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Turtle Beach Ear Force XP500 User's Manual

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XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Users Guide
Introducing the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor ........................................................................ 3
Downloading the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Software .................................................................................................. 3
Installing the Software .......................................................................................................................................................... 3
Setting up the Software ........................................................................................................................................................ 3
Using the Software with a XP500 ......................................................................................................................................... 4
Basic and Advanced Modes of Operation ............................................................................................................................ 4
About the XP500 Presets .......................................................................................................... 5
PS3 and XBOX Modes ......................................................................................................................................................... 5
Presets Architecture ................................................................................................................................................. 6
Software Controls – Presets Tab .............................................................................................. 8
Advanced Mode Presets Tab ................................................................................................................................... 8
Volume (Master Volume Section) ......................................................................................................................................... 8
Basic mode Presets Tab .......................................................................................................................................... 9
Mic Section .......................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Mix Section ........................................................................................................................................................................ 10
Master Volume Section ...................................................................................................................................................... 10
Presets Section ...................................................................................................................................................... 10
Creating Master Presets .................................................................................................................................................... 11
Presets Buttons ................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Saving a Preset ................................................................................................................................................................. 11
Deleting a Preset ............................................................................................................................................................... 11
"Upload to Headset" Button ................................................................................................................................................ 11
"Save Presets to File" Button ............................................................................................................................................. 12
"Restore Presets from Files" Button ................................................................................................................................... 12
Battery Voltage .................................................................................................................................................................. 12
Headset Mode ................................................................................................................................................................... 12
Software Tutorial......................................................................................................................13
Listening to the Factory Presets ............................................................................................................................. 13
Downloading New Presets ..................................................................................................................................... 14
Managing Presets .................................................................................................................................................. 14
Creating Master Presets .................................................................................................................................................... 14
Deleting Presets................................................................................................................................................................. 14
Uploading Single Presets to the Headset ........................................................................................................................... 14
Uploading all Presets to the Headset ................................................................................................................................. 15
Editing Presets ................................................................................................................................................................... 15
Software Controls - Configuration Tab .....................................................................................17
Update Section ....................................................................................................................................................... 17
Update Firmware ............................................................................................................................................................... 17
Update Voice Prompts ....................................................................................................................................................... 17
Update EEPROM Settings ................................................................................................................................................. 18
"Restore All Defaults" Button .............................................................................................................................................. 18
Headset Info Section .............................................................................................................................................. 19
"Refresh" Button................................................................................................................................................................. 19
Software Controls – Chat Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) .................................................20
Silencer .............................................................................................................................................................................. 20
Chat Boost™ ..................................................................................................................................................................... 20
Equalizer ............................................................................................................................................................................ 21
Chat Volume ...................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Software Controls – Mic Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) ...................................................22
Silencer .............................................................................................................................................................................. 22
Limiter ................................................................................................................................................................................ 22
Voice Morph ....................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Mic Monitor ........................................................................................................................................................................ 23
Software Controls – Game Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) ...............................................24
Silencer .............................................................................................................................................................................. 24
Sonic Lens™ ..................................................................................................................................................................... 24
Multi-Band Equalizer .......................................................................................................................................................... 26
Sound Field Expander........................................................................................................................................................ 26
Blast Limiter ....................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Game Volume .................................................................................................................................................................... 28
Dolby on/off Button ............................................................................................................................................................ 28
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    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Users Guide - Table of Contents Introducing the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor ................ 3 Downloading the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Software ....................3 Installing the Software ................................3 Setting up the Software ................................ 3 Using the Software with a XP500 ............................

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    Turtle Beach, the Turtle Beach Logo, Ear Force, Chat Boost, Ear Guard and Sonic Lens are trademarks of VTB. Voyetra is a registered trademark of VTB. Dolby and the Double D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Labs. Windows is a registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

  • Page 3: Introducing The Xp500 Advanced Sound Editor, Downloading The Xp500 Advanced Sound Editor Software

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Introducing the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor The XP500 Advanced Sound Editor lets you view and edit all of the parameters in a XP500 preset. Once installed on your Windows PC or laptop, you can connect the XP500 headset via the USB port on the left ear cup and manage the presets using the software.

