i think my soundmeter is broken

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  1. David_Stein

    David_Stein Second Unit

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    so i went to radioshack and bought an analog soundmeter, put the 9volt battery in (and yes, i put it in the right way), set it to c-weighting and slow response.

    and i cant get it to work. when i set the range for the battery test, it shows the battery as being fine (and it should be i just bought it), but other than that i cant get any response on any range setting at any volume.

    does anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Arthur E

    Arthur E Auditioning

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    Hi Dave,

    I bought the digital version sound level meter last week and it works fine, although I have no idea how accurate it is across the frequency band.

    You should probably take it back.

    Art
     
  3. David_Stein

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    it looks like i am going to have to, but it so far to walk to the radio shack. ah well...
     
  4. Mark Larson

    Mark Larson Supporting Actor

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    Why don't you buy the digital version of the SPL meter?
    For just a small increase in price you get something better...
    Or am i talking out of my arse? [​IMG]
     
  5. David_Stein

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    ive always read here that the analog is better since its easier to read the average decibel value with the needle rather than a digital readout...
     
  6. MichaelGomez

    MichaelGomez Stunt Coordinator

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    The needle is easier to read and adjust than the digital meter.
     
  7. Dale S

    Dale S Auditioning

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    David,

    I just bought one (analog)at Radio Shack yesterday and it works fine. They were even on sale for $29.99. I calibrated my speakers for the first time tonite. I'd say that you just got a bad meter.

    Dale

    What part of Pgh are you from. I grew up in South Hills.
     
  8. Ted Lee

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    it sounds like you've got the c-weighting and slow response right. you also need to turn the dial to 75db (i think).

    i don't have it in front of me right now, but i know if you set the dial wrong it'll appear as if the needle isn't moving.

    put it to 75db and it should be fine. you can probably test it just by snapping your fingers or blowing right on the mic element - just try not to "peg" the needle.
     
  9. David_Stein

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    ive tried all the settings, i couldnt get anything to work except the battery test

    and i goto carnegie mellon, my dad grew up in carrick though...
     
  10. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    If the dial or switches aren't 'settled' into position it won't work.

    Bring it back. It's worth it.

    - C
     

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