the last session. It is also possible to save all the current settings as profiles.

PulseAudio works great filling in the gaps of online streaming services that don’t provide EQ options, unlike native music players. It’s also great for enhancing the sound profile on devices with low powered built-in speakers like monitors and laptops.

How to Install PulseEffects

Ubuntu 18.04/Mint 19 and Newer, Debian 9 and Newer:

Open a terminal and enter:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mikhailnov/pulseeffects -y
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pulseeffects pulseaudio --install-recommends

For Other Distributions and Flatpak

see the repositories page on github

Note: Installation may change your output from the default to PulseEffects. If no sound is heard open Sound Settings on your DE and change back to your normal output device.

You can now open PulseEffects from your normal app menu.

One Big Effects Rack

PulseEffects offers multiple plugins that have to be enabled in the app to work. These include:

  • Limiter
  • Auto Gain
  • Gate
  • Multiband Gate
  • Compressor
  • Multiband Compressor
  • Convolver
  • Bass Enhancer
  • Exciter
  • Crystalizer
  • Stereo Tools
  • Reverberation
  • Equalizer
  • Delay
  • Crossfeed
  • Loudness
  • Maximizer
  • Filter
  • Pitch

Other Options available include a dark theme option, changing the priority for latency, changing the spectrum (colour, sampling, size etc.) and editing the PulseAudio buffer size.

All in all, PulseEffects provides a really good way to tweak your Linux sound system.

Do you process your sound output? If so why not share how in the comments below.