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Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals by F. Alton Everest

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Simple and complex sounds

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Like everything else in life, some sounds may be described as simple, some as complex. Being able to distinguish between the simple and complex, both in the kind of difference and in the amount of difference, is a necessary skill for those in audio. In this exercise, we shall examine sounds of varying degrees of complexity, as we come to grips with that most nebulous aspect of sound—sound quality:

In previous lessons, we have called the sine wave an elemental and basic sound. All the energy of this simplest of all sounds is concentrated at a single frequency and, in the case of 1000 Hz, ...

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