University of Toronto Phonetics Lab

Lab Equipment

The lab has a wide range of hardware for acoustic and articulatory data collection. Most of our inventory is shown below with brief descriptions. Links are also provided to the manufacturers' manuals where possible; the most frequently-used pieces of equipment also have short guides to use and troubleshooting.

Microphones & Recorders

Zoom H4 Recorder

  • Stereo recording via two built-in condenser microphones, or up to two external microphones. Very portable and ideal for field recording and elicitations.
  • Manual

Zoom H4n Recorder

  • Stereo recording via two built-in condenser microphones, or up to two external microphones. Very portable and ideal for field recording and elicitations.
  • Manual

AudioTechnica AT831b microphone

  • Lavalier cardioid condenser microphone. Often used in conjunction with a portable recorder, as it provides a slightly higher-quality microphone than the Zooms, and picks up sound from a more focused area.
  • 40 Hz – 18 kHz
  • Specifications

DPA 4011 microphone

  • High-quality cardioid condenser microphone. Usually used with the SD722 recorder in the soundproof booth.
  • 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Specifications

AudioTechnica AT3035 microphone

  • High-quality cardioid condenser microphone. Usually used with the SD722 recorder in the soundproof booth.
  • 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Specifications

AudioTechnica ATR20 microphone

  • Cardioid condenser microphone. Built-in cable with 3.5mm plug. Good for applications where audio is needed alongside articulatory data, but fine-grained acoustic analysis will not be necessary.
  • 80 Hz – 12 kHz

Shure SM10A

  • Headworn cardioid microphone.
  • 50 Hz – 15 kHz

SoundDevices 722 digital audio recorder

  • Solid state drive, two XLR inputs.
  • 40 Hz – 18 kHz
  • Manual

Fostex FR-2 Field Recorder

  • XLR inputs for up to two external microphones. Semi-portable, for high-quality field recording.
  • Manual

Marantz PMD660 Solid State Recorder

  • Internal microphone, two XLR microphone inputs. Records on CompactFlash cards.
  • Manual

Marantz PMD201 Cassette Recorder

  • Available for archival work and digitization.
  • Manual

Marantz CDR300 CD Recorder

  • Available for archival work and digitization.
  • Manual

Articulatory Equipment

Articulate Instruments WinEPG

  • Electropalatography system. Note that custom palate molds are required for all experimental subjects.
  • Records at 100 samples / sec.
  • Manual

Interson SeeMore Ultrasound Probe

  • Portable ultrasound probe with USB connection.

Articulate Instruments EchoB

  • Ultrasound system; compact & relatively portable.
  • Manual

Electroglottograph

Carstens AG500 Electromagnetic Articulograph

Headphones

AudioTechnica ATH-M20X

  • Closed, dynamic, circumaural headphones.
  • 15 Hz – 20 kHz, 47 Ω
  • Specifications

Sennheiser HD280

  • Closed, dynamic, circumaural headphones.
  • 8 Hz – 25 kHz, 64 Ω
  • Specifications

Sennheiser HD202

  • Closed, dynamic, supra-aural headphones.
  • 18 Hz – 18 kHz, 32 Ω
  • Specifications

Sony MDR XD100

  • Closed, dynamic, circumaural headphones.
  • 12 Hz – 22 kHz, 70 Ω

Video

Canon ZR950

PD640 Dental Camera

Sony SOVRDMC6 DVDirect MC6

  • Multifunction DVD recorder; usually used to record articulatory data.

Other hardware

ART StudioV3 Tube MP Studio V3 Preamp

  • Preamp with one 1/4" input and one 1/4" output.

PreSonus Audiobox USB Preamp

  • Preamp with two XLR or 1/4" inputs and USB connectivity. Use to record audio directly onto a computer from a high-quality microphone.
  • Manual
  • Quick-Start Guide

Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro

Canopus TwinPact 100 Analog-Digital Video Converter

  • For digitizing analog (VHS, SVHS, Hi8) tapes.
  • Manual

PST Serial Response Box

  • E-Prime accessory, for determining more accurate response times.

Updated Oct 11 2017