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iTunes 10.7 - Too much bass?

1507 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 6:52 PM by RibbonMaster57 RSS
Sorcerio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Sep 17, 2012 11:38 AM

Is there now, in iTunes 10.7, an all-the-time bass boost? I never use the equalizer because I don't want my music to go through any more processing than it has to. I like a natural sound, and listen through studio reference monitors for the authentic reproduction they provide. After auditioning the newest version of iTunes - 10.7, I am experincing a sort of bass boost. Remember the old bass boost switch on stereos and whatnot? Well it's like having that switched on. It sounds overblown and muddy, and it drowns out the dynamics of the music. I do listen to quite a bit of bass-heavy electronic music, so this effect is overtly pronounced for me.


i guess I am just looking for confirmation from others who might have noticed this too. I don't like the idea of having to pass my music through the equalizer just to remove the extra bass this version of iTunes seems to have built-in to default playback.

Mac mini (Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion, Apogee Duet, Emagic AMT8
  • Worcsdave123 Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:16 AM (in response to Sorcerio)

    Completely agree with you: my speakers now sounds like a prepubescent teen's ghetto blaster...

    Have tried fiddling with equalizer, but bass still pounding!  Bonkers!

  • Tom Sheppard Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 1:46 PM (in response to Sorcerio)

    My playback was very muddy and thin with iTunes 10.7, like it was coming out of a 1960's car radio. Verified against the same track using the Finder's Quick Look and the difference in clarity was stunning.


    I rolled back to 10.6.3 and restored the 'iTunes Library.itl' file from 'Previous iTunes Libraries'. Everything sounds great now.

  • RibbonMaster57 Calculating status...
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    Nov 28, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to Tom Sheppard)

    Tom Sheppard,

    I'm having the same problem. Could you tell me how to do what you did? about restoring the previous itunes library file? I would love to have my music back again?



  • Tom Sheppard Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 8:01 AM (in response to RibbonMaster57)

    The current .itl file is in your home folder, ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library.itl. This assumes you haven't moved your library from its default location. Rename that file or make a copy.


    The old file is in the Previous iTunes Libraries/iTunes Library yyyy-mm-dd.itl.


    Most likely it's the file with the latest date when you upgraded. Copy (don't move) that file to the iTunes parent folder and change its name to be 'iTunes Library.itl'.


    Launch iTunes 10.6.3. You might lose some playcounts and ratings since your upgrade, but compared to having your music sound like <bleep> it's worth rolliing back.


    When iTunes 11 comes out I'm going to wait a bit a see what other people say before I upgrade again.

  • RibbonMaster57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 4:22 PM (in response to Tom Sheppard)

    Well, your tip did help me with the bass problem.  Unfortunantly I still have a syncing problem- its randomly stops and says the file cannot be written.  You wouldn't happen to have any tips on that ^_^???


    Thanks again

  • curnal. Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 2:38 AM (in response to Sorcerio)

    what is your equaliser preset set to ?

  • RibbonMaster57 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 6:52 PM (in response to curnal.)

    Nothing. Flat setting.  But the base is fine now...sort of.  See now I can't sync anything to my ipod or ipad. I have no idea why.


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