“The Dirac and StormAudio teams have worked very hard on the release of the ART add-on, and we are excited for our StormAudio ISP users to experience the technology for themselves now,” says Olivier Thumerel, CEO, StormAudio. “With superb feedback from audiences at all our active demos over the past months, and our participants on the beta program, we know that this will be a revolution for home calibration — digital post-processing can enable dramatic improvements of the user experience, with no further hardware investment required.”
“Dirac Live Active Room Treatment represents a true breakthrough in digital room correction by, for the first time, processing audio as a unified system, not individual speakers, to eliminate boomy bass and deliver cleaner, tighter audio in any room,” adds Fredric Tapper, Dirac’s VP of Home & Pro Audio. “After years of R&D and product development, we’re proud to unleash this breakthrough in collaboration with StormAudio, a fellow audio industry pioneer that shares our commitment to pushing the boundaries of sound. With the launch of Active Room Treatment in all StormAudio processors, a new standard has been set in home theater performance.”
A Revolution In Room Calibration
Dirac Live Active Room Treatment leverages Dirac’s expertise in MIMO mixed-phase impulse response correction technology. It enables spatial optimisation, whereby all speakers in a sound system cooperate with each other to accomplish what passive acoustic treatments struggle to achieve, says the system’s creator. With decay times reduced by the algorithm, listeners should experience a clearer sound without boomy, smeared bass – digitally removing the limitations of the room.
In many listening spaces, like dedicated home cinemas or home entertainment rooms, the bass can present many problems affecting the overall listening experience. Often, the bass can take a long time to decay — or stop bouncing around the room — resulting in ringing or booming. Dirac Live ART has been created to automatically evaluate and adjust the bass characteristics of the entire system. It leverages the strengths of each speaker to make up for any shortcomings in other speakers or the acoustic properties of the room. DIRAC says this effectively turns passive speakers into active support units, strengthening the system overall.
Full Support On StormAudio’s ISP Platform
StormAudio’s ISP platform was designed to be future-proof, with modular and flexible upgradeability by hardware and software. On this foundation, the ISP platform can fully support the powerful Dirac Live Active Room Treatment tool.
It is now available on all StormAudio processors and AVRs through the 4.5 firmware update. It is included at no additional fee on all products ordered after January 1, 2023 onward. Products ordered prior to January 1st require a license that can be purchased from Dirac’s website. Dirac Live Active Room Treatment module will remain an exclusive feature of the StormAudio product line until Q4 2023