Psychoacoustics: How Perception Influences Music Production

Psychoacoustics: How Perception Influences Music Production

Though we can measure sound with meters and spectrum analyzers, how we experience it is a matter of human perception—otherwise known as the field of psychoacoustics.

Even if you aren’t aware of the term, you likely engage with psychoacoustic principles in music production on a regular basis—for example, manipulating an unusual sound source to be heard as a conventional instrument. With a basic understanding of how humans interpret and react to sound, you can create more satisfying mixes that play on the experience of listening, independent of software and equipment. Let’s take a look at some examples.

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