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IK Multimedia ARC System 2
Advanced Room Correction System

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ARC System 2 (Advanced Room Correction) is the sequel of the first and only acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone...
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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.
Trust your ears

ARC uses Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 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.

ARC 2 can improve the acoustics of ANY room. An untreated room will experience a dramatic improvement – but also treated rooms will sound better depending on the quality of the existing treatment. Many of ARC 2 improvements make it more effective in a wide spectrum of applications — from amateur bedroom studios to the most high-end professionally treated studios.

With ARC anybody can correct a studio's acoustics in 2 easy steps. First you measure your room acoustics specified places with the included calibrated measurement microphone and software. ARC 2 allows you to take from 7 to 16 different measurements, depending upon the room size and your desired level of correction.

These measurements give the ARC 2 plug-in software the information it needs to accurately correct the entire room, not just the engineer's "sweet spot." Then, once measurements are taken, ARC 2 automatically calculates a correction algorithm that you can apply to your music with the included plug-in, placing it on your DAW master BUS. Using ARC 2 you can record and mix with confidence, knowing what you hear is not affected by the acoustic of your room. Once you are ready for your mix down, disable the plug-in, export your file and voila', your final mixes will have been made in the most accurate monitoring environment and your music will translate better to the outside world.

ARC 2 includes an omnidirectional, calibrated microphone that provides a transparent colorless, ultra-linear characteristic. When you are finished with your room measurements, it can be a valuable asset for capturing acoustic instruments such as pianos, guitars, strings or any other source where high-fidelity without coloration is required.

When you experience ARC 2 the perspective of what you are recording, mixing or mastering becomes immediately more clear and reliable. Low-end alterations, typically added by small rooms, will be removed giving you better control on low frequencies. You will also have a more consistent frequency response across the entire spectrum, and the tonal balance will be restored, allowing you to get more accurate mixes. Room defects will no longer capture your attention so you will work on your music faster with less ear fatigue, and greater consistency on your final music productions.

Features:

  • The first DAW-based acoustic room correction plug-in
  • Includes a measurement microphone, software and correction plug-in
  • Based on Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 patented technology that corrects frequency and phase distortions in multiple room points
  • Improves clarity, stereo imaging and frequency response for faster, more reliable mixing
  • Improves the sound of any room - from bedroom studio to high-end control rooms
  • Step by step measurement set-up can be made by anyone
  • Perfect for the traveling engineer and on-the-spot corrections
  • 64-bit native plug-in compatibility
  • Support for AAX plug-in format
  • Improvement to L/R correction option offers better focus in symmetrical control rooms
  • Completely redesigned interface for improved usability
  • Four times greater resolution improves critical low-end response
  • Smoother, more natural sound in the midrange and high frequencies
  • New customizable target curves allows to match engineers' personal taste
  • New "Virtual Monitoring" feature mimics the sound of various listening devices like popular studio monitors, car systems, boom boxes, etc. allowing to the test of how mixes translate on different systems
  • New Monitor Control panel interface streamlines workflow
  • Fewer measurements now get higher quality results and shortens set-up time
  • Measurements can be saved and used for multiple correction set-ups

Specifications:

System requirements

  • Mac® (64 bit CPU, 32 or 64 bit Mac OS):
      -  Minimal: 1.5 GHz Intel® processor, 1 GB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
      -  Supported Plug-in formats: Audio Units, VST, RTAS, AAX (32-bit).
      -  Requires Core Audio.
      -  Requires 48kHz operation (only for measurements).
      -  Note: PPC CPU is no longer supported.
  • Windows® (32 and 64 bit):
      -  Minimal: Intel® Pentium 4® 2.4 GHz or Intel® Core™ Duo or AMD Athlon™ 64, 1 GB of RAM, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
      -  Supported Plug-in formats: VST, RTAS, AAX (32-bit).
      -  Requires ASIO Audio Hardware.
      -  Requires 48kHz operation (only for measurements).

Microphone

  • Type: 1/4" precision measurement condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern: omnidirectional, free field
  • Capsule frequency response: 20-16,000 Hz
  • Calibrated frequency response when used with ARC: 16-20,000 Hz, +/- 1.5 dB
  • Output: transformerless, electronically balanced, 200 ohms output impedance
  • Sensitivity: 50 mV/Pa
  • Noise Equivalent Level: 22 dB
  • Max SPL: 130 dB for 3% THD
  • Requires 48V Phantom Power

What's Included:

  • Easy to use, step-by-step, room measurement software for Mac/PC
  • VST, RTAS, AAX and Audio Units correction plug-in for Mac/PC most popular DAWs (such as Pro Tools®, Cubase™, Logic™, Sonar™, Live™, etc.)
  • Professional measurement microphone
  • Native compatibility with 64-bit applications and operating systems
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