The physics of sound cover a large spectrum of variables that influence how and what we hear when listening in a specific space.
Understanding the specifics of audible sound is essential for not only mapping out a space, but knowing how a space will interact with any and all acoustical presences. Having access to a wide range of acoustical references, like delay calculators, reverberation mapping and the quintessential mathematical equations that prove the sound we hear, is a must when engineering a space to facilitate sound in the most efficient way possible.
Acoustical calculators and reference apps allow your mobile device to become a convenient utility for calculating the physics of your space’s acoustics.
Danley Audio has recently updated their suite of apps for acoustical design. The Danley Design Tools apps cover a variety of functions; from ear training to feedback mapping, their acoustical utility collection is intended for sound engineer training and on-site reference.
Danley’s collection stands as a comprehensive standard for the different types of influences that must be considered when acoustically engineering a space, proving that sound is heard as much as it is engineered by the physical space it is filling. What is most important about Danley’s utilities is that each app is wholly customizable.
Even though each app is designed for reference purposes, the calculations are based solely on the specific dimensions of each space being tested. The ability for these apps to adjust for each specific space means that these utilities not only function as valuable learning tools, but also real-time reference applications meant to be used by novices and experts alike.
Worthy acoustical calculation and reference apps should be noted for their variety in functionality as well as their specificity.
However, there are also toolboxes that are heavily loaded with just about every mathematical equation and reference needed to understand the physics of sound.
Sound engineering relies on more than just an adept knowledge of the physical hardware being used. For example, knowing why speaker levels are set the way that they are, or why a speaker is pointed in a certain direction, is paramount for not only understanding installed spaces, but preparing sound technicians for future installs and sound set-ups.
With this in mind, sound engineers are required to hear sound in a completely different way compared to the normal lay-listener, this sort of focus takes years of training and countless hours on the job site. In order to shorten the half-life of the uneducated ear, these acoustical calculation and reference apps have been designed to provide the most aid for some of the harder aspects of acoustical engineering.
This collection of acoustical engineering apps takes the concept of utility apps to a very focused level, proving that apps can be professional and usable.