StormAudio adds Dirac Live Bass Control support in update

First on the market with Dirac Live’s new module

by Andy Bassett

France-based StormAudio has announced Firmware v4.0 which comes preinstalled on its MK2 devices and adds Roon compatibility and Dirac Live Bass Control addon support. MK1 owners can download the update at no extra cost. 

StormAudio recently announced its MK2 lineup of Immersive Sound Processors and now adds additional features via its pre-installed v4.0 firmware. The MK2 devices will now be the first on the market to feature the latest Dirac Live Bass Control module, a cutting-edge bass management tool for enhanced cinema experiences.

Other new features include a redesigned Speaker Configurator for more flexible configuration possibilities and integration of the Roon music management system to bring music as well as cinema enjoyment to the home. 

The addition of the Bass Control module has led to StormAudio completely redesigning the bass management mechanism for improved performance and implementation of Dirac’s latest technology. 

Niklas Thorin, Dirac’s General Manager of High Performance Audio, said, “With the new Dirac Live Bass Control, combined with Dirac Live Room Correction, StormAudio will have the most modern, efficient and easy-to-use room acoustics solution on the market.” 

As StormAudio’s press release states, the Dirac Live Bass Control add-on is a sophisticated module based on machine learning for analysis of the behavior of any speaker type used, optimizing the system bass response for all speakers and subwoofers in the room. The advanced algorithm allows for smoother bass reproduction in the crossover area and even flexibility in the subwoofer placement, overcoming constraints in a room that might compromise the bass reproduction. All this is possible for an unlimited number of subwoofers, allowing full control for the best power and impact.

Olivier Thumerel, CEO of StormAudio, stated, “The calibration and equalization process is a crucial part of the home theater set-up; we are proud to work closely with Dirac to deliver their high-performing new technology for free to our users.” He added, “All our work is developed with the client experience in mind, so we have decided to bear the cost and offer this Dirac License with no additional fee for all our end users so they can enhance their installations, easily, and worry-free.” 

Storm Audio’s latest firmware also includes a redesigned GUI for the Speaker Configurator along with improved features to allow more sophisticated speaker management capabilities including more detailed and precise definition for each speaker layer.

Firmware 4.0 also includes updated solutions for installations of the most popular immersive audio formats. There’s now support for Dolby Atmos layouts of up to 13.1.10 and additional screen centre, rear surround, front and rear height channels for greater immersion. 

Additionally, improvements to the Auro-3D code by Auro Technologies are now available so the new codec will analyze the speaker layout installed and will now make use of the rear channels in the layout when playing back native Auro-3D 9.1/11.1 content. The Auro-Matic upmixing algorithm also has more refined dialog management on a 2 channel stream for improved handling of legacy sources.  

The addition of Roon End-Point integration with ISP devices enhances and streamlines the navigation and listening experience; all users need to do is select between cinema or Roon playback just by choosing the audio input. 

All of StormAudio’s MK2 devices, which are shipping now,  will come with Firmware v4.0 pre-installed and the entire MK1 range of ISP processors and receivers are compatible with the update which can be downloaded via the Client Portal on the StormAudio website. 

Moreover, additional features, including DTS:X Pro and StormAudio Expert Bass Management will be available over the upcoming months, all available as free software upgrades.

Source: Press release
Image Source: StormAudio

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