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Old 22nd January 2018, 10:59 PM   #1
Sentinel Phantom is offline Sentinel Phantom  Canada
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Hey everyone.
Iím once again tapping the large volume of knowledge on this site.

Iím pretty new to speaker design, but Iíve managed to stumble my way through a design and build. Now that I have my speaker I want to be able to test it. This is where Iím getting lost. So I have a few questions.

First off whatís a decent audio software for testing speakers for macs. I donít mind paying for software but I donít want to be paying a ton for analyzing my garage built speakers, so the cheaper side of things would be preferable.

Iím also by no means a professional so a more basic software that gets the job done is fine.

Is there any specific equipment I may need. Besides my laptop, software and a mic? (A good recommendation for a mic would help as well.)

Once again thanks everyone!
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Old 22nd January 2018, 11:01 PM   #2
globalplayer is offline globalplayer  Germany
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I can recommend the minidsp UMIK-1 mic.
It has a built-in interface, so you won`t need a calibration file for your soundcard.

REW Room EQ Wizard is a pretty good software.
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Old 22nd January 2018, 11:07 PM   #3
planet10 is offline planet10  Canada
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Room EQ widard is free (as mentioned already)… Fuzzmeasure (Chris is in Waterloo) costs money, is award winning, and if it means anything, used by John Atkinson at Stereophile.

There are also other paid pieces of software for the Mac but they are pricier.

I think you might find some simplier free or low cost aps in the Appstore.

community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
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Old 16th March 2018, 07:33 AM   #4
Ajaychoudhary4 is offline Ajaychoudhary4  India
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If you need quick and cost effective Loudspeaker Testing equipment then go for "DATS"- for T/S parameters. It's also do Inductance and Capacitance measurement.
OMNI mic V2- this mic set along with Software CD could do all your Acoustic measurements of Loudspeakers like Frequency Response testing, Bass Decay, Distortion etc.
Both the equipments are available on Partsexpress.
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Old 16th March 2018, 08:14 AM   #5
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Is an OmniMic V2 system substantially more accourate / sensitive / linear than REW with UMIK-1 combination?

I am asking becouse I would like to know if it's worth upgrading from UMIK-1 and REW. I need quality and easy solution for general in-room audio measremens such as reverbation time, in-room acoustic energy distribution, targetting modal resonances etc. Ocassionally it would be used for loudspeakers measurements but only as a secondary system along with DATS V2..
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