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    Using a Driverack PA2 for Prodcution

    Hey everyone,

    I hardly ever use my driverack for mobile gigs and thought it probably might be beneficial to use in my studio/ attic. I always have a difficult time getting my levels correct on my monitors and need to rely on my headphones and playing my mixes through various sources. Before I purchase some extra xlr cables to hook everything up do you think there would be a benefit using a driverack and reference mic to tune the monitors?

    I'm using Event 20/20 v3
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    Quote Originally Posted by efinque View Post
    I've read good reviews of a software called RoomEqWizard so you could try that instead...

    https://www.roomeqwizard.com/
    Thanks, will give that a try.
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    Update.

    I found some spare xlr cables with my drive rack and decided to try it out with my studio setup. Using the reference mic I let it auto eq my monitors and I immediately noticed that it added a low frequency boost which is the frequency have the most difficult time controlling (I always add to much low end to my mixes initially so it confirmed my thoughts that their is an issue with the low freq. response). Playing a variety of tracks I noticed sounds were a bit more distinct (snares sounded crisper) Need more time with using the driverack as part of this setup but I feel like it will be beneficial and lower the time it takes to get my levels correct.
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    It's an interesting idea though I don't know how precise the auto eq function is, especially given that it controls graphic not parametric EQ's. But I think in this case (and every case really), that the point of studio monitors when you are doing a mix is to get yourself a mix that "translates".. that is to say, a mix that, while it won't sound the same on every pair of speakers it gets played on, it'll sound great on a great sound system and still balanced and have some of the same character as what you intended on various other sound systems.... And if eqing your monitors results in success doing that, then it's the right thing to do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by light-o-matic View Post
    It's an interesting idea though I don't know how precise the auto eq function is, especially given that it controls graphic not parametric EQ's. But I think in this case (and every case really), that the point of studio monitors when you are doing a mix is to get yourself a mix that "translates".. that is to say, a mix that, while it won't sound the same on every pair of speakers it gets played on, it'll sound great on a great sound system and still balanced and have some of the same character as what you intended on various other sound systems.... And if eqing your monitors results in success doing that, then it's the right thing to do...
    Agreed.

    It did make adjustments to my parametric eq.
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    ERMMM! It's impossible to EQ a room. It's pseudoscience.

    Even dbx slate the principle themselves but still include the AutoEQ.
    Now we come to the Auto EQ… Folks.. the RTA based Auto EQ in a room is a BAD idea.
    Not so fast there …First lets take a look at a few facts
    1. You CANNOT eq a room! Only a bulldozer can that..
    If you want to learn start here...
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=959

    The quote is from here...
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=960
    and here
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=949

    Read all the links too. The Leonard Audio pages are really good, technical but still a pleasure to read.
    http://education.lenardaudio.com/en/
    Click subjects at the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchiemasha View Post
    ERMMM! It's impossible to EQ a room. It's pseudoscience.

    Even dbx slate the principle themselves but still include the AutoEQ.



    If you want to learn start here...
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=959

    The quote is from here...
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?t=960
    and here
    http://www2.dbxpro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=949

    Read all the links too. The Leonard Audio pages are really good, technical but still a pleasure to read.
    http://education.lenardaudio.com/en/
    Click subjects at the top.
    Great read.

    The Driverack did make difference that I feel is beneficial so far. Also the Driverack PA2 uses the PEQ when making adjustments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Riddims View Post
    Also the Driverack PA2 uses the PEQ when making adjustments.
    Although one can make adjustment using the PEQ. I was on the understanding that it was the limits of the RTA measurement system and how it samples the data at specific frequencies like a GEQ, to get it's information in the first place, not how you can correct it.

    Anyways regardless to that... if you have a null in your room, the more you boost that frequency, the more the room will cancel it. That't the simplest most basic point to remember in acoustics and tuning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Riddims View Post
    Using the reference mic I let it auto eq my monitors and I immediately noticed that it added a low frequency boost which is the frequency have the most difficult time controlling (I always add to much low end to my mixes initially so it confirmed my thoughts that their is an issue with the low freq. response).
    Bass response inside is always a problem, sound wavelengths are so long that peaks and nulls develop in the room and no amount of EQ will fix it only moving the speakers or the listening position has any effect. So first you must ensure your listening position is not in a bass null and either move the speakers or the listening position to fix that problem, then to best utilize corrective eq the test mic must be placed exactly where your head would be when you are doing your thing not at some random spot in the room where the speakers response could be totally different. Auto EQ will target a response with equal sound level at all frequencies which is good for production work because it provides a blank canvas starting point where you can accurately gauge the balance of sounds in your mix, but it may take some getting used to as you recalibrate your expectations. Also if Auto EQ applies large boosts or cuts at the extreme ends of the spectrum this is showing you the limits of your speaker system and these filters should be manually removed.
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