Every room has sonic anomalies. Monitoring in the direct or near-field can dramatically reduce them but not completely eliminate them.
Our Solution (for Q Series Only)
We developed a proprietary system that automatically addresses these problems. Through the use of existing recording hardware, the Equator Room Analysis software analyzes the room and adjusts the speaker's output.
The system corrects for room nodes in three dimensions (front to back, side to side, and floor to ceiling) and for placement/boundary conditions (e.g., monitors near a wall, free-standing, placed asymmetrically, etc.). It also compensates for secondary reflections from computer monitors, mixing consoles, and other reflective surfaces. Comb filter problems, long ignored, are finally brought under control.
The software can automatically adjust the system for optimal playback at multiple listening positions.
The software can automatically adjust the system for optimal playback at multiple listening positions. These corrected listening positions can be analyzed, stored and instantly recalled. The software also allows for intensive custom voicing control as well as having the ability to mute, solo and EQ each individual speaker within a system.
Making sure that each speaker has a consistently flat and matched output is one hurdle. Voicing studio reference monitors so that they deliver complex instrument translation in a clear and predictable manner is the ultimate goal. Until now, voicing had been a tedious hit or miss process. In the past there was a tendency to use familiar recordings as voicing reference material to aid in deciding where the final plus and minus frequency adjustment would occur. Typically those decisions were not made by the recording engineer that actually recorded that reference material but by the design engineer and perhaps a consultant. So, with those adjustments an assumption was made as to the appropriate level and placement of the specific instruments. An assumption was made. Each adjustment took an extensive amount of time to make: the physical replacement of amplifier components. The tonal results were not quickly known or referenced.
With the use of our internal DSP, we are able to make instant voicing adjustments.
With the use of our internal DSP, we are able to make instant voicing adjustments. For the D Series, we engaged the Equator Technical Advisory Committee, a group of award winning recording engineers. These golden eared people have proven their hearing ability by producing hits. Their successful mixes were used as the voicing reference material. The approach was to establish instrument levels and placement and voicing characteristics emanating from our monitors as they were heard when mixed by the actual recording engineer involved. In an instant a frequency could be raised or lowered until it was at the same level through our monitors as it was when originally mixed.