I use the ARC system and I found it made a big difference.
True, not the perfect solution, neither is your typical home studio room. Most are too small (like mine) or odd shaped.
Some room treatment is a must, or you will find it will try to correct big dips and peaks etc, as I found.
It was a case of then moving the treatment around until I got a happy medium.
I was getting dips and peaks of over 12db, some fine tunning and now their around or just under 6db.
I was shocked to find how out of whack my stereo image was!
I knew there was a problem before, when I mixed something it seemed ok on the monitors unitl I put my headphones on and found one side was hotter than the other, could never figure out what I was doing wrong.
Now I dont have that problem.
Mid lows and lows were also a problem, I’d always reduce them in the mix, play the track in the car and find the mix was ‘totally’ lacking in that area, go back and remix, play it the car again to find it was too much
Now I trust what im hearing, and find I dont have to keep trying my mixes on different systems like I did before. so Im very happy that I bought IK’s arc system. It works for me.
But I wouldnt use the arc system in an ‘untreated’ room.
This is exactly what ive done and works pretty well, with the Arc system pretty much being the iceing on the cake
My room is a converted garage, so the walls are all made up of different materials. Having the treatment symmetrical to the left and right of me (using the mirror idea) still wasnt cutting it and I wonder if the difference in material could have been the biggest cause of the poor stereo image? (just guessing)
I dont have enough knowledge in this area to give any in depth advice, all i can say is, for me, some room treatment and the arc system has given me a far better sweet spot for mixing.
I will try and upload a pic of the test results for any that are interested.
I would still like to work out how to get rid of the dips and peaks in the 150hz to 300hz area so the arc system wasnt working so hard in this region, but it doesnt give me any real issuse while mixing, when the finances are there I might look into it a bit more.
Krist, I think Auralex might do what your after http://www.auralex.com/pcf/