APx555 Downloads


APx API Developer Tools 4.2 (72.75 MB)

Resources for API developers. Includes VB.NET and C# templates and example code, C++ examples, LabVIEW examples, and the APx Wavereader dll. Documentation includes Intro to Programming the APx500 API and the APx API Browser. The APx LabVIEW driver is a separate download.

Included in this download:

What's New in the APx500 API
Introduction to Programming the APx500 API
API Browser application




APx Introduction to Programming the APx500 API 4.5 (1.25 MB)

A guide to using the APx500 API, updated for the current version.




APx LabVIEW .NET Driver 4.2.3 (30.11 MB)

The APx LabVIEW Driver is a collection of Virtual Instruments (VIs) that provide LabVIEW users with most of the functionality available in the APx500 Application Programming Interface (API) using high level, LabVIEW-typical subVIs. With the driver, you can quickly and efficiently develop APx applications with clean, concise LabVIEW code. Please note that the LabVIEW Driver is specific for each release of APx500. Requires LabVIEW 2010 or higher.




APx LabVIEW .NET Driver 4.3 (30.42 MB)

The APx LabVIEW Driver is a collection of Virtual Instruments (VIs) that provide LabVIEW users with most of the functionality available in the APx500 Application Programming Interface (API) using high level, LabVIEW-typical subVIs. With the driver, you can quickly and efficiently develop APx applications with clean, concise LabVIEW code. Please note that the LabVIEW Driver is specific for each release of APx500. Requires LabVIEW 2012 or higher.




APx LabVIEW .NET Driver 4.4 (30.42 MB)

The APx LabVIEW Driver is a collection of Virtual Instruments (VIs) that provide LabVIEW users with most of the functionality available in the APx500 Application Programming Interface (API) using high level, LabVIEW-typical subVIs. With the driver, you can quickly and efficiently develop APx applications with clean, concise LabVIEW code. Please note that the LabVIEW Driver is specific for each release of APx500. Requires LabVIEW 2012 or higher.




APx LabVIEW DAQ Driver (for APx515 only) 1.0 (20.85 MB)

The LabVIEW DAQ Driver for APx515 communicates directly with APx515 hardware and does not utilize the APx500 measurement software or API. Its functionality is similar to NI DAQmx, making it possible to upgrade an existing test system that uses DAQmx to utilize the APx515 with reduced effort. Requires LabVIEW 2012 or later, and VIPM 2014 or later for installation.

If you are looking for a LabVIEW driver that communicates with the APx500 software through the APx500 .NET API, then download the APx LabVIEW .NET Driver instead.




APx Python Sample Code 1.0 (40.18 KB)

IronPython is a version of Python that can interface with .NET Assemblies. This download includes an APx Project and a Python code sample that controls APx500 via the APx API.




APx VEE Example 1.0 (7.75 KB)

An Agilent VEE example that opens APx500, makes settings, and runs an acquisition. For more details about controlling APx500 using VEE, read the article "Using APx with VEE and MATLAB." After downloading, open in a text editor and modify the .NET references to refer to your current version of APx500.




APx WaveReader DLL 4.2 (11.04 KB)

The WaveReader DLL provides functions that can be called from an external program, to enable transfer of acquisition data from an APx analyzer to that program in near real time. Any .NET compliant language such as C#, VB.NET, or LabVIEW can make use of it.




    APx Digital Serial I/O (DSIO) Configuration Files 4.3 (103 KB)

    APx Digital Serial I/O configuration files for A/D, D/A, and sample rate converters. Simplifies configuring the analyzer. Requires: 1) APx500 measurement software and 2) an APx instrument with the DSIO option installed.




      AP Product Catalog (6.47 MB)

      Complete AP Product Catalog. Includes the APx555 , APx52x Series, APx58x Series, APx515, 2700 Series, APx500 software and accessories.




      APx Bluetooth Legacy Option Datasheet (657.66 KB)

      APx’s Legacy Bluetooth module, with built-in radio and software stack, allows engineers to measure their Bluetooth devices directly. All Bluetooth controls are integrated into the analyzer software and APx supports A2DP, HFP 1.6, and AVRCP profiles. Codec support includes SBC, aptX, CVSD, and wideband speech (mSBC).

      Please also see the APx Bluetooth Duo module.




      APx Digital Serial I/O Datasheet (867.61 KB)

      Audio Precision's new Digital Serial I/O for APx audio analyzers provides multichannel, chip-level connectivity for designers of HDMI receiver/ transmitter chips, converters and other micro-components. Innovations include 8 channels of simultaneous audio data, independent clocks, buffered oscilloscope monitors, and built-in support for left or right justified, I2S and DSP formats.




