RoomScope and IOScope measure longer IRs and use 64-bit FFTs

RoomScope 1.2 and IOScope 2.3 arrived in the iOS App Store this week. Both apps now support impulse response measurements up to 16 seconds long and use double precision (64-bit) FFTs in their measurements. The maximum measurement length is dependent on the amount of memory available on the device, so 16-second measurements are currently only supported on the iPhone 5, iPad 3, and iPad 4. The previous generation of devices, including the iPod touch 5, supports 10-second measurements, and older devices are still limited to measurement durations of 5 seconds or less.

RoomScope 1.2 also offers the following additions:

  • Center time has been added to the list of calculated acoustic parameters.
  • All parameters are now calculated in low, mid, and high frequency bands, as defined by the ISO 3382 standard.
  • The calculation of the clarity and definition parameters (C and D) compensates for the delay of the whole and 1/3-octave band filters, as described in ISO 3382.
  • Raw IR data can now be excluded or included in CSV, MAT, and TXT file data exports.

RoomScope turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a room acoustics measurement and analysis tool. With RoomScope, you can measure a room impulse response and then calculate reverberation time, early decay time, center time, clarity, and definition, as defined in the ISO 3382 standard. RoomScope also allows you to adjust the Schroeder decay curve integration limits with the touch of your finger and plot the calculated room parameters versus whole or 1/3-octave band center frequency.

RoomScope

 

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IOScope brings true dual-channel transfer function and impulse response analysis to iOS. With IOScope, measure loudspeaker impedance, frequency response, and sensitivity. Measure a room impulse response. Tune a large sound reinforcement system, time-align a set of surround sound speakers, or optimize your home stereo. Determine the actual cutoff frequencies of your latest speaker crossover circuit, or teach your students the fundamentals of Fourier analysis of dynamic systems.

Measure frequency response magnitude and phase, coherence, and group delay. Time domain functions enable you to measure impulse response and auto/cross-correlation. IOScope includes a built-in signal generator for producing suitable excitation signals to analyze your system or device under test (DUT). See http://youtube.com/faberast for a video demo of loudspeaker impedance measurement.

 

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SoundMeter 3.3 can turn your iPhone or iPad into a personal noise dosimeter

SoundMeter 3.3 offers users the option to add a noise dosimeter tool via in-app purchase. The new Dosimeter tool enables you to measure noise dose–the percentage of a maximum permissible daily noise exposure based on an 8-hour time period. The Dosimeter supports criterion levels of 80, 85 and 90 dB, exchange rates of 3, 4 and 5 dB, and thresholds of 40 to 80 dB. The new tool also displays the 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA), as specified by OSHA.

As with other measurements in SoundMeter, the Dosimeter’s accuracy depends on the quality of the microphone used as well as the accuracy of the microphone’s sensitivity calibration within SoundMeter.

SoundMeter 3.3 also includes updated Help files, minor bug fixes, and stability improvements. SoundMeter 3.3 will also continue to run while the screen is locked, which is important for making long-duration measurements, such as noise dose, Leq, and TWA.

  SoundMeter Noise Dosimeter

 

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RoomScope 1.1 offers additional detail

RoomScope version 1.1 for iOS is now available for download on the App Store. The new version offers the following improvements:

  • RoomScope now employs a more sophisticated approach to determine the onset of the direct sound in the impulse response.
  • All calculated room acoustics parameters for all frequency bands of the current filter bandwidth can be displayed simultaneously in a table.
  • An option has been added to plot the regression line used in calculation of reverberation times.
  • Cursor behavior is more robust.
  • Minor bug fixes.

Screenshots of the new version are shown below.

RoomScope IR RoomScope Parameter RoomScope Parameter Table RoomScope Squared IR

 

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Faber Acoustical brings room acoustics to iOS with RoomScope

Faber Acoustical is pleased to announce the immediate availability of RoomScope for iOS on the App Store.

RoomScope both measures and analyzes room impulse responses, calculating acoustical parameters such as reverberation time, early decay time, clarity and definition. Room acoustics parameters may even be calculated and displayed in whole or 1/3 octave frequency bands.

RoomScope offers users the ability to measure the acoustic response of a room, while viewing the impulse response, frequency response, or coherence dynamically as the measurement progresses. RoomScope’s dual-channel measurement capability enables users to employ built-in frequency sweeps or pseudorandom noise as a reference, or to work with arbitrary test signals from another source.

Room parameters, which are calculated by RoomScope using the integrated impulse response method of the ISO 3382 standard, include reverberation time (T20, T30, T60), early decay time, clarity (C50, C80, Cte), and definition (D50, D80, Dte). Users can use dual cursors within the plot of the squared impulse response to dynamically set integration limits for the decay curve.

Measurement data and calculated acoustic parameters may be exported to CSV, TXT, or MAT files. Impulse response data may also be stored in AIF, CAF, or WAV audio files. RoomScope additionally supports loading impulse response data via audio files created or opened in other apps, such as SignalScope Pro.

