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Can you clip a soundwave?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by megafiddle, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Not the signal that is producing the soundwave, but the soundwave itself.

    A soundwave consists of alternating compressions and rarefactions. We can compress air to several thousand PSIG (at least)
    which would give a pretty high limit for the positive part of the cycle. But we can only produce rarefactions down to 0 PSIA
    (about -15 PSIG) for the negative part. So I would imagine that with a high enough level, we would hit the negative limit at least,
    and start clipping.

    I am wondering if real life sound levels are even anywhere close to this limit? Or if it has ever actually occured?
  2. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Atmospheric pressure is about 100k pascals, and 0 dB SPL is 20 micro pascals. So, the "clipping" limit would be around 440 dB SPL.

    That would be loud.
  3. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    Wow! And to think I used to get headaches during all of those Space/Time Continuum episodes of TREK!

  4. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    2k W of the Duwamsh
  5. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
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    Now jets are laying eggs?
    We're doomed!
  6. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    All that's needed is to direct opposing compressions and rarefactions into each other, in a manner that creates disruptions in the waves, turning the "inchworm" expansions and contractions into a series of - - - - -.
  7. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    OKay, I'll ask the question on everyone's lips: Why would you want to? (Actually, I am kinda curious).
  8. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    my head hurts

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