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Advanced Microphone Measurement Seminar / 麦克风测试进阶篇网络研讨会

April 14, 2021. 9.30am (China time)

In this 120 minute online seminar, S&V Samford presents Listen’s Technical Support Manager, Steve Tatarunis, discussing some of the more advanced aspects of microphone testing including:

  • Substitution, Equalized Source and Transfer Function sequences in SoundCheck, including how to calibrate for these measurements. This is an expansion of material covered in the ‘basic microphone testing webinar’ and include more details about the sequences and calibration and the trade-offs of each method.
  • Advanced measurements including polar plot, phase, self-noise, signal to noise, distortion, active/passive noise rejection
  • Open loop microphone testing for voice activated devices such as smart speakers, automotive audio etc.
  • Advanced hardware and test configurations for measuring microphone arrays and MEMS devices

There is no charge for this seminar, but registration is required.

 

中国时间2021年4月14日 星期三上午9.30点

在这个120分钟的在线研讨会中,声振环保仪器有限公司以及Listen,Inc.技术支持经理Steve Tatarunis,会与大家探讨麦克风测量进阶的知识, 包括:

  • SoundCheck中的对比测试法、均衡音源和传递函数程序,包括如何校准这些测量。 这是“基础麦克风测试网络研讨会”涵盖的内容的扩展,并包括有关程序、校准以及每种方法取舍的详细信息。
  • 进阶测量,包括极坐标图、相位、底噪、信噪比、失真,主动/被动噪声抑制
  • 对语音激活设备(例如智能扬声器,汽车音频等)的开环麦克风测试
  • 语音激活设备的开环麦克风测试(例如智能扬声器,汽车音频等)。
  • 用于测量麦克风阵列和MEMS的进阶硬件和测试配置

是次研讨会不收取任何费用,但需要提前注册。

无需消声室的20-20kHz自由场测量 / 20-20kHz Free Field Measurements Without an Anechoic Chamber

2021年3月17日,上午10点(中国时区)

在本在线研讨会上, Steve Temme将解释如何在无需消声室的情況下,使用模拟自由场测量,在整个可听频率范围内提供准确的自由场测量。这样能让通常要在消声室中进行的测量可以在常规实验室甚至家中进行,这是对于当前在家工作的许多人来说是一项非常宝贵功能。

此测量方法自2001年以来已在SoundCheck中使用,它可以测量低频下的近场响应和高频下的时间窗口远场测量,并将它们拼接在一起以提供整个频率范围内的响应。

 

在这次研讨会中,我们将解释该方法背后的声学和数学原理,并通过预先编写的(免费的)SoundCheck测试序列演示测试程序,并说明结果与消声室内的测量结果之间的关系。

该研讨会不收取任何费用,但需要预先注册。

20-20kHz Free Field Measurements Without an Anechoic Chamber

This event has now passed, but you can view the video recording here.

 

 

In this online seminar, Steve Temme explains how to use simulated free field measurements to provide accurate free-field measurements across the entire audible frequency range without an anechoic chamber. This enables measurements that would usually be made in an anechoic chamber to be made in a regular lab or even home office – a valuable capability when so many are currently working from home.

This measurement method, which has been available in SoundCheck since 2001, measures the near-field response at low frequencies and the time-windowed far-field measurement at higher frequencies, and splices them together to provide the response over the entire frequency range.

In this seminar we will explain the acoustics and mathematics behind this method, demonstrate the test procedure with the pre-written (and available free of charge) SoundCheck test sequence, and show how the results correlate to measurements made in an anechoic chamber.

There is no charge for this seminar, but registration is required.

 

 

Online Seminar: Microphone Measurement Basics

Sept 17, 2020. 9.00am and 2.00pm US East Coast time  (6.00 am and 11.00 am West Coast time)

Microphone test in Anechoic chamber (photo courtesy of Shure, Inc. Used with permission.)

In this 60 minute online seminar, Listen’s Technical Support Manager, Steve Tatarunis discusses Microphone Measurement Basics.

Listen, Inc’s SoundCheck electroacoustic test system is used by the world’s leading OEMs and their contract manufacturers on thousands of production lines worldwide. Although it can be used for testing a wide range of devices including speakers, microspeakers, headphones, headsets, smart devices, cellphones and more, this seminar will focus on microphones.

In this online session, Steve Tatarunis will cover the basics of microphone testing, including:

  • Common microphone types and how they work
  • Microphone specifications
  • How to measure microphones using the two standard methods available in SoundCheck
    • Substitution method
    • Equalized speaker method
  • R&D and production test environments
  • Important measurements such as frequency response, sensitivity, etc.

