See Volume (dB) Numerical Levels in GarageBand: A Visual Reference Guide

Unfortunately, since GarageBand doesn't display dB numerical values on its volume meters, I wanted to create a visual reference guide for those of us that need to see the audio level in decibels. If you're editing your podcast in GarageBand or recording vocals for a new song, here's a way for you to gauge your volume level.

In Logic Pro X, I created a sine wave at standard target dB levels that we would want to benchmark in GarageBand: 0, -6, -12, -24, -36

I imported and marked the target dB levels on the volume meter in GarageBand. All track faders were set to 0 dB, which is the default setting when a new Audio Track is created.

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

Here's a closer view for you to reference:

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

Now you have a visual that can be referenced so you can get a better idea of your audio level! 

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3 comments

  • SHu

    So how do you add this feature to Garageband???

  • Nathalie

    Hi there.
    How do I go about creating a track that is at 18 decibels? Or at least knowing at what decibels my current track is at? I have one that I have lowered to -31 db but what is the actual decibel level?

  • Kuma

    Hello
    Is Hindenburg Journalist Pro fit for your products?
    Thanks
    Kuma


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