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Old 31st March 2011, 01:31 AM   #1
bikinpunk is offline bikinpunk  United States
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Default Polar Response Measurement Jig ideas?

I'm going to build a jig of some sort - that could be as simple as tape on the floor or as complicated as a swivel setup - to take polars at various angles from 0 to 90 degrees, with (15* intervals). I'm trying to stay simple and one constraint is that the setup not cause reflections.

In my case, I need something that would allow me to move the mic around the wall I've built.

I've considered doing something that uses a swivel at the base of the IEC baffle I've built, attach it to the mic stand and simply move the mic stand in a circular pattern. I'd like to take it a step further, though, and make it adjustable in distance from the baffle/driver being tested for various reasons.

I was wondering if anyone here might have some suggestions and/or pictures of what their polar jigs look like that could help me get my blue sky imagination going. A trip to Lowe's always helps kick my brain in to gear, but it also kicks my wallet up about 5 notches too high.

Here's what the baffle looks like:

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Note, the above isn't completely final. I still have to determine final bracing. It's up just to get an idea of what else needs to be done. FWIW, since I took the picture above, I've added absorption panels to the ceiling. So far, I've got a flat impulse response on-axis out to 12ms.

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Old 31st March 2011, 04:17 AM   #2
bikinpunk is offline bikinpunk  United States
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I'm sorry; it has been brought to my attention that what I'm calling polar response is not what I'm after. I'm simply after various degrees of off-axis response. Sorry for the mix up, guys.
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Old 2nd April 2011, 03:15 AM   #3
mickeymoose is offline mickeymoose  Canada
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If you are trying to measure frequency response, not even MLS can get you there with your setup. Room (walls, ceiling, floor) reflections will interfere and make any measured result non-repeatable and therefore invalid. The board dimensions are far smaller than the ideal "infinite baffle" (1/4 wavelength). The mic should be at all times 1 meter from the sound source (that is not the front of the speaker but somewhere behind the dustcap).
The best I could do, on a limited budged, was to dig a big hole, speaker flush to ground, mounted on a sheet of MDF, facing up and the mic suspended from above.
Make sure it is not windy or raining that day!
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