IK Multimedia, in collaboration with Audyssey, has announced Version 2 of ARC (Advanced Room Correction), an acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software and a correction plug-in for most popular Mac/PC digital audio workstations to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of a studio.
ARC works by measuring the room, using the included measurement microphone and measurement software, and then generates an algorithm to provide a correction of the room’s acoustic problems that can then be applied to a mix via the included plug-in.
The experience of thousands of installations, combined with user feedback, has been considered during the Audyssey update of the MultEQ technology that powered the first version of ARC to now provide a new, more accurate version, MultEQ XT32.
Specifically, MultEQ XT32 gives the new ARC 2 an even higher-resolution EQ adjustment – especially in the extreme low frequencies where correction is usually needed the most along with a more natural and smooth midrange and high frequency performance – a combined L/R correction for high-quality control room optimization and customizable target curves so you can shape the final response of your monitors.
All of these new features are packaged in a completely new interface featuring a new Monitor Control panel interface for optimized control.
Better Correction For 4X Greater Resolution – ARC 2 offers enhanced resolution across the entire frequency spectrum including four times greater resolution in the lower frequencies where room distortions typically occur.
ARC effectively flattens the low-end frequency response – even in the most unbalanced rooms – and also improves the mid and high frequency ranges to make the correction process totally transparent with clear and precise frequency response.
Streamlined Measurement Process – The new MultEQ XT32 algorithm in ARC 2 provides greater resolution with fewer measurements, allowing a better degree of accuracy faster. Now only seven measurements are needed for the software to calculate accurate corrections to the listening environment.
Mix For Multiple Devices – ARC 2 now provides the ability to mix for multiple devices with the new “Alternate References” feature. This makes it possible to intentionally shape the sound of the monitoring setup to simulate speakers like LCD TVs, club PA systems, car audio systems, radios, etc.
“Monitor Control” Panel – ARC has a new Monitor Control panel interface that provides the most frequently used control features: a big main volume knob to set listening level, a DIM switch with an adjustable level, a MUTE switch and a listening “MODE” selector that can be toggled between standard Stereo, Mono or Side for quick reference checks. This additional collection of tools provides a familiar, flexible control room-style workflow for a superior listening experience and improved accuracy for mixing and mastering applications.
ARC 2 is now shipping from IK Multimedia and its network of professional music resellers worldwide at a price of $299.99/€249.99 (excluding taxes). Users of the previous version of ARC can update to the new software online in the IKstore at a special limited price of only $99.99/€84.99 (excluding taxes) good until August 31, 2012, after that the price will go up to $149.99/€124.99(excluding taxes).