Category: SPL

Smaart SPL

Smaart SPL

For the last six months or so I’ve been working on Smaart SPL, a standalone SPL measurement and logging tool from Rational Acoustics. I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’m very proud of what we’ve got now that it’s finally out in the wild. One of the cool aspects of this project has …

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SPL and Exposure data from nine shows I worked recently – here’s what I’ve learned from that.

SPL and Exposure data from nine shows I worked recently – here’s what I’ve learned from that.

This chart shows NIOSH exposure dose data for nine live music events I worked on in the last few months, sorted by performance duration (longer performances on the right). The data is stated in percent dose, with 100% representing the full recommended exposure limit for the day. Green bars indicate shows that I mixed (I had …

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Just How Enforceable Are Noise Ordinance Laws?

Just How Enforceable Are Noise Ordinance Laws?

In a previous post I outlined the problems with stating an SPL limit in terms of a signal number. To review, a dB SPL value is technically meaningless without information about the time-domain (integration time) and frequency-domain (weighting curve) details of the metric. There is a world of a difference between 100 dB Peak C …

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