What is TASA?
Why is TASA necessary?
TASA and the MPAA:
What you need to know!
The TASA process for trailer finishers.
The TASA process for Digital Cinema trailers.
TASA Certified Independent Audio Engineering Firms.
What is "Leqm"?
Where do I get a Leqm meter?
How effective is TASA?
Who do I talk to at the MPAA about trailers?
What about commercials in theatres?
Who are we?
TASA History.
The TASA Standard - Technical Document.

What is TASA?

"The TASA Standard" is an audio standard for motion picture trailer volume. It was developed by the Trailer Audio Standards Association at the request of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) to address audience complaints about excessively loud trailers.

TASA employs a measuring technique called "Leqm" that quantifies sound with an emphasis on the sound frequencies that are the most annoying to audiences.

Not all "loud" sounds irritate an audience to the same extent. The irritability of sounds to an audience is frequency and duration specific. For example, breaking glass at 85 decibels is far more irritating to an audience than a foghorn at 85 decibels.

Rather than simply measuring "volume," the standard seeks to measure "annoying volume."

At any given time, the TASA Standard identifies a specific Leqm number as a recommended upper volume limit for trailers in order to bring the audio level of trailers closer to the features they precede. The current upper volume limit is Leqm 85.

The TASA Standard has been voluntarily adopted by all of the MPAA member studios.

If you are having a film rated by the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), your trailer must be submitted to the MPAA's Advertising Administration for approval. The MPAA will only approve theatrical trailers certified as TASA compliant.