Issue 87

Calibration Profile Integration Collaboration

ADAM Audio and Sonarworks unveil details of A Series innovation.


26 October 2022

To mark the availability of the new A Series, ADAM Audio and Sonarworks have unveilled details of their collaboration on the studio monitors, the successors to the award-winning AX Series. The ADAM Audio A Series delivers highly accurate, transparent sound across a full line of monitors.

The line also boasts a wealth of voicing and room adaptation options that can be controlled remotely and in real time via A Control, a free-to-download software application from ADAM Audio (available for Windows and MacOS). A Control also facilitates a highly anticipated feature of the series, delivered in collaboration with calibration experts Sonarworks. Via A Control, users can upload and store SoundID Reference calibration profiles directly on the DSP of A Series monitors without the need to run the SoundID Reference application or any additional DAW plugin.

Technology & Benefits
Each A Series monitor contains an embedded platform on the loudspeakers’ DSP that can host calibration profiles created in SoundID Reference. This powerful software measures the acoustics of your space and generates a unique calibration to help counteract problematic frequencies and resonances. Typically, this calibration profile requires a VST or the SoundID Reference application to run, contributing to CPU usage and latency. The A Series integration nullifies CPU usage and significantly reduces latency by storing the calibration profiles directly on the loudspeakers’ DSP. Once transferred to the speaker, you can continue to benefit from the SoundID Reference calibration without the need for any software or network cables — a great example of the ‘set and forget’ philosophy.

Extended 60-day Trial
In order to help as many people as possible experience this new technology, ADAM Audio and Sonarworks are happy to share details of an extended 60-day SoundID Reference trial for A Series customers. The trial license is available to A Series customers who register their speakers in the MyADAM area of the website. It offers the full functionality of SoundID Reference, including the ability to export calibration profiles so they can be imported to A Control and transferred to the loudspeaker’s DSP. The team at ADAM Audio will provide A Series customers with the license by email. It should be noted that a measurement microphone is required to perform the measurements necessary to create the calibration profile in SoundID Reference.

A Control
ADAM Audio A Control is a key component in this innovative collaboration. Designed internally by ADAM Audio, the free-of-charge application provides A Series customers with a modern speaker management and equalisation system. As well as facilitating the transfer of SoundID Reference calibration profiles to the loudspeakers, users can also create their own calibration profiles across 6 bands of parametric equalisation or make changes to the voicing and room adaptation settings found on the backplate. All changes made in A Control can be heard in real-time from the listening position, allowing users to be confident in their equalisations and toggle between uncalibrated and calibrated audio. 


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