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Go Direct Sound Troubleshooting and FAQ

Go Direct® Sound Sensor, order code GDX-SND, $89
Specifications and User Guide

- Primary Test
Microphone Channel - The easiest sound source to use with the Microphone is a tuning fork, but you may want to investigate a human voice or a whistle, electronic keyboards, and other musical instruments. Make sure the sound level is in the correct range to produce good wave patterns. If the sound is too loud, the wave pattern will be clipped at the top or bottom. Move the microphone further from the sound source, or turn down the volume of the sound.

An inexpensive keyboard set to the flute sound, without vibrato, is the best source; you can easily do both beats and pure tones of varying pitch.

Sound Level Channels - Normal classroom sound levels should be 60-70 dB; a quiet office should read around 55 dB.

- Minimum software version: Graphical Analysis 4.5, LabQuest app 2.8.4

TIL 656: What are the units (of pressure) for the microphone?
TIL 662: What is the best procedure to get a clean sine wave when using a tuning fork with the microphone?
TIL 1194: What is the best sound to use for the speed of sound experiment?
TIL 2310: How do I use LabQuest to measure the frequency of sounds?
TIL 3120: Can I submerge the Vernier Microphone in order to measure the speed of sound in water?
TIL 3486: What is the difference between the Sound Level Sensor and the Sound Level Meter?
TIL 3487: What advantages does a Vernier sound level sensor have over a smartphone sound level app?
TIL 3500: What is the difference between "A weighting" and "C weighting"?
TIL 3501: Why doesn't my sound level meter read below 40 dB?


Response: A- or C-weighted
Range: 55-110 dB
Accuracy: +/-3 dB
Resolution: 0.1 dB
Sound Level Frequency Range: 30-10,000 Hz
Microphone Level Frequency Range: 100 Hz to 15 kHz
Typical Max Frequency: 10,000 Hz

The Microphone and Wave Amplitude channels are uncalibrated, which means that the vertical axis has arbitrary units on waveform graphs. The voltage from the Microphone output is what is graphed. For more information, see TIL 656: What are the units (of pressure) for the microphone?.

The Sound Level channels will never need to be calibrated. Each sensor is carefully calibrated before it ships, and this unique calibration is stored on the sensor.

Microphone, order code MCA-BTA, $44
Sound Level Sensor, order code SLS-BTA, $69
Sound Level Meter, order code SLM-BTA, $219

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