[LAU] Text-based sound visualisation?

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Wed Jun 22 21:25:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 02:23:24PM -0400, S. Massy wrote:

> > The first question should be: what is the purpose of
> > the spectral display ? In what way is it relevant ?
> > How do you, or would you like to, act on what it
> > shows you ? 
> > 
> > If you can answer that question, then the next step
> > could be to determine what should be shown and how.
> Well, my initial thought was that it could be useful in more quickly
> detecting over or undercrowded frequencies instead of "feeling 'round"
> for them,

Why would those matter ?

> and perhaps in finding the best frequency band to set things like
> gate triggers. 

Gate triggers usually are not selective on frequency. If they
are they will be less precise in timing.
> As I said, I've really little idea of how useful (or useless) a spectrum
> analyser really is with regards to mixing. Am I correct in understanding
> you to mean that it is of relatively little value, and that careful
> ear-training and experience serve one better in the end?

Yes, yes, and yes.



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