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An audio analysis shows that the viral audio recording says “laurel.”
The viral version is distorted so that it could sound like either “yanny” or “laurel” depending on the frequency.
The original version from shows no such distortion.
The person who recorded it probably has speakers that distorted the audio.

The internet has been torn asunder for the past day over whether an audio recording, which originated from the user RolandCamry on Reddit, says “laurel” or “yanny.” The debate has already inspired countless memes.

As it turns out, the recording can sound like either depending on which frequency you hear best. At higher frequencies, it sounds more like “yanny.” At lower frequencies, more like “laurel.”

But where did this recording come from? Why would someone make such a thing where different phrases come through different frequencies? And can solving that mystery help settle the debate?

The original audio recording came from the “laurel” page on (it’s a type of wreath, by the way). Reddit user RolandCamry, whose real name is Roland Szabo, said a friend sent it to him, hearing “yanny” instead of “laurel,” and then he recorded it from his speakers.

So there are two versions of the audio: The original from, and the viral one from Szabo’s speakers. I asked Stephen Parkhurst, INSIDER’s supervising video producer and an audio wizard, to analyze each file.

Using Adobe Audition, an audio editing and analysis software, Parkhurst was able to replicate what others have found. If you look at the viral Szabo recording, the higher frequency sounds more like “yanny” and the lower one like “laurel.”

Then we took a recording of the audio file and tried isolating higher and lower frequencies as well. No matter which …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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