      APx PDM Datasheet (841.05 KB)

      Datasheet for the APx500 Series analyzer PDM module. Compatible with APx555, APx52x Series, and APx58x Series analyzers.




      APx500 Series Audio Analyzers - Comparison Sheet (449 KB)

      A two-page overview of the APx500 Series audio analyzers, including summary specification comparison tables.




      APx500 Software Options Datasheet (444.34 KB)

      Two page datasheet describing the APx500 software, including standard features and measurements along with additional software options.




      APx555 & 2700 Series Audio Analyzers Comparison (502 KB)

      A brief, two-page comparison of the APx555 and 2700 Series Audio Analyzers.




      APx555 Datasheet (710 KB)

      APx555 Datasheet - High-Performance, 2-Channel Audio Analyzer




      Electro-Acoustic Options Datasheet (794.89 KB)

      A single sheet description of APx Electro-Acoustic software options, including Thiele-Small characterization, Rub & Buzz detection and Loudspeaker Production Test.




      Perceptual Audio Test Datasheet (394.40 KB)

      Datasheet for APx PESQ and POLQA software options




        APx500 Measurement Software 4.2.1 (124.7 MB)

        APx500 measurement software for all APx Series instruments.

        This download is suitable for most users. If Microsoft .NET version 4.5 is not already on your PC, it will be downloaded during the installation.

        For PCs that do not have .NET version 4.5 installed, and are not connected to the Internet, download the full installer instead (APx500 Measurement Software (with .NET)) NOTE: .NET 4.5 does not support Microsoft Windows XP.

        Additional information:

        APx500 What's New
        AP Software and Windows Compatibility chart




        APx500 Measurement Software 4.3 (134.6 MB)

        APx500 measurement software for all APx Series instruments.

        This download is suitable for most users. If Microsoft .NET version 4.5 is not already on your PC, it will be downloaded during the installation.

        For PCs that do not have .NET version 4.5 installed, and are not connected to the Internet, download the full installer instead (APx500 Measurement Software (with .NET)) NOTE: .NET 4.5 does not support Microsoft Windows XP.

        Additional information:

        APx500 What's New
        AP Software and Windows Compatibility chart




        APx500 Measurement Software (with .NET) 4.2.1 (190.57 MB)

        APx500 Measurement Software for all APx Series instruments.

        This download includes the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5, and is suitable for installation on PCs that are not connected to the Internet and do not already have version 4.5 installed. NOTE: .NET 4.5 does not support Microsoft Windows XP.

        For installation on Internet connected PCs, download APx500 Measurement Software instead.

        Additional information:

        APx500 What's New
        AP Software and Windows Compatibility




        APx500 Measurement Software (with .NET) 4.3 (201.9 MB)

        APx500 Measurement Software for all APx Series instruments.

        This download includes the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5, and is suitable for installation on PCs that are not connected to the Internet and do not already have version 4.5 installed. NOTE: .NET 4.5 does not support Microsoft Windows XP.

        For installation on Internet connected PCs, download APx500 Measurement Software instead.

        Additional information:

        APx500 What's New
        AP Software and Windows Compatibility




        APx500 What's New 4.3 (136.06 KB)

        Describes new features in the latest release of the APx500 measurement software. Additional information can be found in the latest ReadMe, which is included in the software download.




        APx500 What's New 1.0 (200.33 KB)

        Describes new features in the latest release of the APx500 measurement software. Additional information can be found in the latest Read Me.




        APx555 Firmware Update for use of APx500 Software V4.2 and Earlier 4.3 (220.07 KB)

        FirmwareUpdateB4AIv2.0 is a firmware patch.

        If you have purchased a new APx555 analyzer on or after June 22, 2016, with serial number 11255 or greater, and you wish to operate this analyzer with older versions of APx500 (specifically v4.0, v4.1 or v 4.2.1), you must download and install this patch. Note that versions previous to v4.0 do not support APx555 hardware under any circumstances.

        This patch is not required if you are using the current version of APx500 software, version 4.3, which has been provided with your instrument and is available for download from this web site.




          APx Dolby Generator Waveforms: Dolby Digital 1.0 (19.55 MB)

          The APx Dolby Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.




          APx Dolby Generator Waveforms: Dolby Digital Plus 1.0 (22.37 MB)

          The APx Dolby Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.

          Download of this file is restricted to Dolby Licensees. If you are a Dolby licensee, please contact Audio Precision Technical Support supplying your Dolby License and AP web site login name to obtain download permissions.




