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Using Equipment in a Project

To make a measurement in SAFE you must configure your equipment. On the Configuration board you can drag and drop all the equipment from your inventory onto the board and connect it as you would connect it physically.

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To use any equipment in a test, it must be added to your inventory. Read more here

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There's also a Miscellaneous part of the inventory. This contains some simple equipment types you can use in a test. The content of the Miscellaneous inventory is maintained by Encida.

This is an example of simple equipment configuration, where a USB audio interface, a misc microphone and an misc loudspeaker are used.

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In the Tool Panel you can see the equipment in the inventory. This is also where you start dragging the equipment that you want to configure for your test. You can also double click to put equipment on the board.

myequipment The equipment in the inventory.

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When you add equipment to the inventory it is immediately available from this Tool Panel.

Once you have dragged some equipment to the center board, its attributes can be viewed and possibly changed in the Properties Panel. Click any attribute value and the UI will let you know if and what you can change it to.

myequipment The attributes of a USB audio interface.

The attributes of an audio interface specifically, contains information about all the channels. Type, sensitivity, calibration date and a calibration note.

In the example above, the device text is red, because the interface is not connected to the computer. So, building a test with a specific type of equipment in mind is definitely possible even if it's not physically available at the moment.

To connect equipment press and hold on a red output or input. Drag the cable to another red input or output and release to connect the two devices. The GUI will indicate if its a viable connection.

myequipment Connecting a microphone to the audio interface. Notice the yellow border on the input under the mouse. This indicates a viable connection.

When equipment is connected properly the inputs and outputs turn green. If a cable is dropped on a connection that is not viable the cable is deleted.

myequipment Example of 2 successful connections on a audio interface.

Since all the details of each piece of equipment is stored in the inventory, you don't need to worry about sensitivities, conversions or what microphone and loudspeaker was connected where, SAFE keeps track of it all, all the time.