Masn’live could help clubs play louder music without breaking noise laws
Masn’live could help clubs play louder music without breaking noise laws thanks to a new sound system processor.
In Spain, a mastering engineer has developed a system that can push up the volume of your sound without disturbing the peace for those who are not in the building.
Masn’live is a processor that inserts into any sound system, enabling DJs to play loud music at a lower decibel level. The technology is “as much about the physical soundwave as it is about how the brain interprets the same soundwave. It’s pure psychoacoustics. It’s like when you listen to an mp3 through headphones and there’s a drum or a bass, but the headphones are too small to reproduce it correctly. This is instead done by evolutionary compensation. It’s something that we use a lot in mastering and have applied to our system in order to accomplish what we were after,” said the inventor Xergio Córdoba to Vice.
The inventor of the Masn’live processor said his team knew the system could work when they achieved bass frequencies that appeared more powerful than they actually were. “We were able to double the loudness, while still maintaining the same dBA, as well as improving audio quality and impact.”
Masn’live could potentially be big deal for clubs that face regular noise complaints from their neighbours.
“It doesn’t prevent ear damage but what it does is it helps your brain perceive music as if it’s louder than it actually is and, in that way, it minimises exposure to damaging frequencies.” says Córdoba
Masn’live has already been tested by several big name DJs, including Ellen Allien and Joris Voorn who tried it at Sonar, Jamie Jones at Teatro Arteria in Barcelona, and Lee Foss at the Egg Club in London.