Anthem launches ARC Genesis software
Genesis - start correcting your room.
The most significant impediment to getting the most accurate sound reproduction out of your audio equipment is the environment within which it is situated. To help address this, Anthem releases their third generation of room correction software, dubbed ARC Genesis and it is available now as a free download from the Anthem website for use with compatible Anthem, Paradigm and MartinLogan hardware.Genesis is the latest iteration of the software suite and works with any ARC enabled Anthem or Paradigm product and is scalable for use with a variety of audio setups ranging from two-channel stereo setups to multichannel home cinema systems. Amongst the latest features are support for both Mac and Windows PCs, new target curve adjustment options for both deep bass and high frequencies, improved algorithms and more.
Anthem Room Correction software is a collection of tools that aims to adjust the sound coming from your audio system so as to minimise colouration and reflections caused by the room, regardless of size and layout. It is designed to take into account any acoustic changes created by furniture, windows, arches, large open spaces, curtains etc.
Put simply, ARC measures the output of each speaker relative to the listening environment and then calculates the adjustments required in the speaker audio output to neutralise the detrimental environmental influences and to preserve the beneficial characteristics of the room.
ARC Genesis is backwards compatible with most ARC or PBK enabled Anthem, Paradigm or MatinLogan products - a full list is available from Anthem - and uses proprietary digital signal processing (DSP) in conjunction with the calibrated microphone provided with every ARC compatible device.
Anthem’s software is based on data which came from a project undertaken by the National Research Council of Canada that sought to determine if room problems could be compensated for electronically by replicating the opposite scenario in EQ - the so-called Athena project - which is regarded as the gold standard in research into room analysis and correction
Building on this project, ARC Genesis has developed several advantages over other room correction products. For example, it adjusts for the room’s effects on the speakers in a way that mimics human hearing, plus up to 10 measurements can be taken to create as full a picture of the room’s characteristics as possible.
Other advantages include the ability to shape the EQ curve to remove dips in response rather than just using EQ to flatten peaks. Additionally, Genesis can be used to scale to any number of audio channels and configurations can include two-channel stereo setups up to multi-channel surround sound home cinema systems. These can all be stored in user profiles for instant recall.
Installation can be fully automated or completely manual depending upon the user’s level of expertise and the software can also handle audio up to 32bit / 192kHz so there’s no down sampling of Hi-Res signals.
The new Genesis features include:
- Demo Mode: Allows improvements to be simulated and explored without having to be physically connected to a hardware system.
- Assign Amp Channels: For products such as Anthem’s MRX audio/video receivers and AVM home theatre processors, amp channels can be assigned from within the software, speeding up setting the receiver for zone 2 or height effects channels.
- Set Up Bass Management: For compatible hardware, Genesis lets users set up bass management from within the software, for example, to redirect bass to a subwoofer below a speaker’s crossover frequency.
- Customise Target Curves: Professional Mode enables target curves for the system to be adjusted using room gain, deep bass boost, and tilt controls. Plus there’s 20 Hz to 20kHz correction for each individual set of speakers.
- Multiple Measurements: For devices that allow multiple measurement sets, predictable changes can be accounted for such as changes in room sonics that are caused by having the curtains closed or open.
- Multiple Profiles: Multiple system profiles enable different setups to be recorded. For example, one profile can optimize your system as a multi-channel home theatre with a subwoofer and another as a 2-channel music system without a sub. Additionally, if you make a small change to a system such as adding a centre speaker, the Remeasure feature allows you to open a saved configuration file, remeasure only your new speaker, and update your target curves without needing to start over from scratch.
- Pan and Zoom: Examine graphs in great detail by zooming in or out and pan by dragging the graph to change position. On a touch screen enabled device, press the Zoom In or Zoom Out controls or press and drag to pan.
- Multiple Languages: At the time of launch, ARC supports Chinese, English, French, German, and Spanish.
Finally, for those who don’t want to fire up a computer every time they want to check their system, the ARC Mobile version of the software allows quick and easy measurements using the internal microphone of a user’s iPhone (all measurements) or Android device (bass measurements) or even by using the optional calibrated microphone which is designed to give superior results. The mic can be connected via the lightning port on iOS devices or USB on Android devices, though a USB OTG adapter will be required here.
- Quick Measure and Snapshots: Experiment with speaker and subwoofer positioning and settings outside of ARC while monitoring the resulting acoustic response in real time. The snapshot feature allows you to freeze a curve to compare against subsequent changes that affect the acoustic response.
The Anthem ARC Genesis software and ARC Mobile app can be downloaded from the Anthem website for free.
Source: Anthem Press Release/Website
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