Frequency response length changing SPL


Thread Starter
Jun 15, 2022
Hello! I work for a sound masking company and they've asked me to play around with REW to test their sound masking systems. I was running a frequency response test on one of their white noise contours and noticed that changing the length of the recording changed the SPL that would be recorded on the graph. I've attached an image below that shows this. The green curve has a length of 128k, the purple 512k, and the blue 4M. Please let me know if anyone has any information on why this would be occurring. All of the curves were taken with the same speaker output.


John Mulcahy

REW Author
Apr 3, 2017
Depends what you were measuring and how it was measured. If those are sweep measurements but the output is independent of the stimulus (e.g. there's just noise in the output) then a longer measurement will mean a lower noise floor, approx 3 dB lower for each doubling of sweep length. If the output is related to the stimulus it will be at the same level for any sweep length. The RTA would be more appropriate for viewing the frequency content of a signal that isn't related to the stimulus.
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