          APx Dolby Generator Waveforms: Dolby TrueHD 1.0 (288 MB)

          The APx Dolby Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.

          Download of this file is restricted to Dolby Licensees. If you are a Dolby licensee, please contact Audio Precision Technical Support supplying your Dolby License and AP web site login name to obtain download permissions.




          APx DTS Generator Waveforms: DTS Digital Surround 1.0 (43.67 MB)

          The APx DTS Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature and are encoded in the various DTS surround sound formats. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.




          APx DTS Generator Waveforms: DTS HD High Resolution 1.0 (0.00 KB)

          The APx DTS Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature and are encoded in the various DTS surround sound formats. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.




          APx DTS Generator Waveforms: DTS HD Master Audio 1.0 (0.00 KB)

          The APx DTS Generator Waveforms support the APx500 generator waveform feature and are encoded in the various DTS surround sound formats. Copy the folders to your PC and browse to the desired file from the Generator Waveform browser inside the APx500 application.

          Notes: These files are similar to the files of the same name and format available on the APx-BD1 Blu-ray disc. Some files have been shortened to accommodate the memory limitation for the generator waveform feature. A few files that could not be shortened have been omitted.




          APx FM MPX-RDS Waveforms 50 µs (except North America) 1.0 (0.00 KB)

          APx FM MPX-RDS Waveforms 50µs (except North America) contains a series of FM multiplex and RDS encoded waveforms for FM radio receiver testing with the APx Series analyzers. The test streams are versions of the stereo .wav files that can be created with the Audio Precision Waveform Generator Utility (WfmGeneration.exe), also available for download.

          Copy the folder to your PC and load the desired file using the generator waveform browser inside the APx500 application. Download Technote 105: FM Radio Receiver Testing with APx Audio Analyzers for a discussion on FM testing.




          APx FM MPX-RDS Waveforms 75 µs (North America) 1.0 (0.00 KB)

          APx FM MPX-RDS Waveforms 75µs (North America) contains a series of FM multiplex and RDS encoded waveforms for FM radio receiver testing with the APx Series analyzers. The test streams are versions of the stereo .wav files that can be created with the Audio Precision Waveform Generator Utility (WfmGeneration.exe), also available for download.

          Copy the folder to your PC and load the desired file using the generator waveform browser inside the APx500 application. Download Technote 105: FM Radio Receiver Testing with APx Audio Analyzers for a discussion on FM testing.




          APx Smartphone and Tablet Audio Test Signals 2.0 (0.00 KB)

          A comprehensive set of audio test files at 8k, 16k, 44.1k, and 48k sample rates for testing smartphones and tablets. Accompanies
          Technote 116: Testing Smartphones and Tablets, which is a separate download.

          APx Smartphone and Tablet Video Test Files is also available.




          APx Smartphone and Tablet Video Test Signals 3.0 (0.00 KB)

          A comprehensive set of MP4 video files with audio encoded in AAC, Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 formats. Accompanies
          Technote 116: Testing Smartphones and Tablets, which is a separate download.

          APx Smartphone and Tablet Audio Test Files is also available.




          APx Test Signals on Disc Track List 3.0 (178.59 KB)

          The full track listings for all APx test signal discs: APx-BD1, APx-DVD1, and APx-CD1. With the exception of APx-BD1, which is no longer in production, these discs may be ordered from Audio Precision.

          Alternately, the linear test signals may be created using the APx Waveform Generator Utility (available as a download), and the Dolby and dts encoded versions may be downloaded as "APx Dolby Generator Waveforms" and "APx dts Generator Waveforms" respectively.




          HDMI Plug Fest audio test signals 3.0 (141.51 MB)

          This compressed folder contains audio test signals required to do the most common tests for audio quality in several formats:

          (1) Linear PCM .wav files at 44.1 kHz sample rate and 16 bits (sub-folder PCM_44_16)

          (2) Linear PCM .wav files at 48 kHz sample rate and 24 bits (sub-folder PCM_48_24)

          (3) Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded .ac3 files (sub-folder DD_5.1)

          (4) Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 encoded .ec3 files (sub-folder DD+_5.1)

          (5) dts Digital Surround 5.1 encoded .ds.dtshd files (sub-folder dts_5.1)

          In order to test the audio quality of devices like set-top boxes, special audio test streams of known quality must be played from the set-top box into an audio analyzer. This usually requires that the audio streams be encoded into a format that can be streamed from the set-top box over HDMI,S/PDIF or TOSLINK. The audio test signals in this folder are provided for the convenience of set top box manufacturers who wish to test with Audio Precision at HDMI Plugfest. If you are a set top box manufacturer and you wish to test your device with Audio Precision at HDMI Plugfest, please arrange to have these audio test streams encoded and loaded onto your device before coming to Plugfest.




