SoundMeter

SoundMeter

By Faber Acoustical, LLC

  • Category: Utilities
  • Release Date: 2008-08-12
  • Current Version: 8.4.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 10.47 MB
  • Developer: Faber Acoustical, LLC
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 4
4
From 12 Ratings

Description

*** Research points to SoundMeter as the best sound level meter app available on any mobile platform: “The evidence suggests that for A-weighted data, SoundMeter is the app best suited for occupational and general purpose noise measurements. In addition to having the smallest mean difference for the A-weighted data, SoundMeter had the narrowest distribution of differences.” — Kardous and Shaw, “Do Sound Meter Apps Measure Noise Levels Accurately?”, Sound & Vibration, July 2015 *** Many other sound level apps give unreliable results. SoundMeter turns your iOS device into a handheld sound level meter (SLM) with support for exponential-time-weighted sound level (Lp) and equivalent sound level (Leq) measurements with various time and frequency weightings. The built-in signal generator tool can be used for generating calibration test tones, noise, chirps, or other periodic signals. SoundMeter also offers additional upgrades via in-app purchase, including a noise dosimeter and whole or 1/3-octave spectrum measurements. FEATURES - Apple Watch app for remote monitoring and control from your wrist. - Exponential-time-weighted (Lp) and equivalent (Leq) sound levels. - Flat, A, or C frequency weighting. - Time-weighted measurement options include Fast, Slow, and Impulse weightings. - Instantaneous peak and maximum sound levels. - Save high-resolution sound level display images to PDF files or to the device’s Camera Roll photo album. Descriptive text may be added to the image before it is saved. - SoundMeter also offers data sharing via photo and email. - Calibration controls enable automatic sensitivity calibration, relative to a calibrated sound level meter, or manual entry of the microphone sensitivity. - Screen rotation to any orientation. - Octave-band SLM (whole or 1/3-octave) and Noise Dosimeter tools are available within SoundMeter via in-app purchase. - A data acquisition upgrade is also available via in-app purchase, which includes an http server for downloading PDF files exported from any of the analysis tools. It also enables CSV, TXT, and MAT file export. - Data logging functionality is available in SoundMeter via in-app purchase. Data logging is supported by the Sound Level Meter and Noise Dosimeter (sold separately). - Octave (and 1/3-octave) data logging functionality is available for the Octave tool (sold separately) via in-app purchase. - Percentile-exceeded sound levels (L10, L50, L90, Lx) can be enabled via in-app purchase. Percentile-exceeded sound levels are supported by the Sound Level Meter and Octave analyzer (sold separately). With the built-in or headset microphone, SoundMeter can measure peak sound levels of up to approximately 130 dB. Results may vary between iOS devices and headset microphones. External microphones may enable the measurement of much higher sound levels. The built-in and headset microphones are suitable for certain, basic sound level measurements, but high precision external microphones may also be used with appropriate audio accessory hardware. Even though default sensitivity values are included for the built-in and headset microphones, for best results, SoundMeter should be calibrated before use. Sound levels may be off by a few dB when using the default microphone sensitivity. For iPhone/iPad/iPod touch audio I/O compatibility and frequency response measurements, visit http://blog.FaberAcoustical.com. NOTE: SoundMeter has been designed to meet or exceed ANSI or IEC standards for sound level meters. However, these standards require conformance of the entire measurement system, including hardware, software, and microphone. Contact a qualified acoustical testing laboratory for information regarding standards certification.

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Reviews

  • I'm a senior acoustic consultant

    5
    By Vigilator
    I'm a seasoned pro and this is a a quality app. I'm used to using sound level meters worth £10k and whilst this is not as accurate, it is good for getting an idea of the noise levels. Often that is what you need. Excellent job faber.
  • Nice concept but not reliable

    1
    By Ben19891
    I've always thought the readings from this app seemed a little strange, reading about 45dB in what sounded like a silent room but I've just bought a radioshack spl meter which is meant to be quite accurate and comparing the two with test tones playing confirms this app has some large errors when using the built in iPhone 4 mic, I would save your money
  • Good but...

    4
    By daz@warp9
    Great app but without a means to calibrate it could be quite a few dB out. I have a type 2 meter and calibrator and so set could calibrate app readings to match that way. Needs to pair up with a harware mic/speaker kit that can replace the iPhone mic and self calibrate at the same time.
  • Great sound meter app!

    4
    By Doo.berry
    A much more professional sound meter app. Using the correct weighting makes this app very reliable, ideal for noise level measurements. A results recording facility would be a nice additional feature. Recommended!
  • Good and good

    5
    By wifi_squared
    This is good. Reliable and stable. Please keep updating. Maybe LA10? LA90? Octave band frequency data export? Please keep it up.
  • Good implementation

    4
    By Willsmithorg
    Seems to do a pretty good job, although no doubt not comparable to industrial models costing hundreds. I intend to use this to compare several houses I am considering buying, so I can objectively check which is in the quietest area. That's well worth the £11 here in UK.

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