Multi-Sub Optimizer Reference Manual (page 5)

Importing Measurement Text Files

There are two broad categories of measurements that can be imported into MSO:

For measurements used in optimization, there are several options for importing.

For plot-only measurements, you have the following options.

Sub and Mains Measurements vs. Plot-Only Measurements

When you import sub or mains measurements, these are used for the purpose of optimization. Plot-only measurements can only be used for plotting. This latter application is useful for after you've completed your MSO project setup, run your optimization, loaded the filter parameter values determined by MSO into your DSP hardware and are ready to perform measurements of the optimized system. You would then perform the desired measurements of your system with all the subs energized at once and export the measurements as text files from your measurement software. You can then import them as plot-only measurements and plot them on the same graph that shows what this measurement is predicted to be.

Performing the Import

After choosing to import files, or if you're running the Measurement Import Wizard, you'll be presented with a File Open dialog that allows selection of multiple files at once. The default extension for import is ".txt". If you exported all your measurements at once using the previous instructions, they will have a ".txt" extension. If you exported them with a different extension, choose the appropriate extension in the combo box above the Open and Cancel buttons as shown below.

Windows File Open Dialog
Windows File Open Dialog

When each measurement is first imported, it is given the same name as the file that originally contained its data. You can rename any measurement after it's been imported by selecting it in the Data View and pressing F2 to edit its name in place. You can also right-click the measurement and choose Rename from the context menu, or select it, then click a second time to activate an in-place edit control (same as in Windows Explorer). For almost all cases, you won't need to do this though. It is better to decide the file names (which then become the measurement names) in advance at the time you enter measurement names into REW before exporting them. See the tutorial discussion of measurement naming for how to choose the measurement names to make the usage of the Configuration Wizard easier.

You can examine a copy of the imported text file by right-clicking on the measurement name and choosing Show Imported Text. This information is a copy of the original file on disk and is always stored internally in the project file itself for viewing at any time. The original files need not be present on disk to view the imported text. Short but descriptive names should be chosen for the measurements, with text referring to both the listening position and the loudspeaker that was measured.

Extra Safeguards When Running the Measurement Import Wizard

When using the Measurement Import Wizard to import measurements, there are extra safeguards to help prevent errors. For instance, if you use the manual approach for importing measurements without the wizard, the measurements will be imported right away when the Open button shown in the dialog above is clicked. But with the Measurement Import Wizard, clicking Open only adds the files to a list. This list can be edited to add or remove measurements as needed, to make sure you have all the right measurements and none of the wrong ones. The import itself is not done until you press the wizard's Finish button. The figure below shows a file list containing a main speaker measurement that was accidentally chosen in the File Open dialog when importing sub measurements. It can be removed from the list as shown below.

Removing an Unwanted Measurement Before Importing
Removing an Unwanted Measurement Before Importing

While the measurements are being imported, a progress dialog is shown as below.

Measurement Import Progress
Measurement Import Progress