Best Audio Controller Software for Windows 10

It is definitely true that when it comes to Audio control, Windows doesn’t provide us with many features like equalizers, speaker configurations, or a good virtual surround audio. This is where third-party audio control software comes to the rescue. True audiophiles and audio tech enthusiasts will not be satisfied with the default Windows audio controller which is the reason why we are presenting this article about our top 5 free Audio Control Software for your Windows PC.

What can we expect from a third-party Audio Control Software

Let us get familiarised with the terms and features of audio control software-

1) Flexible and easy to use equalizer: Frequency equalizations is one of the most important parts of audio experience. Using equalizer, we can boost the decibel value of a certain frequency which can produce more clarified and emphasized output at that frequency. (For example, 60Hz – 250Hz is the frequency for bass-heavy music).

2) Sound effects: Many audio control Softwares include some effects which alter sound delivery (like a concert, empty room, hall, etc).

3. Other interesting features like visualizer, dynamic boost, ambiance control, hyper bass, etc.

Let us proceed to see our top 5 free sound control software for the Windows system.

5 free Audio Control Software

Realtek Audio Manager

Realtek is the most used audio chipset and driver on the latest laptops and desktop motherboards. Even if you are not using a modern PC, chances are high that you have a Realtek audio driver on your PC. Realtek audio manager is one of the best free audio manager/control software out there. It may have been on an even higher spot on this list if it was not exclusive to Realtek chipset.

Remember our above list of ideal features that should be present in an audio control software? Realtek Audio Manager checks the whole list. It is powerful and stable software, which is constantly kept updated by Realtek developers. It is also a safe and trusted application as it comes from the semiconductor giant Realtek Corporation. Many PC’s come with Realtek Audio Manager pre-installed. This software can also come with the name Realtek audio console on newer laptops. You can find the Realtek Audio Manager/Console in the start menu or in the system tray on the right-hand corner of the taskbar.

If you can’t find it but you are sure that your device is equipped with a Realtek chip, find and download the device driver from the official website.


Equalizer APO

Equalizer APO is tough to install and use equalizer software. This is the most powerful and customizable audio control software available so it deserves our number 1 spot. It is safe to say that it is also the most popular audio software out there and you can find a number of video and text tutorials on the internet to help you with the installation.

Equalizer APO has the following features:

  • Virtually unlimited number of filters are available
  • It has low time lag (low latency in other words)
  • It is a lightweight application (It won’t eat away your resources like CPU and memory)
  • VST plugins are supported

The only drawback is that Equalizer APO doesn’t come with a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which means users will have to control it using text, but don’t worry, you can download peace equalizer from here.

Peace equalizer is a software that will enable the GUI on Equalizer APO which will make it much easier to use.



Viper4Windows (v4w) can be called as a sound enhancement software. You can use this software to improve sound output to your speakers, headphones, earphones, and pretty much any sound device considerably. Viper4Windows is a very well-known software among music and audio enthusiasts as this program is free and is probably the program with the highest number of useful features and enhancements.

Some of the features are-

  • FIREqualizer: An equalizer program
  • eXtra-Loud: You can go post the maximum limit of volume using this feature of v4w
  • Pure Bass+: High-quality bass delivery
  • Hass Effect: Gives a differential Sound
  • VHS+: Stands for the self-explanatory Virtual Headphone Surround system

Also, check the list of audio recording software that is perfect for beginner to expert.

And much more. We would recommend this software over the number 1 spot on our list if you have little knowledge about sound enhancement as v4w is very easy to use and comes with the highest number of features.


Voicemeeter Pro

VB- Audio’s Voicemeeter Banana advanced mixer is one of the most advanced and feature-rich audio control software you can find on the internet. Despite its setup package is named as Voicemeeter Pro, it is completely free to use application with an option to donate to the creators. Voicemeeter uses a virtual audio device to mix and manage any audio sources from or to different audio devices or applications.

We have included this application for those users who want an audio control application that supports audio mixing with versatility. This is an audio mixing focused application and can be a little difficult to use for first-timers, but thanks to this documentation: link on their official website, users can access many free tutorial videos and the user manual so that they can smoothly install and use the audio mixing/control application.



This may be or may not be exactly what you were looking for, which is why EarTrumpet is on the number 5 spot on our list. EarTrumpet is a very simple but powerful volume control application for Windows 10. This software is very popular with Windows users. EarTrumpet can be easily trusted as it is present on Microsoft Windows Store and easy to download. It is also a very lightweight application being just 7.48 MB.

You can control classic and modern app volumes, control default audio devices in a few clicks, and move apps between playing devices. What we love about this app is that it matches the look and feel of Windows 10 and it also has a feedback hub. In case the application crashes, you can choose whether to send the crash data to the developers so that they can fix the issues soon. It has a huge user base and community. The only issue is that it is not a fully-fledged audio control application, so you miss out on many features like audio frequency equalization and sound effects.



Tell us which audio controller software you have chosen and why in the comments below. We are also welcoming suggestions and queries wholeheartedly, so kindly contact us or comment.

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Bipul is an undergraduate engineering student, who has used five different Windows releases over 8 years of him being a true PC enthusiast.

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