SPLnFFT is a sound level meter (noise meter) for your iPhone or iPad with many advanced features: frequency analyzer, frequency meter, test signal generator, dosimeter, ...
This soundmeter App is the only one for iOS recommended by the "Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America".
Here are extracts from other reviews:
"our favorite sound measurement app" SafetyAwakenings.com
"SPLnFFT is comprehensive, easy to use" TapeOp.com
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For daily use, a very simple interface displays the level of exposure: if orange or red, protect your ears !
Professional users will take advantage of a wide range of accurate and reliable measurements: Leq, peak, L10, L95, taktmaximal, frequency analysis, histogram, dosemetering, ... A&C weightings are compliant with ANSI® S1.42 standard. "468" refers to ITU-R 468-4
>>> Some KEY INFORMATION <<< :
- you absolutely need to allow access to microphone to use this App
- screen rotation must be un-locked
- there are built-in help messages (speech bubble). Need more ? Contact us !: email, blog, Facebook,...
- do not expect to measure as low as 0dB(A) in a quiet room, for these 2 reasons: 30-130dB(A) is the standard usable range for sound level meters and anyway a standard quiet room is around 30dB(A) whereas a typical anechoic chamber is 10 to 20dB(A)
- to change frequency weightings (dB(A),dB(C),...) a LONG PRESS is required (1/3rd of a second). This is to avoid accidental changes
Top digital display is for measurement of sound power in 'slow' mode (averaged on 1s). Central analog display is for 'fast' mode (averaged on 1/8th s). But it can display 'slow' mode as well on request: just click on 'fast' label.
Peak and average values are displayed below and are holded until you touch the 'reset' label. The videos on Youtube reveal more details.
Bottom view is a real time FFT (frequency analysis). You will notice that predominant frequency and next one are highlighted. Their frequencies and relative power are displayed on the right. If your input signal is a pure tone then this App will lock on its frequency and display a very accurate result.
Green line is the result of a real time FFT done with 1024 points. Purple line is the averaged FFT (exponential filtering done on power of each frequency). Blue line is a copy of what the purple line was when the user froze the display the last time.
A test tone at 1kHz or a white noise or a pink noise can be generated and sent to right and/or left outputs (select the type you want in BEEP tab). This FFT view - more precisely an upsized version of it - can be exported as a picture in your own photo library, using the camera button (when display is frozen only). This picture can be exported in a mail as well.
The display can be flipped upside-down to ease reading: just rotate your iPhone while holding it vertically.
As for ALL sound meters (thus including this one and all others at any price), calibration is suggested if you want to reach extreme precision. This is enabled in this App thanks to a slider to apply some compensation and to three non volatile memories (choice to be made in MIC. tab). How to ? For calibration, you need and external reference, either a calibrated sound meter, or a calibrated noise source.
Note as well that the tiny embedded loudspeaker cannot reproduce extreme frequencies. Thus if you want to hear a real white or pink noise, you will need to use a quality headphone or HiFi system.
This App was designed seriously for our own needs, by a signal processing expert, and is regularly updated to maintain accuracy and reliability.
***** Any comment, any feedback ? Click on 'support' in iTunes: there is a blog for this. You can even contact us directly by email or through the dedicated FaceBook page (note 'send email' top right) *****
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Ratings and Reviews
Rock solid dBA meter on your phone!
I’ve had this installed on various iPhones over the years and it’s a superb / rock solid app for getting accurate min/max/average dB measurements. It’s so handy if you’re somewhere extremely noisy and you want to know how badly your ears are taking a pounding, how loud an appliance is compared to others (or what it says in the manual) or if you’re in your studio and you want to check if you’re listening at safe levels. As good as pro hardware and probably a lot more user friendly and intuitive tO use. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and get it up on the App Store.
As accurate as a calibrated Db meter
I just tested this against a calibrated Decibel meter I borrowed. It was mostly exactly the same with a max difference between them of only 0.2 Dba (To get this level of accuracy on an iPhone 6s add 1.2db of mic gain in the app settings). Without this change it was within 1.3db of the calibrated meter which is still good. My phone is in a tough case so the 1.3db difference could be to compensate for the case.
Overall I can't recommend it enough. As accurate as a calibrated sound meter.
Compares reasonably with my own sound level meter. Surprisingly sensitive. Very useful facilities such as different weighting filters, relative measurements etc.
One comment, some graphs are very difficult to see such as the integrated graph (deep purple) superimposed on the fft (bright green).
Otherwise a remarkable bit of software considering the not exactly hifi microphone the iPad has. Far better than many others about.
- Fabien Lefebvre
- 7.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, German
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2010 Fabien LEFEBVRE
- In-App Purchases
- Export raw data to Dropbox + PRO features £4.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.