Excerpts from fons's message of 2010-07-22 02:24:04 +0200:
I had a brief look at the section about loudness in musimathics and it
mentions 10 dB based on the work of Stevens, S.S. 1956,
"Calculation of the Loudness of Complex Noise" and 6 dB based on
Warren, R. M. 1970,
"Elimination of Biases in Loudness Judgments for Tones.".
I think I've encountered the 6 dB more often in texts, which doesn't
mean it's closer to the truth, if that's possible at all.
Knowing a 'correct' number would be nice for artists and sound
engineers, but if it varies wildly from person to person, as Gareth Loy
suggests (no idea where he bases this on) then this simply isn't
possible. Picking any number within or around this range is probably as
good as any other.
> I often wondered what criterion we use to determine which
I never thought about that to be honest. It's immensely complex. It
might have to do with each persons hearing capabilities, for example the
bandwidth of loudness perception or the smallest discernible loudness
difference. If it really is very different from person to person, then
an explanation that takes the different hearing capabilities into
account could be sensible, don't you think?
> > It may be nitpicking, but I found it important to differentiate
Good night :)
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