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An EnginEARing Two-fer
By Editor's Desk on February 19 2011 02:00 PM | Permalink | Author Info
EQ StormWhat do a thunderstorm and an equalizer have in common? They both make excellent tools for use in developing our critical listening skills. How they can do this is what we explore in Parts 4 and 5 of our "EnginEARing" series of articles on critical and analytical listening skills for the studio engineer.

In "EnginEARing Part 4: Listening To The World Around Us" we step out of the studio, first to the outdoors to hear just what Mother Nature's sound system has to teach us about the world of sound (far more than one might think). Then we step back indoors to take our newly-attuned ears for an intimate listen to a more human sound system - a live combo, all to use as both reference and practice for critical listening in our studio.

Then in "EnginEARing Part 5: Learning the Frequency Spectrum", we take our worldly-educated ears back into out studio and use our equalizer to learn to associate the various sounds we hear with their approximate numerical frequency values. Within days we can all know the difference between 200Hz, 400Hz, 2kHz and 4kHz and many other frequency bands just by listening to our music.

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