Ear traing?

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Member Since: Sep 29, 2008

Do you have any ear training software that you would recommend?I am somewhat new to the board at my church and struggle a bit to find the offending freq.

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The Czar of BS
Since: Dec 31, 2007

Oct 28, 2008 09:10 pm

There use to be a MP3 file out there for this. But I find them ratter tedious.

One way, is to have a 31 band EQ in line with your system.

Try to identify where in the spectrum it is. Low, Mid, High.

From there, raise the fader slowly in that section until it feeds back at a low level.

Keep going until you find the offending frequency. Once identified, lower that fader to -3 dB to start. If it keeps feeding back, lower it another -3 dB. Until it stops.

That should work on stopping it from taking off on you.

Since: Sep 22, 2008

Oct 29, 2008 01:12 am

I'd really like to know about this too! I met someone who mentioned something about an ear training software that was kinda like a video game. I wasn't able to find out the name of it though :(

I have tried the 31 band EQ thing and it did help. But I'm nothing like the experienced people I've worked with who can accurately name a frequency without a RTA...which I use because I easily get frustrated. haha

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Oct 29, 2008 01:48 am

Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals by F. Alton Everest.

While we're on the subject - Anyone looking to step up their game should browse the many titles by F. Alton Everest - Many of which should be required reading for every budding engineer before they ever pick up a microphone. Excellent, excellent stuff on basic and advanced acoustics, audio theory, even basic room design, soundproofing techniques, room treatments, etc.

We lost a legend when he passed a few years ago...

The Czar of BS
Since: Dec 31, 2007

Oct 29, 2008 01:51 am

Nothing wrong with using an RTA. I myself use two versions of Smaartlive. I have 5.4 and 6.0.

I will admit, Smaartlive is expensive. and not everyone can afford to purchase all of the pieces that are required for it as well.

True RTA is a good program. It's very cheap as well. I think you can download a free copy from their web site. And if you want the full blown version, it's around $100.00. It also runs well off of the on board mic in most lap tops.

Still, it's never a bad thing to learn to identify the frequencies by ear. The 31 band EQ is how I trained my ear. Talking into a SM 58, and raising each fader as I talked. But, yeah. It takes a while.

Since: Sep 29, 2008

Oct 29, 2008 07:47 pm

Thanks for you input I have found and ordered that book at Amazon.I am also reading the Art of Mixing by Gibson and it seems to be a big help to me.I never thought of dropping a 31 band in line .Maybe I could do that when I have time to just run some recordings thru and mess with it.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Oct 31, 2008 01:23 am

see chapter seven here, or just google ringing out a romm, that is if you're having feedback issues with the PA.


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