The first time you hear Out Of Your Head, it may not sound right. It’s not the software, it’s your brain!
The problem is that your brain doesn’t know what it’s hearing. Generally if you are sitting at your laptop or desktop computer, the sound will sound like it’s coming from behind a wall or out in the middle of the room, etc. Since your eyes don’t see anything that the sound could be coming from, your brain gets confused.
So to help “train your brain” to ignore what you’re seeing and actually hear what you’re hearing, try some of these tips.
- I know this sounds strange, but if there’s any way you can have a pair of speakers out in front of you when you first listen to it, that can really help with your brain figuring out what it’s hearing. When your eyes see an actual pair of speakers, your brain says, “Oh OK, the sound is coming from the speakers.” Without any speakers, it takes a while for your brain to figure out that the sound is coming from the middle of a room or from behind the wall in front of you, etc.
- If you don’t have any speakers handy, another good way of “calibrating your brain” is to use the “mute” buttons. In the Out Of Your Head control panel interface, there is a speaker icon at the bottom next to each channel. For two channel music, click on the Left or Right channel speaker icon to mute that channel. You brain has a much easier time localizing the sound source of just one speaker rather than two. Then once you hear the location of one speaker, you can turn on the other speaker and you might have an easier time recognizing what you are hearing.
- The very last effect at the bottom of the list is “bypass”. Scroll down and click on the bypass so you can hear the sound fed straight through without any effect. Then when you switch back to a speaker preset, you will hear a dramatic difference in the sound and you should hear the image move from inside your head to out in front of you.
- Finally, if all else fails, just close your eyes. Let your ears interpret the sound without your eyes confusing your ears.
Eventually you will get used to it and be able to hear where all of the speakers are in the room.