          PESQ Speech Waveforms 4.3 (5.2 MB)

          This compressed file contains a copy of the PESQ speech waveforms installed with the APx500 audio measurement software. It is provided as a convenience for APx500 users who want the ability to download these files from the web.

          Please note: performing PESQ measurements with an APx audio analyzer does require the PESQ Perceptual Audio Test (SW-PESQ) software option. More information on perceptual audio testing with APx.




            APx500 User Manual 4.5 (20.1 MB)

            User manual for APx500 measurement software. Includes detail on signal path setup, hardware connectivity, and software features for all APx models: APx515, 520, 521, 525, 526, 582, 585, 586, and 555.




            APx555 Installation Instructions & Full Specifications 4.5 (3.5 MB)

            Installation instructions and full specifications for the APx555 Audio Analyzer. AP specifications in hard copy booklets & brochures can be out of date. The specifications documents available for download from our Web site have the most current and correct information. If there is a conflict between printed and online specifications, the online version is the prevailing document.




              APx Active Loadbox Utility 4.2 (204.36 MB)

              Integrates APx with AudioGraph’s Active Loadbox for automated and comprehensive power amplifier load measurements. Requires the Active Loadbox hardware for use.

              An overview of the measurement principles and detailed usage instructions is contained in the KB article: Measuring Power Amplifiers with Reactive Loads.




              APx Barcode Scanner Interface 3.2 (876.59 KB)

              A barcode scanner may be useful in production testing, not only to expedite data entry, but to eliminate the possibility of initiating the wrong test routine. The APx Barcode Scanner Interface is a small VB.net application (Run_Barcode_Project_ID.exe) that automatically loads an APx project who's name matches the barcode data.




              APx Blu-ray Disc Sample Project 1.0 (99.52 KB)

              APx Blu-ray Disc Sample Project with instructions. Requires APx585 with HDMI.




              APx Bode Plot Project 1.0 (942.98 KB)

              An APx project that creates reports in Bode Plot format. Requires APx500 v3.2 or later.




              APx Burst Waveform Utility 4.2 (166.55 MB)

              This utility creates sine burst waveforms and then saves them and/or uploads them into the APx generator. Burst waveforms can be useful in testing a number of properties, including power supply transient response and reserve, meter ballistics, and compressor/limiter behavior.




              APx Burst Waveform Utility 4.3 (166.74 MB)

              This utility creates sine burst waveforms and then saves them and/or uploads them into the APx generator. Burst waveforms can be useful in testing a number of properties, including power supply transient response and reserve, meter ballistics, and compressor/limiter behavior.




              APx Burst Waveform Utility 4.4 (171.58 MB)

              This utility creates sine burst waveforms and then saves them and/or uploads them into the APx generator. Burst waveforms can be useful in testing a number of properties, including power supply transient response and reserve, meter ballistics, and compressor/limiter behavior.




              APx C++ Examples 4.5 (1.1 MB)

              The APx500 software API is designed for use with the .NET Framework. The API is written entirely with managed code, and is not designed for use with COM or legacy VB/C++ applications. However, .NET interfaces can be called from non .NET applications with the proper steps.

              There are two main approaches to calling .NET interfaces from Visual C++ applications. The first approach adds Common Language Runtime (CLR) support to your existing C++ applications using the new C++/CLI language features of Visual Studio. This feature is available in Visual Studio 2008 or higher. The second approach involves creating a wrapper DLL which has a COM interface. The wrapper DLL will be a C++/CLI DLL, and will expose an interface that can be called from unmanaged C++.




              APx Channel ID Test Sample Project (APx585) 1.0 (2.13 MB)

              Channel ID Test on APx585 Sample project for KB Article 103




              APx Click and Pop Measurement Projects 1.0 (56.38 KB)

              For use with the APx Sound Level Meter Utility. See the associated KB article on Click and Pop Measurement for full discussion and instructions.




              APx Damping Factor Measurement Utility 4.2 (167.85 MB)

              The APx Damping Factor Measurement Utility plots audio amplifier damping factor vs. frequency.

              The version number of this utility must match the version of the APx500 software that you are running.




