IK Multimedia has announced that ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone will be available for shipping in July 2017. They tell us that version 2.5 of the Advanced Room Correction System is the first acoustic correction system that combines a highly accurate new MEMS measurement microphone, measurement software along with an audio correction plug-in for most Mac/PC DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). This employs Audyssey MultEQ XT32 patented technology to greatly improve the audio monitoring accuracy of speakers in any studio or room listening environment. Here's the full details direct from IK Multimedia...
The first system of its kind for music and audio production facilities introduced by IK Multimedia in 2007, ARC System works by measuring the room in multiple positions, producing an accurate representation of its acoustic response. Then it generates a filter correction to make the response linear, creating a listening environment that provides an exact representation of the music and audio produced without the potential problems introduced by the acoustic characteristics of the room.
More productivity, more creativity
ARC System is the most cost-effective, professional solution for consistent sound and frequency response accuracy across the entire spectrum in any room, whether acoustically treated or untreated. From home studios to professional recording facilities or producers on the go, ARC will take the "sound of the room" out of the equation, enabling users to mix faster and with total confidence. By removing all the guesswork associated with working in an unknown acoustic environment, ARC boosts both productivity and creativity ensuring the material produced translates well with the outside world.
A new professional MEMS measurement microphone
MEMS microphoneIK Multimedia was the first in pioneering the usage of MEMS (microelectro-mechanical systems) microphones for pro audio recording application with its popular iRig® Acoustic range first released in 2015, and now is the first to bring them to the field of ultra-accurate measurement microphones. The new MEMS measurement microphone included in ARC 2.5 works together with the room correction software to achieve greater correction accuracy than ever before with a precision of +/- 0.5 dB. Like the other IK MEMS products, the new ARC mic is manufactured in Italy with an omnidirectional type capsule that ensures maximum response accuracy and stability over time, in contrast to standard condenser measurement microphones which can exhibit frequency response variations from manufacturing or with age.
Thanks to the manufacturing process behind them, MEMS microphones offer extreme resistance to humidity and temperature variations as well as increased shock resistance. This means they are much more forgiving to "professional abuse" and can be easily carried around without the risk of damage. Also, all microphone units manufactured following this process maintain the same degree of accuracy with near-zero variation in terms of performance from unit to unit. As a result, not only will measurements always be accurate, but remain repeatable and reliable even after long periods of time.
MultEQ® XT32 Technology
The Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 technology included in ARC 2.5 captures acoustic information at multiple locations throughout a listening area in both the time and frequency domains. It uses a sophisticated clustering algorithm to combine this information so that acoustic problems are accurately analyzed. Based on these measurements, MultEQ® XT32 calculates an equalization solution that corrects both time and frequency response problems in the listening area and performs a fully automated system setup. The result is clear, well-balanced sound for any studio.
Mixing for multiple devices - "Virtual Monitoring"
The included "Virtual Monitoring" feature lets users select templates to intentionally shape the sound of the monitoring setup to match devices like LCD TVs, car audio systems, small radios, etc., and listen to how their mixes will translate on other "virtual" band-limited systems and to ensure a perfect sound translation.
Thousands of rooms corrected worldwide
Since 2007, IK Multimedia's ARC System has been leading the way in terms of true affordability and professional reliability when it comes to acoustic room correction systems. With tens of thousands of installations worldwide, correcting the rooms of music enthusiasts and independent producers to the ones of studio and acoustic engineers, ARC has become an absolute industry standard that continues to amaze for its ease of use and unquestionable effectiveness.
Pricing and Availability:
The new ARC System 2.5 with MEMS microphone will cost only $/€199.99* and will be available in July 2017. All users that have previously purchased any IK product of a minimum value of $/€99.99 can take advantage of a special crossgrade price of only $/€149.99.
Current ARC 2 users can upgrade to software version 2.5 for free (Mac/PC), whereas ARC 1 and ARC TDM users can upgrade their software for as low as $/€49.99.
The MEMS measurement microphone can be purchased separately at $/€69.99 by any previous ARC users.
* All prices excluding taxes
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