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Audio Test Tones – Frequencies, White Noise, Pink Noise


Below are some YouTube videos offering test tones at various frequencies including sweeping tones, white noise, pink noise, and brown noises. White noise provides frequencies evenly spread across the entire spectrum from 20 to 20,000 Hz.

Pink noise is weighted with more sound at lower frequencies. Brown noise is like pink noise with even more emphasis on the base frequencies. You can use these frequencies to test audio systems and also discover how high and low you can hear.

Audio Spectrum Analyzers

There are apps you can get for your smartphone that will measure dB and show you a full frequency spectrum similar to what’s shown at the top of this page created by Octave RTA by ONYX Apps.

Depending on the speakers, playing white nose should result in a frequency analyzer showing you a somewhat flat measurement of audio from about 40 – 60 Hz up to about 20,000 Hz indicating the frequency response of your speakers. Subwoofers will provide lower frequencies.

Keep in mind that other room noise will hinder the accuracy of the measurement unless you have a VERY quiet room.

Audio Tones

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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