              APx EQ .wav Files Utility 1.1 (143.8 MB)

              The APx EQ .wav Files Utility lets you apply equalization to generator source .wav files. When given an original .wav file and an EQ curve file, it creates a new EQed .wav file. Includes both graphic interface and command line versions. The utility is useful to EQ PESQ generator files for a given stimulus speaker.

              Important Notes:

              1. Please review the utility instructions prior to downloading and installing the utility.
              2. Any version of APx500 may be used with this utility. Utility version numbers do not correspond to APx500 versions.



              APx Equalized THD Measurement Utility 1.0 (366.99 KB)

              This utility allows you to calculate post equalization THD on-the-fly. The utility operates from the command line (no user interface) and is called during an APx project by adding a Program step to the sequencer. Includes complete instructions and project file.




              APx FFT to Octave Conversion Utility 4.2.1 (135.17 MB)

              Converts FFT spectra to fractional octave spectra. Includes instructions which discuss the theory behind the conversion.




              APx FFT to Octave Conversion Utility 4.3 (142.3 MB)

              Converts FFT spectra to fractional octave spectra. Includes instructions which discuss the theory behind the conversion.




              APx FM MPX-RDS Demo Project 1.0 (28.84 MB)

              A simple APx project file to demonstrate testing of FM transmitters and receivers, including automotive head units. Includes a set of MPX-RDS-encoded sweeps and tones.




              APx FM MPX-RDS Waveform Creation Utility 4.2 (169.03 MB)

              This utility can create a file containing a multiplexed and RDS encoded waveform of stereo sine waves, and upload it to the APx500 measurement software. Accompanies Technote TN-105, "FM Radio Receiver Testing with APx Audio Analyzers."




              APx Generator EQ Files 4.5 (33 KB)

              These files can be used with APx500 v2.7 or later to create equalized sweeps or equalized multitones.

              Included are RIAA, FM 50uS, and FM 75uS emphasis and de-emphasis curves.




              APx J-Test (Jitter) Measurement Utility 4.2 (167.58 MB)

              Measures jitter at the receiving end of an AES3/SPDIF connection by using a special J-test stimulus signal and analyzing the analog output spectrum. Displays graphs showing the FFT spectrum, the jitter spectral density, and the integrated jitter, in addition to a total jitter value. Tools are included for manipulating the graphs, exporting data, and printing.

              Download includes the utility, J-test stimulus waveforms, and instructions. The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.




              APx J-Test (Jitter) Measurement Utility 4.3 (175.9 MB)

              Measures jitter at the receiving end of an AES3/SPDIF connection by using a special J-test stimulus signal and analyzing the analog output spectrum. Displays graphs showing the FFT spectrum, the jitter spectral density, and the integrated jitter, in addition to a total jitter value. Tools are included for manipulating the graphs, exporting data, and printing.

              Download includes the utility, J-test stimulus waveforms, and instructions. The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.

               

               




              APx J-Test (Jitter) Measurement Utility 4.4 (171.47 MB)

              Measures jitter at the receiving end of an AES3/SPDIF connection by using a special J-test stimulus signal and analyzing the analog output spectrum. Displays graphs showing the FFT spectrum, the jitter spectral density, and the integrated jitter, in addition to a total jitter value. Tools are included for manipulating the graphs, exporting data, and printing.

              Download includes the utility, J-test stimulus waveforms, and instructions. The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.

               

               




              APx Mixing Console Sample Project 1.0 (107.60 KB)

              APx mixing console sample project with instructions. Requires any APx instrument.




              APx Multichannel Amplifier Power Output Sample Project 1.0 (107.60 KB)

              APx sample project for measuring the power output of a multichannel amplifier according to EIA/CEA-490-A, section 6.1, where non-measured channels are attenuated by 9 dB. A
              related KB article
              includes an explanation of the measurement.




              APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility 4.2.1 (168.57 MB)

              The output impedance of a device can easily be calculated by measuring its output voltage with and without a known load attached. The APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility simplifies the procedure by calculating and graphing the results. See the accompanying knowledge base article for an explanation and instructions.

              The version number of this utility must match the version of the APx software that you are running.




              APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility 4.3 (176.9 MB)

              The output impedance of a device can easily be calculated by measuring its output voltage with and without a known load attached. The APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility simplifies the procedure by calculating and graphing the results. See the accompanying knowledge base article for an explanation and instructions.

              The version number of this utility must match the version of the APx software that you are running.




              APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility 4.4 (172.49 MB)

              The output impedance of a device can easily be calculated by measuring its output voltage with and without a known load attached. The APx Output Impedance Measurement Utility simplifies the procedure by calculating and graphing the results. See the accompanying knowledge base article for an explanation and instructions.

