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Just 10 minutes a day and have better productions ASAP!

By John Maciel

Recently I was helping a buddy of mine was moving into his first home. He bought himself a load a new gear to put into a room of the house which would now become his working home studio, a dream he has had since we were teenagers was finally being realized. Seating back taking a break from the loading trips he mentioned how he wished there was a program like 10-minute abs but instead of his abs it would be for his ears. He was feeling intimidated from a year of not actively doing music to all the sudden having everything he ever wanted to make songs for his own enjoyment to share with friends like me or family. I smiled and said that I actually knew of such a program that Just 10 minutes a day and have better productions ASAP!

Roughly 15 years ago I started my journey in recording music, and at the time I would read article after article, book after book trying to figure out the magic ingredient that would help me go from bedroom sounding recording to something that would at least sound close to some of my favorite records. About 3 years ago I stumbled across the back of a Guitar World Magazine to find an ad for a product on perfect pitch which got me thinking “Is there a solution but for frequencies?” Within a couple of minutes of a google search, I found TrainYourEars. This was version one at the time and rough around the edges, but the concept was pretty cool, here a frequency guess and move on — that simple. 

What is Perfect Pitch?

Perfect pitch also some people call it absolute pitch is a rare skill that allows an individual to recall any “note” or “pitch” without reference. Some doctors say that this is taught at a very young age in children and they will grow into adulthood with perfect pitch, whereas some are just born with it. Most of us are not born with perfect pitch, so we have to learn to develop our ears to hear notes in music. I remember when I first picked up a guitar I didn’t understand how someone could tune it by ear, my ears didn’t hear a note it was just a sound. I was always terrified when I didn’t have a tuner nearby and would be asked to tune an acoustic guitar by ear during lessons or guitar ensemble class. Throughout the years though I noticed I was able to hear the “note” the string was doing and they could tell if it was lower then the desired note (flat) or higher then the desired note (sharp). This took years and much playing to finally reach that point, I forgot to mention my entire family is “tone-deaf” and did not play any instruments so this was an additional learning curb and obstacle to tackle.

I wish at that time in my life there was something that gave me designed exercises to learn “pitch” or “notes” sooner. It wasn’t until I took a beginners Choir Ensemble course that the instructor recommended a DVD/CD that just played notes in Root, 3rd’s, 5th’s and then add notes to create chords. This helped me a ton as well, and at the end of the semester when we had a final, I made the most improvement by a class vote.

When I started mixing, I had the same issue, how the heck would I hear the right “frequencies” that are not allowing the instrument to sound as polished as it can on its own or work in the context of a mix. I remember reading articles and forums of people making EQ choices based on masking frequencies in the mix not allow the bass and kick to live and play nicely together. I did not understand how anyone could do this; then I remembered my early years of Guitar and Choir. At the time no product did frequency specific exercises that worked. Then one year I found the previously mentioned ad in an issue of Guitar World, to help individuals get perfect pitch. That google search that led to TrainYourEars, at the time it was a bit rough around the edges, but the technology and concept just made sense, so I took the plunge, and personally, have been appreciative ever since.

How Does TrainYourEars Work?

TrainYourEars V2 is designed to be incredibly simple and easy for anyone to jump right in. You have the option to test your ears in their ability to hear frequency ranges using pre-generated quizzes or create your own if you want to focus on specific problem areas.
Let me thoroughly explain the broad, complex, rigorous training program I’ve been talking about-

TrainYourEars works in 4 simple steps:

1. You hear the audio signal (white/pink noise or music)
2. You listen to it again with random EQ applied
3. You guess which parameters were applied
4. You check to see if you were correct or not

This simple routine allows your ears to develop your listening abilities quick, saving you time and bringing maximum results. It is that simple. You only need 5-15 minutes a day, and within the first week, you’ll start to notice the difference.

The Plugin Alley Staff and I CAN NOT recommend TrainYourEars enough. We want YOU become the Audio Engineer you are destined to be! Click Here and get an additional 10% off TrainYourEars!

Turn 3 years of trial and error into 3 months of focus to achieve professional results, and soon people will be asking you to train THEIR ears.

What are your techniques for developing your critical listening skills? Let us know in the Plugin Alley Facebook Group!

Why not just reference Records I love?

I thought the same thing when I heard about TrainYourEars. “hmm okay but what beats just reference a record I love?” You can still reference records; it is a tried and true method. I still do it to this day; it helps give you another angle to a painting. The problem with reference when you are still developing your ears to hear resonant and masking frequencies is that it’s honestly just going to take much time before you know exactly what you are hearing. With TrainYourEars you are simply training your ears and brain to hear and recognize certain frequencies in a speedy and straightforward approach that will cut the learning curb way over half the time it would normally. The cool part is streaming or uploading your favorite tracks, creating quizzes and testing your ears with the references tracks. I’ll be honest listening to pink or white noise is such a pain to power through even as much of a nerd I am, doing anything more then 2-5 minutes is exhausting.

I can not personally Recommend TrainYourEars enough. We want YOU become the Audio Engineer you are destined to be! Click Here and get an additional 10% off TrainYourEars!

Turn 3 years of trial and error into 3 months of focus to achieve professional results, and soon people will be asking you to train THEIR ears.

What are your techniques for developing your critical listening skills? Let us know in the Plugin Alley Facebook Group!

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