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  • #61
    Re: A HOLM starter guide

    Originally posted by killa View Post
    That is wrong and could possibly be why your having problems. It is very hard for me to gate that low indoors due to ceiling and floor reflections.
    See post #5
    Killa... Speed of sound is about 344m/s

    1s/344m= 0.0029 which is approximately 3ms per meter (sound travels 1m in 3ms). Math is clear. In the post No.5 it says that there is 4ms first reflection. That tells me that first reflective surface in that apartment was 1.33m (52") away. Math is very clear

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    • #62
      Re: A HOLM starter guide

      Originally posted by Zvuchniak View Post
      Killa... Speed of sound is about 344m/s

      1s/344m= 0.0029 which is approximately 3ms per meter (sound travels 1m in 3ms). Math is clear. In the post No.5 it says that there is 4ms first reflection. That tells me that first reflective surface in that apartment was 1.33m (52") away. Math is very clear
      No need to school me. I know the math but to me your gate looks too low. That dip in the frequency response is more than likely caused by a reflection which would mean the gate is too low. I could tell a lot more if I could get a pic with the window a little less zoomed in on the gate time.

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      • #63
        Re: A HOLM starter guide

        Try changing the scale to 5 dB divisions, and select 200 hz to 20k for the width, and about -5 dB to -70 dB for the height. Try auto zoom on the impulse, or select about a 10 ms section of the impulse window, and then click auto zoom. The 3ms gating should be OK, or close to OK. Make sure that the computer, or another speaker is not also generating the sweep tone.

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        • #64
          Re: A HOLM starter guide

          Originally posted by Zvuchniak View Post
          Here's the pic:

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          I'm sorry I did not notice this pic earlier. Looks like you may have some noise going on. If you are using a laptop I have heard operating on battery power helps in some cases. Power supplies can cause noise. I assume there was nothing running nearby such as air conditioning

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          • #65
            Re: A HOLM starter guide

            Looking at you measurement, the sweep appears to marginally be above the noise floor of the room. You are at -45 dB or so. Unless there's something odd with the mic or mic pre-amp, you need to be up around -20 dB or so. Looks like the sweep should be louder.

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            • #66
              Re: A HOLM starter guide

              Originally posted by killa View Post
              I'm sorry I did not notice this pic earlier. Looks like you may have some noise going on. If you are using a laptop I have heard operating on battery power helps in some cases. Power supplies can cause noise. I assume there was nothing running nearby such as air conditioning
              No AC is running. I used laptop and desktop and both of them shows the same result :(

              Originally posted by rpb View Post
              Looking at you measurement, the sweep appears to marginally be above the noise floor of the room. You are at -45 dB or so. Unless there's something odd with the mic or mic pre-amp, you need to be up around -20 dB or so. Looks like the sweep should be louder.
              Hi RPB. I tried it but it is the same. Only thing that i could do is to turn up mic gain a bit more but watch out for clipping (red LED lights up when it does). I'll do that and then im off to electronic part store to buy XLR and RCA to make loop measurement cable.

              By the way... This is great tutorial you made Thanks

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              • #67
                Re: A HOLM starter guide

                I'm glad you like it! Maybe take a look at the soundcard, or PC level settings on the output / input sensitivities.
                If your sweep is relatively loud, then the response on the graph should be higher than it is. My loud sweeps are up
                around -10 dB. If I changed the settings in the PC, I could make them show much lower like yours, but that would likely hurt
                the signal to noise ratio. So I suspect those are the settings you need to adjust. Soundcards can be tricky to deal
                with. The built in special effects sometimes are difficult to turn off. I had several that just were not usable.

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                • #68
                  Re: A HOLM starter guide

                  I've always wondered how to interpret the dB values when looking at the distortion graphs. If the signal is at -10 dB and the distortion is at -50 dB is the actual distortion -40 dB (i.e. in relation to the signal) or -50 dB (i.e. absolute)? Haven't seen this mentioned anywhere.

                  regards....
                  "Everything is nothing without a high sound quality." (Sure Electronics)

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                  • #69
                    Re: A HOLM starter guide

                    Originally posted by rpb View Post
                    I'm glad you like it! Maybe take a look at the soundcard, or PC level settings on the output / input sensitivities.
                    If your sweep is relatively loud, then the response on the graph should be higher than it is. My loud sweeps are up
                    around -10 dB. If I changed the settings in the PC, I could make them show much lower like yours, but that would likely hurt
                    the signal to noise ratio. So I suspect those are the settings you need to adjust. Soundcards can be tricky to deal
                    with. The built in special effects sometimes are difficult to turn off. I had several that just were not usable.
                    I turned it up and reached -20dB without clipping from mic. Here it is:

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                    Frequency looks better but impulse is still bad. I bought connectors and making cable now. I will report later

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                    • #70
                      Re: A HOLM starter guide

                      Originally posted by Zvuchniak View Post

                      but impulse is still bad.
                      Hey, I'm tuxedocivic from AVSforum. I think I might be who sent you over here.

