[ardour-dev] Advice on FFT Analysis ... How to Read it, and What Can it Tell You?

Fons Adriaensen fons.adriaensen at skynet.be
Sat Nov 4 13:32:16 PST 2006

On Sat, Nov 04, 2006 at 08:21:31PM +0000, John Rigg wrote:

> Mixing according to a spectrum analyzer is probably a bad idea. They can
> be useful in pinpointing problems, but they fail to take into account various
> characteristics of the ear. For example, the frequency response of the ear
> varies according to sound level (take a look at a graph of equal-loudness
> curves at different SPLs and you'll see what I mean). Trust your ears
> first, analysis tools second.

Good advice. First use your ears. Music is heard, not measured.

If you want a 'musical' spectrum analyser, take a look at JAPA.



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