I am finding that getting my room right, is a series of small improvements and a process, not a one time activity.
That said, my calibrations are getting better and better.
I am finding two things:
1) After each mix, I decide if there is a better distance, position and width for the monitors, and re -calibrate.
2) Each calibration has variables, with no two calibrations coming out exactly the same. They are close, but the are variables.
The last variable I discovered was “how loud do I make my mains during the calibration”.
Here is where I think Sonarworks can be much more precise.
YES. the is a level calibration at the beginning, done by the software, that is fine.
BUT! The starting point before that level calibration is variable. The instructions state _”Conversation level:.. What the heck is that? It is a judgment call, and, by having the speakers at a true “conversation level”, I came out with a very muddy calibration. If SW has an exact level in mind, it would be better of they added “or 72 db” to the instructions. That way, users that have to “judge”, can. And users with db meters, can be MORE precise.
So now I am this point in my calibrations, and I need advise.
1) Things are getting better and better, and I would never stop using SW. Great job company!
2) I still find my speakers a touch “muddy” or “woofer” in the lower mids.
I am torn between using the “Tilt” function or not? If I use the tilt, the mix becomes very clear and exciting, almost like listing on FM radio..But, I find I lose a touch of solid sounding center of the mix. Its almost like theres a touch of phase happening, albeit “exciting” phase. But it is not something I am sure I want to “mix into”.
This leaves me trying to recalibrate in yet another attempt to get the best calibration results.
Any advise on how to calibrate and end up with a touch less woofer midshipmen’s? That is my question.
I have brand new Adam A77x with a sub.
I have a well insulated studio that has very few reflections.
The variable I have found for calibrations are:
**Ear height decided upon
**whether to consider the mid woofers or tweeters when describing the speaker width to the software. (The software always finds 3’ 1”, when the mid woofers on a 3 way side mounted Adam A77x is actually 3’8”.
**Volume level of the studio monitors when calibrating. (I have found true “conversation level” settings to be too quit to “ring the room” and a quiet starting level like that gave me a muddy calibration.
**Also, no one has answered my other questions?-
Does the system respond best if mixed at the level it was calibrated at? And if so, how does one best determine that level?
**I have yet to experiment with the 2 other test tone types in preferences.
Please advise..and thank you. I know you are a smaller company, and this is althemore reason I am appreciative. But if you guys can make my super picky ears happy, you will surely help others too..lol..Dave