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Best RTA Applications for Android

written by: George Garza•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 4/22/2011

If you want to measure the amplitude of several frequencies, a real time analyzer (RTA) can measure frequencies throughout the audio bandwidth from 20 Hz up to 20,000 Hz. An RTA device can be anything from a small PDA-sized device to software running on a laptop to a rackmounted hardware unit.

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    Who uses RTAs?

    Sound engineers and acousticians that are installing audio systems in a variety of listening spaces: like home theaters, or cars and want to make sure that the best sound distribution is available will use an RTA device. The RTA is useful because it measures different sound spectral aspects caused by resonances with constructive and destructive interference capabilities. In other words, sound is a combination of frequencies, some that enhance its quality and others that harm the quaility. With this in mind there are several Android RTA decibel software apps to look at.
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    deciBel

    This app is a simple sound level meter that uses the phone mic to measure sound pressure levels. It displays the current, maximum and minimum values in decibels, and generates sound level charts. With this release you get new charts, and calibration help. User ratings give it a 3 out of 5. Cost: Free.

    Decibel 

    Ups and Downs

    Ups: Works well with Galaxy 3, and HTC Desire.

    Downs: Not a good substitute for an RTA device, and does not work well on all mobile devices.

    [Download Link]

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    RTA Pro Analyzer

    There are two versions of this app, the freeware and the pro version. The pro version adds 1/4, 1/6 and 1/12 analyzation band spacing with up to 120 bands, and holds more color schemes for sound analysis. Another feature is that it permanently stores calibration data. Ratings: 4.5/5. Cost: $6.59.

    RTA-Pro-Analyzer 

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    Ups and Downs

    Ups: Useful app.

    Downs: Needs to measure louder noise.

    [Download Link]

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    Decibel Volume Meter

    A fun app for amatuers and just those hungry geeks that want information about sound. You can measure volume levels by displaying the output in decibel (dB) format. The values shown are approximate, but note that industrial level uses shouldn't be considered since it does not have the level of decibel information and breakdown needed. However, some features include frequency information with maximum, minimum, and average values, as well as calibration settings, and microphone #1, #2 saved settings for internal/external microphones. Cost: $0.99.

    Decibel-Volume-Meter 

    Ups and Downs

    Ups: Good for low end noise and sound analysis.

    Downs: Not to be used at the industrial level.

    [Download Link]

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    dB (Decibel) Sound Meter

    Like the previous app, decibel Volume Meter, this app can measure sound and noise volumes. However, you can calibrate your microphone by adjusting the trim value, letting you get additional frequency information. You can save your settings, and also adjust the response rate between slow or fast. You can also view the maximum, mininumum or average decibel values, or interrupt and pause the meter to see values at any particular state using the on/off button. Cost: $0.99.

    db Decibel Sound Meter 

    Ups and Downs

    Ups: Works well in the range of 40db to 60db.

    Downs: Is inaccurate beyond 60db.

    [Download Link]

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    Summary

    The Android RTA decibel software listed here has limitations and is good for home use but should be avoided at the technical or industrial level. The best one of the group is Decibel Volume Meter.

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    References

    deciBel

    • Image: http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/tools/decibel_zdr.html

    RTA Pro Analyzer

    • Image: http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/media_and_video/rta-pro-analyzer_bedv.html

    Decibel Volume Meter

    • Image: http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/communication/decibel-volume-meter_joys.html