Maximum averaged and peak levels of vocal sound pressure

Braxton Boren, Agnieszka Roginska, Brian Gill

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Abstract

This work describes research on the maximum sound pressure level achievable by the spoken and sung human voice. Trained actors and singers were measured for peak and averaged SPLs at an on-axis distance of 1 m at three different subjective dynamic levels and also for two different vocal techniques ('back' and 'mask' voices). The 'back' sung voice was found to achieve a consistently lower SPL than the 'mask' voice at a corresponding dynamic level. Some singers were able to achieve high averaged levels with both spoken and sung voice, while others produced much higher levels singing than speaking. A few of the vocalists were able to produce averaged levels above 90 dBA, the highest found in the existing literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages692-698
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013
Event135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2013Oct 20 2013

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Other135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period10/17/1310/20/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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    Boren, B., Roginska, A., & Gill, B. (2013). Maximum averaged and peak levels of vocal sound pressure. 692-698. Paper presented at 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention 2013, New York, NY, United States.