Yesterday Alex, from Ten Kettles Development, sent me a promo code for their new app hearEQ. An unique Universal ear training app for learning EQ! This is quite a novel concept for an app and I immediately sank into it.
hearEQ iTunes Description:
Every frequency range has a colour, a quality, a character. For sound engineers, musicians, and other enthusiasts, knowing how to apply this to an equalizer (EQ) can make a transformational change to your sound—whether you're mixing a live concert, a recording, or even playing music through iTunes.
It's a simple app with a powerful promise: if you learn the qualities of each frequency band—for example, cutting 4kHz puts sound in the background—then you can make equalization work for you, and truly transform your sound into something professional and beautiful.
hearEQ uses your favourite songs to create custom ear training exercises that a) teach you all about frequency bands, and b) help you really hone your EQ skills. A standard 10-band equalizer is used, just like you'd find in iTunes and on many professional sound mixers. Your song will be played back with a simple equalization applied—and you guess what it was!
• Was it really clear, maybe a bit hollow? Could be a 1000 Hz cut.
• Was it muddy? Maybe that's a 500 Hz boost.
• Was it really present, almost too in-your-face? Sounds like a 4kHz boost.
Ten questions, ten frequencies, and then you get a score. Want to focus on just a few frequency bands to start? You can do that too. Keep at it, and you'll be an EQ master in no time.
EQing is something I seem to struggle with a lot. I'll have all my EQ bands set up one day, and then the next day listening to the same exact source I'll feel like it's too muddy or shrill. I hoped that this app would help with that by giving me a better idea of what to listen for. When I started off I was basically guessing, "Uhh, I guess the low end sounds louder?" After half an hour with the app I had a noticeable improvement to my score, but I was also thinking in much clearer terms too! "Oh, this sounds like the 4k range is being boosted! It isn't as nasally as the 2k and is definitely not has high as the 8k." I just kind of knew it from listening closely for a while. For an app to teach that for a buck seems like a pretty good deal!
This uses songs from your iTunes library, so make sure you have something in there that is harmonically rich!