updated 10:45 pm EST, Wed November 21, 2007
ARC system for DAW
IK Multimedia today announced the Advanced Room Correction system for DAW-based studios, a kit designed to reduce distortion caused from environmental acoustics. The kit consists of a professionally calibrated microphone, measuring software, and a plugin that functions with any DAW-based software. Co-designed by Audyssy, IK Multimedia advertises that the ARC system will drastically improve the sound of any kind of monitor in any sort of room, regardless of quality level or mixing environment. The ARC system is currently available through IK Multimedia's network of distributors, selling for $700, or $500 for a crossgrade for registered IK users.
The kit does a number of different things to optimize the audio signal, altering low-end frequencies, while providing more consistent frequency response across the entire range. The kit also restores tonal balance, allowing for more accurate mixes. Once the optimizations are complete, the company says that room defects will no longer cause inaccurate feedback, and that consistency and efficiency are both improved, allowing the user to focus on work rather than doubting the quality of the signal.