This is the final installment in a series of three papers looking into the subject of sound level monitoring at live events. The first two papers revealed how practical shortcomings and audience and neighbor considerations (in the form of sound level limits) can impact the overall live experience. This paper focuses on an improved set of tools for sound engineers to ensure a high-quality and safe live event experience while maintaining compliance with local sound level limits. This includes data processing tools to predict future limit violations and guidelines for improved user interface design. Practical procedures, including effective sound level monitoring practice, alongside resourceful mixing techniques are presented to provide a robust toolset that can allow sound engineers to perform their best without compromising the listening experience in response to local sound level limits.
Hill, Adam J.; Mulder, Johannes; Burton, Jon; Kok, Marcel; Lawrence, Michael
Affiliations: College of Science and Engineering, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, United Kingdom; College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; College of Science and Engineering, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, United Kingdom; dBcontrol, Zwaag, Netherlands; Rational Acoustics, Woodstock, CT, USA(See document for exact affiliation information.)
JAES Volume 70 Issue 1/2 pp. 73-82; January 2022
Publication Date: January 23, 2022
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