                      I've had this exact problem before with a laptop. I've never really put my finger on it, but I believe it's the mic in the computer just won't go away and takes the measurement. These mics often have a 5khz low pass, and that looks to be the case here also. They also have a messy impulse response and give that exact output. Same with my webcam on my desktop. Try finding that thing and turn it off. I've become very frustrated with them at times. They just won't go away, even when I disable them it seems.

                      By the way, you don't select your gate time based on the distance from the mic to the speaker but the delta of distance from first reflection vs direct sound. This should be visible on the IR and there's no need to do the math. The math can be a nice sanity check, but that IR is not right.

                      Good luck.
                      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm2...oSKdB448TTVEnQ

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                      • #71
                        Re: A HOLM starter guide

                        Well, I downloaded the 64bit version and it installed to Windows 7 without a problem. I've used SpeakerWorkshop in the past and while old it did install on Windows7 but give an message unable to upadate registry but still seems to function well.

                        Just curious why they didn't include some code to take impedance measurements and also to measure caps, resistors, and coils and of course crossover modeling?

                        When I get back from vacation and settled into a new house, I'll check this new software out.
                        "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                        • #72
                          Re: A HOLM starter guide

                          Originally posted by Zvuchniak View Post
                          I turned it up and reached -20dB without clipping from mic. Here it is:

                          [ATTACH=CONFIG]27184[/ATTACH]

                          Frequency looks better but impulse is still bad. I bought connectors and making cable now. I will report later
                          It's a tricky process setting up the sound card inputs to proper levels. I use RMAA53 and QuickMixIn to help in this process. Here is a page where you can DL those programs to help set things up properly.
                          http://www.claudionegro.com/
                          just go to the downloads page
                          "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

                          Projects:
                          1. Melodious Monitors: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resi...DsO7QEFSodJMEk

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                          • #73
                            Re: A HOLM starter guide

                            Originally posted by ryanbouma View Post
                            Hey, I'm tuxedocivic from AVSforum. I think I might be who sent you over here.

                            I've had this exact problem before with a laptop. I've never really put my finger on it, but I believe it's the mic in the computer just won't go away and takes the measurement. These mics often have a 5khz low pass, and that looks to be the case here also. They also have a messy impulse response and give that exact output. Same with my webcam on my desktop. Try finding that thing and turn it off. I've become very frustrated with them at times. They just won't go away, even when I disable them it seems.

                            By the way, you don't select your gate time based on the distance from the mic to the speaker but the delta of distance from first reflection vs direct sound. This should be visible on the IR and there's no need to do the math. The math can be a nice sanity check, but that IR is not right.

                            Good luck.
                            Hi Ryan (Tuxedocivic ) Yes, you sent me here

                            I am measuring with desktop computer. It doesn't have built in mic. The only thing i thought that has to do with this is onboard sound card that i disabled in BIOS and uninstaled drivers so that only thing that i can do settings for is M-audio.

                            You are right about selecting time gate based on delta of distance from first reflection but only if you can see the reflection. I did it this way because i can't see the first reflection. By setting the time gate at exactly the distance from mic and if i remove reflecting surfaces at at least that same distance i eliminate every posible reflection even if i don't see it.

                            You were talking about this

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                            • #74
                              Re: A HOLM starter guide

                              Originally posted by Zvuchniak View Post
                              so that only thing that i can do settings for is M-audio.
                              Well in that case, I don't understand why your IR looks so bad. What I see in your IR resembles a poor microphone and soundcard with processing, ime. You're equipment is good.

                              Is your microphone on a stand? I've seen it before when a microphone has a very nearby reflection. Example. The mic is placed ground plane but isn't directely on the ground. That's about the only other time I've seen an IR look that way.

                              Sorry

                              EDIT - can you show a smoothed (no gating) response? And what driver is this? Is the FR known? I still feel this isn't a measurement from you mic.
                              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm2...oSKdB448TTVEnQ

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                              • #75
                                Re: A HOLM starter guide

                                It is on the stand. Guys from DIY suggested me to do the loop measurement. To connect the output of the sound card to the input and measure it. It should be flat line but it looks like this:

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                                There is some problem. Big question is can i find it and fix it :(

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