  • Page 4: Using The Software With A Xp500, Basic And Advanced Modes Of Operation

    www.TurtleBeach.com Using the Software with a XP500 The best way to use the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor is with a laptop located near your game console. This way you can hear the effects of changing parameter settings in the presets as you’re playing the game. Connect the XP500 headset to your laptop with the included USB cable.

  • Page 5: About The Xp500 Presets, Ps3 And Xbox Modes

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor About the XP500 Presets The XP500 headset uses a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to independently modify the game, chat and microphone audio paths in the headset. The DSP settings are saved as presets, which can be saved to the hard drive on your PC or laptop using the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor software.

  • Page 6: Presets Architecture

    The voice prompt player output is mixed with the channel outputs to create the master signal heard on the headset. The voice prompts may be changed by downloading a new voice prompt file from the Turtle Beach web site. Thus, Page 6...

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    The MCU controls the programmable system functions and connects to a Windows PC via the USB port. This USB connection allows the MCU firmware to be updated with new versions downloaded from the Turtle Beach web site, and also allows editing of presets with the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor software.

  • Page 8: Advanced Mode Presets Tab, Volume (master Volume Section)

    www.TurtleBeach.com Software Controls – Presets Tab The Presets Tab is the main section of the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor. This is where you’ll transfer presets between your XP500 headset and PC. This tab will look different, depending on whether you’ve selected Basic or Advanced mode by clicking on the appropriate button at the bottom of the program screen.

  • Page 9: Basic Mode Presets Tab, Mic Section

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Basic mode Presets Tab Clicking the Basic button places the software in Basic mode, with the Presets Tab configuration illustrated below. The Presets section on the left is identical in Advanced and Basic modes, so it is described at the end of this section. The right side of the Presets tab has three sections, Mic, Mix and Master Volume, used for editing certain key parameters on the presets.

  • Page 10: Mix Section, Master Volume Section, Presets Section

    www.TurtleBeach.com selected. If you place it in the middle, you’ll get a 50/50 balance between normal and pitch shifted voice. Mix Section This section controls what you hear in the headset. Use it to balance the game, chat and mic levels as described below. Chat This slider adjusts the amount of chat level you’ll hear.

  • Page 11: Creating Master Presets, Saving A Preset

     Stereo game presets don’t start with a [DH] in the name. You can download more presets from the Turtle Beach web site, www.TurtleBeach.com.  Presets files are located in the directory SavedPresets, under the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor directory. If you installed the software using the default settings, this would be: C:\Turtle Beach\XP500 Advanced Sound Editor\SavedPresets.

  • Page 12: Battery Voltage, Headset Mode

    www.TurtleBeach.com “Save Presets to File” Button Clicking this button saves all of the presets from the headset to a file on your PC and creates a manifest that allows you to restore the presets back to the headset later on. “Restore Presets from Files”...

  • Page 13: Software Tutorial, Listening To The Factory Presets

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Software Tutorial This section provides an overview of how to use the Presets tab on the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor software. Note that if the battery voltage (shown in the bottom left) drops down too low, the software won’t transfer files to and from the headset.

  • Page 14: Downloading New Presets, Managing Presets, Creating Master Presets, Deleting Presets

    2. Open the zip file and copy the xml preset file to the SavedPresets folder in the directory where you installed the XP500 Advanced Sound Editor. If you used the default settings when installing the program, this would be C:\Turtle Beach\XP500 Advanced Sound Editor\SavedPresets.

  • Page 15: Uploading All Presets To The Headset, Editing Presets

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor 1. Click on “Upload to Headset” and the Presets buttons will start flashing. 2. Click on one of the preset buttons to load the Master preset into that location on the headset. 3. After you’ve unplugged the USB cable from the headset, the preset will remain in the headset so you can select it with the headset presets button without the need for the software.

