See Volume (dB) Numerical Levels in GarageBand: A Visual Reference Guide

Unfortunately, since GarageBand doesn't display dB numerical values on its volume meters, I wanted to create a visual reference guide for those of us that need to see the audio level in decibels. If you're editing your podcast in GarageBand or recording vocals for a new song, here's a way for you to gauge your volume level.

In Logic Pro X, I created a sine wave at standard target dB levels that we would want to benchmark in GarageBand: 0, -6, -12, -24, -36

I imported and marked the target dB levels on the volume meter in GarageBand. All track faders were set to 0 dB, which is the default setting when a new Audio Track is created.

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

Here's a closer view for you to reference:

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

how to see db (decibel) levels in garageband volume meter

Now you have a visual that can be referenced so you can get a better idea of your audio level! 

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