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Re: Is anyone else bothered by 'EE' sounds on vocals?
Posted by BrassTeacher on May 12, 2007 at 20:59:59:
Well, the short answer is by listening.
However, my formal training is as a musician (trumpet player since age 10), and after 30+ years of performing and listening to live music, from various level groups, those sounds "soak in".
Also, I took a few classes in college, both grad and undergrad, such as "Physics in the Arts", and a few electronic music courses. The first electronic music course I took, we were very limited as to actual equipment, mostly reel-to-reel tape decks, and an analog synthesizer od two. Back then (did I just type "back then"? damn I'm getting old), programming your trusty old Arp Odessy required a thorough knowledge of the parameters of a wave that controls what the human ear perceives as pitch, timbre, loudness, etc.
I was also lucky in that some of my teachers taught me how to listen for very minute flaws in the sound of a student, or group of students, how to analyze what I was hearing, and come up with a quick (hopefully correct) solution to rectify the problem.
So, from my formal training I knew polarity was important, but I became a BIG stickler for making sure things were correct after I got a hold of an older Parasound preamp that let you switch polarity on-the-fly.
Once you hear it switch back and forth, it becomes REALLY obvious to just about anyone.
Lyrics become much more understandable (even the late James Brown!), percussion instruments and piano become much more realistic, and, depending on the recording, instruments and voices tend to sound more like the way they do naturally. Also, it tends to add that last "missing octave" back onto the bass end of your system.
So, that's the long answer. Not necessarily scientific by using some sort of device to measure, but by training, and not really "inferring", but using carefully trained ears.
Sorry it took so long to respond, things have been a bit frantic around here! :)