Mono Speaker Calibration option

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    Sébastien Dontigny

    I would really appreciate this feature as well. I was trying to use Reference to measure room mode at a specific location in my studio so i could do an inverse curve on my bass channel to remove some of the room resonance in that particular location. Whitout mono calibration it became useless and i had to do it with Room EQ Wizard which let you do that.

     

    Seem fairly easy to implement.

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    Justin Crosby (Edited )

    Just discovered this limitation as well.

    Even more disappointing is that I'm not using a mono speaker, but a small stereo Bluetooth speaker about 8" in length.

    Attempting to correct it gives me the message "The distance between the speakers is less than 1' 7". Increase the distance..."

    This speaker is sitting on my desk, generating a huge low mid hum around 150-200 and can't do anything to correct it. I can't imagine this couldn't be patched in a day...

    How can there not be a way to override this?

    Upsetting to say the least... 

     

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    Adam Jakubik

    I will join the request:) I've got Avantone single mixcube at it would be extremly nice if I would be able to calibrate it!

    Can someone from Sonarworks could at least tell us has it been taken under consideration?

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    Jeff Bobula

    I will join the request, would love mono support for my Avantone single mixcube!

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    Justin Crosby (Edited )

    'Emailed them about this... In my case it's a B.T. speaker on my desk I use as a small speaker check... They said I should use it as is to simulate a consumer playback environment... Sure I get the logic here...

    The problem is is that the desk resonates and causes a massive lump in the low mids that makes it nearly impossible to judge as a small speaker check...

    They also mentioned it's an issue because Reference needs to calculate the space... Again, understand the general logic, however...

    Mono or small reference speakers are usually going to be ultra-close to the listening position, or in a less than ideal location. More often than not they're sitting on a desktop,a mix console, or a non-ideal location... It's safe to guess that what people are asking to correct are SBIR issues... Certainly my case... And SBIR is part of what SW is aims to deal with is it not?

    I don't see why there couldn't be a 'mono calibration' option with a message stating that 'SW may not be able to accurately compensate for the space but can be used to address boundary interference'... (Or something like that ;)

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    Hugo Peterson (Edited )

    Maybe mono calibration could be a single sweep only option? One sweep in listening position would sure better be than none!!
    Alternative anyone in Byron Bay Australia have another Avantone I can borrow for 20 minutes? Perhaps a super close pair measured would turn out pretty accurate when summed to mono.

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    Kārlis Stenders (Edited )

    Hi everyone!

    Sorry to disappoint you guys, but I'm afraid we won't be developing a fully featured mono calibration anytime soon. But in theory you could work around this. 

    You can try to pair the speaker you're using with a second speaker. Place the speaker you intending to calibrate in front of you and put a second one on the side, left of right. If you're able to successfully complete the measurement stage, you can then remove the speaker on the side and work in a mono setting.

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    Princston Terry

    Mono speaker calibration would be amazing.  Tons of engineers work in mono...Please continue to push the envelope.  Mixcube in the center.  Ask mixedbyAli...Kendrick lamar's engineer.   

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    Vincent Oliver

    Is there a reason for not developing this feature? I also work with a mono mixcube.

    I'd be willing to try the second speaker idea a try but wouldn't that give an unhelpful result?

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    Chris

    Hey Vincent,

    It is related to two different factors.
    The first one would be that a second speaker would be necessary to properly measure the frequency response at your listening spot. 
    The other reason for the delay of such development is that most users employ such mono speakers to offer them a different perspective on the mix and calibrating the speaker would it it sound more like the main mixing monitor pair thus beating the purpose of it.

    However, the feature is not completely out of the picture.

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    Miikka Katajamäki

    Hey Kārlis and Chris!

    The reason why I would like this feature is because my room introduces bumps at 120Hz, 330Hz and 540Hz (as shown in the picture) and smoothing some of those out even with 50% - 75% mix would be helpful. However, like Kārlis suggested, I'll try calibrating the mono avantone with the left main speaker and use the mono button.

    However, if mono calibration is not deemed necessary in the future, could you consider more options to the limit controls? Right now the "Max low frequencies" in "Reduced" mode has a corner frequency of about 75Hz when "Calibration" is set to "Normal (12dB)". An Avantone MixCube / Auratone 5C could benefit from up to 100Hz corner frequency, as 90Hz is, by specs, the lowest frequency a MixCube produces. That would allow the higher frequencies to be boosted normally and the lower bass would be left untouched, as it would be a waste of energy trying to push the speaker to produce more of the bass frequencies. This would be useful even when having two MixCubes as a stereo setup.

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