Reverberation Time RT60 Measurement

When room acoustics properties are at issue, the RT60 reverberation time solution represents an essential tool for obtaining accurate measurement results. The easy setup enables reliable measurement for effective modification of room parameters and easy achievement of desired reverberation time.

Reverberation time RT60 measurement solution from Dewesoft
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Main Features

  • SUPPORTED STANDARDS: fully complies with the ISO 354 standard using the integrated response method.
  • DIRECT MICROPHONE INPUT: our top-of-the-class data acquisition hardware with 160 dB dynamic range allows direct input of IEPE compatible microphones with support for TEDS automatic recognition. Data acquisition system can be scaled for any number of microphones, microphones can be effortlessly calibrated with a calibrator.
  • EVALUATION RANGES: different evaluation ranges for reverberation time estimation are supported (T20, T30, and T60).
  • PARAMETER ESTIMATION: estimation of modal decay parameters from noisy measurements of reverberant and resonating systems using the Lundeby method.
  • ABSORPTION COEFFICIENT CALCULATION: calculate the absorption coefficient and make a report with the provided report template.
  • LIFETIME FREE SOFTWARE UPGRADES AND SUPPORT: Our data acquisition systems come bundled with award-winning Dewesoft X data acquisition software. The software package is always evolving and new features are being added. We offer lifetime FREE software upgrades and technical support to all our users.

Reverberation Time RT60

Reverberation time is the time required for the sound pressure level to fall for 60 dB from its initial level. Sound waves in a room will repeatedly bounce off reflective surfaces.

When these reflections mix with each other, a phenomena known as reverberation is created. Reverberation reduces when the reflections hit absorbent surfaces such as curtains, chairs, and tables. Reverberation is a key parameter when qualifying the acoustic status of a room. 

Evaluation Range

Reverberation time can be evaluated based on a smaller dynamic range than 60 dB and extrapolated to a decay time of 60 dB. The evaluation of the decay curve for each frequency band shall start at 5 dB below the initial sound pressure level. The bottom of the evaluation
range should be at least 10 dB above the overall background noise of the measuring system.

  • T20 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 25 dB below the initial level.
  • T30 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 35 dB below the initial level.
  • T60 - derived from the time at which the decay curve first reaches 5 dB and 65 dB below the initial level.

Crosspoint Search

Use the improved algorithm for reverberation time estimation (Lundby algorithm) with an automatic search option.

Option manual will calculate the reverberation time from the first to the second locked cursor. It is important to place the first cursor on the right position, and the position of
the second cursor will be found automatically.

Calculated Output Channels

Reverberation time Math will calculate several parameters and output them as separated channels. The calculations are:

  • T - measured reverberation time
  • ETC - energy time curve
  • Octave time data - octave analysis type can be selected from 1/1 or 1/3 octave
  • Line fit - fitted curve on energy time curve


Integrated Response Method

The impulse response may be measured directly by using an impulse source such as a pistol shot, balloon burst, spark gap or any other sound source that produces an impulse with sufficient bandwidth and energy).

Absorption Coefficient Calculation

The absorption (alpha) coefficient of a material indicated the proportion of sound which is absorbed by the surface compared to the proportion which is reflected back into the room.

Provided Excel template contains formulas for averaging and calculation of absorption (alpha) coefficient. Enter the parameters about the room conditions and dimensions (temperature, humidity, volume, surface). 

Analysis and Report Generation

The section in Excel template is dedicated to reporting. Alpha coefficient is calculated from reverberation times and other parameters, that have to be entered (surface area of a test specimen, speed of sound, …).

The result shown in the Excel template is the alpha coefficient for each frequency band and a graph of the alpha coefficient.


What is reverberation time - RT60?

Reverberation time is the time required for the sound to “fade away” or decay in a closed space. Sound in a room will repeatedly bounce off surfaces such as the floor, walls, ceiling, windows or tables.

When these reflections mix, a phenomenon known as reverberation is created. Reverberation reduces when the reflections hit surfaces that can absorb sounds such as curtains, chairs and even people.

The reverberation time of a room or space is defined as the time it takes for sound to decay by 60dB. For example, if the sound in a room took 10 seconds to decay from 100dB to 40dB, the reverberation time would be 10 seconds. This can also be written as the T60 time.

See the Dewesoft Reverberation Time measurement solution.

Which standard are used for reverberation time?

In many cases, the ISO 3382 series of standards are used in the calculation of reverberation time. These standards define the methodology to be used when determining the T20, T30, and T60 values as well as the calculation of uncertainty and reliability of the values.

Dewesoft Reverberation Time measurement solution is fully compliant with the ISO standards.

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