The Faber app updates released this week address the issue with the built-in iPad microphone input gain. In short, with the release of iOS 9.3.1, Apple chose to change the input gain range for the built-in microphone on iPad, which meant that apps such as SoundMeter needed to either adjust input gain or input sensitivity in order to continue to allow for reasonably accurate sound level measurements. Unfortunately, iOS versions 9.3.1 through 9.3.4 contain a bug that causes the previous input gain range to be applied after a microphone is connected to the headset jack and then removed.
The following Faber apps have been updated with a built-in workaround to properly apply the appropriate input gain on each version of iOS:
Each app has also been updated to support iOS 10 when it is released later this year.
RoomScope 4.0 is now available for download on the App Store.
As with the recent update to IOScope, RoomScope now supports fractional octave band smoothing of 2Ch FR magnitude and coherence data (1/6, 1/12, and 1/24 octave bandwidths). RoomScope also adds built in support for iTestMic and iAudioInterface2 from Studio Six Digital and support for automatic downloading of sensitivity and frequency response data for the Dayton UMM-6 USB measurement microphone.
Other improvements to RoomScope include the following:
– RoomScope 4 employs a new plotting framework for real-time data graphs and high resolution image export.
– A bar graph is now used to display room acoustics parameters across octave or 1/3-octave frequency bands.
– Support for drawing directly to an external screen (from iPad) has been removed in favor of screen mirroring, which is handled by iOS.
– Audio hardware input and output options are now presented from a separate toolbar button, which looks like a microphone, on iPad, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
– It is possible to adjust the line thickness of plotted data.
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In version 2.1, RoomScope now presents a nonlinearity parameter to offer additional guidance on the validity of each acoustic decay parameter (T20, T30, T60, EDT). Values of greater than 10 ‰ (per mille, or parts per thousand) indicate that the estimated reverberation or decay time may be suspect, or that integration limits may need to be adjusted manually to obtain a more accurate result.
RoomScope 2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.
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RoomScope version 2.0 now fully supports iOS 7 with a refreshed look and feel that is consistent with recent updates to SignalScope Pro and IOScope. Although RoomScope still supports iOS 6, its appearance remains largely the same as before on the older iOS.
What’s new in RoomScope 2.0?
– RoomScope’s appearance has been completely revamped for iOS 7. RoomScope supports both iOS 6 and iOS 7, but looks largely the same on iOS 6 as the previous version.
– Audio data handling is more efficient.
– 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. Nominal input sensitivities have also been updated for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
– Cursor info text now uses a larger font.
– 2Ch IR works properly when the internal excitation signal is selected for the X input and pan is set to 100%.
– A bug in the HTTP file server has been fixed.
RoomScope is a universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
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In version 1.6, RoomScope’s Room Analyzer tool now estimates the optimal end point for the decay curve–that is, the point at which the acoustic decay meets the noise floor in the impulse response data. This allows the Room Analyzer to provide better reverberation time estimates without the need for the user to manually adjust the decay curve limits with the built-in cursors. Decay curve limits can still be set manually, as before.
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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.
A common request for RoomScope has been to directly capture room impulse response (IR) data using impulsive noise sources, such as balloons or starter pistols. RoomScope 1.3 now supports both single-channel and dual-channel IR data acquisition. The dual-channel capability has been built-in since version 1.0 of RoomScope, enabling the use of an omnidirectional loudspeaker and various excitation signals including broadband noise and frequency sweeps. The new single-channel IR acquisition tool can capture IR data directly by popping a balloon or firing a starter pistol within an acoustic space of interest. The input signal can be triggered in order to automatically begin data acquisition when the instantaneous input level crosses a user-defined threshold.
It should be noted that single channel analysis doesn’t mean that only one channel of data can be captured at one time. In fact, with an iPad and a multi-channel USB audio interface, it is possible to capture IR data from multiple microphones simultaneously (obviously, the mics and supporting cables, adapters, etc, would also be needed). Single channel analysis simply means that each input channel is treated independently from all other input channels. In contrast, dual-channel analysis means that a single measurement is based on data acquired from two input channels (using auto and cross-spectral analysis).
RoomScope 1.3 is now available for download on the App Store.
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