How to tweak the MDB settings
Introduction to MDB
The Micronas Dynamic Bass is a feature in the MAS3587F?
that can improve the sound by adding (simulated) bass.
(Note: This was called Bass boost in earlier versions of Rockbox, with only the Strength parameter configurable
Most headphones and speakers are unable to reproduce the low bass frequencies. However, one can fool the human brain into thinking that the low frequencies really are there.
(From the MAS3587 data sheet
, page 10):
In addition to dynamically amplifying the
low frequency bass signals, the MDB exploits the psychoacoustic
phenomenon of the ‘missing fundamental’.
Adding harmonics of the frequency components
below the cutoff frequency gives the impression of
actually hearing the low frequency fundamental, while
at the same time retaining the loudness of the original
The MDB parameters
This one simply enables or disables the effect.
This sets the strength of the effect. Range 0-127dB according the the data sheet.
This tells the MAS how to mix the original signal and the generated harmonics. There may be occasions were you only want the harmonics, because the loudspeaker distorts the original low frequencies.
MDB Center frequency
This tells the MAS the cutoff frequency of your headphones/speakers. The frequencies below this will have harmonics generated.
This tells the MAS the frequency range for which to add harmonics. The narrower the range, the "harder" bass sound you will get. The data sheet recommends this to be approx. 1.5 times the center frequency. (note: maybe an Auto setting could be nice?
| MDB Enable
| MDB Strength
| MDB Harmonics
| MDB Center frequency
| MDB Shape
You can read more about Micronas Dynamic Bass in the MAS3587 data sheet
, pages 10, 44 and 46.
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