How to Train Your Ear to be Like an Audio Producer

Whenever I’ve talked to people who produce music, I’m always amazed at how they can hear things and imagine sounds in otherworldly ways. Could I learn to be that way? Could you? Maybe. Jim point us to this article at NPR.

Ear training, the practice of learning how to recognize certain sounds, is a must for audio producers. We need to be able to spot problems and identify them to before they impact quality or snowball into larger technical problems.

This post will help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common problems and recognize when it’s time to call for help. It’s a great reference guide for anyone who works with audio, from new producers to seasoned veterans. Before you start here, learn how to identify bad audio and take our audio problems quiz.

Preventing audio problems is one of the keys to ensuring quality productions. The term “garbage in, garbage out” is common in the audio world because it’s true. It can be difficult and time-consuming to fix problematic audio once it’s recorded.

If you do anything with this guide, learn how to recognize and prevent each problem.

Ready? Let’s go.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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