              The version number of this utility must match the version of the APx software that you are running.




              APx Phantom Power Measurement Project 1.0 (2.53 MB)

              Allows measurement of phantom power on a microphone preamplifier, with and without a simultaneous audio signal. Requires a special Phantom Power Test Fixture, described in Technote 114: Measuring Phantom Power (included).




              APx Polar Plot Utility 4.2.2 (229.75 MB)

              The APx Polar Plot Utility is a Windows application for making polar measurements of loudspeakers or microphones with an APx500 audio analyzer and for creating 2-dimensional polar dispersion plots from the measured data.

              The APx Polar Plot utility also requires the SPK-RD software option to be installed on the connected APx audio analyzer. If you require a SPK-RD software option, please contact your Audio Precision sales representative.




              APx Polar Plot Utility 4.3 (238.05 MB)

              The APx Polar Plot Utility is a Windows application for making polar measurements of loudspeakers or microphones with an APx500 audio analyzer and for creating 2-dimensional polar dispersion plots from the measured data.

              The APx Polar Plot utility also requires the SPK-RD software option to be installed on the connected APx audio analyzer. If you require a SPK-RD software option, please contact your Audio Precision sales representative.




              APx Polar Plot Utility 4.4.1 (215.5 MB)

              The APx Polar Plot Utility is a Windows application for making polar measurements of loudspeakers or microphones with an APx500 audio analyzer and for creating 2-dimensional polar dispersion plots from the measured data.

              The APx Polar Plot utility also requires the SPK-RD software option to be installed on the connected APx audio analyzer. If you require a SPK-RD software option, please contact your Audio Precision sales representative.

              Updated to address a compatibility issue with Windows 10. Also includes an updated user guide.

              Note: This version of the APx Polar Plot Utility is compatible with APx500 audio measurement software versions 4.4, 4.4.1 and 4.4.2.




              APx Portable Audio Player / Headphone Test Utility 4.2 (142.21 MB)

              Tests portable audio players and headphones packaged as a set, and as individual components, for compliance with the BS EN 50332 standard. Works with any APx Series analyzer. The version of APx500 software must match the utility version. Includes Technote 107 with full instructions.




              APx Portable Audio Player / Headphone Test Utility 4.3 (142.21 MB)

              Tests portable audio players and headphones packaged as a set, and as individual components, for compliance with the BS EN 50332 standard. Works with any APx Series analyzer. The version of APx500 software must match the utility version. Includes Technote 107 with full instructions.




              APx Portable Audio Player / Headphone Test Utility 4.4 (145.63 MB)

              Tests portable audio players and headphones packaged as a set, and as individual components, for compliance with the BS EN 50332 standard. Works with any APx Series analyzer. The version of APx500 software must match the utility version. Includes Technote 107 with full instructions.




              APx Power Amplifier (Linear) Sample Project 1.0 (365.31 KB)

              APx power amplifier (linear) sample project and instructions. Requires any APx instrument.




              APx Process CSV Data Utility 2.0 (457.85 KB)

              This utility allows you to post process .csv files saved by the APx Measurement Recorder measurement and return the results to a CSV file and optionally to an APx Defined Result. It operates from the command line (no user interface) and is called during an APx project by adding a Program step to the sequencer. A sample project file is included to demonstrate its usage and how to import results data into an APx Defined Result.

              Five different computations may be performed:
              1. Return Frequency of Derived Result Max function (GetMaxDRFreq)
              2. Return X/Y Trace comparison (Compare)
              3. Data restructuring (AppendsToResult)
              4. File deletion (DeleteFile)
              5. Trace positioning based on defined trigger (Trigger)




              APx Production Test Demonstration Project 1.0 (11.54 MB)

              This zip file contains an APx project file named "PT-Demo External Loopback.approjx" that illustrates many of the production test and automation features added in release v4.2 of the APx500 measurement software. The project file focuses on an electro-acoustic application, specifically loudspeaker test. The file also contains a 15-page presentation describing how to use the demonstration project.




              APx PSRR Measurement Utility 4.2 (171.01 MB)

              Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR) is a measure of a device's ability to reject noise from the supply used to power it.

              Download includes the utility and TechNote 106: Measuring Power Supply Rejection Ration (PSRR). The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.




              APx PSRR Measurement Utility 4.3 (174.2 MB)

              Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR) is a measure of a device's ability to reject noise from the supply used to power it.

              Download includes the utility and TechNote 106: Measuring Power Supply Rejection Ration (PSRR). The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.




