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重庆体彩网ut considered in percentage terms, the signal level is now down to 12.5% of what it was originally. 重庆体彩网ou'd think that the signal would hardly be audible at all, but it most definitely is. 重庆体彩网 reduction in level of a total of 18 decibels corresponds very well to the way the ear perceives sound. 重庆体彩网easuring a change in level in percentage terms isn't wrong, but it somehow doesn't match up with what we hear.
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重庆体彩网n this case, the bass would almost certainly be too loud, unless the bass really is the most important instrument in the song. 重庆体彩网o what is the correct percentage?
重庆体彩网ell 重庆体彩网'd like to move away from the idea of percentage and look at the issue in a rather different way.
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