SignalScope Pro 3.0 for iOS 7

In the new version 3, SignalScope Pro’s appearance has been completely revamped for iOS 7. SignalScope Pro supports both iOS 6 and iOS 7, but looks largely the same on iOS 6 as the previous version.

Also new in version 3:

– Audio data handling is more efficient.

– Image overlays created in the Level Meter tool now use the full resolution of the original image (whether the image comes from the photo library or straight from the camera).

– For devices that support input gain adjustment on the built-in or headset microphone, the input gain is stored with data exported from the FFT, Octave, or Oscope tools.

– When entering a preferred sample rate, “48k” can be entered in the text box, as an alternative to typing out “48000.”

– Default input sensitivities have been updated, based on measurements of the iPhone 5S and 5C microphones and headset inputs.

– Cursor info text now uses a larger font.

 

SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 1 SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 4 SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 5

SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 2 SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 3

 

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SignalScope, SoundMeter, and dB have also received similar updates for iOS 7.

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RoomScope now loads IR data from CSV, MAT, and TXT files

In version 1.5, RoomScope’s Room Analyzer tool can now load impulse response data from csv, txt, and MAT files saved within the app. Any csv, txt, or MAT files which contain time domain data, and are created by Faber Acoustical’s other iOS apps are also supported. Data files created in other Faber apps, such as SignalScope Pro or IOScope, would need to be added to RoomScope via iTunes File Sharing.

RoomScope 1.5 is available for download on the App Store.

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RoomScope File Loading

Input triggering now available in the FFT analyzer on iOS

SignalScope 3.5 and SignalScope Pro 2.5 for iOS have arrived on the App Store with added support for input triggering in the FFT spectrum analyzer tool. Triggering support essentially matches that in the Oscope tool, including Auto, Normal, and Single-shot triggering modes, positive or negative slope triggering, and a user-definable input level threshold.

Also new in these apps is a 1 second per division time scale in the Oscope tool that enables up to 10 seconds of time data to be visible in the Oscope display.

SignalScope 3.5 and SignalScope Pro 2.5 are both available for download on the App Store.

SignalScope Pro Screenshot

 

 

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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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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.

GuitarJack Rocks 3rd Gen iPhone and iPod touch

While the GuitarJack, from Sonoma Wire Works, was obviously designed with music recording in mind, it also works well as an I/O interface for test and measurement apps, like SignalScope Pro and IOScope. The GuitarJack, and the iAudioInterface from Studio Six Digital, are the only two iPod accessories I’m aware of that properly support both line level input and output via the 30-pin dock connector of iPhone and iPod touch devices. (The Alesis ProTrack supports line-level input and output, but not both simultaneously.)

GuitarJack and iPod touch 3G

GuitarJack In Brief

  • Simultaneous stereo line-level input and output
  • Compatible with 2nd and 3rd generation iPhone and iPod touch devices (Sonoma recommends using Airplane mode when using GuitarJack with an iPhone. Also, I had success using GuitarJack with the 1st generation iPhone and the 1st generation iPod touch, although I noticed that the GuitarJack’s low frequency rolloff was worse with those devices.)
  • High-impedance input available
  • Software-programmable input gain (Currently, gain settings are only accessible from within Sonoma’s FourTrack iPhone app.)
  • Reasonably flat frequency response over the audio band
  • Built to last (Its case is metal instead of flimsy plastic, like so many other iPod accessories.)

GuitarJack Frequency Response

The following plots of GuitarJack’s frequency response were produced with IOScope running on an iPod touch 3G. It’s important to note that these measurements include the response of both the output and input circuitry.

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1/8

1/8

The frequency response magnitude is down by 2.6 dB at 20 Hz, relative to 1 kHz, when working with the 1/8″ input or the 1/4″ input in Lo-Z mode. As can be seen in the plots, the Hi-Z mode produces more low-frequency rolloff than the Lo-Z mode (its response is down by about 3 dB at 40 Hz). The GuitarJack rolls off the low end more than I would like, but it’s response is still pretty good for an iPod accessory.

GuitarJack is not compatible with iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch 4G. Fortunately, Sonoma appears to be working on a solution for the new iOS devices with model 2.

GuitarJack is available now for $199.

SignalScope 2 for iPhone offers upgrades via in-app purchase

Faber Acoustical, LLC announced today that SignalScope 2.0 for iPhone and iPod touch devices is available for immediate download on the iTunes App Store. With version 2, SignalScope users can now enjoy the full features of the Pro version without having to pay full price for SignalScope Pro. Faber Acoustical’s SignalScope 2.0 includes full and partial upgrades, via in-app purchase, that unlock additional tools and functionality, which previously were only available in the Pro version.

In addition to enabling users to upgrade to the full functionality of SignalScope Pro for iPhone all at once, SignalScope 2.0 offers incremental upgrades. Available upgrades include individual tools, such as the level meter (functionally equivalent to the sound level meter tool in the popular SoundMeter app), octave analyzer, and signal generator. Another upgrade can be purchased to enable data acquisition features, such as saving data to text or MAT files, which can then be downloaded to any Mac or PC via a standard web browser.

Available in-app purchase upgrades include:

  • a full upgrade to the functionality of SignalScope Pro for $59.99 (includes all other upgrades);
  • a Signal Generator tool for $7.99;
  • an Octave and 1/3-octave Analyzer tool (RTA) for $19.99;
  • a Level Meter tool for $14.99;
  • and a Data acquisition upgrade (text and MAT file data capture) with downloading to Mac or PC via a standard web browser for $19.99.

IMPORTANT NOTE: iPod touch devices require additional external hardware to get audio signals into SignalScope. For audio signals, the 1st gen iPod touch requires a dock connector input device (such as the MacAlly iVoice Pro) to be used with SignalScope. All other devices can perform measurements with the headset connector, but using a stereo dock connector input device is recommended for the highest quality measurements.

Minimum Requirements:
* iPhone or iPod touch, with iPhone OS 3.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
SignalScope is now available for download on the iPhone App Store for $24.99 (USD). External hardware may be required for analog input capability. More information on SignalScope can be found at Faber Acoustical online. More information regarding suitable input devices for specific iPhone or iPod touch models can be found on the Faber Acoustical blog.

SignalScope App Store URL
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