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Old 14th December 2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hello. I'm new to this forum and this is my first post!! wahey! I hope I'm not repeating something wich is often asked by the way so apologies in advance if I do.....

So I am planning on buying some measurement equipment for analysis of some home-build Speakers, in order to test the frequency response of various horns, as well as all round full range box performance.

I am however fairly new to measurement, and although I can find plenty of information about the correct way to do things, I'm finding it difficult to work out what equipment I need..

I guess I just need a nice flat response microphone and a nice cable to connect it to my PC. I have a nice focusrite soundcard to receive te signal so that should be OK, but I guess I need some kind of appropriate software....

So I was wondering whether anyone has any advice on what microphone would be suitable or recommend me one or point me in the direction of working out what I need!!...

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

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Old 14th December 2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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The goto budget mic is the Behringer ECM8000 (or its Dayton counterpart), but really needs to be calibrated to be useful outside of 200-5k Hz.

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Old 14th December 2010, 06:18 PM   #3
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This could be an incredible option if people are not use to buying calibrated mics, sound cards separately and getting all the equipment to work with HOLM, ARTA or REW.

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Its price is $300 which is about twice that of a calibrated mic (ECM8000) + sound card (USB Premobile) + free software (HOLM, REW or ARTA). The only question really does having something running out of the box equate to $150 in differences.
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Old 14th December 2010, 06:37 PM   #4
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thanks for the quick replies. I'll have a quick look at them.

I should add that a large focus of the first research I need to do with the horns will involve analysing low frequency response right down to the bottom of the audible range so that's pretty key in deciding what I want.

I should also say that my budget is around 150 which I imagine isn't loads for a top quality mic, but I guess I might be able to find a bargain so I can look at some a bit more expensive.

If it so happens I may need to buy different mics for measuring different things, but it would be nice to find a mic which will do a half decent job at measuring all relevant frequencies, in particular the ones at the lower end of the spectrum.
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