Ever get lucky and when EQing that annoying ring on that snare drum you nail the frequency you're looking for first time? Well if that's luck then you'll find that the more you practice the luckier you get! Spectrum analysers aren't the answer. You need to use your ears.
So do you know what 500Hz sounds like?... Are you sure? How about 2K?...
Calibrate Your Ears
Our friends at PureMix know a thing or two about mixing and to help us all with this essential skill they have an ear training tool on their site which is free to registered users. You can register for free or if you are a PureMix Pro Member it is available to you already . The quiz plays a burst of pink noise and then boosts an frequency band. You identify the boost and move on. Can you get 10/10?
The audio spectrum is divided in 10 octaves. The Quiz's first 3 levels will focus on the lower, middle and higher 5 octaves of the spectrum. Once you feel confident, you can challenge yourself with all the octaves simultaneously.