(Pocket-lint) - Amazon has finally given Alexa some equaliser features.

That means you'll be able to adjust EQ settings with commands like “Alexa, increase the bass.” It’s a great option that users have been clamoring for since Amazon first launched Alexa alongside its Echo devices. Here's what you need to know, including how the feature works.


How do Alexa's EQ and sound controls work?

  • Control bass, midrange and treble
  • Also control playback for environment, such as movie or night

Amazon has announced new equaliser (EQ) and sound mode controls. These let you personalise the tone of the audio playing on your speakers, AV receivers, and sound bars by simply saying, “Alexa, crank up the bass,” “Alexa, turn up treble,” or “Alexa, set TV mode.”

The new EQ features include three named bands (defining audio frequency ranges) like bass, midrange, and treble, so you can refer to the bands by name to strengthen or weaken low-to-high audio frequencies, as well as Modes (equaliser presets for playback), such as movie, music, or night, so you can fine-tune playback of a type of music or environment. For more technical details, see Amazon's release here.

Which commands will adjust Alexa's EQ and sound controls?

Here's a few examples of what you can say:

  • “Alexa, increase bass.”
  • "Alexa, increase bass in living room."
  • “Alexa, set movie mode.”
  • "Alexa, set night mode on bedroom TV."
  • "Alexa, set bass to three on sound bar.”
  • “Alexa, decrease treble."

How to turn on Alexa's EQ and sound controls

No need to activate them; they're automatically rolling out. Just use one of the voice commands above to get started.

Which devices support Alexa's EQ and sound controls?

  • Amazon Echo devices
  • Select Alexa-enabled devices

The new EQ features are for devices from the Amazon Echo family of devices.

They're also supported on select Alexa-enabled devices that use the Alexa Voice Service. For instance, Sound United recently implemented band and mode control into the recently launched Polk Command Bar. Sonos also recently incorporated mode control into its newest soundbar, the Sonos Beam.

When will Alexa's EQ and sound controls be available?

They are now rolling out to US users. No word yet on UK availability.

Writing by Maggie Tillman.