TrainYourEars is a very clever stand alone app that helps users gain a better understanding of frequencies through a variety of frequency ear training exercises. TrainYourEars has a built in Audio Player which lets us either use our own material, commercial music or white/pink noise in the ear training tests. This article is quickly show you how you can create your own frequency ear training tests in TrainYourEars Edition 2.
TrainYourEars has two main modes of exercises, Guess & Correct.
Guess - You listen to the original song and guess which parameters have been adjusted. Guess doesn't mean you shoot in the dark, you have you use your ear to hear the difference.
Correct - The original track will have the master EQ adjusted so you have to correct it using this exercise. You use this in a similar way to correcting an EQ curve in a plug-in, this will give you realtime EQ feedback based on your selections
TrainYourEars has a great selection of bundled exercises that will keep you busy for sometime. However, if you feel you want to create your own personal exercises then the Exercise Designer will easily let you do so.
In the exercise designer you can Name, Describe, select a Mode (Guess or Correct), set Audio Player options and most importantly set the parameters (EQ bands) that you would like to be tested on
If you are serious about audio production then you already appreciate the importance of ear training. If you are a skilled musician then you will know how much work goes into not only training your musicianship but also your musical ear. In my opinion Sound Engineers and Music Producers should TrainYourEars like a musician would practise their instrument.
TrainYourEars has become a very important tool in my technical ear training as I've found myself using it for around 20 minutes a week in little bursts just to keep my ears in the game.
Extra Online TrainYourEars Exercise Packages
There is an extra exercise package available via download created by mastering engineer Andrea Zanini, founder of Owl Mastering. He has been using TrainYourEars with students since 2013. It contains 18 exercises designed by him to get you started in frequency recognition.
TrainYourEars is available for to purchase at 49€ for a limited time here.