By Chris Huff • October 15, 2015 This article is provided by Behind The Mixer. So there I was, hunkered down in the sound booth with the congregation rioting around me. Two instruments were vying for the same dominant frequencies and I could hear an elder yell, “MAKE THIS NIGHTMARE END!” Sweat was pouring down my face. “Think man, think,” I told myself. “You’ve trained for this very type of scenario.” My hand reached for the channel EQ. I moved the mid-range sweep knob to 1,257 Hz. Suddenly, confident of my next move, I applied a 6 dB cut to that frequency…and the congregation went wild! This story seems outrageous but in the mind of some audio techs, it reflects a question I occasionally get via email: “How do techs pinpoint a frequency so easily?” There are four ways that techs learn to pinpoint frequencies…but “pinpoint” isn’t the best description. Let’s look at the four and you’ll see what I mean. 1. It’s what I do every day. It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. Working weekends and maybe a mid-week practice, it would take 24 years of working 8 hours on live mixing each weekend, every weekend. Professional audio engineers are putting in a lot of more time and thus they have trained their ears to identify frequency areas in relationship to vocals, guitars, drums, etc. Even with that type of near-every day experience, could they pinpoint a specific frequency? No. They would be able to be very very close in finding the frequency area for their first modification. 2. I trained my ears. It’s possible to get a jump on mastering frequency area identification if you train your ears. There are a number of products which help with this training. Quiztones is a great one. Some people have golden ears and it’s easy for them to identify the frequency area they need to change, but for most people, it takes training your ears. Read the rest of this post 1 2 About Chris Chris Huff Writer/Teacher/Author, BehindTheMixer.com Chris Huff is a long-time practitioner of church sound and writes at Behind The Mixer, covering topics ranging from audio fundamentals to dealing with musicians – and everything in between. Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Audio Basics Chris Huff Church Sound Consoles Engineer Mixing Processors Technician Techniques Worship Audio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Live Sound International brings you information on a wide range of pro audio topics. Stay up-to-date, get expert tips, industry news, new products and technologies delivered. Discover how to make smart use of today’s sound technology, Subscribe Today!