Preference option for dB or linear amplitude labels

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Preference option for dB or linear amplitude labels

Permanent link to this post Posted by steve » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:50 pm

Currently we have a haphazard mix of linear (0 to +/- 1.0) and dB labels. For example:
  • Track Gain: Linear
  • Amplification: dB
  • Track scale (default): linear
  • Meters (default): dB
  • Pan / Balance: linear
  • Normalize: dB
  • Generators (built-in): Linear
  • Contrast: dB
  • Plot Spectrum: dB
My suggestion is that we have a setting in Preferences where the user can choose either dB or linear (0 to +/- 1.0), and then amplitudes are consistently shown in that form within the Audacity interface.

Here is a mock-up with "dB" selected. Note that this suggestion is only about how the numbers are displayed.
Some of the proportions look a bit weird in this image, which is due to the originating screenshot being made on a fairly high dpi display, and is not related to this proposal.

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Re: Preference option for dB or linear amplitude labels

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:38 pm

Cool Edit blue waves are in dB, but 6 is in the middle. I'd welcome not having to constantly tell people that 50% on the waves is -6dB on the sound meter.

Even if the graphics didn't change a bit, kissing off percentages would be welcome.

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