T.H.E. Show Newport 2014: New Features for the Sonic Studio Amarra 3.0 Release
Sonic Studio's Amarra 3.0 is about to be released. Most quickly touted new feature? DSD support of course2.8 MHz two-channel .dsf and .dff formats. That's cool and all, and a good idea given the current DSD rage, but frankly I was far more interested to check out some of the other new features.
Sonic Studio's James Anderson reports that many Amarra users wanted the smooth sound of Amarra while listening to streaming services. From their press release:
Amarra sQ is a separate app that breaths life into any streamed content service. sQ integrates a mastering-level four-band EQ with linear phase filter technology and advanced dither that allows users to tailor the tonal output with an extremely intuitive user experience. Content from Spotify, YouTube, Beats Music, iTunes Radio, and video services such as Netflix and Hulu sound significantly better when used with Amarra sQ.
Another very cool feature is a series of parametric EQ presets for a variety of headphones. James and I chatted for a little while about my headphone measurements and how they might be used to create filters. No conclusions yet, but it sure is cool to start seeing headphone centric features appearing in products like Amarra.
The last feature that has my spidey-senses twittering is integrated room correction based on measured impulse response. Labled iRC(b) in the Amarra system and co-developed with Swedish company Dirac Research, this frequency and impulse timing analysis and correction capability is designed to eliminate low frequency problems in listening rooms. I'm all tingly because there's an off chance that this, or something quite like it, might be used for headphone correction if I use headphones as the room and my dummy head as the mic in the calibration stage.