Sorry this is long, please help if you can.
Even though my control room was built and treated specifically for that use, I have always felt there were issues especially in the high end due to reflection off the 6 foot wide splayed live room window to the left of the console/workstation.
Over the last week I did a substantial rework of my control room so that I could switch between 3 pairs of NS10s with a Sub, Truths, and some early 80s JBLs mounted in a soffit as the hyped rock pair within monitor selection within Cubase 10s control room.
While listening to some music from the WDM speakers send on my computer (NOT thru Cubase) I wasnt liking what I heard and found that there was room correction functionality within Windows under properties specific to each set of speaker.
I hooked up an earthworks omni, ran the correction test for each pair of speakers and > I was floored at the difference. My room sounded great, a night and day difference. Awesome. >
The thing is that while typical computer audio such as from the built in dvd drive, spotify, browser, go thru the Microsoft WDM driver “speakers” outputs each containing their own correction profile, then to 3 pairs of outputs of my RME 5296 card feeding the monitors, the Cubase control room stereo outs go straight to the RME outs without WDM room correction.
I did a little research and found a suggestion here that said buy IK ARC 2.5 and run it as an insert on the Cubase Control Room Stereo Out (not master buss) so that the correction will feed to monitors but not be applied to exported mix downs.
Perfect I thought and pulled the trigger purchasing the ARC 2.5 software. Minutes later I realized I may have screwed up.
While Cubase allows you to switch within the software between multiple sets of monitors each feeding the Stereo Out (not master buss) I realized that its a shared insert allowing only for a correction profile for one pair of monitors used when doing the calibrating in ARC.
Am I correct in what I am assuming this or is there a way to have a different ARC plug instance (profile) tied to each control room monitor output?
For those familiar with ARC Is there a way to store and switch between multiple monitor profiles in ARC? while it will suck to have to switch that as well each time I switch monitors via control room buttons, at least it would work correctly.
I’m suspecting that I may need to send a feature request to steinberg for a independant inserts tied to each monitor output rather than just the stereo out.
Maybe I am wrong and missing something. Fingers crossed. Here’s hoping.