Soundbook Expander

Overview

The Soundbook_Expander offers 8 fast 24-bit measuring channels in a USB device.

The Soundbook_Expander extends the Soundbook measurement system with 8 additional measuring channels and various additional service channels. Apart from the channel extension for Soundbook, the Expander, combined with a Widows PC, may be used as a stand-alone USB data acquisition device The Sync-Hub allows sample-synchronous operation of up to 4 Expanders and an additional Soundbook. This enables configuration of measurement systems with 8 ... 40 measuring channels for a wide variety of applications.
Due to its high signal bandwidth, large dynamic range and integrated sensor power supply the flexible, portable measurement system is suited for all professional acoustic and vibration measurement applications. The Expander hardware is fully compatible with the Soundbook_MK2 and is based on the innovative Apollo platform.
You may choose from variants with 8x LEMO7 or 8x BNC measuring channels to match your application requirements. 8 additional slow channels, 2 tacho and trigger channels as well as one synchronisation and one AUX port make it a universal solution.

Connection between Soundbook_MK2 and the Expander is established through a special USB data cable and a separate synchronisation cable. These cables are included in lengths of 10cm for direct device installation and 1.5m for remote operation. When combined with a SYNC_Hub, the system is supplied from the enclosed power adapter.

Soundbook_Expander Sync Hub
Soundbook_MK2-Expander version overview
Version Order no. Main inputs
Soundbook_MK2-Expander_8B 908011.6 8x BNC
Soundbook_MK2-Expander_8L 908010.8 8x Lemo7

Our universal SAMURAI software offers all features required for the standard-compliant noise and vibration measurement and analysis, in real-time as well as during post-processing. The intuitive user interface, high flexibility and a wide variety of options offered by SAMURAI 2.2 make Soundbook, Soundbook_Expander and Apollo_Box extremely robust and popular tools for:

  • Engineering services
  • Quality assurance
  • Research and development

Especially for the acquisition of raw data in multi-channel applications the combination of SAMURAI and each member of the new Apollo platform offers the benefit of a drastic data volume reduction due to:

  • individually, per-channel adjustable sample rates and
  • low-loss compression capabilities (OggVorbis).

The measurements you may implement with our modular software packages include:

  • Sound level measurements
  • Frequency analysis
  • Signal recording
  • Human vibration measurements
  • Measurements of ground-propagated vibration
  • Building and room acoustics
  • Machinery vibration measurements
  • Modal analysis
  • Order analysis
  • Structural analysis

Core features

Flexible operation at any PC in your company via USB interface

Flexible operation at any PC in your company via USB interface

The light-weight, portable Soundbook_MK2_Expander is especially well-suited for companies which want to use measuring instruments at personal work stations. The enclosed LEMO4-to-USB cable allows connection of the Soundbook_MK2_Expander to a standard USB interface. In this configuration it serves as a hardware dongle. The software license simply has to be installed on the corresponding PC once. Thus all purchased licenses are available for each measurement without any additional steps.
Robust, compact and shock-resistant

Robust, compact and shock-resistant

The Soundbook_MK2_Expander is MIL-STD 810F vibration- and shock-resistant. The flat design allows comfortable carrying with a notebook in a small notebook carrying case.
Channel extension for Soundbook_MK2

Channel extension for Soundbook_MK2

The light-weight Soundbook_MK2_Expander is specifically designed as a channel extension to the Soundbook_MK2 measurement systems. With a height of only 2cm the Soundbook_MK2_Expander matches the contours of the Soundbook_MK2. Safe connection of the Soundbook_MK2_Expander to the Soundbook_MK2 is provided by the tripod socket. This combination results in one of the most compact 16-channel measurement systems ever.
One single measuring instrument for a wide variety of applications

One single measuring instrument for a wide variety of applications

Our extensive software range makes the Soundbook_MK2_Expander a universal measuring instrument for nearly all application fields in sound and vibration measurement.

