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Ear Training 101: Addressing Perception, EQ, Feedback & More


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Ear Training 101: Addressing Perception, EQ, Feedback & More
Developing the ability to identify, balance, and adjust specific individual sounds within a mix to shape the overall image.
By Samantha Potter • August 3, 2018

If you’ve been in this business for more than a week, you know how important training your ears can be. Our hearing is very sensitive, and in addition to protecting it, we need to keep it in shape. Here are some tips that I’ve found helpful over the years.

Perception Goal
Sound mixers of all types should possess the ability to focus their hearing on individual sounds within a larger mix, a sort of “zoom-in, form an analysis, zoom back out, and analyze again” process. Rinse and repeat as needed.

Another way to think about it is selecting “solo” on the console without all of the show-stopping awkwardness of actually soloing the channel in the middle of an event. It takes some practice but once you get it down, exercise it frequently.

The goal is to be able to focus in on something to make slight adjustments and then re-incorporate these elements into the mix to finish making any necessary adjustments. This assures that you’re able to find issues deep in the mix while still mixing the entire image.

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