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iPhone 5 screenshots

RoomScope Impulse Response iPhone5RoomScope Decay Curve iPhone5

 

iPad screenshots

RoomScope Impulse Response iPadRoomScope Decay Curve iPad

 

 

Are you looking for a measurement microphone for your iPhone?

Since iOS 6 finally remedied the low frequency roll-off problem of the headset mic input of the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the headset jack has become a suitable option for measurement microphone input. Prior to the release of iOS 6, the only way to connect an external measurement microphone, without sacrificing low-frequency information, was to go through the dock connector. Dock connector devices can still provide higher quality solutions, but working with the headset jack offers a level of portability (i.e. compact size) that cannot be matched when a 30-pin dock connector is involved (we’ll see what comes along to take advantage of the new Lightning connector).

MicW i436

Some time ago, I was made aware of the i436 measurement microphone from MicW. It looked like exactly what was needed to turn any iOS device into a quality sound level meter, or acoustical analysis tool, that you could truly carry around in your pocket. However, it was limited in its utility by that pesky low-end roll-off that plagued earlier versions of iOS. Some developers attempted to perform software correction for the input filters, but when an input signal is driven into the noise floor by the hardware (or firmware), there’s nothing app software can do to restore the lost signal at those lower frequencies. Now that iOS 6 has solved the issue, the i436 has become the attractive measurement microphone solution for iOS that it should have been when it was first introduced.

i436i436

Last weekend, I carried the i436 around the Denver Tech Center Marriott at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), along with my iPhone 5. The i436 is small enough that it could slip into my pocket and remain there unnoticed or it could stay connected to the iPhone, which was perched in my shirt pocket when it wasn’t in my hand. In short, I was quite pleased to confirm that the i436 does indeed make for a portable measurement solution that you can carry in your pocket all day long.

MicW i436 Noise Measurement

As for quality, the i436 looks and feels like a proper measurement microphone. It was designed to meet the Class 2 standard for sound level meters, which addresses issues like environmental stability in addition to frequency response. The i436 also fits a standard microphone field calibrator, with a 1/4″ adapter, which you would also expect from a measurement microphone. A field calibrator makes microphone sensitivity calibration very easy with measurement software like SoundMeter or SignalScope Pro.

i436 Typical Frequency Responsei436 Typical Polar Pattern

The i436 is available in a package with just the mic, or in a kit. The kit includes a wind screen, extension cable, splitter cable (to connect headphones or an audio cable to the headphone output), a small clip, and an aluminum storage tube that doubles as a holder for the i436 that mounts to the top of a standard microphone stand (very handy).

i436 Single Packagei436 Kit Package

If Class 2 compliance meets your needs, then I highly recommend the MicW i436, especially in the kit. Either option is quite affordable for a quality measurement microphone. If you need a microphone that conforms to the Class 1 standard, then another hardware solution will be necessary.

iPhone 5 compatibility with existing audio input accessories

Since the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2 meter cable) arrived yesterday, I have had the opportunity to test several audio accessories with the iPhone 5. The results are presented below. Only accessories that worked with the iPhone 4 were tested, since earlier audio input accessories couldn’t be expected to work with the new iPhone (they relied on the analog input pins that were not supported on 4th generation iOS devices).

30-pin audio input accessory compatibility

Accessory iPhone 5 iPhone 4/4S
Apogee Jam Yes Yes
Fostex AR-4i Yes (1) Yes
Line 6 Mobile In Yes Yes
Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 Yes Yes
Tascam iU2 No (2) Yes
  1. There were a few times that I couldn’t get the iPhone 5 to recognize the Fostex AR-4i, but once it did, the AR-4i worked well. Sometimes, the iPhone would give the same message as that for the Tascam iU2 (below).
  2. When connecting the iU2 without USB power, the iPhone 5 wouldn’t recognize it. When USB power was supplied to the iU2, the iPhone would present a message which said, “The connected USB device is not supported.”

iPhone 5 audio consistent with iPhone 4S

Today, I had the opportunity to begin testing the audio input characteristics of the new iPhone 5. As seen in the plots, below, the headset input frequency response matches that of the iPhone 4S, which was presented in the previous post. The behavior of the built-in microphone also seems to match that of the iPhone 4S, suggesting that Apple kept the audio input path essentially unchanged in the new device.

One current limitation of the iPhone 5 is that existing dock connector accessories for audio input (and output) are not compatible, due to the iPhone’s new Lightning connector. As soon as Apple’s new Lightning to 30-pin adapter arrives, we’ll be able to see if it enables existing audio accessories to work with the new iPhone. Until then, the headset input and built-in microphone will have to suffice for iPhone 5 users. Fortunately, iOS 6, which comes installed on the iPhone 5, allows us to bypass automatic gain control and the high pass filter that plagued the headset input and built-in mic in earlier versions of iOS.

iPhone 5 Headset Leq iOS 6

iPhone 5 Headset Leq iOS 6 Fine Scale

Finally! iOS 6 kills the filter on headset and mic inputs!