There is no charge for this seminar, but registration is required. Please sign up below. Note that you will be sent login details the day before. The same login details will offer access at both times, so you can choose to attend the one most convenient to you.

Headphone Measurement Basics

耳机测试基础篇网络研讨会

Aug 5, 2020 at 10.00am (China time)

中国时间2020年8月5日星期三上午10点

 

在这个60分钟的在线研讨会中,声振环保仪器有限公司授权Listen公司的创始人兼总裁Steve Temme先生,与大家探讨耳机测试的基础知识。

Listen公司的SoundCheck电声测试系统广泛用于全球领先的原始设备制造商及其合约制造商的成千上万条生产线。虽然它可以用于测试各种各样的设备,包括扬声器、微型扬声器、耳机、耳麦、智能设备、手机等等,但本次研讨会将着重讨论耳机。

在这次在线研讨会中,Steve Temme先生将涵盖耳机测试的基础知识,包括:

  • 耳机的工作原理
  • 如何测试耳机(包括不同种类的耳机和声学耳模拟器)
  • 研发和产线测试的环境
  • 重要的测试如校正的频率响应、左右声道平衡度、失真等等。

 

In this 60 minute online seminar, S&V Samford presents Listen, Inc. founder and president, Steve Temme, discussing Headphone Measurement Basics.

Listen, Inc’s SoundCheck electroacoustic test system is used by the world’s leading OEMs and their contract manufacturers on thousands of production lines worldwide. Although it can be used for testing a wide range of devices including speakers, microspeakers, headphones, headsets, smart devices, cellphones and more, this seminar will focus on headphones.

In this online session, Steve Temme will cover the basics of headphone testing, including:

  • How a headphone works
  • How to measure headphones (including considerations for different types of headphones, and acoustic ear simulators)
  • R&D and production test environments
  • Important measurements such as corrected frequency response, left/right tracking, distortion etc.

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Viewers in China WATCH HERE

 

 

 

West Coast Training Extravaganza! Feb 4-8, 2019

Listen is excited to announce its biggest ever training event on the West Coast the week of Feb 4th– 8th (Chinese New Year week) with 5 full days of training events.

Monday Feb 4th: Electroacoustics training with Chris Struck. This one-day course covers the fundamentals of electroacoustics and is ideal for anyone new to the industry or who wants to learn more about the electroacoustics theory behind the measurements they are making. You do not need to be a SoundCheck user to benefit from this class! Course Outline. Register.

Tuesday and Wednesday Feb 5th & 6th: Basic 2 day SoundCheck training with Steve Tatarunis. This two-day class is designed to accelerate the learning curve for novice and basic level SoundCheck users. A combination of teaching, demos and hands-on exercises begin with the basics of system setup and calibration, using virtual instruments, and creating and modifying basic test sequences. On the second day, the sequence writing progresses to more complex techniques such as sequence loops, statistics and advanced post-processing. Course Outline. Register

Thursday Feb 7th: Advanced SoundCheck training with Steve Temme. This is designed for users who have already attended the basic class or who need to make more complex measurements and want to take their SoundCheck use to the next level. This course will include topics such as simulated free field measurements, open loop testing of smart devices, advanced distortion measurements, selecting an appropriate test stimulus (including speech, music and compound stimuli), advanced sequence development including conditional branching and looping, advanced post-processing algorithms and more. More details to follow. Register

Friday Feb 8th:  Smart speaker testing seminar (half day plus networking lunch). By popular demand we are bringing our free smart speaker testing seminar back to the West Coast. Steve Temme will present this seminar covering many aspects of smart device testing including open loop measurement, telephony measurements and voice quality measurements. Although the demonstrations will be done with smart speakers, the techniques and methods are relevant to anyone testing voice-controlled devices including hearables, watches and other wearables, robots, smart home devices and automotive entertainment systems. FREE. Course Outline. Register.

Scroll down for full class outlines.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 10741 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Costs:
We have simplified pricing this year so that each day is the same cost and you can combine any number of days, with a discount for each additional day that you take. In addition, support contract holders and multiple attendees from the same company receive additional discounts

1 Day: $495 ($350 with valid SoundCheck support contract)

2 Days: $950 ($665 with valid SoundCheck support contract)

3 Days: $1350 ($950 with valid SoundCheck support contract)

4 Days: $1725 ($1200 with valid SoundCheck support contract)

Smart Speaker Seminar: FREE

 

Multi-person discount:

2-3 people from one company: 10% discount;

4 people will receive a 15% discount

5+ will receive a 25% discount.

