For a bit more scale, a person whispering can be around 20 to 30 dB, while a typical conversation is around 60 dB. A motorcycle driving by would be about 90 dB, and a really loud concert can be in the area of 110 dB. Much higher than this and you’re getting into a range where sound becomes physically painful. If that’s the case, though, why would any recording equipment need to go beyond the 144.5 dB dynamic range of 24-bit audio?
Setting Levels (or Not)
The insane dynamic range of 32-bit float audio is where the claim that you never need to set levels comes from, though even that is
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