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Can LMS Test.Lab measure RT60 times?


Want to measure RT60 times in a room.  Use a method with source shutoff.


Re: Can LMS Test.Lab measure RT60 times?

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Yes, we can do this in LMS Test.Lab in either Signature Acquisition (live measurement) or in Signature Throughput Processing (post processing).  See the community article that discusses this topic:



Re: Can LMS Test.Lab measure RT60 times?

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Here are a few more hints/directions for doing RT60 decay times (calculating the time it takes for a sound pressure to reduce by 60 dB) in LMS Test.Lab Signature:


  • Under ‘Tools -> Add-ins’ turn on ‘ANSI-IEC Octave Filtering’.  To control a sound source during the test, turn on “Source Control” as well.addin.png


  • To setup the source, in the ‘Acquisition Setup’ worksheet, turn on the source, set Signal Type to ‘Random’, and press ‘More’. White or pink noise can be set.source.png


  • In Channel setup, define microphone channels that are to be used for the RT60 calculation.
  • In ‘Online Processing’ worksheet, choose ‘Real-Time Octaves’ at the top of the worksheetoctave.png


  • Click on the reverberation tab in the middle of the ‘Online Processing’ worksheet.reverb.png


  • Some of these parameters are shown in the following diagram:


  • Key is that these settings allow RT60 times can be calculated based on projecting from a 20 dB or 30 dB reduction.

  • In the ‘Measure worksheet’ the source is now setup to stop running and create the reverberation decay.measure.png



  • When doing the measurement, the RT60 times are calculated for each octave band.  If the RT60 cannot be calculated for a particular octave band, the software will warn you, and the decay time for that band will be set to zero.