Note: to qualify for the discount, all attendees must register together. Multi-attendee discount is only applicable to Mon-Thurs training since the Friday Smart Speaker Seminar event is free.

 

1- Day Electroacoustics Class Outline. Instructor – Christopher Struck (CJS Labs)

Introduction

    • Transducers & Reciprocity
    • Subjective & Objective Tests
    • Loudspeaker and Microphone Test Systems

Basic Acoustics and Measuring Sound

  • Sound Pressure & Sound Pressure Level
  • Wavelength & Frequency
  • The Decibel and Working with Decibels
  • Weighting Networks
  • Detectors, and Time Constants

Sound Sources and Sound Fields

  • Ideal Sources, Sound Radiation, and Sound Fields
  • Transmission, Reflection and Diffraction
  • Elementary Room Acoustics
  • Anechoic Chambers and Reverb Rooms

Psychoacoustics & Hearing

  • Frequency and Dynamic Range
  • Masking & Critical Bands
  • Directional Effects
  • Anatomy of the Ear
  • Detection and Signal Processing within the Ear
  • Loudness & Hearing Loss

Measurement Microphones

  • Principles of Operation
  • Frequency & Dynamic Range
  • Microphone Types, Selection and Applications
  • Field Calibration

Frequency Analysis

  • Signal Types
  • Filters and Filter Analysis
  • Confidence Limits, and Averaging Time
  • The FFT
  • Time Windows, Overlap & “Real Time” Analysis

 System Analysis

  • Time & Frequency Domains
  • Causal Linear Time-Invariant Systems
  • Analysis Methods: Dual Channel FFT, MLS, TDS
  • Stimulus Signals

Simulated Free Field Measurements

  • Sound Paths, Correlated and Uncorrelated Noise
  • Quasi-Anechoic Test Methods
  • Near Field Measurements
  • Time Selective Techniques

Distortion & Non-Linearity

  • Non-Linear Systems & Distortion Order
  • Distortion Audibility
  • Transducer Defect Detection
  • Harmonic, Intermodulation & Difference Frequency Distortion Tests
  • Measurements of Band-Limited Systems
  • Multi-Tone Distortion
  • THD + N
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Non-Coherent Power
  • Time Variance and Linearity Measures

2-Day Basic SoundCheck Training: Class Outline. Instructor: Steve Tatarunis (Listen, Inc.)

In this class, we start with the basics – how to set up your system, calibrate your hardware and use the virtual instruments.  We then focus on how to develop and modify test sequences, starting with stimulus, analysis and display options, and progressing to more advanced functionality such as sequence loops and jumps, statistics, and advanced post-processing. The class is a combination of classroom-style teaching and hands on practical sessions, so that when you leave the class you will be ready to go in practice as well as in theory.

This hands-on class covers all the major features of SoundCheck, including writing sequences, test signals, analysis, distortion measurements and more. The class is a combination of presentations interspersed with hands-on exercises to ensure that you are comfortable with all the concepts and methods taught before you leave the classroom. Although no previous SoundCheck experience is assumed, the course still offers plenty to users familiar with writing basic sequences.  Content includes:

  • Overview of SoundCheck software
    • Software Options
  • Hardware
    • Configuring audio interfaces and external equipment
    • Listen Certified Sound Cards
  • Calibration
    • Calibration of different DUT types (telephones, speakers, etc.)
  • Virtual instruments
    • Spectrum Analyzer, RTA, Multi-meter, Signal Generator, Oscilloscope
    • Virtual Instruments – hands-on
  • Online forum, bug and wish lists
  • SoundCheck Steps & Sequences
    • Philosophy & Architecture
    • Creating and editing SoundCheck Test Sequences and Steps
    • Using the Sequence Wizard
    • Stimulus & Acquisition Step details
    • Basic analysis
    • Display
    • Data Management Hands-on
    • Limits
    • Sequence Development – hands-on
    • Printing
    • Serial numbers
    • Autosave and recall
    • Messages – user prompts, calling external devices
    • Post-processing
    • Sequence Development (part 2) – hands-on
    • Statistics
    • Sequence loops and jumps
    • Advanced sequence development

Note: This is intended as a 2-day class, but each day may be taken separately if wanted. The first day will focus more on setup, calibration, virtual instruments and some beginning sequence writing. The second day will focus on sequence writing in much more detail.

