Faber Mac apps are all 64-bit, built for Yosemite

This week, all Faber apps for Mac OS received updates to improve their compatibility with Yosemite (Mac OS 10.10). Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.7, SignalScope Pro 3.7, SignalScope 3.7 and SignalSuite 4.7 are all 64-bit applications that have been built for Yosemite.

The Room Analyzer tool, available for in-app purchase in Electroacoustics Toolbox, now calculates room parameters in whole or 1/3-octave frequency bands from impulse response data that has been sampled at higher sample rates (88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz), in addition to sample rates of 44.1 and 48 kHz that were supported previously.

The Octave Analyzer tool, found in both Electroacoustics Toolbox and SignalScope Pro, also now supports the higher sample rates for real-time spectral analysis of input signals in whole or 1/3-octave frequency bands.

The Dual FFT Analyzer (only in Electroacoustics Toolbox) and FFT Analyzer tools now support additional dB vertical scale factors of 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, or 18 dB per division in the graphic display.

Various bugs and potential instabilities in each app have been corrected.

These new apps all require Mac OS version 10.7 or later.

Trial versions of each app may be downloaded from FaberAcoustical.com.

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SignalScope Pro 4 for iOS uniquely identifies USB audio devices

SignalScope Pro version 4 can uniquely identify USB audio devices attached to iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and remember user settings for each device the next time it is connected. Direct support has been added for The Modal Shop’s model 333D01 USB digital accelerometer and miniDSP’s UMIK-1 USB measurement microphone. With the 333D01, SignalScope Pro automatically loads serial number and sensitivity calibration information directly from the device as soon as it is connected. When the UMIK-1 is connected, SignalScope Pro recognizes it and prompts the user for its serial number. Sensitivity calibration and frequency response data for the UMIK-1 can then be downloaded automatically, just by entering the UMIK-1’s serial number.

Another major new feature in version 4 is SignalScope Pro’s ability to load microphone frequency response data (FRD) and apply frequency response correction (FRC) to FFT spectrum measurements. FRD can be loaded for any input channel, for any kind of transducer (i.e. it’s not just for microphones). Sophisticated interpolation techniques are employed to generate a smooth frequency response
correction curve that matches the loaded data. This correction curve can then be applied to an FFT spectrum
of arbitrary length or frequency resolution.

SSP4 Accel and Mic

Also new in version 4:

– SignalScope Pro directly supports The Modal Shop’s model 333D01 USB digital accelerometer, and can automatically load serial number and sensitivity calibration information directly from the device. Making calibrated acceleration measurements is as easy as plugging in the 333D01. Factory calibration information is embedded in exported audio files (from the Oscope tool) when data is acquired with the 333D01.

– SignalScope Pro directly supports the miniDSP UMIK-1 USB measurement microphone. Sensitivity calibration and frequency response data for the UMIK-1 can be downloaded automatically, just by entering the UMIK-1’s serial number. Making calibrated sound level measurements is as easy as plugging in the UMIK-1 and typing in its serial number (the serial number only needs to be entered once, after which SignalScope Pro will remember the microphone sensitivity).

– Additional dB scales of 3, 6, 12, 15, and 18 dB per div are now supported by the FFT analyzer. Also, when adjusting the dB scale manually, the dB offset will always be set as a multiple of the scale so that 0 dB is always available in the vertical axis labels.

– Minor bug fixes and cosmetic enhancements.

– Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter or iPad Camera Connection Kit is required for connecting USB Audio devices to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

– SignalScope Pro 4 requires iOS 7 or later.

Similar features have been added to SignalScope 5.0, although select in-app upgrades may be required (available via in-app purchase).

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iOS 7 Brings USB Audio Support to iPhone and iPod touch

I’m not sure how I missed it, but I discovered this week that USB audio devices can now be used with iPhones that support iOS 7 as well as the 5th generation iPod touch (I have personally confirmed that it works with iPhones as old as the iPhone 4S and the 5G iPod touch–iOS 7 is required in order for this to work). This is great news for anyone looking to perform multi-channel or high-quality audio or acoustic analysis with something smaller than an iPad.

The iPad has supported USB audio input and output, via the iPad Camera Connection Kit, from the beginning. Until the advent of iOS 7, however, this functionality was not supported on iPhone or iPod touch. Now, a whole host of devices, ranging from inexpensive stereo USB audio interfaces to higher end multichannel interfaces, can be used with the iPhone or iPod touch you carry in your pocket. Smaller, simpler USB interfaces will draw their power directly from the iOS device. More sophisticated hardware will require some kind of additional power supply. In any case, it is important to note that the USB audio interface must support the standard USB Audio Class driver (if it works with Core Audio on your Mac, without the need to install special drivers, then it should work with your iPhone).

In order to connect a USB audio interface to an iPhone, either the 30-pin USB adapter of the old iPad Camera Connection Kit or a Lightning to USB adapter is required (depending on whether your iPhone has a 30-pin or Lightning connector on the bottom). The screenshots below demonstrate success with a Behringer UFO-202 connected to a 5th generation iPod touch and a Tascam US-800 connected to an iPhone 5S. The UFO-202 runs completely off of power from the iPod (or iPhone), so it is a completely portable solution. The US-800 requires external power.

 

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Measuring the inexpensive, bus-powered Behringer UFO-202 with SignalScope Pro running on the 5th generation iPod touch.

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Measuring the inexpensive, bus-powered Behringer UFO-202 with SignalScope Pro running on the 5th generation iPod touch.

