[pulseaudio-discuss] acceptable noise level for mic boost

Tanu Kaskinen tanu.kaskinen at linux.intel.com
Fri Nov 22 08:48:03 PST 2013

On Thu, 2013-11-21 at 16:42 +0100, Oleksij Rempel wrote:
> Hello all,
> i posted this email to ALSA, but probably PA devs have some ideas too.
> ======================================================================
> Hello Takashi,
> what is acceptable noise level for mic boost?
> My laptop has three levels of mic boost (+36dB). Level 3 is useless
> since noise level will be about 0db. With level 1 i get -12dB noise, so
> there is almost 12dB room for data... but it is not enough for normal
> speech, which is about 20dB.
> Are there any ALSA guide for HW designers, which will say some thing
> like acceptable levels are 90-20dB?
> There are some Skype and Microsoft prescriptions for certification.
> For example M$ prescribe 18dB or more for speech to noise ration for
> build in mics. It sound like good number to start.
> In my case, i need to remove mic boost completely to guarantee minimum
> 18dB SpNR. Suddenly i didn't found correct way to do it.
> I will be thankful for some tip.
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> So my question to PA devs. Do pulse audio need to know about noise level
> of microphone? Will it help to make correct decisions? Especial for VoIP
> and automatic gain control.

We don't currently have any idea of the noise level, so we don't have
code for adjusting our decisions based on that information either. So,
I'd say that pulseaudio doesn't *need* to know about the noise level. Of
course, if someone someday complains that pulseaudio does bad decisions
because it doesn't take the noise level into account, then we would need
that information.


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