              APx PSRR Measurement Utility 4.4 (174.99 MB)

              Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR) is a measure of a device's ability to reject noise from the supply used to power it.

              Download includes the utility and TechNote 106: Measuring Power Supply Rejection Ration (PSRR). The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.




              APx Repeat Measurement Utility 3.3 (837.43 KB)

              The APx Repeat Selected Measurement Utility allows you to continuously repeat any selected APx500 measurement. This is useful when adjusting a device, circuit, or component on the bench and you want to monitor changes as you make them in real time.

              Download includes installer and instructions. The utility version must match the version of APx500 that you are running.
              3.3 is the last version of this utility. Repeat capability is already included in Bench mode in APx500 v4.0 and later.




              APx Reports Tutorial A Files 4.5 (110 KB)

              The files created while doing "Tutorial A: Making a Custom layout from the Default layout" in the APx500 program Help. Use these files if you wish to skip Tutorial A and proceed with Tutorials B and C.




              APx Run External Program Project 1.0 (2.66 MB)

              This APx project and related files demonstrates how to run an external program from APx500. Includes THD+N measurement and Stepped Frequency Sweep measurements. The project file calls the Goldwave audio editor program, so you will either need to install Goldwave, or substitute another audio player with a command line interface. Accompanies the kb article "Running an external program from APx500," which gives a complete explanation.




              APx Self Test 4.3 (4.3 MB)

              Automated self-test for all APx500 Series instruments. Run this test to confirm proper operation and before sending an instrument in for service.




              APx Self Test 4.2 (4.3 MB)

              Automated self-test for all APx500 Series instruments. Run this test to confirm proper operation and before sending an instrument in for service.




              APx Self Test 4.4 (4.3 MB)

              Automated self-test for all APx500 Series instruments. Run this test to confirm proper operation and before sending an instrument in for service.




              APx Sound Level Meter Utility 4.2 (179.10 MB)

              Allows an APx500 Series Analyzer to measure acoustic noise or sound in the environment, taking the place of a handheld sound level meter. Using the
              analyzer adds the capability to perform spectrum analysis, and to visualize the character of the sound signal over time. The latter is especially valuable when measuring non-steady-state sounds, such as a pulsating alarm. Technote 113, included, describes the theory and how to use the utility.




              APx Sound Level Meter Utility 4.3 (179.1 MB)

              Allows an APx500 Series Analyzer to measure acoustic noise or sound in the environment, taking the place of a handheld sound level meter. Using the
              analyzer adds the capability to perform spectrum analysis, and to visualize the character of the sound signal over time. The latter is especially valuable when measuring non-steady-state sounds, such as a pulsating alarm. Technote 113, included, describes the theory and how to use the utility.




              APx PDM Option Technical Details (389.22 KB)

              Document describes in detail the features and operation of the APx PDM module. The module is an available option for the APx555, APx52x Series and APx58x Series Audio Analyzers.




              How to Write (and Read) Audio Specifications (404.34 KB)

              Discusses writing and reading good audio specifications. Guidelines are provided, then key specifications for two classes of audio device are examined for correct expression and form, with examples of real-world specs for comparison.




              Limitations in making audio bandwidth measurements in the presence of out of band noise (72.26 KB)

              Audio analyzers are optimized to make high quality measurements up through their maximum specified bandwidths. The presence of significant energy above these bandwidths can have a profound effect on the audio measurements and possibly induce errors. This white paper provides valuable information on avoiding the possibility of errors when testing digital to analog converters and other audio devices that contain significant energy above the audio band. Written by Bruce Hofer




              Measuring Switch-mode Power Amplifiers (1.80 MB)

              Switch-mode audio power amplifiers are becoming increasingly popular due to their smaller size, lower weight, and improved efficiency. Their advantages are obvious in low power battery operated personal audio players and laptop computers. However they are also progressively displacing more traditional linear designs in mainstream applications such as home entertainment systems, automotive sound systems, and professional installations where high quality audio is important. Measuring the performance of switch-mode amplifiers presents some new and unique challenges. They inherently generate ultra-sonic artifacts and spurious signals with slew rates that can provoke non-linear behavior within the input stages of high quality audio test and measurement equipment. Absolutely worthless and inaccurate results can result unless effective measures are taken to prevent this non-linear behavior. Written by Bruce Hofer.




              The Audio Measurement Handbook (1.60 MB)

              This reference handbook is a practical, hands-on guide for workers in all phases of the audio field. It covers basic tools and techniques, common environments for audio testing, application of these techniques to common audio devices, the typical ranges of performance to expect in different devices, and a glossary of terms and key specifications used in audio measurement. 178 pages Written by Bob Metzler.




