2.1 SPLASH SCREEN
The bitDrive software has been designed to be compatible with all AF products with integrated DSP and future products in the Audison catalogue. Thanks to a handshaking mechanism, the software detects the device connected to the PC and configures automatically its interface according the tools available for that device.
bitDrive can also be used in Offline mode in case there is no available device to connect to the PC. This function allows to use the software with a set of virtual devices with the exact same tools of the real ones, open and modify setup files before loading them into a device.
The Splash screen shows a list of preliminary informations:
- bitdrive software release number
- Blog feed with all latest news in Audison website
The panel to select the device shows the different connection modes:
- USB: detects the device connected to the PC via USB port;
- SERIAL: detects the device connected to the PC via Serial port;
- Wi-Fi: detects the device connected to the PC via Wi-Fi;
- OFFLINE: use mode with virtual device.
The Refresh button above the panel updates the list of connected devices in case they were not properly detected.
After clicking the proper device, the software will start loading all the tools. The bottom bar shows the advancement percentage of the loading.
At the end of the loading procedure the main window will show up with all the tools, as shown below.
2.2 INITIAL SETTINGS
At the top right of the screen the user can find the icons of the initial settings.
Opens the Audio settings panel for the Acoustic RTA tool (see sect.9.9)
1. Input device: select the audio input device connected to the PC.
Note: it is highly recommended to use a good quality microphone that has a USB connector, and not the integrated microphone of the PC.
2. Bands: to choose the number of audio spectrum frequency bands between octave (10 frequency bands), 3rd octave (30 frequency bands), 6th octave (60 frequency bands), 12th octave (120 frequency bands).
3. Average: to choose the time window length in which the average is calculated (short; normal; long). This setting modifies the responsiveness of the bar graph.
Opens the general settings panel
A. Sampling frequency: shows the sampling frequency of the DSP used.
B. Language: allows to set the software interface language.
C. Units of measurement: allows to set the units of measurement to insert the speaker distances; options available are centimeters (cm) or inches (in).
D. Automatic snapshot: enables/disables the auto save function of the setup in the software memory, with refresh rate fixed at a 2 minutes (see sect.7.2).
E. Device reset: function that resets the AF bit, restoring the factory settings. In this case all the data saved into the device memory will be erased.
Opens the quick guide.
Shows the software informations.
2.3 SAVE AND LOAD A CONFIGURATION
bitDrive allows the user to save the setup configuration in a PC file, load a setup and other important functions. These are available in the command bar at the top left, as shown below.
1. Open: load the configuration from a file saved on the PC.
2. Models: load a configuration among the preloaded models.
3. Save As: save a copy of the current setup as file on the PC.
4. Finalize: save the current setup in the device memory. This setup will be stored even after powering off the device and powering it on again. When this operation is executed the software will warn the user that the current data saved in the device memory will be overwritten.
￭ click on YES to save the data.
￭ click on NO to abort the operation.
Note: for security reasons if the processor has not been configured yet it will not emit any sound at the first turn on. This is because the Mixer that manages the input-output routing is not set until the user configures the system (see sect 9.5).
2.4 VOLATILE DATA SETTINGS
When the amplifier power is disconnected some settings of the device revert to default conditions for safety reasons. These conditions can be set via software by clicking on Features -> Default volatile data (more informations at section 4.17 FEATURES).
The settings to be defined are:
- Device volume
- Source predefined
- Memory predefined
- Subwoofer volume
- Volume Zone 1
- Volume Zone 2
- Final Tuning enabled/disabled
Once they are saved, these settings will be always applied every time the device power is disconnected.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to save these settings properly before finalizing the product, otherwise some safety functions may not be audible after a power disconnection from the amplifier. These functions may include handsfree calling audio, telematics emergency call audio, and reverse sensor audible warnings. In addition, the vehicle user may not have sufficent volume, or subwoofer level, or may have poor sound (due to the incorrect Memory preset being selected, or due to the Final Tuning equalizer being disabled).