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Dirac Introduces Dirac Live For Studio

New room correction software helps studio environments plagued by acoustical challenges.
A screen shot of the Dirac Live software

Swedish audio company Dirac has introduced a Dirac Live room correction solution for the pro audio market. For nearly a decade, Dirac Live has been the HiFi and home theater market’s reference room correction solution, used by the industry’s most brands such as Arcam, Datasat, JBL Synthesis, NAD and StormAudio, among others.

With the introduction of Dirac Live for Studio, the company is expanding the application of its room correction solution to include studio environments that, according to Dirac Director of Product Management Jakob Ågren, have long been plagued by the acoustical challenges Dirac Live corrects.

“Since 2010, Dirac Live has enabled the world’s finest HiFi and home theater systems to achieve their full potential,” stated Ågren. “However, as Dirac Live increased in popularity, we repeatedly heard from the pro audio community that such a solution was needed in the studio. At NAMM 2020, we are delivering a room correction solution that will impact the pro audio industry in the same way it has impacted HiFi and home theater.”

Whether a home theater or a mixing studio, the physical space in which speakers are placed interferes with sound; the walls, ceiling, furniture and more interact with sound waves causing various acoustic issues – regardless of the equipment that’s used.

As a result, for instance, certain frequencies can be amplified while others are weakened (frequency domain issues), and sound stage can deteriorate (time domain issues). Traditionally, acoustic room treatments have been used to address these issues; however, this method takes substantial resources and time, and still fails to resolve some of the key acoustical challenges.

Featuring impulse response and frequency response correction, Dirac Live tackles both the frequency and time domain problems to significantly reduce the room’s impact on studio sound – thereby improving the accuracy of sound reproduction in studio environments.

This is particularly important during the editing process, as it ensures that producers are faithfully experiencing the complete recording – unaffected by the room itself – so they can most effectively mix and master it.

For the last few years, the company has piloted Dirac Live with some of Sweden’s most influential DJs and music producers, all of whom rave about the impact it has had on their recordings.

“When producers hear the difference that Dirac Live makes, they’ll no doubt be blown away,” stated Rami Yacoub, music producer for artists such as Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Avicii and more. “Recordings can be experienced in their purest, more accurate and complete form, without the introduction of distortions produced by the studio itself.”

Dirac Live for Studio (Windows and macOS) is immediately available for the pro audio market. Different from Dirac Live for home audio, Dirac Live for Studio features an audio plugin that can be installed in some of the most popular digital audio workstations. Dirac Live measures and corrects the studio’s acoustics, while its audio plugin then stores the correction filters.

The audio plugin can be installed in most host applications that support VST, VST3, AAX and AU formats, such as digital audio workstations and certain media players. Dirac Live for Studio is currently compatible with the following host units: Logic Pro X, Cubase 10, Studio One 4, Reaper, JRiver Media Center 25, Ableton Live 10, and Pro Tools. More will be added in the weeks and months to come.

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