Audio Processor SoftwareThe Audio Processor system is a combined software and multichannel hardware system which applies real-time DSP effects to audio and acoustic applications. The system uses one of several DSP/data acquisition hardware possibilities to apply real-time processing to multichannel analog input, and produce desired analog output. The maximum number of channels ranges from 8 to 128 channels per system, depending on DSP hardware type being used, and factors such as required dynamic range and SNR. Audio and acoustic processing capabilities include multiple arbitrary FIR filter shaping, delay lines, equalization filters, feedback detection and filtering, various types of monitoring (clip, level, signal integrity, etc.) and user-defined DSP algorithms.
ApplicationsApplications include improving speech and audio intelligibility in auditoria, steering sound, dynamically "shaping" frequency response, monitoring acoustic conditions, and applying DSP algorithms (filters, adaptive equalization, FFTs, etc.) in real-time. Although many such systems exist in the acoustic and audio marketplace, some things which make the Signalogic system different include the tremendous flexibility and adaptability of DSP technology, low-cost, multiple choices of analog I/O type and DSP type, user-defined expansion and DSP programming, and the ability to access and communicate with DSP code from a number of host environments, including MSVC, Visual Basic, LabVIEW, and MATLAB. Audio Processor features include:
- multichannel operation (from 8 channel to 128 channel)
- independent FIR filter shaping, on per-channel basis; filtering can be implemented from 10 to 64 taps per channel, depending on sampling rate and other processing requirements; filters can be completely arbitrary in shape (designed using Hypersignal or DirectDSP software); filter coefficients can be fixed or downloaded dynamically under GUI control
- independent delay control, on per-channel basis; delay can be controlled from 5-20 usec to 2000 msec, in 5-20 usec increments (increment depends on hardware type)
- minimum constant group delay of less than 10 usec to 5 msec, depending on hardware type and FIR filter specifications
- independent input gain and output attenuation control, on per-channel basis; gain is specified from 0 to 22 dB and attenuation from 0 to -22 dB (gain/atten implemented in hardware; maximum ranges depend on hardware type); no effect on DSP code real-time efficiency
- indpendent mute control, on per-channel basis
- clipping indicator, feedback indicator, level meter, and other status indicators per channel
- control of DSP hardware operating parameters, including sampling rate, number of channels, digital scale and offset factors, real-time digital features, etc.
- wide range of DSP types and analog I/O types to choose from; over 25+ state-of-the-art DSP/data acq. hardware is supported (see comments below)
- standard Visual Bench software feature set, including settings (personality) save/retrieve, hardware type/driver selection interface, numerous options and user preferences, client customization and re-sale features, etc.
- fully compatible with DirectDSP® software for system development, system expansion, and DSP algorithm development purposes
Current InstallationsCurrent installations of the Audio Processor system include the St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. In the St. Marks application, the software is used to precisely control arrival of wavefronts from multiple speakers, in order to create the desired audience perception of sound arrival and direction, regardless of speaker placement dictated by building architectural and aesthetic considerations.