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Audio Lingo: “Noise Floor”

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“noise floor” — the volume or, more technically, the amplitude of “the sum of all noise sources and other unwanted signals within a system. This could be the ambient acoustic noise in a room, or the electrical noise in a recording system or other audio equipment.”

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Citation: soundonsound.com

Originally published in the June 13, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Marco Raaphorst
    [ Posted September 23, 2022, at 12:23 am ]

    Although not official, you could say tinnitus adds to this as well. As if the human body is like an old amplifier.

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