 

1-Day Advanced SoundCheck Training: Class Outline. Instructor Steve Temme

This is designed for users who have already attended the basic class or who need to make more complex measurements and want to take their SoundCheck use to the next level. This course will include topics such as simulated free field measurements, open loop testing of smart devices, advanced distortion measurements, selecting an appropriate test stimulus (including speech, music and compound stimuli), advanced sequence development including conditional branching and looping, advanced post-processing algorithms and more. WE are finalizing content and a more detailed outline will follow shortly.

 

 

Free Seminar: Smarter Measurements for Smarter Speakers! Instructor Steve Temme (Listen, Inc.)

smart_speakersLearn how to test smart speakers, hearables, watches and other wearables, robots, smart home devices, automotive entertainment systems and other smart devices in our practical half-day seminar taught by industry expert Steve Temme of Listen, Inc.

Although acoustic testing of smart speakers and other voice-activated devices presents challenges such as injecting and extracting response signals, time delays, and triggering the system using voice commands, it is still possible to measure the same parameters as traditional loudspeakers, In addition we can also measure microphone array performance, speakerphone performance and more.

We demonstrate how to do this, focusing on:

  • Stimulating and capturing responses from a device where you don’t have direct access to the microphone or speaker (open loop testing).
  • Delays, asynchronous stimulus / acquisition, and working with the ‘cloud’
  • Testing with real world signals such as speech and music, and how to analyze results from these test stimuli
  • Voice Recognition – key word spotting, wake word testing, directionality, and the effect of background noise on voice recognition performance
  • Telephony – testing smart speakers for hands-free calling

There is no charge for this seminar and lunch will be provided.

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Headphone & Headset Measurements – Tokyo, Japan – March 9, 2018

Presented by:

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Due to popular demand, we are now holding our headphone testing seminar in Tokyo!

Learn about the latest in headphone test systems and methods from design to EOL Test. Industry experts Steve Temme (Listen, Inc.) and Peter Wulf-Andersen (G.R.A.S.), as well as guest speaker Dr. Sean Olive (Harman International) will discuss test equipment (ear couplers, test fixtures, test software and hardware) and demonstrate practical test setups for both R&D and QC headphone testing. It will cover in-ear monitors, Bluetooth, lightning/USB, noise-cancelling and high resolution headphones, in addition to conventional analog headphones. You can even measure your own headphone using our equipment in the hands-on session. Please see the full agenda below.

There is no charge for this one-day seminar. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP today.

Location and Dates:

Tokyo: Friday March 9th, 2018. Otemachi SUNSKY ROOM 27th floor, room #B  Asahi Seimei Otemachi Bldg. 2-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo.

 

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Agenda (10am-4pm)

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Headphone Test Systems and tools
    • Traditional tools vs. modern consumer demands
      • Introduction to head and ear related terminology and definitions.
      • Historical perspective and background for the tools and standards used today.
      • Limitations vs. Possibilities in term of the measurement capabilities. How does that relate to the modern challenges with Bluetooth and ANC related testing tasks?
    • Tools for Next Generation Headphone Testing
      • Solutions to some the challenges addressed above.
      • Examples based on products and measurements.
    • What about frequencies above 20kHz? Science or marketing? Measurement Consistency – Development vs. Production
      • Progress in measurements from Head and Torso Simulator (KEMAR) to Production Test Fixture (45CC – flat plate). How the different components affect the measurements:
    • Software and hardware for headphone testing including typical headphone measurements and test setups
  • Practical examples of headphone measurements on.
    • Analog Headphones
    • Bluetooth Headsets
    • ANC Headphones
    • Lightning/USB Connected Headphones (using triggered recordings)
    • Hi-Res Headphones
    • In-ear monitors
  • Measurements including:
    • Frequency Response relative to a target response
    • Left/Right tracking
    • Impedance
    • Noise attenuation
    • Distortion including Non-Coherent Distortion
    • Standards including Max SPL EN-50332 & IEC-60268-7
  • Headphone Design: Perception and Measurement of Headphones – What is the Preferred Target Response? (Guest Speaker: Dr. Sean Olive, Harman International)
  • Hands-on testing: Bring your own device and test it using one of our measurement setups

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Headphone & Headset Measurements – Seoul, Korea – March 6, 2018

Presented by:

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headphones
Due to popular demand, we are now holding our headphone testing seminar in Seoul!

Learn about the latest in headphone test systems and methods from design to EOL Test. Industry experts Steve Temme (Listen, Inc.) and Peter Wulf-Andersen (G.R.A.S.), as well as guest speakers Dr. Sean Olive (Harman International) and Prof. Lee (New Media Communication Joint Institute of Seoul National University) will discuss test equipment (ear couplers, test fixtures, test software and hardware) and demonstrate practical test setups for both R&D and QC headphone testing. It will cover in-ear monitors, Bluetooth, lightning/USB, noise-cancelling and high resolution headphones, in addition to conventional analog headphones. You can even measure your own headphone using our equipment in the hands-on session. Please see the full agenda below.

