SoundCheck 20 New Features

SoundCheck 20 introduces our state-of-the-art perceptual distortion algorithm for end-of-line testing – Enhanced Perceptual Rub & Buzz. It also includes a host of new features for multichannel and communications testing, increasing its capabilities for audio measurement of smart speakers, infotainment systems, headphones and hearables, and other voice-activated and multichannel devices.

SoundCheck 20 New Features

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For a full list of all SoundCheck features, including version 20, check out SoundCheck: What’s New?

Listen’s new enhanced Perceptual Rub & Buzz algorithm is a reliable and repeatable method of detecting audible Rub & Buzz faults on the production line. This offers manufactures the option to increase yield by rejecting only those devices with audible distortion defects. Based on the sound psychoacoustic principles used in Listen’s industry-standard 2011 Perceptual Rub & Buzz algorithm, the new refinements improve listener correlation and demonstrate significantly better noise rejection to offer unrivaled repeatability. The multichannel Real Time Analyzer displays multiple channels simultaneously, and offers real time calculation and display of channel addition, subtraction, maximum, minimum and power average. Applications for this new feature include real-time observation of active noise cancellation, automotive industry standard 6-microphone array infotainment measurements, validating headphone seal on a test head prior to measurement by comparing left and right earphone response, and more. Paired with the AmpConnect 621 multichannel audio interface, it offers unmatched functionality for multichannel measurements on a wide array of devices, especially those featuring dynamic signal processing. RTA curves are now seamlessly integrated with SoundCheck’s standard graphs.

A complete overhaul of the signal generator brings additional functionality and simplified operation, particularly when using wav files. In addition to standard audio stimuli (sine, white noise, pink noise) with user-selected sampling rates and resolution, it can play any wav file, any memory list file, and any complex waveform created by the stimulus editor.
The optional POLQA (Perceptual Objective Listening Quality Analysis) module brings POLQA analysis right into SoundCheck, for perceptual measurements of speech degradation in communications applications ranging from telephones to smart devices. Version 20 extends SoundCheck’s batch processing power with the ability to automatically load and process external data. This is useful in any application where it is desirable to automate the testing of a large number of external data files via a sequence, for example wav files of speech recordings. New stimulus steps and post-processing capabilities support communications testing needs, for example, measurement of Doubletalk and other speech transmission parameters. These include a silence stimulus step, and RMS level versus time and histogram post-processing steps.