Originally Posted by NFC
I finally managed to get Vista audio correction apply. I actually found a driver for my Audiotrak prodigy 7.1 LT that works well in Vista. This driver was developped by a single student
It happens here: -- I cannot post URL yet I need 5 posts --
(look for the post entitled : "Simon learns how to write drivers").
Because my microphone is very bad (the one of a logitech 4000 pro webcam - I plan to purchase a Berhinger ECM8000), the room correction wizard was not able to calculate delays but he did calculate volume and eq corrections.
Hm. You didn't check the "good microphone" box, did you? You should still be able to get delays, that process is generally extremely robust. What kind of message did you get? (I don't recall ever being unable to get delays except in very, very unpleasant settings, so this is somewhat of an extraordinary result. You may want to try it again, perhaps making sure you don't MOVE the mike too much while you're measuring.)
- Room correction: although my microphone is very bad, I found DRC being not much destructive on the original signal which is a good start (more when I have a better mike).
A standard cheap cardoid, pointed straight up while you do the calibration, ought to do a decent job when you don't have the "good mic" box set. You should certainly get time delays, as well as gain and EQ, at least in most cases. If you have bipolar back speakers, you might see some issues with time delay, but our experience has been that time delay capture is extremely robust. If you have a successful train (which we have gotten in very noisy rooms with very bad speakers), you should hear stereo imaging, and 5.1 imaging both snap in solid from the position you're sitting at for starters.
- Loudness: I am not fond of such effects. I noticed that the volume is raised a lot when activated and the signal contour is increased.
This feature is not generally intended for high-quality music. Try it when you want to listen at night (with the level reduced a lot), or when you're switching between TV (analog) and TV (digital) channels. For pure (good) audio playback, its primary use is to keep up articulation and the ability to hear the signal when you need to play back quietly and/or when you are playing back into very noisy settings.
I think if you try it at low levels, or in a noisy room, you'll find it very handy. It surely is not intended for use when you have a good listening situation and dynamic music.
- Speaker fill: I liked this one because it is very smooth an does not destroy the original stereo signal
Thank you, it's supposed to be gentle, and unobtrusive, more "real" than flash.
- Bass management: this one is not very good because 1) some signal definition seems to get lost in the process, and 2) the signal volume is decreased significantly which makes is not easy to use: you need to increase the volume when you apply it and decrease the volume after
Aside from the gain change, which you must use in order to avoid digital clipping on highly energetic material,
did you hear any problem? Did you set the crossover frequency appropriately for your speakers? You may want to check the default settings and vary them for your particular speakers, as well as consider if you want the "big room" or "small room" settings. Also, don't forget to try the "inverted subwoofer" setting. Bass management has many options, we must have it work from laptop speakers to full-range speakers plus subwoofer, and there is no way to make a universal default.
One last remark: be sure to close and restart WMP11 between each effect change or you will hear no difference (unfortunately)
Indeed, this is a feature that is hard to avoid.