AnalyserNode: maxDecibels property

The maxDecibels property of the AnalyserNode interface is a double value representing the maximum power value in the scaling range for the FFT analysis data, for conversion to unsigned byte values — basically, this specifies the maximum value for the range of results when using getByteFrequencyData().


A double, representing the maximum decibel value for scaling the FFT analysis data, where 0 dB is the loudest possible sound, -10 dB is a 10th of that, etc. The default value is -30 dB.

When getting data from getByteFrequencyData(), any frequencies with an amplitude of maxDecibels or higher will be returned as 255.


IndexSizeError DOMException

Thrown if a value less than or equal to AnalyserNode.minDecibels is set.


The following example shows basic usage of an AudioContext to create an AnalyserNode, then requestAnimationFrame and <canvas> to collect frequency data repeatedly and draw a "winamp bar graph style" output of the current audio input. For more complete applied examples/information, check out our Voice-change-O-matic demo (see app.js lines 108–193 for relevant code).

const audioCtx = new (window.AudioContext || window.webkitAudioContext)();
const analyser = audioCtx.createAnalyser();
analyser.minDecibels = -90;
analyser.maxDecibels = -10;

// …

analyser.fftSize = 256;
const bufferLength = analyser.frequencyBinCount;
const dataArray = new Uint8Array(bufferLength);

canvasCtx.clearRect(0, 0, WIDTH, HEIGHT);

function draw() {
  drawVisual = requestAnimationFrame(draw);


  canvasCtx.fillStyle = "rgb(0 0 0)";
  canvasCtx.fillRect(0, 0, WIDTH, HEIGHT);

  const barWidth = (WIDTH / bufferLength) * 2.5;
  let barHeight;
  let x = 0;

  for (let i = 0; i < bufferLength; i++) {
    barHeight = dataArray[i];

    canvasCtx.fillStyle = `rgb(${barHeight + 100} 50 50)`;
    canvasCtx.fillRect(x, HEIGHT - barHeight / 2, barWidth, barHeight / 2);

    x += barWidth + 1;



Web Audio API
# dom-analysernode-maxdecibels

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