Chapter | sexteen

 

Relationships Between Scales

 

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Comments on the Scales

Volts

dBu

IEC I, Nordic Scale

IEC IIa, BBC

IEC IIb

DIN

SVI or VU

M/S Scales

Loudness Scales

EBU vs. SMPTE

 

When it comes to level meters, the abundance and different types of appearances of the scales are overwhelming. However, most of them share a common trait in that their scales use divisions that are based on units in dB. Yet the portion of the dynamic range the scales cover can be different. For certain purposes, it is important to be able to monitor the entire dynamic range. In other cases, it is only important to see what is occurring in the immediate vicinity of full modulation. Some scales combine both properties.

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