What is the role of Spectrum Analyzer in Mixing

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  1. gautam roy

    gautam roy Active Member

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    I have just downloaded GT analyzer. I wanted to know that what is the role of frequency analyzer in audio recording.
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    A spectrum analyser give a visual representation of the frequencies an audio signal is made of.
    It may help identify problematique frequencies and help speeding up the fixing process.
     
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  3. Boswell

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    ...particularly those in the region below 100Hz that your monitoring system may not be able to reproduce accurately.
     
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  4. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Most of the time spectrum analyzers just distract from using one's ears.
     
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    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Right on !! But when one has never trained that ear?? ;)
     
  6. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest training the ear with a parametric eq. Boost/sweep, cut/sweep, make it wide then narrow. Look at the numbers on the knobs. That will focus attention on what's most important whereas a spectral display gives too much information in real time to be a good way to learn to hear frequencies.
     
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  7. Boswell

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    Use spectral analysis to complement what you hear, not replace it. It's useful for getting a different view on something that you can hear is not right, and also (as mentioned earlier), for checking on things that you can't hear with your gear, such as a 30Hz rumble.
     
  8. kmetal

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    There also good for quick and dirty room response tests along with some pink noise blast and frequency sweeps.
     
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    and they're great for helping you work out just why that guitar doesn't blend properly! You can see where the energy in a mix already is, so you can spot 'holes' that your ears are warning you about. I rather like to have a stereo meter on the go too - that's more useful to me I think than the spectrum scope.
     
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