The IK Multimedia ARC System 2 Advanced Room Correction System is an acoustic correction system that combines a measurement mic, measurement software and a correction plug-in to improve the acoustics of your studio! This sequel to the first and only acoustic correction system provides great new features for enhanced performance so you can get the best results the first time.
IK Multimedia ARC System 2 Advanced Room Correction System Features
Trust your ears
- The first DAW-based acoustic room correction plug-in
- Includes a measurement microphone, software and correction plug-in
- Based on Audyssey MultEQ XT32 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
- 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 combined L/R correction option maintains perfect focus with symmetrical control rooms
- 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
ARC 2 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, causing them to lose the accuracy.
A break-through affordable solution for acoustic room correction
IK Multimedia ARC System 2 solves many acoustic treatment 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.
How it Works
With ARC 2 software 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 IK Multimedia ARC 2 plug-in software the information it needs to accurately correct the entire room. 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. Once you are ready for your mix down, disable the ARC 2 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.
A Professional Microphone
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.
A Truly New Listening Experience
When you experience IK Multimedia 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.
What's New in Version 2
With thousands of installations since 2007, ARC systems have been put to use in every possible real-world situation. This experience and feedback from users all over the world has allowed the development of an even more accurate MultEQ technology (The MultEQ XT32) that provides an even higher resolution EQ adjustment, especially in the extreme lower frequencies where correction is usually needed the most.
IK Multimedia ARC 2 software also provides 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 nicely packaged in a completely new interface featuring a new Monitor panel interface for even more control.
More natural sound in mid and high frequencies
ARC 2 improves the correction in the mid and high frequency ranges, making the correction process totally transparent – but with clearer and more precise response. You can now completely rely on what a speaker-set corrected with ARC 2 software is delivering, even in the most demanding studio environments with extremely high quality speakers and state-of-the-art rooms.
Combined Left and Right correction
This new feature of IK Multimedia ARC 2 improves the correction in high-end control rooms where the left and right monitors are positioned with absolute precise symmetry, improving the stereo image focus when working with elements panned dead-center in the mix - like vocals, bass, snare and so on.
Mix for Multiple Devices
With the included ‘Virtual Monitoring’ feature you can intentionally shape the sound of the monitoring setup to match devices like LCD TVs, car audio systems, small radios, etc. This way you can quickly listen to your mix on other virtual band-limited systems to ensure a perfect sound translation.
New Monitor Control panel
The Monitor Control panel provides you with the most frequently used control features: a big main volume knob to set your listening level, a DIM switch with an adjustable level, a MUTE switch and a listening MODE selector which can be toggled between standard Stereo, Mono or Side for quick reference checks. This added collection of tools creates a familiar, flexible Control Room workflow style for a superior listening experience and improved accuracy in mixing/mastering applications.
Streamlined measurement process
Now only 7 measurements are needed (down from 12) to calculate accurate corrections for your listening environment. Taking more measurements is still possible (and recommended -up to 16), as this leads to an even more precise response, but the new MultEQ XT32 algorithm provides greater resolution with fewer measurements allowing you to get a better degree of accuracy.