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Analyzing 6 input channels simultaneously with SignalScope Pro running on the iPhone 5S. The input device is a Tascam US-800 sampling at 96 kHz.

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Analyzing 6 input channels simultaneously with SignalScope Pro running on the iPhone 5S. The input device is a Tascam US-800 sampling at 96 kHz.

 

If you have had any experience connecting USB audio devices to your iPhone or iPod, I would love to hear about it in the comments. What have you found that works? What doesn’t?

 

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Faber Mac Apps Updated

All Faber apps for Mac have been updated to make more efficient use of resources. Two issues have been corrected which could potentially lead to excessive memory use.

Electroacoustics Toolbox

 

Download a free trial from FaberAcoustical.com:

Download Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.4.2

Download SignalScope Pro 3.1.6

Download SignalScope 3.1.6

Download SignalSuite 4.1.6

 

Download from the Mac App Store:

Download Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.4.2

Download SignalScope Pro 3.1.6

Download SignalScope 3.1.6

Download SignalSuite 4.1.6

 

SignalScope Pro and SignalScope for iOS updated for iPad Air and new iPad mini

SignalScope Pro 3.0.1 and SignalScope 4.0.1 for iOS include updated nominal input sensitivities for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.

Also new in SignalScope Pro:

  • Toolbars are now a dark blue in the black color scheme to make it easier to view the app in dark environments.
  • The HTTP file server configuration screen now scrolls to reveal the web URL on 3.5-inch iPhone screens (in SignalScope, the file server is available for in-app purchase as part of the data acquisition upgrade).

 

SignalScope Pro Screenshot iPhone 6

 

SignalScope Pro 3.0.1 and SignalScope 4.0.1 are now available for download on the App Store.

Download SignalScope Pro

Download SignalScope

 

Faber Mac Apps Updated for Mavericks

All Faber apps for Mac have been updated for Mac OS 10.9, Mavericks. These are minor updates, which include the following improvements:

– This update addresses plot freezing issues on Mac OS 10.9 (Mavericks).

– SLM and Octave Analyzer tools operate more efficiently.

– A potential crash has been addressed in the Signal Generator tool.

Electroacoustics Toolbox 3 Screenshot Electroacoustics Toolbox Screenshot 2

 

Download a free trial from FaberAcoustical.com:

Download Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.4.1

Download SignalScope Pro 3.1.5

Download SignalScope 3.1.5

Download SignalSuite 4.1.5

 

Download from the Mac App Store:

Download Electroacoustics Toolbox 3.4.1

Download SignalScope Pro 3.1.5

Download SignalScope 3.1.5

Download SignalSuite 4.1.5

 

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.

Download SignalScope

Download SoundMeter

Download dB

Octave Analyzer tool for iOS

 

The Octave Analyzer tool for iOS performs real-time spectral analysis in whole or 1/3-octave frequency bands.

The Octave Analyzer tool is built into SignalScope Pro. It is also available in SignalScope and SoundMeter via in app purchase.

The Octave Analyzer can analyze up to two audio input channels simultaneously (this requires a two-channel input device).

The Octave Analyzer can be configured with several options that are common to overall sound level meters. These options include time weighted exponential average levels with fast, slow, and impulse response times as well as the equivalent level, which expresses an average signal level over the total measurement time. Flat, A, and C frequency weighting are also available.

The Octave frequency spectrum appears within a bar graph which can be adjusted in its vertical scale either manually or automatically. In addition to current levels within each frequency band, maximum or peak levels may also be displayed, depending on which level type is selected. A data cursor allows specific levels at specific frequencies to be identified. The entire graph can be saved either as an image in the iOS photo library, or as a high resolution PDF file within the app.

Additionally, in SignalScope Pro, Octave analyzer data may be exported to CSV, MAT, or tab-delimited text files. Data export is also possible in SignalScope and SoundMeter with the optional Data Acquisition Upgrade available via In-app Purchase.

Download:

SignalScope Pro

SignalScope

SoundMeter

SignalScope and IOScope support sample rates up to 192 kHz

Current versions of SignalScope (3.6.2), SignalScope Pro (2.6.2), and IOScope (2.5) include advanced audio configuration options that support user selection of the audio sample rate. Using built-in iPhone and iPad audio hardware, this typically means that sample rates as low as 8 kHz can be selected. Since the iPad additionally supports external USB audio devices, via the iPad Camera Connection Kit or the Lightning to USB adapter, sample rates as high as 192 kHz can be made available with the right hardware. Which sample rates can be selected depends on values supported by the connected audio hardware.

Typical sample rates for the built-in microphone or headset input of current iOS devices include:

  • 8 kHz
  • 11025 Hz
  • 12 kHz
  • 16 kHz
  • 22.05 kHz
  • 24 kHz
  • 32 kHz
  • 44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz

It is possible to sample audio data at up to 192 kHz, with USB devices that support it, on iPad. One such device is the Echo 2 from Echo Digital Audio, which supports sample rates of:

  • 44.1 kHz
  • 48 kHz
  • 88.2 kHz
  • 96 kHz
  • 176.4 kHz
  • 192 kHz

SignalScope, SignalScope Pro, and IOScope are all available for download on the App Store.

Download SignalScope

Download SignalScope Pro

Download IOScope

The Echo 2 is available from B&H Photo Video and from Amazon.

SignalScope Pro 192 kHz Sampling

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

 

 

Download SignalScope 3.5

Download SignalScope Pro 2.5

 

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