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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
My name is Brad and I am new here.
Before shooting any rooms with REW I have been running some tests. I am using the Art Dual Pre USB.
I will be using a Berringer ECM 8000 once I get the software all figured out.
Here is what I don't understand. When running tests with either my internal sound card on my laptop,
or using my external ART USB mic pre, when looking at a waterfall using a loopback connection no Mic.
I see all frequencies fall off at about 150ms. I would expect with a loop the fall off would be much quicker than that. As well I have tried this test using the Left channel as cal, with the measurement taken on the right. I assumed that would take the card delay into account. But it did not change readings.
I am using a intel dual core laptop with 2 gigs of ram on windows XP.
All other measurements look as I would expect.
One other question. My waterfall seems to run 200 HZ up to about 12khz. Is there anyway to alter this setting? Thank You for your response.

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The waterfall (like Spectral decay) is generated from the impulse response. The window selected (i.e. 300ms) is shifted to the right to create each slice. The slices are a function of the time selected (i.e 300ms = x30 10ms slices).

The waterfall, like any graph can have any axis selected that you wish.

Simply select the Graph Limits button and enter the vertical and horizontal axis.

Be sure to always use LOG as opposed to LIN mode selected by the Freq Axis button that is directly left of the Graph Limits button.

Be sure to use the REW HELP FILES.. :)

Graph Axis.jpg


Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thank you for your response. When I was running my tests I was aware of the option to
change the limits of the graph view. When I took my measurements the waterfall was only filling the
200 to 12k section of a larger graph. I'll experiment a bit more to to see how to change how the
unit samples and generates the the waterfall.
I am still not sure as to why a direct loopback would show that it takes 150ms to drop
30db. Is this processing delay?

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I am still not sure as to why a direct loopback would show that it takes 150ms to drop 30db. Is this processing delay?
No, it is the effect of the window shape. If you changed the waterfall window type to rectangular you would see a very sharp drop once the impulse falls outside the window, but the sharp truncation of a rectangular window causes artefacts in the frequency response so window edges have profiles that taper gradually to zero, which reduces the windowing artefacts but for a waterfall has the effect of smearing out the drop in level.

Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Makes perfect sense.
Thank you for your response.
Wonderful job on the software!
As someone that has used Clio at work, I am quite impressed.
I'll stop back in the forum tonight and drop off a donation.
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