The basic scope of the SAMURAI standard software already includes the virtual measuring instruments for time signal, sound level meter, 1/3 or 1/1 octave and FFT analyzer and reverberation time analysis. All values are calculated in real time and for each channel. SAMURAI allows data acquisition and real-time analysis as well as the post-processing of measured values without the need for data format modification due to the use of different software applications.

Extendable to up to 40 channels

Extendable to up to 40 channels

The Apollo_Sync_Hub allows sample-synchronous operation of up to 4 Soundbook_MK2_Expanders and an additional Soundbook. This enables the implementation of measurement systems with 8 ... 40 measuring channels and many additional service channels for a wide variety of applications.
20V and 63V microphone polarization voltage for measuring range extension of standard condenser microphones

20V and 63V microphone polarization voltage for measuring range extension of standard condenser microphones

Apart from ICP/IEPE supply the Soundbook_MK2_Expander offers polarization voltages of 20V, 63V and 200V. The additional voltages of 20V and 63V cause an up-shift of the dynamic range by 20dB and 10dB for a polarization voltage of 200V. This eliminates the need for special microphones for high sound pressure levels, provided that the microphone is rated for high sound pressure levels.
Highest precision provided by a 24-bit ADC in combination with a new powerful Apollo filter processor

Highest precision provided by a 24-bit ADC in combination with a new powerful Apollo filter processor

Our new powerful Apollo filter processor allows highest-precision real-time analysis with a large number of channels. Integrated weighting filters complying with IEC 61672 for sound level meters, Class 0 filters complying with IEC 61260 for the 1/3 or 1/1 octave analyzer, HVMA weighting filters complying with DIN EN SO 8041, ISO-2631, ISO 5349, ISO-8662, UNI-2614, UNI-11048 and UNI-9916, filters for the evaluation of mechanical vibrations complying with DIN ISO 7919, ISO 2954, ISO 10816 and DIN45666 as well as high and low pass filters provide resource-saving calculation directly on the hardware.
24-bit ADCs safeguard a high signal bandwidth with a linearity range >110dB (typical) complying with DIN 61672, crosstalk <80dB, phase error <0.01°@20kHz and a sample rate of up to 204.8kHz (switchable per channel).
Comprehensive service channels permit universal application

Comprehensive service channels permit universal application

Comprehensive service channels enable external triggering with an adjustable trigger level, additional acquisition of 8 slow process signals with 24 bit DC ... 200Hz, connection of a GPS receiver and speed measurement via 2x tacho channels with a sample rate of 0.1Hz ... 6MHz.
High-precision synchronisation via cable or GPS

High-precision synchronisation via cable or GPS

The Soundbook_MK2_Expander measuring instruments offer wired sample synchronisation with less than 0.5° phase difference up to 80kHz. Highly precise GPS pulse synchronisation with an accuracy of less than 25ns allows data synchronisation over a network of measuring stations that are miles apart.
Software and drivers naturally downward compatible

Software and drivers naturally downward compatible

The downward compatibility of our drivers and software ensure long-term investment planning. Our SINUS_driver and SAMURAI support all new and legacy SINUS measuring instruments.

Standards

IEC 61672: Class 1 sound level meter

IEC 60651: Class 1 sound level meter

IEC 60804: Class 1 sound level meter

IEC 61260: Class 0 filter

DIN EN SO 8041, ISO-2631, ISO 5349, ISO-8662, UNI-2614, UNI-11048 and UNI-9916:
HVMA weighting filters

DIN ISO 7919, ISO 2954, ISO 10816:
Evaluation of mechanical vibration

Software

SAMURAI SAMURAI
SAMURAI is our universal software package for the real-time noise and vibration analysis and offers comprehensive evaluation functions for post-processing. SAMURAI includes IEC 61672-1 standard sound level meters and 1/3 octaves according to IEC 61260.

SMT SMT
The SINUS Measurement Toolbox for MATLAB® (SMT) provides the functionality of the globally established engineering tool MATLAB®.

