[alsa-devel] Mixer volume/decibel mapping
clemens at ladisch.de
Tue May 25 16:36:06 CEST 2010
Raymond Yau wrote:
> I have doubt about DECLARE_TLV_DB_LINEAR(ak4396_db_scale, TLV_DB_GAIN_MUTE, 0);
> since the datasheet mention that dB range is only -48dB to 0dB
> ATT = 20 log10 (ATT_DATA / 255) [dB]
> How can AK4396 has scale of -inf DB to 0dB in the driver code ?
When ATT_DATA = 0, there is no output, which is an attenuation of -inf.
The next value, ATT_DATA = 1, results in ATT = -48 dB.
> BTW , if ymf7xx (DSP) only accept 16 bit digital PCM data and output to
> 18-20 bit AC97 codec ,
The DSP uses more precise values internally.
> how can the per stream volume control has a scale -inf dB to 0dB ?
multiplication factor 0: dB = 20 log10(0) = -inf
multiplication factor 1: dB = 20 log10(1) = 0
This is true regardless of the precision of the multiplier. Even a one-
bit factor behaves like this; in fact, this would describe a mute switch.
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