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The Case For Learning Critical Listening

As a live sound professional, knowing how to hear is crucial for your craft.

Back in college, as a music major, I was required to work through the great audiologist F. Alton Everest’s Critical Listening And Auditory Perception audio course. This meant countless hours of playing and replaying clips of sine waves, audio recordings with and without distortion, panning examples, etcetera, following along with my book of charts and waveforms, comparing what I was hearing to what I was learning.

“This is a 100Hz tone.

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