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Perception Is Reality: Psychoacoustics From An Audio Engineer’s Perspective
Connecting dots to start laying some foundational knowledge...
By Todd Hartmann • April 9, 2019

We’ve all been to a show that was uncomfortably loud – piercing, yet unintelligible. The upper end of the mix is crowded, harsh and honestly, painful. After only a few minutes of listening, ear fatigue sets in. You want to leave, but that nagging $40 concert ticket compels you to stay.

Then there’s the opposite experience, a great performance paired with a beautiful mix that’s both huge and enveloping.

While I’ve experienced far too many shows in the first category and not enough in the second, I’ve yet to see a common link between an overly-loud sounding show and the age, experience, or career success of the front of house engineer.

Whether it’s the result of hearing damage, poor practices, pressure from band management, or some combination thereof, one thing is certain – audience members pay the price...

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