There is no charge for this one-day seminar. Space is limited, so please RSVP today.

Location and Dates:

Seoul: Tuesday March 6th, 2018. Korea National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul.

 

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Agenda (9am-4pm)

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Headphone Test Systems and tools
    • Traditional tools vs. modern consumer demands
      • Introduction to head and ear related terminology and definitions.
      • Historical perspective and background for the tools and standards used today.
      • Limitations vs. Possibilities in term of the measurement capabilities. How does that relate to the modern challenges with Bluetooth and ANC related testing tasks?
    • Tools for Next Generation Headphone Testing
      • Solutions to some the challenges addressed above.
      • Examples based on products and measurements.
    • What about frequencies above 20kHz? Science or marketing? Measurement Consistency – Development vs. Production
      • Progress in measurements from Head and Torso Simulator (KEMAR) to Production Test Fixture (45CC – flat plate). How the different components affect the measurements:
    • Software and hardware for headphone testing including typical headphone measurements and test setups
  • Practical examples of headphone measurements on.
    • Analog Headphones
    • Bluetooth Headsets
    • ANC Headphones
    • Lightning/USB Connected Headphones (using triggered recordings)
    • Hi-Res Headphones
    • In-ear monitors
  • Measurements including:
    • Frequency Response relative to a target response
    • Left/Right tracking
    • Impedance
    • Noise attenuation
    • Distortion including Non-Coherent Distortion
    • Standards including Max SPL EN-50332 & IEC-60268-7
  • Design & sound tuning of earphones  (Guest Speaker Prof. Lee, New Media Communication Joint Institute of Seoul National University)
  • Headphone Design: Perception and Measurement of Headphones – What is the Preferred Target Response? (Guest Speaker: Dr. Sean Olive, Harman International)
  • Hands-on testing: Bring your own device and test it using one of our measurement setups

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European Tour: Headphone & Headset Measurements

The challenges of testing today’s devices

Presented by:

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headphonesLearn about the latest in headphone test systems and methods from design to EOL Test. Industry experts Steve Temme (Listen, Inc.) and Peter Wulf-Andersen (G.R.A.S.), as well as guest speaker Chris Struck will discuss test equipment (ear couplers, test fixtures, test software and hardware) and demonstrate practical test setups for both R&D and QC headphone testing. It will cover in-ear monitors, Bluetooth, lightning/USB, noise-cancelling and high resolution headphones, in addition to conventional analog headphones. You can even measure your own headphone using our equipment in the hands-on session. Please see the full agenda below.

There is no charge for this one-day seminar and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP today.

Locations and Dates:

UK: Monday May 15th, Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, England

Denmark: Thursday May 18th, G.R.A.S. Headquarters, Holte (near Copenhagen), Denmark

Germany: Friday May 19th, Maritim Airport Hotel, Hannover, Germany

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Agenda (9am-4pm)

  • Introduction
  • Overview of Headphone Test Systems and tools
    • Traditional tools vs. modern consumer demands
      • Introduction to head and ear related terminology and definitions.
      • Historical perspective and background for the tools and standards used today.
      • Limitations vs. Possibilities in term of the measurement capabilities. How does that relate to the modern challenges with Bluetooth and ANC related testing tasks?
    • Tools for Next Generation Headphone Testing
      • Solutions to some the challenges addressed above.
      • Examples based on products and measurements.
    • What about frequencies above 20kHz? Science or marketing? Measurement Consistency – Development vs. Production
      • Progress in measurements from Head and Torso Simulator (KEMAR) to Production Test Fixture (45CC – flat plate). How the different components affect the measurements:
    • Software and hardware for headphone testing including typical headphone measurements and test setups
  • Practical examples of headphone measurements on.
    • Analog Headphones
    • Bluetooth Headsets
    • ANC Headphones
    • Lightning/USB Connected Headphones (using triggered recordings)
    • Hi-Res Headphones
    • In-ear monitors
  • Measurements including:
    • Frequency Response relative to a target response
    • Left/Right tracking
    • Impedance
    • Noise attenuation
    • Distortion including Non-Coherent Distortion
    • Standards including Max SPL EN-50332 & IEC-60268-7
  • Headphone Design (Guest Speaker Chris Struck, CJS Labs)
    • Desired headphone response
    • Headphone measurement standards
  • Hands-on testing: Bring your own device and test it using one of our measurement setups

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