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Pushing the Limits

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[Feature] As humans, we have to accept a life?with limits: how weak the sounds we can hear, how fast we can run, how much negative criticism we’ll accept, how fast we are permitted to drive. Sometimes the limits are given by physical or biological laws. Other times the limits are rather determined by moral, cultural, or behavioral factors. By nature, we like to exceed limits when possible. Exceeding speed limits on the road may cause traffic accidents, or just a ticket. In audio there are certain limits we must obey. We should not exceed 0 dBFS in digital recording level, for example. (Despite this it would seem that some put all their efforts into doing so anyway...) In live concerts, we may meet legislative limitations to the maximum SPL in order to minimize the risk of hearing damage of the concertgoers and employed personnel.

JAES Volume 62 Issue 7/8 pp. 563-564; July 2014
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