The Woofer Box and Circuit Designer is an advanced woofer and box design tool using MS Excel. It has a complex box model that can simulate either sealed, vented, or passive radiator box results. However, it also has a filter section that allows you the ability to model a very wide range of filter response shapes. The intent of this program is to give you the tools you need to design a subwoofer using a wide variety of available plate amps, many of which posses varying degrees of equalization or crossover adjustment. The program will model other crossovers, digital processors, and equalizers as well. You may also import a filter transfer function or room response curve that was saved as an frd file from any other software, and this program will incorporate that imported data into the model and its results. The program can be useful for modeling more than just woofers. With it you can model a midrange or tweeter's excursion with a passive or active filter at varying power levels to get an accurate model of the demands on the driver.
The features of the filter section include a five band parametric equalizer, two stage second order high pass filter with adjustable Q (to model boost, and possibly a lower infrasonic filter), a selectable high pass and a selectable low pass filter that offers a number of standard response shapes up to Eighth Order L-R, and a Linkwitz Transform section.
Graphs are provided that show frequency response, phase, impedance, maximum output, 2.83V sensitivity, filter transfer function, cone excursion, passive radiator excursion, vent velocity, group delay (filter, driver, and system), and Impulse Response. All calculations and graphs include the effects from the filter settings selected.
Finally, buttons are available to output final frequency response and phase to an frd file and impedance to a zma file (text files readable by other software). You can save the circuit response as an frd file as well to use in other software if desired. You may also save woofer and box parameters to a session file to build a library of designs, and you can save filter settings to a separate file. This allows you save a particular plate amp's response and use it many different woofers as you design.
You have the ability to change the frequency range to whatever range is desired. This range will then be used for all calculations, graphs, and save files (frd and zma). You may also save any graph at whatever size and shape desired as a small gif file. Also new for Version 4 is a Quick Tuning Utility Bar that allows you to step through incremental changes in Vab, Fb, and other parameters as you view the main graph for quicker tuning of the alignment.
Note: The file requires Excel 97 or higher with Service Pack 1 and 2 installed and must have the Analysis Toolpak installed in the add-ins. The program includes a dll file named "fftdll.dll" that is used to speed up the function of the impulse response calculations. This file should be placed in your Excel default folder. (The impulse response will run without this file, it will only run slower). Some foreign versions of Excel have not been able to run this program. There have been issues reported when running this program in Excel 2007. If you have Office 2007 make sure all service packs are installed.
Version 4.1 Update Info: Developed a work-around for a compatibility issue with the VBA module and Excel 2007. Further refined Ql, Qa, and Qp in the box model. Added the ability to design by box dimensions and copy to the box model.
Version 4.2 Update Info: Added Qp (port losses) as a variable to all calculations. Clarified the Q values in the pop-up comment boxes.
Version 4.3 & 4.31 Update Info: Corrected impedance calculation to include series resistance. Version 4.5 Update Info: Added ability to import both active filter responses and external room / baffle responses into the simulation.
Corrected problem with the imported response interpolator in the previous version when the ranges were changed. Version 5.0 Update Info: Added save and retrieve database features for woofer / box / tuning combinations
Added retreivable database for passive radiators
Improved sealed box analysis to include the effects of stuffing (Qa) and leakage (Ql)
on the Qtc of the system and the overall response
Corrected error in the save to memory line on the main graph
Improved the functions and display of the main graph
Improved the use of imported baffle and room curves
Improved the use of imported filter transfer functions (You must have "Filters Enabled" to see this curve included in the response. Turn off all other filter functions to show only the imported filter curve).