At ISE 2019 in Amsterdam this week, Anthem announced the third-generation of its Anthem Room Correction (ARC) software, ARC Genesis, which offers advanced measurement functions, a revamped user interface, and support for both Mac and Windows, among other improvements.
The software, which will be available in the Spring for free from Anthem's website, boasts proprietary digital signal processing technology that works with compatible two-channel and home theatre audio products. It offers advanced measurement functions, powerful acoustic correction algorithms, user-configurable target curve customization, a streamlined user interface, and, as noted, support for both Mac and Windows.
ARC technology understands the acoustic characteristics of listening rooms and optimizes the audio performance of two-channel and home theatre audio products to deliver the best possible performance within each unique room, explains Anthem. It effectively tames resonances, reflective surfaces, and other obstacles that can negatively affect sound, especially at low frequencies.
When used with compatible receivers, processors, and preamplifiers with built-in bass management functions, ARC Genesis also analyzes the frequency response of speakers and subwoofers to calculate custom high-pass and low-pass filter settings that ensure natural-sounding levels of deep, well-blended bass throughout an audio system.
The third-generation ARC Genesis software offers convenient connections via USB, Wi-Fi/Ethernet, or Bluetooth (depending on the product). In the near future, ARC Mobile for iOS and Android will also be upgraded to include the ARC Genesis feature set. ARC Genesis software is backward compatible with many legacy products released during the last decade, the only exception being early generation products that relied solely on RS-232 for data connections.
ARC Genesis incorporates performance enhancements that speed up the optimization algorithm and improve the quality of results. Further refinements enhance the software's ability to detect and automatically select crossover points, analyze room gain, and calculate target curves for each speaker within a system. When used with Anthem's STR Series products ARC Genesis aligns the phase of loudspeakers and subwoofers.
The redesigned user interface offers a seamless experience across Mac and Windows platforms. Improved UI features include a guided workflow, simple and descriptive language, in-line help menus, and interactive acoustic measurement graphs. You can now replace measurements on a speaker by speaker basis after finishing the initial set of measurements versus having to remeasure the entire system if you tweak the placement of a speaker or subwoofer. ARC Genesis has also been designed to support multiple languages.
While the Quick Measure feature is not new to Anthem Room Correction, ARC Genesis enhances this feature with a Snapshot function that freezes the current measurement curve and preserves it, allowing you to see it overlaid with subsequent measurement curves. The interactive Curve Viewer tool displays what ARC Genesis is doing every step of the way, generating graphs that display measurements for each speaker and allows users to overlay measurements with bass management settings applied, target curves, and correction curves. An improved PDF export tool allows users easily share before and after measurement curves.
ARC Genesis includes a full-featured demo mode which allows any user to explore the software, even if they don't have access to an ARC compatible product. This demo mode incorporates measurement data from a variety of receivers, processors, preamplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers, allowing you to walk through the configuration, run a simulated measurement, make adjustments, and run a simulated upload. It also allows you to explore features such as the Quick Measure tool, the Curve Viewer, and the PDF export function.