Sound Level Monitoring Articles

  • Designing that unique Ferrari sound using NVH Simulation

    Our NVH simulation technology enabled Ferrari to perform virtual evaluations of alternative design decisions in an interactive, free-driving scenario. Ferraris are distinguished by a unique sound that is as carefully tuned as a piece of music. Creating this characteristic sound authentically and yet keeping it within legal limits requires careful component design and selection. Our NVH ...

  • Sound Absorption for All Saints Church Community Centre

    Acoustic specialists, Sound Reduction Systems (SRS Ltd) were approached by All Saints Church with a view to treating the poor acoustics within their community centre. They had recognised that high levels of reverberation and echo were affecting the various groups that used the space, and were looking for a solution that was both effective and decorative. Initially, Mr Les Munns (Church Building ...


    By Sound Reduction Systems Ltd

  • Optimus and Invictus are the Classic Combination - Case Study

    Imagine a perfect summer’s evening with a 40-strong classical orchestra playing to an appreciative audience in a leafy green park. So far, so very English. Add in the fact the Park is in the heart of Lancaster city surrounded by thousands of homes and the orchestra is playing sets of the Hacienda’s classic 90s house music hits and you can understand the headache facing Acoustic ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Optimus and doseBadge Adapt to New Challenge - Case Study

    Established in 1934, Lindapter International is the world’s innovator of steelwork clamping systems, eliminating the requirement to drill or weld steel.  The company designs and manufactures specialist products for connecting structural steel sections together and  has more than 85 years’ experience in its field. The company’s success is the result of its dedication ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How to Set Up an Outdoor Sound Monitoring Kit

    What do demolition sites, construction, industrial and mechanical equipment, outdoor events, transportation facilities, traffic, and air crafts have in common? They all cause noise pollution. Environmental noise can cause adverse effects to those around it which is why it is critical monitor. At RAECO Rents we make outdoor sound monitoring easy! ...


    By Raeco Rents

  • Are Those Inexpensive iPad Sound Measurement Apps Any Good?

    Are those inexpensive iPad sound measurement apps any good? Are they as accurate as a properly calibrated $2,000 type 2 sound level meter? Let's review three separate studies, and an article: Study #1 In early 2014, NIOSH reviewed 192 sound measurement apps. NIOSH concluded, ...

  • Case study - Filming sound leakages in highly reflective office environment

    Problem A newly built office complex is designed with glass facades between the offices and the hallway. The glass facades include a glass door. Although the glass structures themselves have a sufficient sound reduction value, the sound insulation between office and hallway was measured at 19 dB, which was far below the sound insulation criteria for offices given in the regulations. It ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Ask The Noise Doctor: How Long will the Batteries Last in My Optimus Sound Level Meter?

    Do you have questions about your noise measurement instruments that Google or Wikipedia just can’t seem to answer? Ask The Noise Doctor. I’m here to answer your most frequently asked questions. Whether it’s product or application based, I’m up to the challenge. In this article I’ll be covering battery life in the Optimus Sound Level Meter range. A Commonly Asked ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Case study - Measuring impact of traffic noise in apartment living room

    Problem An apartment on the ground floor of a two story house in the city lies close to a busy road. The living room in the apartment is facing the road, and the inhabitants are bothered by traffic noise, especially in the morning and the afternoon, when the traffic is the heaviest. Traffic noise could be clearly heard when standing in the living room. The facade facing the city ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • A Guide to Noise Measurement Terminology

    There are 100s of different acoustic parameters that can be used during your noise measurements. Each parameter can tell you something different the noise you’re monitoring. How do you remember what all this noise measurement terminology means and what it does? We’ve already covered ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Listening In: Smartball Detects Ancient Buried Sounds

    For this leak detection survey, Pure’s innovative free-swimming acoustic tool gathered critical information about the aging pipeline assets of this historic Arabian city. This large public utility supplies bulk water to this bustling, historic resort city located in the Arabian Penninsula region. The city’s infrastructure – above ground and below – ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Recording audio with level triggers - Sound Level Meters

    Recording audio from a sound level meter measurement is sometimes necessary. Perhaps you need to listen to identify the source of a noise or for post-processing – or even to play back to a project stakeholder. If a measurement is short, it’s easy enough to record audio for an entire measurement and afterward crop the relevant parts. However, measuring for days, weeks or months, ...

  • Aquascope 3 can be used by inexperienced operators to find leaks - Case study

    In 2006 the Calgary Water Authority in Canada engaged a British consultancy firm called “Hydrosave” to assist them reduce their leakage from 12% of all water supplied and ILI ratings of 4 – 8 between the different DMAs. The temperature in Calgary gets down to -40 degrees Celcius in the winter and the water board’s staff are fully occupied in winter, however in summer ...


    By Gutermann AG

  • Case study - Using acoustic camera inside caravan car to find squeak and rattle noise

    Problem When driving a caravan car, the driver could hear annoying noises from behind the driver’s cab in the living compartment. Even though the noises could be heard clearly, it was very difficult to discover the exact location and cause of the various annoying sounds due to overwhelming background noise. When the car was standing still with the engine running, no extra ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Measurement Uncertainty in Environmental Noise Measurement

    Any measurement is meaningless without an uncertainty or tolerance associated with it. All measured numbers contain errors, and as such have an associated uncertainty. Disturbing as it is to an engineer, it is actually not possible to measure anything exactly. One definition of uncertainty is “A parameter, associated with the result of a measurement that characterizes the dispersion of the ...

  • Case study - Identifying short time high pitch squeak noise from electric window in car door

    Problem A well known car manufacturer in Korea were testing an automatic car door window intended for one of their new car models. The window is driven by an electric engine positioned in the middle of the car door that drives the window up and down. When the window was driven up by the electric motor, a short timed high pitch squeak noise could be heard as seen from the level versus time ...


    By Norsonic AS

  • Noise 101: What is Equivalent Continuous Sound Level (Leq)?

    For anyone that is measuring sound, you’ve probably come across the term Leq or Equivalent Continuous Sound Level. But what is it and how can it help us when measuring noise with a sound level meter? Setting the Scene Imagine you work on a busy construction site that is operating all day. You have diggers, cranes, trucks and other ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • How Often You Should Calibrate A Sound Level Meter

    Do you calibrate a sound level meter frequently? Most sound level meter users know they must calibrate their sound level meters but a questions I frequently get asked if “how often?” Here’s my best practice advice so you can calibrate with confidence. What Do We Mean by Sound Level Meter ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic

    In 2013, the composition A Song of Our Warming Planet transformed 133 years of global temperature measurements into a haunting melody for the cello. Following its release, A Song of Our Warming Planet was featured by The New York ...


    By Ensia

  • What is a Data Logging Sound Level Meter?

    Looking to buy a sound level meter? You’ll probably see the term “data logging sound level meter” quite frequently. But what exactly is a data logging sound level meter and what does it mean for your noise measurements? Sound level meters have come a long way since Cirrus starting manufacturing their own models in the 1970s. The advances in computing technology has made it far ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

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