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Measurement basics

MOTU Microbook II

John Reekie continues his quest for the perfect audio interface for acoustic measurements on a reasonable budget. He picks the MOTU MicroBook II because of its precise input gain control, but discovers that the MicroBook is useful for much more than originally anticipated. John writes: “the MicroBook II is an audio geek’s Swiss Army knife: an incredibly handy set of tools in a compact package… if you don’t mind a learning curve and have an inclination to tinker and experiment.”

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

“I needed to come up with a recommendation for a USB audio interface for people interested in doing acoustic measurements”, writes John Reekie in his review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. He tests out the Focusrite for this purpose on Windows and Mac, and concludes that the performance, ease of use, and reasonable price make the 2i2 well worthy of consideration.

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Dayton EMM-6 measurement microphone, calibrated by Cross-Spectrum Labs

Perhaps because it’s not a part of the system per se, the price of a basic measurement setup can be something of a barrier to audiophiles. So it’s good to know that there’s an inexpensive alternative to professional-grade measurement microphones, in the form of these mics calibrated by Cross-Spectrum Labs. John Reekie measures one up.

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