                APx Attack-and-Release Plugin 1.0 (1.73 MB)

                Automatic Gain Control (AGC) is a signal processing technique typically used to limit the audio dynamic range in applications ranging from hearing aids to broadcasting. AP’s latest plugin enables the characterization of attack-and-release (recovery) times for AGC-enabled devices and allows the user to perform the tests according to several different standards, from IEC 60268-8 for general purpose AGC devices to IEC 60118-2 and ANSI S3.22 for hearing aids. Test settings can also be customized when using the IEC 60268-8-based measurement.

                The plugin is compatible with any model APx500 Series analyzer and requires APx audio measurement software, version 4.3 or later.




                APx STI Plugin 1.1 (196.79 MB)

                For designers of public address, flight recorder and police/fire/emergency communications systems, the APx Speech Transmission Index (STI) plugin is a software add-on for the APx500 that provides a STIPA measurement and Speech Level measurement conforming to international standard IEC 60268-16 (2011).

                NOTES:

                • The STI plugin is a software option and requires the purchase of an iButton (APX-SW-STI) for measurement functionality. Download and installation of the plugin, without an iButton, enables the measurement in demo mode only.
                • APx STI Plugin v1.1 requires v4.2.1, v4.3 or v4.4.2 of APx500 audio test software. (For versions 4.5 or later of APx500 audio software, please use APx STI v2.0.)



                APx500 USB Driver Update for APx500 3.4.3 (532.57 KB)

                USB driver update for users of APx500 v2.3 - 3.4 running on Windows Vista, 7, and 8. Apply this update if you encounter the following symptoms:
                1) During installation of APx500 you receive one or both of the following warnings:

                - User Account Control (UAC) warning: "Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?"

                - Windows Security warning: "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software."

                2) APx500 fails to recognize an attached APx analyzer (runs only in demo mode).

                Download this update and run it after installation of APx500 and then power-cycle the attached APx analyzer.




                  AP Applied: Acoustic Response (936.73 KB)

                  A look at some of the important features needed in an acoustic audio analyzer, the problems you may encounter in non-ideal testing environment, the needs of good production line testing, and the range of measurements and results that should be produced.




                  AP Applied: APx Automation with LabVIEW (1.19 MB)

                  Describes using LabVIEW with APx in a lab or automated production environment. Examples using the APx LabVIEW virtual instrument driver are shown.




                  AP Applied: Calculating ROI of Audio Test in Production (1.27 MB)

                  Cost benefit analysis of high performance, low price audio test equipment in production.




                  AP Applied: Digital Protocol Analysis (1.06 MB)

                  Explains the various ways to view, measure, and manipulate digital metadata, primarily over the HDMI interface.




                  AP Applied: Serial Digital Measurements with APx (2.32 MB)

                  Serial digital signal analysis is essential in research and development for evaluating audio circuit designs at the chip and at the board level. This AP Applied reviews serial testing procedures, and describes the abilities of the DSIO for APx, as well as the PSIA-2722 for the 2700 Series.




                  AP Applied: Ultra-High Bandwidth Analysis (1.24 MB)

                  A look at the traditional ways of examining out of band noise signals, as well as the advantages of using an ultra-high bandwidth audio analyzer with full 24 bit FFT resolution from DC to beyond 1 MHz.




                  AppNote: SoundWire Audio Testing (1.48 MB)

                  Audio Precision has teamed up with LnK to provide a complete test solution for SoundWire™ device audio testing that supports both PCM (I2S) and PDM digital formats. This 10-page AppNote provides an overview of this test solution.

                  SoundWire is a digital audio bus standard developed for the mobile electronics industry by the MIPI Alliance.

                   




                  Dolby MS11 Compliance Testing with APx500 Series Audio Analyzers (1,023.45 KB)

                  In collaboration with Dolby engineers, Audio Precision has developed APx-based test solutions, available to Dolby licensees, to support both the Dolby Digital Plus Consumer Decoder SDK and the MS11 Multistream Decoder SDK. In the case of Dolby Digital Plus, compliance testing includes well over 1,200 individual measurements which, if performed manually, could easily take over a week. The APx solution reduces that time to hours. More importantly, because APx generates the test sequence with all appropriate limits, there is no time wasted on recreating a test methodology or deciphering test requirements. Since Dolby MS11 also supports Dolby Digital Plus, this application note primarily focuses on the MS11 SDK test solution.