How to Build Your Own UE FITS Tone Profiles

by Ultimate Ears

How to Build Your Own UE FITS Tone Profiles
Shape the way your earbuds sound by building custom Tone Profiles in the UE FITS app. Sculpt your music, podcasts and more to sound exactly the way you want. 

 

 

You probably already know that UE FITS gives you the perfect, customized fit in just 60 seconds. But that’s not the only way to customize your FITS experience. You can build custom Tone Profiles from within the UE FITS app so you can sculpt your music, podcasts and more to sound exactly the way you want. 

 

 

What’s a Tone Profile?

 

A Tone Profile describes the frequency response of your headphones or earbuds. Most earbuds have a frequency response that covers the entire frequency range of human hearing (20 Hz to 20 kHz). The Tone Profile is the shape of that frequency response curve. 

 

That means different headphones with the same frequency range will sound different depending on how that response curve is shaped. Some earbuds have a boosted bass response (popular with brands that market to fans of bass-heavy music), while some have a boosted mid-range frequency response (common with cheaper earbuds to make them feel louder than they are). Others, like UE FITS, strive to maintain a flat frequency response to facilitate a pure representation of music as it was recorded.

 

 

UE FITS Preset Tone Profiles

 

While most headphones and earbuds have a single Tone Profile (their default tuning), you can choose from six different preset Tone Profiles with the UE FITS app or build your own to fit your personal taste. 

 

If you’re new to building Tone Profiles, these presets are a great starting point. We recommend listening to all of our presets, choosing your favorite and making adjustments from there. But first, here’s some information about our Tone Profile presets.

 

 

UE Signature

 

The UE Signature preset is our purest Tone Profile. This flat frequency response curve means any music you listen to with this Tone Profile will be a faithful representation of the recording. In other words, you can hear your music exactly the way the artist intended it to be heard.

 

Recommended For: Jazz, Soul, Classical, Country, Folk, Remastered Recordings

 

UE Signature Tone Profile

 

 

Bass Boost

 

Like the name implies, Bass Boost gives you a bit more low-end, boosting the frequencies between 20Hz and 110Hz. From there, it gently tapers back to a flatter high-end with a little bit extra in the mid-range frequencies. 

 

Recommended For: Hip-Hop, EDM, Funk

 

Bass Boost Tone Profile

 

Bright

 

If you like a little more high-end jangle in your music, our Bright preset is a good starting point. It cuts some of those lower frequencies by a hair, is flat in the mid-range, and boosts the high frequencies between 3.5kHz and 20kHz.

 

Recommended For: Indie Pop, New Wave, Country, Synth-Driven Music

 

Bright Tone Profile

 

Hi / Lo Boost

 

Our Hi / Lo Boost preset offers a pretty significant boost in the low-end frequencies, a sudden drop in the mid-range, and another boost on the high-end. This preset works a lot like a stereo that has bass and treble boost knobs and gives you a more “hyped” sound.

 

Recommended For: Classic & Modern Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop 

 

Hi / Lo Boost Tone Profile

 

Loudness

 

This Tone Profile does one thing—boosts every frequency range equally. In other words, it makes your music louder without shaping the tone. 

 

 

Recommended For: Hard Rock, Metal, EDM, Trance

 

Loudness Tone Profile 

 

Spoken Word

 

The Spoken Word preset is a little more specific than our other presets. It’s designed to bring out the warmth of the human voice and filter out sibilance, the unwelcome hissing sound that sometimes happens when words lean heavily into certain consonants, namely “s,” “th,” and “f.” 

 

 

Recommended For: Podcasts, Audio Books, Talk Radio

 

Spoken Word Tone Profile 

 

Tips for Building and Customizing Tone Profiles

 

If you’re familiar with “equalization”—abbreviated EQ—building a unique Tone Profile is a similar process. When building Tone Profiles, you boost (increase) the frequencies you want more of and you cut (decrease) the frequencies you want less of. Here are a few things to keep in mind when building your own UE FITS Tone Profiles:

 

  • Start with one of our presets. If you feel like one of our Tone Profiles is close to what you want, make changes based on that instead of starting from scratch.
  • Cut before you boost. Sometimes we only think we want more bass when we actually just want less treble. 
  • Move the dots. You can boost or cut any band of frequencies in our app, not just the defaults. You’re not limited to fixed frequencies, so you can move them around to target whatever part of the sound you want.
  • Use your ears, not your eyes. Try closing your eyes and focusing on the music when you adjust your Tone Profiles. 
  • Dial it in, then dial it back. You know how something that’s too sweet can taste great for a few bites and then becomes overwhelming? Tone profiles can be that way, too. Once you find what you think is a sweet spot, dial it back just a little. 
  • Try different volumes. Make sure that your Tone Profile sounds good at various volumes.


Are you ready to build your own Tone Profiles with UE FITS? Shop FITS today!

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