SoundMeter 8 includes companion app for Apple Watch

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[] Lehi, Utah - Faber Acoustical, LLC is pleased to announce that SoundMeter 8 and SoundMeter Pro 4, which are both available for immediate download on the App Store, each now include a companion app for Apple Watch. Users can now monitor levels, start and stop measurements, and receive notifications from their wrist. These new versions of SoundMeter add other significant features, as well, including background sound level measurements and notifications of exceeded levels and completed measurements.

SoundMeter's companion app for Apple Watch includes a separate screen for each of SoundMeter's available tools running on the iPhone (new tools added to SoundMeter via in-app purchase are also supported in the companion app). Each tool can be started or stopped from the watch and current measurement values are updated on the watch display each second. The new notifications feature in SoundMeter allows the user to be notified on the Apple Watch when certain events occur. Notifications can be triggered when measurements stop (using the Auto-Stop feature) or when certain user-defined levels are exceeded. These notifications are supported in each of the Meter, Octave, and Dosimeter tools.

SoundMeter's new ability to run in the background allows it to continue to run long-term measurements while other (non-audio) apps are in use. A complimentary new feature also allows the individual tools in SoundMeter to run independently. This means that users can run measurements in the Meter, Octave, and Dosimeter tools simultaneously. Users no longer need to worry about resetting the current measurement by switching to another tool (whether intentionally or accidentally). This makes SoundMeter more robust in terms of its ability to preserve acquired data until it can be saved more permanently in an image or data file.

The new versions of SoundMeter also include the following improvements:
* Lx (percentile-exceeded sound level) measurements now use the same time and frequency weighting as the Lp measurement, instead of automatically switching to Fast and A weighting.

* Frequency weighting may now be set to Flat, A, or C in the Dosimeter options menu (previously, the Dosimeter only allowed A weighting).

* Meter, Octave, and Dosimeter tools now use local notifications to alert you when a measurement has finished or when selected levels have exceeded user-defined thresholds.

* This release corrects a bug that could cause the device sensitivity for the built-in mic or the headset input to get corrupted when changing input gain selection with device units set to "FS."

Note: Octave and Dosimeter tools, Lx measurement and data file export capability are sold separately within SoundMeter via in-app purchase. These capabilities are all included with SoundMeter Pro.

Note: Apple Watch compatibility requires iOS 8.2 and iPhone 5 or later.

Faber Acoustical provides cost effective tools for acoustical instrumentation, analysis, and education. Faber Acoustical's expertise include acoustical measurements, active noise control (sometimes referred to as active noise cancellation or ANC), mixed-signal circuit design, digital signal processing (DSP), adaptive filtering, and embedded DSP and desktop software design. Copyright (C) 2015 Faber Acoustical, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.