How to Listen is a desktop software application developed by the Harman International R&D group for the purpose of training and selecting listeners used in audio product research, development, and testing. The software consists of a number of training exercises where different kinds of timbral, spatial and dynamic distortions commonly found within the recording and audio chains are simulated and added to music.
The listener’s task is to identify, classify or rate these distortions according to a number of well-defined perceptual attributes and scales. The software automatically adjusts the difficulty of each training task based on the listener’s performance.
They are offering a free beta version of this software to audio enthusiasts in the hope that they will use it to improve their critical listening skills and appreciation for high quality sound reproduction.
Supports 2-channel stereo and multichannel wav files (up to 24 bit, 96 kHz)
includes Session and Practice Modes
Currently supports two training tasks (more will be added in the next release) that include the following:
Peaks, Dips, Peaks & Dips, Low and High pass filters
Left/Right Balance (stereo mode)
Front/Rear Balance (surround mode)
Mac & PC Download
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