So, iOS 6 has finally arrived and the biggest news for SoundMeter, SignalScope, and SignalScope Pro users may just be that the high-pass filter which used to plague the built-in microphone and headset microphone inputs now gets bypassed. This exciting improvement to iOS 6 will significantly improve the quality of acoustical measurements that can be made with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, without requiring a dock connector accessory for audio input.

Below are 1/3-octave headset input frequency response comparisons for the various iOS devices that support iOS 6. More details regarding the headset input and built-in microphone will be presented in the days ahead.

Update (9/19/20120, 7:32 PM): It should be noted that these are electrical frequency response measurements. When making acoustical measurements, the overall frequency response will depend also on the microphone that is used.

iPhone 4S Before iOS 6/Now

iPhone 4S Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPhone 4S Headset Leq iOS 6

iPhone 4 Before iOS 6/Now

iPhone 4 Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPhone 4 Headset Leq iOS 6

iPhone 3GS Before iOS 6/Now

iPhone 3GS Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPhone 3GS Headset Leq iOS 6

iPod touch 4 Before iOS 6/Now

iPod touch 4 Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPod touch 4 Headset Leq iOS 6

iPad 3 Before iOS 6/Now

iPad 3 Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPad 3 Headset Leq iOS 6

iPad 2 Before iOS 6/Now

iPad 2 Headset Leq Pre-iOS 6  iPad 2 Headset Leq iOS 6

 

iOS 6 is now highly recommended for all SoundMeter, SignalScope, and SignalScope Pro users.

 

 

SignalScope Pro’s (iOS) Oscope tool now exports waveform data to audio files

As of version 2.3, the Oscope tool in SignalScope Pro for iOS can export waveform data to AIF, CAF, or WAV audio files. On iOS 5, or later, audio files can be previewed within SignalScope Pro or opened with other apps on the same device that support these file formats. Audio files may also be transferred to a Mac or PC via iTunes File Sharing, or downloaded with a web browser via the built-in HTTP file server.

SignalScope Pro Audio File Export     SignalScope Pro Audio File Name

Audio file export is also included with the DAQ Upgrade available via in-app purchase in SoundMeter 3.1 and SignalScope 3.3. In SoundMeter, the Oscope tool in-app upgrade is also required. SoundMeter 3.1, SignalScope 3.3 and SignalScope Pro 2.3 are all available for immediate download on the App Store.

Additional changes to these apps include:

  • The Signal Generator tab now supports the same color schemes as the analysis tools.
  • Other cosmetic improvements have been made to the user interface.
  • Several bugs have been fixed.

IOScope 2.1 exports impulse responses to AIF, CAF, or WAV audio files

IOScope 2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

IOScope room impulse response measurement

IOScope room impulse response measurement

IOScope 2 can now export normalized impulse response data to AIF, CAF, or WAV audio files. On iOS 5, or later, audio files can be previewed with IOScope or opened with other apps on the same device that can open these file formats. Of course, IOScope also allows for audio files to be transferred to a Mac or PC via iTunes File Sharing, or downloaded with a web browser via the built-in HTTP file server.

With IOScope, measure loudspeaker impedance, frequency response, and sensitivity. Measure a room impulse response. Tune a large sound reinforcement system, time-align a set of surround sound speakers, or optimize your home stereo. Determine the actual cutoff frequencies of your latest speaker crossover circuit, or teach your students the fundamentals of Fourier analysis of dynamic systems.

Measure frequency response magnitude and phase, coherence, and group delay. Time domain functions enable you to measure impulse response and auto/cross-correlation. IOScope includes a built-in signal generator for producing suitable excitation signals to analyze your system or device under test (DUT). The reference signal can be taken from the internal signal generator or from an external source (when using an external reference, a stereo audio input device, connected to the dock connector, is required).

IOScope also turns your iOS device into a platform for data acquisition, storing acquired data in CSV or tab-delimited text files, MAT-files, or images, including high-resolution PDF files, for later retrieval from your device.

What’s new in version 2.1?

  • Impulse responses can now be exported to AIFF, CAF, or WAV audio files. On iOS 5, audio files can be previewed within IOScope, or opened in other apps that support these file formats.
  • Frequency and time domain data can now be exported to CSV files, in addition to MAT-files and tab-delimited text files. CSV files can be opened directly in Numbers, or other spreadsheet apps that support it, from within IOScope.
  • The Excitation (signal generator) tab now supports the same color schemes as the analysis tools.
  • Other cosmetic improvements have been made to the user interface.

IOScope 2.1 requires iOS 4 or later, and is now available for download on the App Store for $74.99 (USD) in the Utilities category.

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IOScope audio file export

IOScope audio file export

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