alexlo2.gif (12537 bytes)

ALEXANDER MAGAZINETM

Advanced Music Recording & Production Training

VOL I - Issue 1 - March, 2000

MIXING

DECIBEL: THE HARDEST & MOST IMPORTANT TERM IN AUDIO

BY ROBERT DENNIS

We're around the term decibel (dB) all of the time and we know it has something to do with level or volume, but many of us really don't understand the term.  Why is is? and why should we be concerned? 
The decibel is hard to understand because it was such a well-conceived technical term that survived from the horse & buggy days through the days of inter-planetary travel. [Of course I'm stretching this a bit to make a point.]  Actually It was first used in the early 1920s and has survived over three-quarters of a century.  Do we need a new term? - No, we need to understand it better.
Why we need to know the term will be obvious once you really understand the term.  If you've been hanging around audio for a while, study of the term will immediately help you get better results.  If you're new to audio, you'll develop skills faster.

ALEXANDER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIBERS - CONTINUE ON TO THE ARTICLE

REQ MAGAZINE MAGAZINE READERS & SUBSCRIBERS - BACK TO REQ CONTENTS

Copyright 1993, 1999  by Robert Dennis - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED