I devised a medium-duty turntable for my high-quality fully automated HRTF measurement / multi-modal experimentation system
The KAR-961b turntable has a hybrid step motor, attached to an angle gear box (1:100) that is able to rotate smoothly a maximal load of 180 kg.
The KAR-961b turntable has a plywood construction, with a lower disc diameter of 800 mm and upper disc of 1000 mm diameter, and a total height of ca. 200 mm. The upper disc, lying on multiple rack casters. rotates while the lower
disc is bolted to the floor construction. Due to a special double upper disc design, the turntable acts itself as a capstan roller for the cabling used for the equipment placed on top of the rotating disc.
This allows a heavy set of cables (a maximal bunch of ca. 70 mm in diameter, length of ca. 4 m and weight approx. 15 kg) to be spun around the capstain. (The rotation is limited to the
thickness and weight of the cable bunch, the above yields ca. +/- 3 full revolutions). The turntable has multiple fastening positions (3/8" screws) for microphone stands etc. on the upper plate,
and holes for floor fixing on the lower disc.
The KAR-961b turntable is controlled via RS-485 / RS-232 connection to any computer running a run-time version of LabView. The control interface can be commanded and freely programmed by any
API sending simple ASCII commands, such as MATLAB. Also, the turntable can be controlled manually by a remote control. All the stepper motor power electronics is located inside the
turntable, so that no pulsed high currents need to be transferred via cables to the turntable. Accordingly, the functioning of turntable yields minimal disturbance to electro-acoustical measurements.
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KAR-961b turntable (+ loudspeaker
framework for the HRTF measurement system) in the large anechoic chamber at HUT Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing laboratory.
KAR-961b turntable (and (spherical loudspeaker
framework of the HRTF measurement system
in the large anechoic chamber at HUT
/ Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing Laboratory