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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

One of the most common pieces of advice I hear about this is to take breaks. You're right that in some situations (extremely tight deadlines, for example) this may not be practical, but in reality, it'...
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Is the ear really phase insensitive?

You don't notice the phase of a particular note that arrives in one ear. But the brain can detect phase differences between your ears. That's the main mehod your brain uses to work out which ...
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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

Taking breaks has been mentioned, and is obviously a good idea! Other ideas: A change is as good as a rest: work an a different project for a while, and come back to the first one listen to other ...
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Is the ear really phase insensitive?

I used to be a sensory neuroscientist, and I teach systems physiology. The ear is phase sensitive at low frequency, which is why inter aural time delay is the dominant mode of horizontal auditory ...
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Does hearing fatigue?

Wow, this is a big subject - & one I'm not fully qualified to answer, but I'm going to try anyway... Hearing fatigue is a very real phenomenon, though it takes many forms, of which I shall just ...
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Why can't wearing both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously yield more than 36 dB noise reduction ratio (NRR)?

Small disclaimer about decibels For sound pressures, decibels are defined as follow: XdB = 20 log (p1/p0) with p1 being the amplitude of the pressure field of the sound, and p0 a reference (...
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

Your absolute best bet is to find a teacher -- both to guide the process and to give you external feedback. However, as an interim step, you could try this: get an electronic tuner (or app) of the ...
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Am I the only one to hear Cb instead of B here?

Sure, if you listen to this chord out of context, it sounds like a 2nd inversion Ab minor chord. But in context, at least to me, the chord and its resolution on the second eighth note seem to be a ...
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

We hear with our ears, but other body parts are susceptible to vibrations. The percussionist/drummer Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, and apparently uses her bare feet to detect vibrations - which ...
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If the resolution of human hearing is approximately five cents, how can musicians play works with intonation changes of less than five cents?

With a bit of training, a good musician can hear differences of 2 cents, and with significant talent and/or a lot of practice, 1 cent. I base the above statement on my personal experience with ...
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Sometimes I naturally sing songs in the right key. Do I have perfect (absolute) pitch?

The Levitin Effect The ability to intuitively sing a song in the key your originally heard it is known as the Levitin Effect.1 It is a cognitive ability separate from absolute (perfect) pitch insofar ...
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Pitch and Hearing beginner question

We say that C and Ḉ are "the same note" because their frequencies (rates of vibration) are in a 1:2 ratio. In other words, the sound waves of Ḉ vibrate twice as fast as those of C, and the ...
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Being deaf and still produce music, how is that possible

He seems to wear a hearing aid, so he isn't profoundly deaf. According to Wikipedia he's 90% deaf. His parents bought him a drum set after noting him react to music on the radio. (Just what the ...
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

I'm guessing you do not play any instrument. If you do, I'm amazed. Get yourself something - a keyboard is recommended - a kid's one will do. The physical act of seeing where, pressing, listening and ...
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Is the ear really phase insensitive?

The ears, and our neuro processing, are amazing gadgets. Yes, the phase difference between left and right contributes to directional location, but there's more than that going on. If that were the ...
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Does perfect (absolute) pitch ever go out of tune?

Perfect pitch does not always remain perfect. There are studies and anecdotal discussions observing this phenomenon. For example: Effects of aging on the absolute pitch judgment and frequency ...
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Does swaying your head like Stevie Wonder improve your musical hearing?

Agreeing with John. He uses a fixed mic to sing into, so can only sway when not singing. He also mostly uses iems (in ear monitors), so wherever his head is, he'll be hearing the mix he asked for, and ...
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How to listen to each individual voice of a piece of polyphonic music?

Start with two parts. Find a piece for which you have both a recording and sheet music. Listen to the recording while following the lower part. Sing along if you can, sometimes, and sometimes just ...
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Am I the only one to hear Cb instead of B here?

The way you've phrased your question is a little strange, since the only possible answer would be "no, you are undoubtedly not the only one." I hear it a little differently from Scott, but it doesn't ...
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How do professional electronic musicians/sound engineers combat listening fatigue?

3d12 and topo morto covered most of it, but having a good set of (correctly positioned) studio monitors also makes a huge difference. You can mix more effectively and at a lower volume, and you tend ...
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If the resolution of human hearing is approximately five cents, how can musicians play works with intonation changes of less than five cents?

At one point I did some exercises in pitch difference and could usually hear whether a second note was lower, higher or the same when the difference was 5 cents. I struggled with a 2 cent difference ...
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At what nps a note could be considered as just continuous hum?

If the note is played percussively (e.g. with a pick, as opposed to e.g. a violin bow), at somewhere around 30 nps the attack of the note itself will be heard as a low note. Why? Simply because around ...
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

If you enjoy music, then it's likely you have a latent and undeveloped internal ear, and can make progress here. It's a matter of building connections between your ear, voice, and understanding. I was ...
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

If you listen to hyperbass flute recordings on Youtube, its sound has clearly higher harmonics that can be heard, and the keys have strong percussive sound. It is also possible that the fundamental ...
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How do I get atonal melody by ear?

If you are able to transcribe tonal music I'm sure you should be able to start transcribing atonal music but it will be much slower process at the beginning. If you're not sure if your transcriptions ...
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Why does Libera wear earpieces?

I only watched for a few seconds but it's clear that it is in-ear monitoring. It may be that there's a click track running in the earpiece to keep them in time; maybe it's to make sure they can hear ...
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