ARC System 2 (Advanced Room Correction) is the sequel of the first and only acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software AND a correction plug-in to improve ... Read More
ARC System 2 (Advanced Room Correction) is the sequel of the first and only acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software AND a correction plug-in to improve the sound reliability and acoustics of your studio in an elegant, low-cost portable solution.
ARC uses a patented technology to improve your monitoring system so what you hear is not affected by distortions caused by room acoustics. Near field monitor systems used in studio applications are designed to deliver sound without distortion or coloration. However, when they are placed in a room, surrounding walls, ceiling, furniture and other objects reflect and absorb sounds, creating complex distortions specific to that room. This ultimately causes them to lose the accuracy they have been designed for, and you end up hearing more of the sound of the room than the music actually being produced.
Traditionally, studio acoustics can be improved using acoustic treatments - but these are generally very expensive and require professional installations - which is often not practical in many of today's home and project studio. Other types of electronic correction systems use some form of equalization that works only on the frequency response of the room but worsen the phase response of what you are hearing. ARC System 2 solves all these problems elegantly, with a unique, innovative DAW-based solution that works both in the frequency/time domain and is not affected by any of the drawbacks of other type of correction systems.
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I have no idea what the previous reviewer is talking about. IK Multimedia's ARC 2 is delicious! Especially with crispy fries and a side of cole slaw. All seriousness aside, ARC 2 is an awesome product. It is easy to use, and the result is crystal clean and accurate sound from even my relatively low-end monitors. The setup and tuning procedure is simple and straightforward. It takes about ten minutes to tune the room. Tuning is not for just one listening spot - when you're finished, you'll get the same incredible clarity over a space that may be 10x10ft or larger, depending on where you placed the tuning microphone during the procedure. Once the room is tuned, you can switch between several speaker configs, such as stereo, mono, and side. You can also adjust the output EQ to fit your own ears or the specific material, assuming you don't trust the software. Since my hearing has about a 2dB rolloff above 12kHz, that's a splendid feature. I gave it a '5-star' rating, but that's rounded up from 4.5. The one problem I've encountered is that so many products don't support 64-bit VST. No audio interface software mixers (e.g., Presonus, MBox) support VST plugins, nor do many other audio products, such as MP3 players (Winamp doesn't support 64-bit VST). I'd love to have all of my material running through ARC, but I have to insert it for each piece of music in my DAWs. A centralized application that hijacks the audio stream and injects ARC would be awesome. If only the audio interface manufacturers would include VST support in their software, that would be dandy, too. Overall, well worth the small price, especially compared to comparable system tuning products such as dbx DriveRack (that I use on my live sound rig for feedback protection), which isn't nearly as clean a sound as I get from ARC.
after shelling out over 250 items for this product, i learned one thing. it will not fit most mic stands. the mic clips part that screws on, is just tooo tiny for most mic stands. i have 3 different hq mic stands, and several shockmounts, and not one combo works. and since its non returnable, that means i need to find a stand it fits and shell out even more $$$$ . Ridiculous IK!
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