NWWin
With Spectra's Noise & Vibration Works software for Windows we provide a feature-rich, high-performance engineering tool for the post-process evaluation of sound and vibration measurement data.

µ-Remus
Specifically designed for mechanical engineers this signal analysis software package particularly excels in modal analysis and rotor balancing.

ME'scope VES
Vibrant Technology, Inc's ME'scope VES software package offers extensive analysis capabilities for modal analyses. ME'scope allows the import of measurement data which were previously exported from our SAMURAI Transfer FRF option.

Technical specifications

The following specifications apply to the 4-channel versions of Apollo_Box_4L (LEMO7) and Apollo_Box_4B (BNC). Further versions are available on request. Alternatively, we offer the Apollo_PCIe slot card with 4 input channels (BNC) or 8 input channels (SMB).

PC

Recommended PC configuration:
Processor Intel™ dual core, 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Storage medium 160GB HDD or SSD
Interface USB2
Operating system Windows XP, Windows 7

Specifications

General technical specifications of Apollo_Box
Input channels 1-8
Resolution24 bit
Real-time bandwidthDC ... 40 kHz @ 8 channels
Dynamic range120dB
Noise< 3µV(A) @ 0.1Hz ... 20 kHz
Sample rates200Hz to 102.4kHz (204.8kHz on request)
Decimationup to 200Hz sample rate, selectable per channel
Anti-aliasing filterja
Max. input voltage±10V peak
Gain0dB, 20dB
Over-voltage detectionyes
Phase shift< 0.1° @ 20Hz ... 80 kHz
Offset correctionyes, automatically at auto-calibration
Input couplingDC, AC 0.15Hz, HP 10Hz, LP 2kHz
Microphone voltage supply±14V, +20/63/200V switchable (for BNC versions only on AUX)
ICP current supply2 / 4 mA switchable
TEDS (IEEE 1451.4)yes
AUX channels
Digital inputs2x TTL
Digital outputs2x TTL
Microphone voltage supply±14V, +20/63/200V switchable
Slow channels 1-8
Resolution24 bit
Real-time bandwidth DC ... 200Hz @ 8 channels
Input voltage range-25V ... +25 V
Output channels 1-2
Resolution24 bit
Real-time bandwidthDC ... 80kHz
Max. output voltage±3.16Vpeak
Special channels
Trigger2x trigger / tacho, trigger level software-adjustable 0.1Hz ... 6 MHz
SynchronisationSample-accurate synchronisation with external clock (e.g. Soundbook_MK2)
Dimensions and weights
Dimensions258mm x 218mm x 25mm
Weight1250g
USB cable (standard)Special USB cable, 1m
USB cable (optional)Special USB cable, 4.8m
Power supplyvia USB 2 (5V // 1.1A) or with 230 VAC adapter (included in delivery)
Environmental conditions
Protection classIP54 / IP50 without with Lemo7 protecting caps
Humidity30% ... 90%
Operating temperature range-10°C ... +50°C
Storage temperature range-20°C ... +60°C, 95% humidity maximum
EMC
Emissioncomplies with IEC 61000 - 6 - 3
Immissioncomplies with IEC 61000 - 6 - 1
Order details (Soundbook_MK2_Expander versions)
Order no. Description
908011.6Soundbook_MK2-Expander_8B (BNC connector)
908010.8Soundbook_MK2-Expander_8L (LEMO7 connector)
Order details (Soundbook_MK2_Expander accessories)
Order no. Description
908190.4Apollo_SLOW CHANNEL BOX
908185.7Apollo_TACHO CABLE
908186.5Apollo_TRIGGER SPLITTER BOX
908242.3Apollo_SYNC CABLE, 0.5m
908243.1Apollo_SYNC CABLE, 5m
908242.5Apollo_USB CABLE, 5m
905053.7Apollo_GPS SYNCHRONIZATION
971010.4LEMO7 / BNC ADAPTER

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