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    www.TurtleBeach.com The Ear Guard slider helps to keep loud sounds under control. If you push it up to the top, it won’t do anything to the headset sound. As you start turning it down, you’ll start to block out loud blasts without affecting the lower level sounds. Try adjusting this so you can protect your ears from very loud sounds while still maintaining the excitement of the game experience.

  • Page 17: Software Controls - Configuration Tab, Update Section, Update Firmware, Update Voice Prompts

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Software Controls - Configuration Tab The Configuration Tab displays information about the XP500 headset and lets you update the headset firmware, voice prompts and EEPROM settings. Update Section Update Firmware The headset operates with internal “firmware”, which is the software that makes the processor run.

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    www.TurtleBeach.com After you’ve downloaded the new voice prompts, load them into the display area by clicking on the “…” button, navigating to the location of the download, and clicking on the name. Once the voice prompt file is in the display area, click on the “Update” button to upload them into the headset.

  • Page 19: Headset Info Section

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Headset Info Section Firmware Version This field shows the version number of the firmware loaded into the headset. You can check our website to see if it’s the latest one, or simply click the “Check for Firmware Update”...

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    www.TurtleBeach.com Software Controls – Chat Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) The following diagram illustrates the audio processing sections in the chat channel: The parameters in each processing secton are represented in the Chat Preset tab.  NOTE: Any edits made in this tab are not saved unless you press the Chat Preset “Save”...

  • Page 21: Chat Volume

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Attack The attack time adds a lag to the gain boost so the gain does not jump erratically in response to fast transient envelope changes. With a fast attack, the gain will jump to the higher level every time a loud game sound occurs.

  • Page 22: Limiter

    www.TurtleBeach.com Software Controls – Mic Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) The following diagram illustrates the audio processing sections in the mic channel: The parameters in each processing secton are represented in the Mic Preset tab.  NOTE: Any edits made in this tab are not saved unless you press the Mic Preset “Save”...

  • Page 23: Voice Morph, Mic Monitor

    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor Voice Morph Pitch Shift This slider lets you change the pitch of your voice either up and down. Moving the slider higher will make your voice sound higher-pitched, while moving it lower will make it sound deeper.

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    www.TurtleBeach.com Software Controls – Game Preset Tab (Advanced Mode Only) The following diagram illustrates the audio processing sections in the game channel: The parameters in each processing secton are represented in the Game Presets tab.  NOTE: Any edits made in this tab are not saved unless you press the Game Preset “Save”...

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    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor For example, to boost the sound of a grenade pin being pulled, it is better to boost higher frequency sounds by adjusting the low and high pass filters. The Sonic Lens is also useful for boosting quiet sounds like footsteps without also boosting the level of louder sounds like explosions.

  • Page 26: Sound Field Expander

    www.TurtleBeach.com Multi-Band Equalizer The multi-band equalizer lets you change the tone of the game sound. The sliders will boost or cut the designated frequencies by +/-12dB. The frequencies for each slider are: Low: 100Hz shelving filter Mid 1: 250Hz band-pass filter Mid 2: 1kHz band-pass filter Mid 3: 4kHz band-pass filter High: 8kHz shelving filter...

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    XP500 Advanced Sound Editor These paths are mixed together to form the left and right outputs and the levels of each path determines the final effect achieved. Initial Gain (I Gain) This sets the overall gain into the Sound Field Expander and should be set to a level that does not produce distortion, yet achieves adequate signal gain.

  • Page 28: Blast Limiter, Game Volume, Dolby On/off Button

    www.TurtleBeach.com Blast Limiter The Blast Limiter lets you turn up the volume to hear soft sounds while limiting the volume of louder sounds, like gun shots and explosions. The Blast Limiter is a variable gain stage with a threshold used for limiting the signal levels above the threshold setting.

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