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    Default Singing Frequencies

    In the interests of sharing, I have a 'does anybody else...' question.

    Does Anybody Else 'sing' frequencies, when they're EQ'ing? Whether I'm just listening to an individual instrument or an entire mix, once my ears have locked down on a particular frequency that I think I need to pay attention to, I will try and replicate it with my voice and then sweep a narrow boost around until I've got it. This usually takes the form of weird and wonderful vowel sounds and facial contortions, as I try and express the frequency that I'm focusing on, much to my potential embarrassment. I never made a conscious decision to begin doing this, it just evolved naturally. At first I did it under my breath, so that clients wouldn't notice. But now I've just started owning it. It's my thing.

    Anybody else want to fess up?
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    I've never done this but I think I might start.
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    I don't sing it. But I noticed that I developed a idea of frequencies very quick when I started mixing. First it was sweeping the EQ until I hit the frequency I wanted to adress, but it quickly changed to set the EQ to the frequency I wanted to adress.

    I don't know if it is a pitch or a soundquality thing I learned, but I think it is the later one.
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    It's hard for me to tell if I am in the right octave when trying to "sing" the frequency.

    I prefer to just sweep with a narrow boost until I find it.
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    It's not a process I have thought consciously about a lot, but I usually hear frequencies like a form of "color" in my head. Then I sweep the EQ to find that same color (and I usually have a pretty good idea at this point where it's at), after which I add or subtract what I need.


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    At first, I thought this about making "wah wah" sounds with your mouth as you sweep. But you guys mean this as a way to zero in on the specific freq, right? Sounds intriguing.

    This is off-topic but similar, and I wonder if anyone else does it. When I'm at a loud bar I find myself absent-mindedly "vocalizing" the bass root note of whatever music is going on. Humming it deep in my throat. Well, if it's music I'm not paying much attention to, that is. I will generally listen intently to a song I like, so I don't do it then.

    It's subtle, no one else has ever noticed me doing it. I think I heard that it's something other people do. Maybe to put themselves at ease? One friend said it might be like a monk chant thing. The low vibration rolls through the skull. I've never been into any chanting, but I can see what he means.

    Anyway, sometimes it's not just music. I'll do it with a loud AC or some other ambient noise. It must be a comfort thing because I only do it in social circumstances.
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    While you guys are hummimg along with the air conditioner, I'll be moving to the other side of the room...

    You know, the side with the people, music, food, booze, etc.

    You may join us after you've finished sweeping the frequencies
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    It's not a process I have thought consciously about a lot, but I usually hear frequencies like a form of "color" in my head. Then I sweep the EQ to find that same color (and I usually have a pretty good idea at this point where it's at), after which I add or subtract what I need.


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    At first, I thought this about making "wah wah" sounds with your mouth as you sweep. But you guys mean this as a way to zero in on the specific freq, right? Sounds intriguing.

    This is off-topic but similar, and I wonder if anyone else does it. When I'm at a loud bar I find myself absent-mindedly "vocalizing" the bass root note of whatever music is going on. Humming it deep in my throat. Well, if it's music I'm not paying much attention to, that is. I will generally listen intently to a song I like, so I don't do it then.

    It's subtle, no one else has ever noticed me doing it. I think I heard that it's something other people do. Maybe to put themselves at ease? One friend said it might be like a monk chant thing. The low vibration rolls through the skull. I've never been into any chanting, but I can see what he means.

    Anyway, sometimes it's not just music. I'll do it with a loud AC or some other ambient noise. It must be a comfort thing because I only do it in social circumstances.
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    I think I would sing them, except that I was "encouraged" not to do that in theory exams (cos it doesn't work when a room full of people are sight singing different questions!), so I imagine the note instead, works just as well. Probably for the best, saves everyone else hearing me croak.
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    ...
    This is off-topic but similar, and I wonder if anyone else does it. When I'm at a loud bar I find myself absent-mindedly "vocalizing" the bass root note of whatever music is going on. Humming it deep in my throat. Well, if it's music I'm not paying much attention to, that is. I will generally listen intently to a song I like, so I don't do it then.
    ...
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    AWhen I'm at a loud bar I find myself absent-mindedly "vocalizing" the bass root note of whatever music is going on. Humming it deep in my throat. Well, if it's music I'm not paying much attention to, that is. I will generally listen intently to a song I like, so I don't do it then.
    LOL, definitely not jazz musician syndrome- I'm averse to jazz and I do this too. Although I do love vibes. Maybe I should see a doctor!! My wife tends not to do basslines, but instead all sorts of top lines and middle lines. She's better at harmony than I am. She also is averse to jazz, thankfully.
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    How often do you hear vibes on something other than jazz?

    Offhand, this is the only example I can think of.

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    This has vibes, and it's not jazz:
    http://music.madtheory.com/track/lullaby
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    How often do you hear vibes on something other than jazz?

    Offhand, this is the only example I can think of.
    I know a guy who plays vibes in a live hip hop band.
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    I know a guy who plays vibes in a live hip hop band.
    Now that's cool. Any links?
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    How often do you hear vibes on something other than jazz?
    Motown used vibes quite often.
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    Do you have some examples?

    I thought they mainly used Fender Rhodes piano for a similar sound but I usually didn't have a good playback system to listen through. I wouldn't be surprised though.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhBv_fA1LJs

    Here's one. Left channel, kinda far back in the mix. There's more though with it more prominent.
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    I do this (whistling or humming) when doing FOH for feedback purposes, or if there's a particular note that's standing out on an instrument, but rarely in the studio.

    Not sure why.

    Heh, whatever works
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