TET Practice

Greetings and salutations fellow sound-nerds, today I have been practicing some ear training using Technical Ear Trainer-Parametric Equalisation and have found some interesting points.

  • My recognition between 8kHz and 16kHz needs improvement
  • Listening to whether certain frequencies have been cut or boosted and the nature of these sounds are critical to developing a good ear
  • Using pink noise is a little bit easier
  • Using an audio track puts the exercise into perspective and has further implications (hearing what frequencies really shine in certain genres)
  • It’s a rewarding experience because you notice improvement
  • It’s actually fun!

For my first 50 questions I used the pink noise option with a gain combination of +12dB/-12dB, 1 octave frequency resolution, 1 band, Q is set to 2 and a frequency range of 63Hz-1600Hz (pretty simple really but good to get familiar with the exercises)

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For the next 50 questions I used Decapitated’s song Carnival is Forever with the same settings as before. Using this trainer with a song feels a bit trickier at the start but after a few questions it is actually more fun than pink noise (the pink noise relaxes with its rain-like quality).

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1 Comment

  1. Remember that 8 to 16khz is only an octave, same as between 200 and 400 hz so don’t freak out if you struggle telling 10k from 12k. Use a wide variety of music on these exercises … Metal is about as close to white noise as you’ll get, distorted guitars are quite even up to about 6k. Try similar exercises with classical piano or orchestras and you start to hear the top end of natural reverbs and instrumentation like never before. Pop music is brighter than pink noise.


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