How it Works

AOE sound processing is powered by a system of Profiles . Each profile contains information AOE uses to optimize the audio for a particular audio device or situation. Some AOE profiles are designed to work on a wide range of devices. We call these profiles Cities or Tools. Others are designed for a single device or custom purpose and are named for the device they are designed for. Custom profiles are available in the Full Featured version of the AOE software.

You may choose a different profile for each output category in the SETTINGS tab. Click here for more details.

So what is the magic behind the AOE audio processing? Without getting too complicated, AOE is constantly adapting the incoming audio signal to match the capabilities of your audio system. It is doing this using a patented process that “listens” to the sound the way we do. It is reacting to the audio the same way our mind reacts and it keeps sounds that are most important to us at a very consistent volume level. It does this in a transparent and musical way. Keeping important sounds at a consistent level allows all sounds to stay “above the noise” of our everyday lives so we can appreciate the nuance and emotion intended by the original creator of that content.

To experience this on your computer, AOE captures audio from its source, processes it, then plays it from your choice of outputs.

The Source App may be your media player, a game or your Internet browser streaming music or video.

  • Audio created by the Source App is captured by the DPS Virtual Audio Driver because it is automatically set as the Default Playback Device in your Sound Control Panel.
  • The DPS driver passes the audio to the AOE App.
  • The AOE App processes the audio according to the profile and other effects you have selected.
  • The AOE app sends the audio out to the Output Device you chose in the SETTINGS tab.

NOTE: The system works essentially the same in Windows and OSX. However, the Digital Power Station device driver is called AOEReflector in OSX.