A critical analysis of loudness calculation methods
Keywords:Computer software, Data acquisition, Standards, Sound level meter (SLM), Visual Basic
AbstractThe physical meaning and calculation procedures for determining loudness was critically analyzed. Four noise sources were used in comparing the software packages dBFA dBSonic, which were used in the investigation to a public domain code. The purpose of the comparison was to evaluate the validity of the results obtained and to gain an idea of the shortcomings of the relevant standards. A comparison of the results for loudness was computed from various methods, used in the study. Two basic sources of input data such as a sound level meter (SLM) and a 01 dB data acquisition system (DAQ), were available for the comparison. The SLM directly gave 1/3 octave band levels, while the data from the DAQ was filtered to give the results. Five processing methods, including a Visual Basic (VB) program and a VB program adapted from dBFA, were used for the study. It was found that the calculation of loudness from 1/3 octave cannot be separated from the filtering process.
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