IK Multimedia has announced ARC System 3, the third generation of its acoustic correction system that they say enables producers and engineers to mix better, faster and more confidently by correcting poor room acoustics, improving the audio monitoring accuracy of their studios.
A spokesperson told us, “ARC System 3 combines an ultra-accurate measurement microphone, room analysis software, and a correction plug-in, all in a simple-to-use package that delivers professional results.”
Here’s the full details direct from IK Multimedia…
ARC System 3 offers an all-new analysis algorithm that measures acoustics at three different heights to deliver a natural, unprocessed sound and superior accuracy; a streamlined measurement process for quicker, more accurate calibration; advanced controls and a re-sizeable retina display GUI for superior workflow; and the ability to use third party measurement mics for additional flexibility.
All in all, ARC System 3 delivers a natural listening experience that makes any existing studio sound like a well-treated room rather than a "corrected" room - without expensive acoustic treatments.
Trust the sound that's heard
Walls, furniture, and other objects reflect and absorb sound, changing the frequency balance and stereo imaging an engineer or producer hears in their studio. A poorly treated room can lead to mix decisions that sound great in that room, but sub-par in other environments.
ARC System 3 detects and accounts for these issues - without the need for expensive room treatments - by quickly and precisely measuring the sound of a room to generate a correction profile that can be loaded into the ARC plug-in for use in any DAW. This ensures that music is heard the way it truly sounds, letting users work faster and more effortlessly to create mixes that will translate better across all systems everywhere.
An all-new listening experience
ARC System3 uses a new room analysis and correction algorithm delivering results that cannot be found elsewhere. By measuring a room at three different heights around the listening position, IK's award-winning VRM™ (Volumetric Response Modeling) technology creates a 3D snapshot of the room to identify problematic issues without over-processing the sound. The result is an incredibly natural-sounding correction that recreates the experience of working in a properly tuned room.
Quick and precise measurement
The complete ARC System 3 bundle includes a MEMS room analysis microphone for the most precise measurements possible, but the software also works with any other RTA mic. By connecting a measurement mic to an interface and launching the step-by-step room analysis software, users are guided through a series of measurements across their listening position. ARC offers flexible mic placement options that help streamline and complete the process in less than 10 minutes.
Users can also create and save measurements of multiple monitors and listening positions, to virtually adjust the sweet spot for different clients or setups.
Instantly apply correction
Correction profiles can be inserted across the master bus of any DAW, and ARC's precise correction filter will compensate for the room's acoustics. Music can then be monitored exactly the way it was recorded - free of the impact of room acoustics - so that the user's mixes will translate better than ever to other rooms and systems.
Deep Control over key parameters
ARC System 3 offers additional controls to fine-tune corrections for ideal performance in any room and setup:
Adjustable correction range - Users can choose to define limits to upper and lower correction ranges separately to preserve a monitor's unique voicing or to correct a certain frequency range.
Variable resolution and smoothing - The correction filter's resolution can be adjusted to use more or fewer frequency bands, for either surgical correction or a broader, smoother balance.
Two Phase Modes - Natural and Linear phase modes ensure precise stereo imaging (Natural improves the phase response; Linear maintains the existing phase response).
Check the mix right from behind the desk
The virtual monitoring feature lets users intentionally shape their sound to emulate devices like TVs, smartphones and car audio systems, as well as many popular studio monitors, to quickly and conveniently listen to the mix on other "virtual systems" to ensure a perfect sound translation across common listening devices.
Powerful metering at a glance
ARC System 3 also provides useful tools to help speed up workflow, including Peak, RMS, Loudness and dynamic range metering. A real-time spectrum analyzer shows the pre-correction signal to indicate how the room was affecting the sound.
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