The method I am going to use to help you in understanding the terminology and definitions (and what each part is and does) are a system that has existed for centuries and works extremely well in every aspect of your life.
It is a system that speed reading specialists, memory recall centres and even high powered executive training programs use. It is called ‘Tagging’ or ‘Linking’. It is the simplest and most effective ‘remembering’ tool.
You have used it since you were a child. Every time you were asked to draw a house in a field, you would draw a strong big house on green grass with a huge sun that was always yellow, red or orange with a tree and a cow. Of course some people drew the same topic in the Picasso mould or surreal a la Dali, but on the whole, the picture is almost always the same.
Why? Because we remember things that have an effect on our senses, be it touch, smell, taste, hearing or visual. The strong colour of the sun and the size of it are a great way of remembering what a sun looks like. The big house in the centre of the drawing will always stay in your mind. The cow is always alone and strongly accentuated and is always totally out of size in comparison to the house. The ground is always green grass and the sky always blue and if there is a cloud then it is always one big round cloud.
These images are strong and always stay in memory. The same technique is used in tagging. We create an image rich in as many of the senses as possible and that will always stay in our minds, far stronger than having to learn things in parrot fashion.
I have used this technique all my life and now do it unconsciously. Not only does it work but it is also fun as the tool for tagging is your imagination and nothing is stronger or stays longer in your memory than an image created out of your imagination.
Probably by now you feel that I require a great deal of help and that there are certain places for people like me, comfortable places that offer 24 hour security and in depth treatment. You are probably right - but try it.
I use colour to understand and shape sound.
I break sound down into its coloured counterparts. The decision as to what colour represents which frequency spread is down to you. I use the colour blue for precision and correction and the colour red for creative and additive. In terms of texture I use blue for cold and red for warmth. Between these two colours lie all the varying qualities of sound.
When I mix a song I think in colours and try to achieve a varied and sustained palette of colours that define the mix in terms of accuracy/definition and overall ‘feel’.
I find that the more ways you find to tag a piece of information the more chance there is of you remembering and recalling that information. Apart from colour and sound I use humour and find it to be very effective.
You will always remember the person who slipped on a banana and fell down that morning when running for a bus you were waiting for. But will you remember the other people in the queue with you?
The more impact the image carries the more chance of the ‘tag’ being ingrained into your memory.
Once you have ‘tagged’ colours/images to sound you are then afforded an additional form of reference that will aid you greatly in defining frequencies and how to manipulate them. Think of this as an additional ‘sense’; one that is used to further help the aural side of understanding sound.
I have been using this method for years and find it to be invaluable.
Everyone has their own system I am sure, and whatever works for you should be used. I wanted to share this method simply because, for me, it works really well.
Music is about massaging the senses. The more senses we can use the more pronounced our memory recall will be.
Excerpt taken from EQ Uncovered.