Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being loud; great sound or noise; clamor; uproar: as, the loudness of a voice or an instrument.
  • noun Conspicuousness; flashiness; showiness: as, loudness of dress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being loud.

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  • noun the perceptual strength or amplitude of sound pressure, measured in sones or phons
  • noun the physical strength of the sound pressure level, measured in decibels

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun tasteless showiness
  • noun the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

Etymologies

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loud +‎ -ness

Examples

  • In addition, the stress placed at the end of a French sentence is also not a tonic accent -- a rise in loudness -- but a rise in pitch -- which we English speakers do only with questions (unless we are valley girls) -- that is, when asking a question, our voice goes from, say, middle C to F.

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  • Such a misperception can lead to "loudness" -- all caps "screaming", hyperbole, exaggeration and such.

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  • Although CDs have a wider dynamic range, mastering houses are often encouraged to compress the audio on CDs to make it as loud as possible: It's the so-called loudness war .

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  • Volume = loudness, which is what you needed to achieve here, wheras velocity is all about the change in timbre produced by how hard you hit the piano / drum / whatever.

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  • The loudness is a deal-breaker for me, which is why the Das Keyboard is going back in its box right now.

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  • SPL is the sound pressure level, namely the loudness of the sound, which goes like this, so you can compare:

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  • When propagated to the human ear and processed by the brain, the new sounds contain some parameters, such as loudness and rhythm, that may be perceived to resemble those in the original recordings, while others, like pitch, timbre and space may be perceived as markedly different.

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  • When propagated to the human ear and processed by the brain, the new sounds contain some parameters, such as loudness and rhythm, that may be perceived to resemble those in the original recordings, while others, like pitch, timbre and space may be perceived as markedly different.

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  • The filter can be tuned, or switched, to any one of the messages, based on characteristics such as loudness or pitch.

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  • Pastels, Nirvana, etc. I guess it's hard to explain, but people always seem surprised by our "loudness" when we play live.

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