What are the best decibel meter apps for Android?

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    #1Sound Meter PRO

    Sound Meter PRO

    Use this app to find out the noise levels of everything! Just install the app and start it to see how much noise are your neighbors doing, how loud is your new computer or how many decibels your new car can get.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Paul Herrera
    Written on November 16, 2017
    "This is the best app on the market for measuring DB levels. I have had an outstanding experience with it and will continue to use it. It's super easy to work with and gives accurate results. Some people might think it's too simple but that is one of the things I like about it - it's not cluttered with unnecessary junk."
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    #2Sound Meter

    Sound Meter

    This app will use your Android device's microphone to find out the sound level in your environment. You will also get a graphic to see the evolution of this level. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ying Ding
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "We're currently working on an amateur film prod and this decibel meter is really useful to limit ambient music that we do in our prod."
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    #3Best Sound Meter

    Best Sound Meter

    Using the built-in microphone from your phone, this app will measure the environmental sound decibels around you, displaying the sound intensity with decibels.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ronald Meyer
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "Best Sound Meter is a really neat free app that measures the decibels of sounds in the real world. It shows the decibel readings based on what it hears through your phone's microphone and is a cool app to have to measure sound on the go."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

A decibel is a unit of measurement that is being utilized to compare various different things such as sound or electricity. Consequently, the loudness or quietness of a sound is measured in decibels (dB) through a decibel scale. Another important concept to understand is the intensity of a sound. Intensity is defined as the amount of energy carried by a sound wave. Interestingly, notice that car engines produce extreme noise because the sound waves that are generated carry more energy.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that some horror filmmakers incorporate infrasound into their films to induce fear in their audiences? Infrasound consists of extreme bass waves with a frequency below the range of a human ear. And believe it or not, the way music composers maximize their musical tools to develop a fear-inducing sound is considered to be an art. Interestingly, while these waves are inconceivable through the human ears, they could actually be felt--anxiety, extreme sorrows, and even palpitations. Indeed, everyone can attest to the statement ‘sound is just as important as the video quality’, as once cited in an article on The Los Angeles Film School. The concept of sound design has come into vogue in the 1970s alongside the emergence of Dolby sound system. Ever since, series of filmmakers started utilizing it, for once a French filmmaker named Gaspar Noe. Noe admittingly said that he incorporated infrasound into his film, Irreversible. 

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    #4SPL Meter

    SPL Meter

    This app is a professional sound level meter, which will allow you to know what's the sound level around you: point your device to the sound source and using its built-in microphone you will know what's the sound level around you.



    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "On my android device I have the SPL Meter installed so I can check the sound level that is surrounding me. It's really useful when I want to record something and not have a lot of background noise, or have it come out all wonky sounding. I would recommend you try it and see how you like it. "
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    #5Sound Meter & Noise Detector

    Sound Meter & Noise Detector

    Sound Meter & Noise Detector offer meters for sound level, decibel (dB), noise and sound pressure level (SPL). This app requires the device's microphone to measure environmental noise and for value reference.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Doris Powell
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "This easy to calibrate compared to the other apps especially if you're just a beginner. It also good results."
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    #6deciBel

    deciBel

    This app will allow you not only to know the sound level of your environment, but also an evolution of the levels, so you can know the evolution of the decibels. 


    *The link is no longer available*

    Apps

    Rose Dixon
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "deciBel is such a cool app. I can see how professionals would find it useful to not have to carry around a separate thing to measure sound levels, they can just use their phone. But I love it for more day to day things. Like when my husband says the "tv isn't that loud" and I can show him how far he's cranked it up (SO LOUD). Or when my boss said the construction in the office next door wasn't that bad, and I could show him how the noise levels had gradually been increasing. In short, it's a great way to win arguments about noise."
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    #7Sound Meter

    Sound Meter

    The sound level meter provides a decibel meter for environmental noise and displays its measured dB values in various forms. The app features a graphic design with high frame by a smart sound meter app. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Denise Armstrong
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "My BFF is sensitive to noise. Since he's not that a techy kind of person, I look for app like this and will recommend it to him. "
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    #8Decibel Meter Sound and Noise

    Decibel Meter Sound and Noise
    Using this app you will be able to easily measure environmental noise just by using your phone's microphone. A high decibel exposure can lead to severe health problems, and using this app you will know if you are in danger. 

    *The link is no longer available*




    Apps

    Larry Lucas
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "I have found the Decibel meter Sound and Noise app to be very fun to use. I have noticed that around my mother it always tells me to get away when I'm around my mom and when I'm around other family members the meter is always reading on the low side. "

Summary

Best What are the best decibel meter apps for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sound Meter PROApps 4 Free
2Sound MeterApps 2 Free
3Best Sound MeterApps 2 Free
4SPL MeterApps 2 Free
5Sound Meter & Noise DetectorApps 1 Free
6deciBelApps 0 Paid
7Sound MeterApps -1 Free
8Decibel Meter Sound and NoiseApps -3 Paid
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