Calibrated listening is fundamental in so many ways. If you calibrate your monitoring system(s), you simply get a lot of crucial benefits.
And most of them have to do with consistency, which is absolutely essential when it comes to delivering great-sounding mixes.
Not just this mix done in this room on these speakers for this format, but every time for any delivery format.
Consistency Between RoomsCreate the same reference level across different mixing studios and editing suites.
Consistency Between SessionsEnsure the same reference level every day of the week.
Consistency Between Speaker SetsMix at the same reference level when you switch between speaker sets and formats such as stereo and surround.
The All New Calibration Wizard
The Speaker Calibration Wizard in Clarity X helps you get that perfect sound in the mixing room - without having to spend hours adjusting your monitor speakers.
The step-by-step procedure makes sure that all settings are optimized across your speaker sets and helps you take care of the low frequency resonances along the way.
It's never been this easy.
How to Calibrate Your Monitors with the Calibration Wizard
We all know that getting perfect end results requires perfect audio all the way through. But as time often is the limiting factor, you might end up using a non-calibrated speaker system.
And then how do you judge your audio?
With the new Calibration Wizard in Clarity X, adjusting the levels and delays of your monitor speakers with precision is made easier and immensely faster.
In this video Senior R&D engineer Christian G. Frandsen takes your through the steps to get your speakers adjusted.
Measurement Microphone Included
We include a measurement microphone that has been calibrated with painstakingly accuracy to match the mic input of your Clarity X, not just any Clarity X.
Each Measurement microphone and Clarity X unit is paired as a perfect match, which ensures that you can make the utmost precise calibration of your monitor system.
This is essential because you are likely to mix quite differently at different SPL levels. If you calibrate your system, you simply will be able to achieve more consistent mixes.
For example, as you can see from the below frequency chart, if you mix at a 60 dB SPL, there is a level difference between 100 Hz and 1 kHz of 26 dB, but when mixing at 80 dB SPL the difference is only 18 dB.
Clearly, if you mix at 60 dB SPL one day and above 80 the next, your mixing decisions will probably not be consistent even if the content may be similar - or even the exact same.
VZD - Headphone Perfection
As mentioned above, calibrated listening is extremely important for a lot of reasons. This doesn't change if you sometimes work with headphones, so they need to be calibrated as well.
We have analyzed and created pre-calibrated presets for some of the most commonly-used headphones in pro audio. But don't worry if you use something else, Clarity X can handle calibration of any headphone set from 6-800 Ohm.
We call it VZD - or Variable Impedance Drive - which is a technology capable of handling the fact that between headphones today, you could experience a factor >70x in difference between the ones with the lowest and highest impedance.
Headphones Vendor, Model and Impedance
Simply select the Vendor and the Model of your headphones from the list. If the selected model comes in different impedance variants, Clarity X will let you pick the correct impedance, too.
If you don't find your brand and model, Clarity X lets you enter the impedance and gain manually.
Once you've picked your headphones from the list, you can enjoy equal SPL levels when you switch between your calibrated speakers and headphones, making it easy to compare your mix between speakers and headphones just like when you compare it between two sets of speakers.
Add to that the fact that Clarity X's SPL display is valid also when you wear your headphones.
There are several standards and recommendations for calibrated listening levels. For instance, both the EBU R128 and the ATSC A/85 broadcast standards include chapters about speaker calibration. These are well suited for productions aimed at TV.
If you mix for cinema, the SMTPE RP 200 is the one to rely on as it is created for this type of high sound pressure level productions.