Firmware 2.0 for the SMxx is coming... bringing Full STI back!
Firmware version 2.0 for the SM30, SM50 and SM90 is due to be released in May 2017. As always, the new firmware adds exciting new features to your instrument - and as always, it's free. But this time, the occasion is special: firmware 2.0 brings back Full STI! A fully compliant and direct implementation of this all-encompassing version of the Speech Transmission Index has not been around since the 1990s. But now it's back, with one huge difference: a full STI measurement now takes a just a minute, instead of the 15 minutes that were needed before.
Other new features in Firmware 2.0:
- Speech Level Meter according to IEC-60268-16 Annex J
- Noise Curves module added (NR, NC, RC, etc)
- AC Volt meter for line level measurements in dBU, dBV or V rms.
- Upgraded main menu, with user configurable home screen.
The update package will be downloadable here in a just a few weeks (note that logging in is no longer required). The manual will also been updated significantly. As always, the update is free for all existing and new owners of the Bedrock SMxx.
If you are keen to start working with the new version ASAP, please contact us to get access to a beta version of new firmware.
Your feedback and bug reports are (as usual) gratefully received and used towards future updates.
Get the most out of the SMxx instruments with our MS Excel tools
As many of you will know, we offer a series of tools for importing data from the Bedrock SMxx instruments (SM30/SM50/SM90) into MS Excel. You will need a recent version of MS Excel (2010 or newer).
These import tools read multiple output files from the SM50 (STIPA, SLM and RTA mode) and convert these into a manageable table. You can also use the tools to easily browse through the measurements. The files can be downloaded here.
There are many different combinations of Excel versions, Windows versions and software that interacts with Excel. We've tested the tools on the most common combinations, but we can't rule out that some people might get unexpected results. So please review your data carefully when you first use these files. Unfortunately, for now, the tools usually do not work in Mac OSX (theoretically, as long as you have VB installed, it should work - but in practice this is not always the case).
Your feedback is as always appreciated; all bug reports are (as usual) gratefully received and used in future updates.
If standard devices don't cut it, simply get a Bedrock device customized!
The Bedrock philosophy is simple: anything we build is designed to be easily customized. Take our digital signal processor, the DSP500 series. Even the standard model comes with plenty of options. But since we've built this around our own signal processing chip, our BSP64, there's nothing you could think of that our team cannot make.
The Bedrock SM50: speech intelligibility meter, and more...
The Bedrock SM50 is the first Speech Transmission Index meter that has been completely developed and designed by the inventors of STIPA. The design is based on a simple philosophy: we wanted to create the best and most accurate STI measuring instrument there is, while making it very easy to use at the same time.A unique measuring instrument
The SM50 is not only a Speech Transmission Index meter, but also a fully compliant class 2 / type 2 sound level meter (IEC 61672, ANSI S1.4) and a class 0 real-time analyzer (IEC-61260). Not to mention a RT60 meter, LAEQ logger and oscilloscope. Even seasoned acoustical engineers and audio professionals tell us that those features are really everything they need in their day-to-day work.
More info is found elsewhere on this website.