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IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System

B&H # IKA2CS Mfr # AC-200-HCD-IN
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You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • Capture and Correction Software
  • Calibration Microphone
  • Easy Measurement Set-Up
  • Frequency and Time Domain Correction
  • Combined L/R Correction Option
  • Improves the Acoustics of Any Room
  • Audio Units, RTAS, VST
  • 64-bit Native Plug-In Compatibility
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The ARC System 2 from IK Multimedia is a studio-acoustics room correction solution for improving anything from a bedroom studio to a high-end facility. The system combines a professional calibrated measurement microphone, standalone software that captures the sound information and calculates proper room correction, and a multi-platform plug-in.

The ARC system features Audyssey MultEQ XT32 technology that measures acoustical information throughout the listening area in the studio. It then combines this information to provide an accurate representation of the room's acoustical problems. The equalization solution then corrects for both time and frequency response problems effectively and efficiently.

These measurements allow the software to accurately correct the entire room, not just the engineer's "sweet spot." Once a correction algorithm has been generated, placing the included plug-in on the DAW master bus delivers an accurate monitoring environment. Regardless of the acoustical issues in a studio, recording, mixing or mastering becomes immediately clear and reliable.

New in Version 2
  • 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
  • Combined L/R correction option maintains perfect focus with symmetrical control rooms
  • Customizable target curves allows to match engineers' personal taste
  • "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
  • 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
General
  • DAW-based acoustic room correction plug-in
  • Includes a calibrated measurement microphone, measurement software and multi-platform correction plug-in
  • Improves clarity, stereo imaging and frequency response of the monitoring system for faster and more reliable mixing
  • Low-end alterations, typically added by small rooms, are removed with better low frequency control, with more consistent frequency response across the entire frequency range
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 technology corrects frequency and phase response not only for the engineer's "sweet spot", but also multiple points in the room
  • Step-by-step setup measurement wizard helps the user to be up and running in minutes
  • Convenient and mobile correction solution for the traveling engineer
  • 64-bit native plug-in compatibility
Measurement Software Automatic multi-point room measurement system, wizard based
Measurement precision when used with ARC System microphone: +/- 1.5 dB
Requires 48 kHz operation (only for measurements)
Requires ASIO Audio Hardware on Windows 7, Vista or XP, CoreAudio on Mac OS X
Saves Measurements sets to be opened on the ARC System Correction Plug-In
Correction Plug-In Multi platform high quality frequency AND time correction processor
Correction precision when used with ARC System microphone: +/- 1.5 dB
Correction processor resolution: 32-bit floating point
Correction processor supported sampling rates: 44.1 to 192 kHz
Four target curves
Graphic frequency response display
Microphone 1/4" precision measurement condenser microphone
Omnidirectional, free field polar pattern
20 Hz to 16 kHz capsule frequency response
Calibrated frequency response when used with ARC - 16 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 1.5 dB
Transformerless, electronically balanced, 200Ω output impedance
50 mV/Pa sensitivity
22 dB equivalent noise level
130 dB maximum SPL for 3% THD
System Requirements Mac
1.5 GHz Intel processor minimum
OS X 10.6 or later
1 GB RAM
Supported Plug-in formats - Audio Units, RTAS, VST
Core Audio
48 kHz operation (only for measurements)
32- and 64-bit

PC
Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or Intel CoreDuo or AMD Athlon 64 minimum
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
1 GB RAM
Supported Plug-in formats - RTAS, VST
ASIO hardware
48 kHz operation (only for measurements)
32- and 64-bit
IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System
  • Measurement Microphone
  • Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty on Hardware
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    IK MultimediaARC System 2 - Room Correction System
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to navigate (6)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Easy to customize (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (7), Personal (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (6), Mac (5)

      Reviewed by 11 customers

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      5.0

      Great product!

      By Dave

      from Hudson Valley NY

      About Me Musician, Sound Engineer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to Customize
      • Easy to Navigate
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Tracking And Mixing Music

      Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

      I have never been too happy with my Mackie HR824s and I was researching some new nearfields. I decided to try the ARC System 2 after reading some very positive reviews. I am now adding to the thumbs-up. After analyzing my setup a corrective eq curve was established making the Mackies really sound flat, giving me mixes I can count on. I just saved a few thousand dollars!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Great system

      By Designing

      from Southern California

      About Me Producer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

      • Handle The Mic Carefully

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

      I reworked my home studio using the 38% rule and some subtle acoustic treatment. I then purchased the ARC System 2 from B&H on sale - what a great price! The difference it made was subtle after my acoustic treatment of the room but amazing nonetheless. Everything was so much clearer and it made mixing so much easier. IK Multimedia's support has been awesome with any questions I had and B&H as always, is an amazing place to shop.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Awesomely powerful and useful

      By PunkrockWarlord

      from Vista

      About Me Artist, Recording artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

        This is what's I've needed as a home studio guy without acoustic treatment. A Godsend.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Highly recommender software

        By HAM MAN

        from PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy to Customize
        • Easy to Navigate
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Freezes or Crashes

        Best Uses

          Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

          Installed the software as per instructions and it immediately added clarity and accuracy to my mixes. My monitors tell me how the mixed tracks will sound on home and car audio systems. GREAT JOB IK MULTIMEDIA

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Very good product!

