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Old 19th May 2017
Originally Posted by DistortingJack View Post
95 dB is really rather quiet for what a microphone is used to handle. Due to the inverse square law, a moderately-loud close-miked vocalist can be 20-30 dB above that, screaming way more. You can literally deafen someone by shouting in their ear – that's what you're doing to the microphone when close-miking.
When we were setting up for our mic comparison, I measured the volume level coming out of the female vocalist's mouth at about 6". It was not a high-tech measurement, just more of a "I wonder how loud she is" curiosity.

Using the Decibel Ultra app on my iPhone 5S, with the mic 6" from her lips, I measured a peak reading of 129.5dB.