Bass Management is the first in a series of “module” add-ons that expand the functionality of the new Dirac Live, which is now available for desktop (Mac/ PC) and mobile app users (iOS/ Android.) "The all-new Dirac Live Bass Management module stands as the industry’s most sophisticated, easy-to-use single- and multi-subwoofer optimization solution for both consumers and tech integrators. It leverages the mathematical models and processing algorithms that have made Dirac Live so revolutionary to produce the simplest, fastest, and most effective method for subwoofer system optimization," the company states in the announcement. Dirac Live Bass Management will integrate directly into the existing Dirac Live Room Correction workflow for a quick and seamless setup process.
According to Niklas Thorin, Dirac General Manager of High Performance Audio, "the new Dirac Live Bass Management Module is a best-in-class product that further solidifies Dirac as the market’s leading one-stop shop for home theater digital audio optimization solutions."
“Seven years ago, we introduced the world to Dirac Live, which marked a breakthrough in digital room correction and has since become the industry’s reference solution,” Thorin stated. “Dirac Live set the bar high and helped establish our reputation as the leading pioneer of sound optimization solutions. Our all-new Dirac Live Bass Management Module lives up to the legacy of Dirac Live and proves to the market that wherever we innovate, we lead.”
The solution helps save time by offering the world’s first predictive results analysis, letting users see a visual representation of the predicted bass performance without having to run repeated audible tests. What’s more, Dirac Live Bass Management ensures that subwoofers deliver a specific range of frequencies that produce a smoother, tighter bass experience, while creating optimal sound reproduction for each specific room. Traditionally, this required repeated time-consuming audio tests and location adjustments for one or multiple subwoofers. With various adjustable settings, including crossover frequency, phase shift and subwoofer volume, the process could, historically, be overwhelming for users.
Dirac Live Bass Management also offers potential savings for consumers who can now achieve enhanced bass performance from a single subwoofer, and thus therefore do not need to invest in a second device. As Jakob Argren, Dirac Head of Product Management, explains, the new Dirac Live Bass Management Module will launch in three tiers aimed at specific market segments.
Tier 1 allows management of any number of subwoofers, analyzing each one to create a single-optimized sub channel that drives each subwoofer. It also enables precise control of frequency cutoffs for all speakers. Tier 2 offers advanced setup for a single subwoofer, while also providing control over parameters and applying frequency filters to all speakers based on measurements. Tier 3 is a free module for all current Dirac Live users and OEMs, permitting standard bass management with the added benefit of predictive results.
“Our tiered approach to Dirac Live Bass Management allows us to deliver a best-in-class solution for all home theater enthusiasts, regardless of their budget or system set-up,” stated Argren. “What’s more, by optimizing the subwoofer performance in relation to the room dimensions and speaker position, customers are no longer required to place their subs in specific locations, often at odds with the aesthetics of the room, in order to achieve optimal performance.”
Dirac Live Bass Management is scheduled for release in Q2 2019 and is the first module to be introduced for the new Dirac Live. Dirac Live modules will be introduced on a yearly basis and will allow users to customize their home theater software system based on specific requirements and preferences. The new Dirac Live, whose beta was released at CEDIA 2018, is now available and compatible with units from Arcam, AudioControl, Bryston, Lexicon, NAD, and StormAudio.
The new Dirac Live and Dirac Live Bass Management Module will be available for demo at CES 2019 at the company’s Westgate Suite #630.