          By Igor

          from Belgrade

          About Me DJProducer

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

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                Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                Very good product! Helped alot for my mixes!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Overall a good product

                By stevegalante

                from Montreal, QC

                About Me Producer Engineer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Concept

                Cons

                • Fragile Microphone
                • Not Very Precise

                Best Uses

                  Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                  The concept is great and very useful. Things that could be better : - the microphone is very fragile (actually I happen to break it accidentally but very easily)- the analysis curve is not very detailed. When examining the resulting curve with another more sophisticated programs (like Fuzz Measure) it revealed many dips and bumps that were not evident if the Arc2 curve- you gotta be careful to the gain structure otherwise it could result in distortion

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Best addition to my studio in years

                  By Brad

                  from riverside california

                  About Me Musical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Easy to Navigate
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                    As a writer and musician working in an environment that is not well suited for recording and mixing the ARC System 2 has greatly advanced my ability to hear the nuances of tracks with precision. It's easy to use and set up is quick! My only complaint is that there isn't a standalone system included.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great Product and Great Distributor

                    By In Phaze Audio

                    from New London CT

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                      Really impressed with the ARC2 System i purchased last month.. helps out much with room correction.. in addition i'm once again impressed with B&H's quick deliver of product and great price.. thanks all involved. Jon Quinn In Phaze Audio.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Fantastical and unbelievable

                      By Robpriore

                      from Waltham, ma

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                        Cons

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                            Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                            First off, this is not for your average audiophile. You better be prepared to push the limits of your computer setup knowledge. I'm no audio engineer, and I serve all my music from a cheap toshiba laptop using jriver media center 17, no pro tools here baby. But I have golden ears and whilst I'm no code writer I'm a super user, so getting everything to work was fun in itself.Until now I did not realize that correcting the room response produces more sonic improvement than adding new and more expensive components, which I have done for years.The difference is truly stunning. What really stands out for me is instrument and voice decay. I have never heard my music this way, and it's my belief I am for the very first time hearing what the audio engineer heard in the mixing studio.I cannot recommend this enough, but it's hard to get it working right, and most certainly not for the average computer user.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            ARC System Changed the way I hear audio

                            By Rich P.

                            from Charleston, SC

                            About Me Mastering engineer, Mixing Engineer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Navigate

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Mastering
                              • Mixing

                              Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                              I am a Mixing/Mastering Engineer and have had much problems in the past getting my mixes to sound good on all platforms. When I change my mix to make it sound good in the studio it sounded poor in the headphone or in the car. If I change the mix to sound good in a car then iPod lacked, you get the picture. I purchased the ARC 2 System for my Presonus Studio One Pro 2.5 DAW. I loaded the software on my Macbook Pro, started the application, adjusted the volume of the room, moved the microphone where the directions told me to move the mic and did the calibration.Once, I started my DAW software, I added the file to my input to the Main Out channel and wow, what a difference. It corrected for the 120Hz peak in my monitors as well as some high end that was missing. I mixed a song I had previously mixed and to my surprise, it sounded good everywhere.I am so glad I purchased this rather than a $[$]external room corrections system.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Excellent for Tuning a Small Studio

                              By Sound-Guy

                              from Rocky Mountains, Colorado

                              About Me 40 Years Audio Experience, Mastering engineer, Mix engineer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Excellent results
                              • Full Range Bass Correct
                              • High Quality Mic Included
                              • Virtual Monitoring

                              Cons

                              • Cant Edit Curve Names

                              Best Uses

                              • Mixing Mastering

                              Comments about IK Multimedia ARC System 2 - Room Correction System:

                              My new project studio room has significant acoustical treatment and had no serious frequency cancellation above 250 Hz, but being a small room, standing waves played havoc below that, with several severe dips and peaks of frequencies between 40 and 200 Hz. I decided to try ARC 2 to see (hear) if it could help in the bass region.

                              Software set up is like most software, although a little tedious if your audio system is not connected to the Internet. At least they do provide an authorization method for non-connected systems. IK Multimedia allows you to use ARC 2 on up to 5 systems, which more than covers my needs.

                              The measurement process is so easy I ran the first tests without reading the manual - then I read it and found I was close but not strictly using it right. The results from my first rough (and incorrect) measurements were promising, but after running the correct method, the results were striking. Some small fluctuations in the 300 Hz to 10 kHz range were cleaned up nicely - my reference tracks sounded notably clearer with the ARC 2 correction engaged. But the big improvement was below 300 Hz - the drop-out frequencies were no longer obvious, in fact there were only very small variations when running a frequency sweep from 30 Hz to 300 Hz. Very impressive results in such a small studio.

                              I've read reviews that the ARC 2 can make a poorly, or untreated room sound much better, and this is probably true. But better is a relative term. For serious audio work, the best results will include acoustical treatment as the first order of business - foam and rock-wool panels can provide excellent results above 200 Hz or so, but low frequencies cannot be economically treated in a small room. And as I have found, ARC 2 can improve sounds even in the mid and high ranges of audio where my room treatment was good, but not perfect.

                              The ARC 2 system not only smoothed out my low frequency problem, but using it's Full Range Bass Correction mode was able to extend a smooth bass response down to below 40 Hz using my small near field monitors (6.5" bass drivers). No booming or dipping bass frequencies like I get without using the ARC system.

                              Very impressive results. In addition to the basic room correction there is a fabulous feature called Virtual Monitoring that let's you hear what your mix sounds like on a variety of limited speaker types, like a boom box, a tiny TV speaker, a car stereo system, etc. You can also create your own frequency response curves to hear what a mix sounds like with your own specified frequency limitations.

                              There are a couple minor issues with the software - once a measurement set has been saved there is no way to add more measurements to the set and no way to rename or change the order of the sets you have made in the selection box. IK Multimedia is aware of this and indicates they may add these functions in the future.

                              Overall, I'm very impressed with this product.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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