We thought there should be an easier way to learn how to use EQ, train your ears and expedite the path to getting professional quality mixes, recordings and productions.
When I was at music school ten years ago studying audio engineering and music production, my teacher turned an iMac around, pulled up an EQ in Pro Tools and started quizzing the class on which frequencies he was boosting or cutting in a mix. That's when it hit me — this should be an app, with various difficulty levels, a scoring system and the ability to import your own source material for quizzes that will teach you how to use EQ like a pro.
Fast forward to today — 50k app downloads later — and we're still just as excited to keep evolving Quiztones to help you take the quality of your mixes, recordings and productions to the next level.
Just like athletic training makes you better at a sport, or tasting a wide range of coffee and wine reveals the hidden subtleties and helps you develop your taste, frequency ear training for EQ helps you listen critically, increase your musical intuition and develops your taste and ability to get better mixes, recordings and productions.
After just two weeks of using Quiztones, you’ll notice a dramatic shift.
When I was designing the EQ quizzes for Quiztones, I noticed that after only two weeks, the way I heard music completely changed. I instinctively started noticing characteristics of sound on a whole new level. It became immediately apparent when kick drums were clashing with other low end elements, when mixes sounded unpleasantly thin, muddy, harsh, boxy, etc. — but what was most exciting was I felt like I knew exactly what I could do to improve the sound.
One important question to ask yourself when mixing music is “what's the goal?”. If you’re a sound engineer using subtractive or additive EQ on solo elements in a mix and using “search and destroy” methods to try to notch out frequencies you don't like in hopes of improving your mix, you’re going to waste a lot of time and get subpar results. But if you can listen critically to your mix and intuitively know which elements are holding it back and why, you can define your goal, know your approach, and confidently improve the sound with sniper-like accuracy.
Quiztones helps you get better mixing results faster and takes the guesswork out of how to use EQ to manipulate balance, tone and character in a mix. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know how it goes!
Man, I've gotta say, Quiztones for my Mac and iPhone has been THE most helpful tool for me stepping up my EQ game, skills, & recognition.— Pete Woj (@petewojmusic) July 7, 2012
@jedidiah_tweets have you got quiztones? Sick app for learning— #BAHIF OUT NOW!!! (@Komenzmusic1) December 6, 2016
The Quiztones app is far and away the best app I've purchased. It's an incredible tool for all audio engineers and musicians. My mixing has improved by leaps and bounds after just a few weeks.
Turns out, this app offers everything offered in that Berklee class of mine ... in an app!
A professional Audio Engineer of 10 years, I've come across many ear training devices, blind tests, and software. This app is TOPS! Highly recommended! The developers are serious about what they do. You will not be disappointed!
As a professional audio engineer my most prized tool is my ears. Developing this acute sense of understanding can take years of development. With Quiztones, both aspiring and professional engineers alike can now develop and sharpen the skill(s) of 'truly musical hearing' while on-the-go. Quiztones is both fun and educational, merging the two into an addictive and beneficial mobile app.
Great app that will only get better with time. Recommend it for new and advanced engineers, and people looking to sharpen their ear. A must buy for the engineering community.
A really cool app I used to use was Quiztones, which is aimed more at engineers. It deducts and adds different frequencies, and you have to guess what they are. It’s good ear training – and pretty fun if you’re a geek, like me.