An IK user provides in-depth analysis of the newly released ARC 2 improvements
ARC - Advanced Room Correction System - is the first acoustic correction system that combines a measurement microphone, measurement software AND a correction plug-in for most popular DAWs to improve the acoustics and sonic reliability of your studio. With ARC System 2, many new features have been added along with an update of the Audyssey MultEQ® technology to the even more accurate version, MultEQ® XT32. The result of this update is even better correction, with 4X greater resolution to improve critical low-end response and smoother, more natural sound in the mid-range and high frequencies.
Don't take our word for it, though, blogger Andreas Witez puts the ARC System 2 upgrade through its paces and is VERY happy with the results. Andreas says it best:
"The bass frequency response is much better now as you can see and as I can hear ;-) Kick drums are now very punchy and really come from the center now. With ARC it was a little bit like: 'yeah, somewhere between left and right' But now it's dead center with punch. I like that!"
"After a few songs listening to Meshuggah, Slipknot, John Scofield, Destiny's Child: holy ****!!! I love my 'new' bass! For me it's already totally worth it."
Andreas approached the claims of improved correction with scientific skepticism, and in the process even came up with a great method for aiding in the already-improved measurement process. While we've reduced the number of necessary measurements, Andreas went a step further and used a laser pointer as an aid to get the most accurate measurements. You can find more information about this method and study the graphs on Andreas' blog here: http://www.gitarre-friedenau.de/blog/38-ikm-arc-and-arc2-measurements.html
The unsolicited response to ARC System 2 from upgrading users has been overwhelmingly positive. Not all have been as thorough in their posting as Andreas, but you can see from the quotes below from forum users that they have the same reaction:
"WOW. Big improvement in the bass response."
"ARC made a bigger difference, at least for me/my mix room than room treatment did."
"the result is more clear and transparent with a accurate low end"
"I thought the concept was 'snake oil' in the beginning, but after purchasing and installing, ARC definitely helped get me to a quicker mix that translates across different speakers"
"ARC 2 sounds better. I did 10 blind tests and always picked Arc 2"
"For those who have ARC1, imo it's a NO BRAINER to upgrade. Great price, and awesome improvements on the plug."
"ARC is the real deal point blank"
Learn more about ARC System 2 on our site at http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/arc