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M. Erik Matlock

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Whistle While You Work: Using Your Body As An Ultra-Low-Tech Test & Measurement Instrument
A guide to your "on-board kit" and how it can make your work a little quicker and easier...
By Michael Fay ē August 30, 2019

The work of systems designers, front of house and monitor engineers, systems engineers, sales engineers, and probably several other job descriptions, can include any number of cumbersome test and measurement tools and instruments. But when all we need are quick, rough estimates, there are several easy ways to get reasonable answers with nothing but the human body and an awareness of how itís applied.

Here, Iíll detail my on-board kit. I hope you find one or more of these tools makes your work a little quicker and easier. They have for me.

Consistent On Pitch

Ever wish you had perfect pitch? I donít, but I do have really good relative pitch. By this I mean I canít easily tell what note or chord is being played, but I can hear when some instrument or person is out of tune by as little as 5 cents, or 5 percent. The word ďcentĒ stands for one hundredth of an equal-tempered semitone, and because there are 12 semitones in one musical octave, one octave consists of 1,200 cents...

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